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Welcome to PVRC Youth Rowing

At PVRC we believe everyone should have the opportunity to participate, regardless of income. Monthly payment, need-based scholarships and sibling discounts available. Please contact Ben Quick, Executive Director at Ben.Quick@PVRiverfront.org or call 413-736-1322.

SPRING Youth Learn to Row

$295

Pre-requisites: No prior rowing experience required. You must be in grades 8-12.  Attendance is encouraged but not mandatory. 

 

Come to PVRC for a new experience and some time by the river! The Learn to Row (LTR) program is an introductory, co-ed, non-competitive program offered to 8th - 12th grade students. Learn to Row participants are introduced to the basics of the sport, the importance of safety on and off the water, boat handling and care, rowing terminology, and technical training on the indoor rower (also known as an erg/ergometer) in a fun, engaging and safe environment. With safety as our top priority, on-water practices are subject to conditions and are entirely at the coaches’ discretion. Learn to Row sessions are seven weeks long and meet twice a week for 75 minutes. All participants are required to have a valid Swim Test on file.

 

Dates: April 27 - June 12

Days & Times: Monday & Wednesday 4:00 - 5:15pm

Cost: 7 weeks $295

SPRING Development Team

$475

Pre-requisites: You must be in grades 8-12 and have completed the Learn to Row program or four weeks of rowing programming with PVRC. Attendance is encouraged but not mandatory. Athletes who are unable to commit to 5 days a week, regattas and need more technical and fitness training prior to participation in the Junior Varsity and Varsity program should sign up for the Development Team. If you’re interested in being considered for the Junior Varsity squad mid season, please speak with Coach Jones.

 

The Development Program is a recreational, noncompetitive, co-ed program that is a continuation from the Learn to Row program. Athletes will continue to develop and refine basic skills,  improve fitness training, introduction to racing strategies and readiness, responsibility on and off the water, and having fun. Placement in boats is driven by attendance, effort, dedication, as well as ability. Development is a seven week program that meets four times a week for 90 minutes. 

 

Note: Development Athletes who are interested in the junior/varsity squads must ask for approval from the head coach. 

 

Dates: April 27 - June 12

Days & Times: Monday - Thursday 4:00 - 5:30 pm 

Cost: 7 weeks $475

SPRING Competitive Coxswain Training

$265

If you are interested in leadership and have a competitive spirit, take a look at this exciting role in the world of rowing.  The Coxswain (rhymes with “toxin”) does much of the same training and preparation as a rower, but when we hit the water, this crew member’s responsibilities change. Executing the coach’s strategy, adapting to race conditions, steering the boat, giving rowers feedback, and motivating the crew to win are the Coxswain’s jobs!

See Calendar tab for early season Parent Information Socials, which all parents, new and experienced, are encouraged to attend.

All Coxswains must contact Coach Jones to discuss coxswain/crew assignments. Coachreneejones@pvriverfront.org

Schedule: Based on your squad, Mon-Fri 3:30pm-5:30pm 

Dates: April 27 - June 12

Qualification: 9th-12th grade

Regatta attendance: Attendance at all regattas is required, regardless of lineup

Regatta Fee: tbd

SPRING Junior Varsity Boys and Girls

$595

Pre-requisites: You must be in grades 8-12 and have more than 8 weeks of rowing experience. Athletes are expected to attend all practices and regattas.

 

This program is designed to bridge the gap between the Development and Varsity program. This is a training and racing program and does not include a ‘learn-to-row’ component. Athletes joining this program must be proficient in sweep and ready to train to race.

 

The Junior Varsity team will focus on development towards competitive excellence. In order to reach this goal, a strong emphasis is placed on proper technique using drills and exercises, teamwork, racing preparation and a comprehensive fitness training program. It is expected that the athletes attend practice regularly and adhere to the guidelines. Rowers in the Junior Varsity program may race if, in the opinion of the coaches, they are capable of contributing to the success of a boat/event.

 

Regattas: 

  • 4/25 - 4/26 Saratoga Invitational Regatta, Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Participation is Optional PVRC WILL NOT ATTEND

  • 5/2 Litchfield Hills Scrimmage, Litchfield CT STATUS TO BE DETERMINED

  • 5/9 - 5/10 Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta, Lowell MA STATUS TO BE DETERMINED

  • 5/16 - 5/17 USRowing Northeast Youth Championships, Lowell MA STATUS TO BE DETERMINED

  • June 20th Lowell Festival Regatta STATUS TO BE DETERMINED

 

* Fees do not include uniforms, races and team travel. 

Dates: April 27 - June 12

Days & Times: Monday - Friday 3:45 - 5:30 pm

Cost: 8 weeks $595

SPRING Varsity Boys and Girls

$595

Pre-requisites: You must be in grades 10-12.  The athlete must have more than 16 weeks of rowing experience. Athletes are expected to attend all practices and regattas.

 

The Varsity squads compete and train at the highest level of high school rowing, racing against premier teams in the northeast and across the country. Competitive rowers are subject to selection guidelines, which include: two seasons of rowing, the right attitude, solid work ethic, being a good teammate, rowing technique, attendance, athleticism and erg scores.

 

Regattas: 

  • 4/25 - 4/26 Saratoga Invitational Regatta, Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Participation is Optional PVRC WILL NOT ATTEND

  • 5/2 Litchfield Hills Scrimmage, Litchfield CT STATUS TO BE DETERMINED

  • 5/9 - 5/10 Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta, Lowell MA STATUS TO BE DETERMINED

  • 5/16 - 5/17 USRowing Northeast Youth Championships, Lowell MA STATUS TO BE DETERMINED

  • June 20th Lowell Festival Regatta STATUS TO BE DETERMINED

 

* Fees do not include uniforms, races and team travel. 

Dates: April 27 - June 12

Days & Times: Monday - Friday 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Cost: 8 weeks $595

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Check here on April 20 for program start update

As the COVID-19 threat continues to grow, Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC) is taking pre-emptive measures to do our part to help slow the spread of this virus. 

 

Starting Monday, March 16th the boathouse will be closed until April 25th, however, this is subject to the spread of the virus. If MA public schools go back in session prior to April 25th small group sessions will begin for members who are enrolled. If schools stay out of session extending past April 25th, the start date will be pushed back. On April 20th, PVRC will notify all members about spring programming (start on time or start later) according to the MA Department of Public Health. 

While our physical location may be closed, we are set on upholding our promise to help you get healthier, happier, and more fit, while staying connected to the community that inspires us everyday. So many of us find positive stress relief from working out, and we want to help everyone we can to reduce their stress during these challenging times. Coaches will be posting daily workouts, training tips and motivational quotes for our members to enjoy.

To participate in workouts, and/or receive updates from PVRC about spring programming, please register for a FREE PRESEASON program. These are listed under each spring sport category. 

PVRC, 121 West Street, PO Box 3123, Springfield MA 01101

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