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Juniors Rowing Program

MRC is exited to announce that now holding OPEN TRYOUTS for high-school athletes looking to join our High-Performance rowing team. Although our team is quite new and small in quantity, we have already proven to be a powerhouse rowing club in the Midwest. We have been able to accomplish this due to our strong commitment towards a high-performance training plan that requires the recruitment of athletes dedicated to the sport. 

Date: Try-Out on Aug 3 or 4, or coordinate with Coach Carlee for another date

For a short description of our Juniors Program, see this flyer.

MRC will now be offering a Learn To Row program for Madison-Area High-School Athletes. It is a month long program that will take you from no-experience to being able to row comfortably and confidently in a 8-person boat. Our program will be 3-days a week for the month of August.

Date: August 6 - 29, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Cost: $275

Come enjoy a summer with us and experience learning a new sport!

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    Admission Requirements

    Honor Code

    Athletes are asked to agree to an honor code so that they avoid:  

      • Action that misleads or deceives; 
      • Conduct that gives them or others an unfair advantage;
      • Action that deprives another person of his/her rightful property; 
      • Action that hurts or disrespects another person; and 
      • Action that brings discredit to MRC community and reputation. 

    To help create the best environment that allows every participant to realize their goals in the sport of rowing, we ask that as part of the admissions process, prospective athletes submit a letter of recommendation from a previous coach or current teacher and a signed form from a school administrator certifying or disclosing that the prospective athlete does / does not have any significant or chronic disciplinary issues (suspensions, chronic detentions, kicked out of class, sent to the principle, etc.). 

    Athletic and Physical Requirements

    MRC strongly believes that a teenager’s future athletic potential is limitless if they are willing to work hard. While prior experience in rowing will certainly be helpful, it is not required so long as the athlete promises to work his/her hardest. If the athlete has no prior rowing experience, they must be able to demonstrate a moderate level of physical fitness (8:40 / 2k on the ergometer; or 9 minute mile pace) after a short period of initial instruction and pass a swim test. 

    Application Process

    While this application process might seem extreme, MRC is the only rowing club in Madison offering almost entirely new purchased equipment and significant support from club members to help athletes realize their rowing goals. The club regularly buys new equipment to make sure our athletes have the equipment they need to win. Our dedicated coaches offer detailed training programs and extremely low athlete to coach ratios (currently 7/1). As such, we believe that this process helps determine if an athlete and club are compatible.  

    Steps to Apply

    1. Fill out the application form
    2. Contact the coach expressing interest in joining our team.
    3. Schedule a meeting with the coach.
    4. Request letters of recommendation from previous coach / teacher. 
    5. Submit form/letter from your child's school principal/counselor that certifies lack of or disclose disciplinary issues. 
    6. Show that the athlete can complete the erg test or mile run time in accordance with the time standards. 
    7. Parents/Guardians and athlete meet coach at a mutually agreeable time. 
    8.  Coach makes recommendation to MRC board  
    9. Once the MRC Board of Directors vote on whether to accept a new athlete, notice of the decision will be sent to parents/guardians. If accepted, athletes are invited to start training immediately. 

    Practice schedule

    The water season at Mendota Rowing Club generally runs from April to the end of October. From November to March we offer winter training indoors. Juniors practice 5-6 days per week.

    Monday - Saturday: 5am-7am for Summer

    During School Year:
    Monday - Friday: 430PM - 6PM
    Saturday: 5AM

    Racing and Regattas

    September 21 The Milwaukee River Challenge - Milwaukee, WI
    October 6 Tail of The Fox - Wisconsin - De Pere, WI
    October 13 Head of the Rock - Rockford, IL
    October 26 - 27 Head of the Schuylkill - Philadelphia, PA

    Meet the coach

    The Juniors Program is coached by Carlee Hayden, a former rower & coxswain at Georgia Tech. Reach her with questions regarding the Juniors Program at chayden@mendotarowingclub.com or 703-888-7287. 

    Mailing Address:
    PO Box 646
    Madison, WI 53701

    Boathouse Address:
    622 E Gorham St
    Madison, WI

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