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Middle School

Middle School Update

The Middle School Rowing program is currently accepting rowers to our Wednesday / Friday practice group.  Please read the information below and if interested, come join us on the water!

Registration link below.

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?

Fall Season

September 28 - December 12, 2020

Practice Times

These Practice Times Are Tentative Depending on Registrations

Practice Group A - On Hold Practice Group B - Active Practice Group C -Active - At Capacity
Will not start until practice group B and second waitlist are full. Accepting New Rowers All currently registered rowers
Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Friday Thursday, Saturday
4:30-7:00 pm 4:30-7:00 pm Th 4:30-7:00 pm, Sat 8:30-11:00 am

Each middle school rower is assigned a practice group based on their experience & age. Attendance at practice is very important.

What is the cost of the Program?

Click here for programs costs.

For other questions, please email our Middle School Program Director, Angela McElwee, at