Spring Competitive Season

Updated: February 25, 2019



Who knows when the ice will disappear, but we’ll be ready for May competition whether the water is open early or late! 

Help us represent Twin Cities Youth Rowing by participating in our Regional Spring competition.

Program dates run April 5th through June 4th. Practices are Monday – Friday from 4:15pm – 6:15pm and Saturdays from 7:00am – 9:00am.

$600 (+$75 Annual Dues for those who did not participate in Winter Season)

Welcome to rowing, America’s oldest organized sport. For 160 years, rowing has provided Americans a healthy and lifelong fitness and competitive activity. Modern rowing includes Juniors, Collegiate, Olympic and Masters competition.  Junior rowing is quite new to Minnesota, but the state has had an active rowing community for well over 100 years, and Minnesotan Olympians have represented the USA on many occasions.

NEW rowers are welcome to register for the spring season (as space allows) AFTER attending an Information Session or by receiving this information from recruiting@tcyrc.org.  There are specific safety and conduct codes that we want to make sure ALL new participants understand before joining the crew.  New Winter and current TCYR members will receive priority for Spring registration.  New Spring members must be at least 14 years of age by the end of the calendar year or graduating 8th grade this summer, per club by-laws.

For returning rowers, spring is our main competitive season, which culminates with our championship event: the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships in Cincinnati.  This year’s championship is on May 15th and 16th.  The championship hosts over 800 rowers from 33 clubs throughout the Midwest in 40 different classes and categories and determines qualification for the US Youth Nationals held in early June.  Registration and fees for the Midwest Junior Championships will be collected via a separate regatta registration at a later date.

All rowers will train indoors until the docks go in at Bryant Lake, and water temperatures are within the guidelines of the club’s safety manual.  Novices (athletes new to rowing this year) will take to the water as conditions permit and all safety criteria are met.

Success in rowing is achieved by combining technical instruction, skills improvement, and functional fitness. Our practices address all three components in a fast-paced, fun environment where a premium is placed on effort and accountability.

Our workouts consist of:

  • Instruction in rowing technique and racing skills
  • Cardiovascular work on Concept2 rowing machines
  • Core-specific strength and stability regimen
  • Customized strength and conditioning regimen per squad designed to :
    • Prevent chronic injuries due to fatigue and overuse through cross-training methods
    • Increase strength in rowing-specific movements with age-appropriate equipment
    • Improve functional fitness via Crossfit principles
    • Increase power output through plyometrics and sprint training

For new rower information please email recruiting@tcyrc.org

To join, please Register

Our Club has been working hard to develop safe practices as we return to rowing in light of the current COVID crisis. We have developed a Covid Preparedness Plan to review hygiene, mask wearing, cleaning protocols, symptom checking and potential exposure guidelines.

Every Spring 2021 participant and a parent or guardian is required to participate in a pre-season Zoom COVID Training. This training as well as a signed “Acknowledgement and Release” must be completed prior to participation in any Club events, practices or meetings.

To register for the spring competitive team, new members must be at least 14 years of age by the end of the calendar year or graduating 8th grade this summer, per club by-laws. If you have not participated in a previous 2021 competitive season, you must register for the  2021 Annual Membership ($75) AND the 2021 Spring Competitive Program ($600.)  Please click on our  Code of Conduct  to review the team’s expectations.