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Novice Program

Novice Program

The ETRO Novice Program...

When To Join. 

New rowews may join the team during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Novices that join during the Fall and Spring will be given a Two-week trial period during the beginnig of the season. Novices that join during the Winter are asked to join at any time, but must pay the winter fee. ** Fees Listed below

If you are interested and would like to learn more about our program please get in touch with us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The goals of a Novice season are to introduce the sport of Rowing, teach the fundamentals of a rowing stroke and most importantly have FUN!


The philosophy of 3 practices a week versus 5 (Fall and Spring).

Rowing at the Varisty level requires a commitment to 5 practices a week and at ETRO, although we want our Novice squad to be fast, we wouldn't want to overwhelm anyone with such an intense training schedule. 

We believe that 3 practices a week gives Novice rowers a chance to ease into the sport while still having plenty of time to manage school, homework and any other extra-curriculars that they may be involved with.

Why 5 practices during the Winter?

During the winter months, Novices gain both on the water training and off the water physical fitness. The winter months allow our coaching staff to have one-on-one technique sessions with athletes off the water while teaching safe and effective methods for building strength and speed. These lessons can then be implemented as we move into the spring season. 

What to expect? What is Rowing?

Rowing is a sport that teaches it's athletes discipline, self motivation and most importantly how to be part of a team.

It provides participants with a healthy amount of exercise and also the knowledge of a sport that they can stick with for life.

Rowing puts an athlete in the ultimate team environment, requiring participants to learn how to work and move a boat as whole and not as an individual.

How will the Novice season work?

Novice season (Fall/Spring) at ETRO asks for a commitment of 3 practices a week.

During the fall season the focus of Novice practice will mainly be learning the basics of a rowing stroke and becoming comfortable in a boat.

During the winter novices practice 5 times per week and focus on continued techinique building with a new focus on physicality. 

Once our spring season rolls around we will still be focused on basic technique, however training intensity may increase and our Novices will have many more opportunities to travel and race as part of ETROs Junior rowing program.

Although racing is not our main focus ETROs Novice rowers will have the opportunity to compete in selected Regatta in order to gain useful racing experience.


Fall: August 28th - Mid-November

Date: August 28th - November 8th

Winter: Mid-November - February (No December Practice)

Dates: November 13th - February 7th

Spring: February -  May (Possibly longer)

Dates: February 7th - May 5th (No Spring Break Vacation)


Regattas: We will be attending multiple 2000m Sprint Races this Spring


February 1st: TN Indoor Rowing Champs (Chattanooga)

March 29th: John Hunter Regatta (Gainesville, GA *Overnight trip. Trip fees to be announced in Feb)

April 5th: Chattanooga Juniors Duel (ETRO Home Course)

April 13th: Oak Ridge Skrimmage (Coacfh run skrimmage held in Oak Ridge, TN)

April 26th-27th: Dogwood Regatta (Oak Ridge, TN)



Fees: The Fall 2013 Juniors Novice Rowing activity fee is $430. If paid in full by check prior to September 1th, the discounted fee is $400 (discount applied during chechout on RegattaCentral). The fee can be paid in three payments or in full by credit card through the RegattaCentral Registaration. You will need to create an account there if you don’t have one already. You may also pay by check mailed to: ETRO c/o Cheryl Diaz 250 E. Broadway Ave. Maryville, TN 37804, however, all participants must complete the online registration for roster purposes.

Registration: In order to register for the ETRO Novice Rowing Program, please use the links bellow.