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Middle School

Middle School Program

Beginning in 6th grade, boys and girls are eligible for OARS Middle School program. Here, beginning rowers learn the basics of boat handling, the rowing stroke, fitness, and teamwork, among other things. While there are racing opportunities, they’re not as frequent at first as they are for the high school rowers.

Rowers and parents alike often see quick results in both strength and technical rowing prowess among Middle School rowers. Nonetheless, patient, expert coaching allows rowers to develop at their own speed and work into the habits that will serve them well in the years to come — not just in the boat, but in the rest of their lives as well. One thing is for sure: the sport hooks kids at this age, and hooks them good. 

Who is eligible for the Middle School Program?

6th, 7th and 8th graders (no experience necessary)

What is the schedule?

September 13th - November 20th

Practice Times / Days

Group 1 Group 2 - FULL Group 3
M/W/F 4:30 pm - 6:45 pm Tu/Th 4:30 pm - 6:45 pm Tu/We 4:30 pm - 6:45 pm
  Sat 10:15 am - 12:30 pm Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Each middle school rower is assigned a practice group based on their experience and age.   We are limiting enrollment to each practice group to 40 rowers.  When a group is full, the above table will indicate the group is closed.  Attendance at practice is very important.

What is the cost of the Program? 

Program Costs for the Fall 2021 are $550.00.

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For other questions, please email our Middle School Program Director, Kendra Holmes, at