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Middle School Rowing

Middle School Spring Rowing is now full! Please email us at to place your athlete on the waiting list.


The Middle School Rowing program provides the opportunity to expose your young athlete to a new sport in a fun and relaxed environment. Athletes will spend two days per week on land and one day per week on the water. The land days will be spent practicing rowing technique on the indoor rowing machines, participating in circuits designed to improve mobility and fine motor skills, and learning basic weight-lifting techniques.

In young athletes, fine motor skills are still developing and the staff at NRC find that focusing on these skills can ease the learning curve if the athletes choose to progress through the Middle School and High School programs. NRC Coaches also focus on teaching correct form for all the exercises and lifts used. This promotes healthy exercise habits by allowing the athletes to develop smart, safe, and conscious form for each lift.

During on-the-water days, athletes will warm-up together then go on the water in coxed quadruple sculls (4 rowers, 2 oars per rower, 1 coxswain to steer and run drills). They will learn very basic oar-handling skills and learn how to participate in a safe practice on the water. The athletes will practice safe boat-handling skills, familiarize themselves with the rowing language, and improve their basic rowing technique.

The coaches at Newport Rowing Club understand that before true interest and passion can be developed, student-athletes need to enjoy what they do. All these goals are accomplished in a fun and engaging environment to help the athletes to grow to love rowing as a lifelong activity.


Spring 2020 March 11, 2020 to May 9, 2020
Fall 2019 September 11, 2019 to November 9, 2019


Wednesday 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM


$250 / athlete per season


The Middle School Rowing program at Newport Rowing Club does not race.

*** PLEASE NOTE: This Spring (2020), there will be no Middle School rowing on April 10th and 11th. ***


Please download and review the parent handbook below at the beginning of the season.  The athlete handbooks (rower & coxswain) may be dificult to digest for young middle school athletes. They can be used as a reference for any middle school athletes who are eager to learn more. 

Attendance Policy: The code of conduct at the back of each handbook contains an attendance policy. Middle school athletes should adhere to the attendance policy as best they can. However, middle school athletes will not be required to adhere to the attendance policy outlined for regatta weeks. Middle school athletes will also not be held on land following a no-call-no-show or unexcused tardy as they only practice 3 days per week.

Code of Conduct

All athletes, employees, and family members are expected to abide by the NRC code of conduct. At the beginning of each season, athletes should sign the back page of the code of conduct and return to the coaches via email ( or in person.

The code of conduct can also be found at the back of each of the handbooks above.

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Newport Rowing Club
301 Harvey Drive, Suite 8
Newport, DE 19804