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Novice Rowing

Novice Rowing

Youth Competitive Novice Rowing

  • This is where it all starts. In the sport of rowing new athletes are called novices. This skill classification last for the first year to give young athletes time to be introduced, learn, and become proficient within the skills and movements needed to become successful in all aspects of rowing as well as gain racing experience against other novice crews from area teams. Bottom line is our novice team prepares new athletes for our varsity crews. 
  • Prior to joining ETRO's Novice Crew, we ask each prospective rower to complete our Youth Summer Camps or our Pre-Season Learn to Row Clinics. These camps and clinic are a concentrated period to get prospective athletes up to speed and into team boats quickly. It is worth noting that prospective members may join the novice team without attending either of the camps or clinics, but they will feel behind in skill and ability.
  • Once the completeted our new rowers join our Novice crew in either the fall or spring. Practicing as a group four days per week, training in sweep (one oar) boats on the water and land training (erging, running, and calisthenics) with a focus on technique and improving fitness working toward individual and team goals throughout the year. During the summer and winter season novice have the opportunity to train along side the Varsity.
  • On the recommendation of our coaches, participants can be advanced to our varsity crews.
  • If your want to row but in a non-competetive program ETRO offers a Crew Academy in the Fall season only. 
  • Athletes interested in becoming coxswains, who steer the boat and learn to motivate the rowers, are also encouraged to sign up.

Registration and Fees

Program Contact: Coach Allen Eubanks at 865-850-4649


  • Rowing is a year-round sport with the fall season focusing on head races (longer distances) and the Spring and Summer focused on Sprint races. ETRO is nationally ranked and each squad participates in several regional and national regattas in the fall, spring and summer seasons. ETRowing conducts year around programing split into four training seasons, each having unique competitive formats. ETRowing practices are held as scheduled during Spring break. We do use local school inclement weather closures to adjust practices. ​​
  • FALL
    • Mid-August through Mid-November
    • Our Fall competitive rowing season focus is on athlete development in 4+ or 8+ person boats, focusing on technique and muscular endurance to prepare for the Spring Season. 
      • Fall Registration Jul 24 - Sep 1
      • Aug 14 Returning athletes report
      • Aug 19 Fall Open House / Information: 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. at Watt Street Gym​ 
      • Aug 14-Sep 1 Novice/Beginner Athlete Walk-on Period, 
      • Sep 7 Fall Parent Meeting: 7 P.M. to 8 P.M. Louisville Community Center
      • Novice: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 4:15 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.*
        • *On the water by 4:30pm to accommodate varying school release schedules. 6:00pm finish during daylight savings.​
      • Strength & Conditioning​ at Watt Street Gym​ Saturday, 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. 
    • EVENTS
      • Fall season regattas are called head races, these events generally are three to five kilometers timed event held on rivers. The boat with the fastest time wins.​​
      • SCHEDULE
    • mid-November through mid-February
    • Training takes place indoors on rowing machines (ergs) at the Watt Street Gym in Alcoa.
    • Focus is on conditioning and technique.
    • CLICK HERE for Winter Strength and Conditioning
    • mid-February through Late May
    • This is our main competitive season in 4+ or 8+ person boats.  The Spring season finishes on a sliding schedule with some crews rowing their final race at the Dogwood Regatta (Apr 28-29, 2018), with select crews racing at Southeast Regionals (May 12-13, 2018), and further qualified crews racing at Youth Nationals (June 8-10, 2018). 
      • Novice: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 4:15 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.
        • *On the water by 4:30pm to accommodate varying school release schedules. 6:00pm finish during daylight savings.​
      • Strength & Conditioning Training Available at Watt Street Gym
        • Wednesday 4 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. and Saturday 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. 
      • Spring Registration Window: Feb 1 - Mar 3
      • Feb 24 -- SPRING Open House / Information / Registration: 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. at Watt Street Gym
      • Feb 12 - 24 -- Spring Preseason
      • Feb 26 - May 13 -- Spring Season
      • Mar 8 -- Spring Parent Meeting: 7 P.M. at Louisville Community Center
    • EVENTS
    • June through July
    • Many ETRO athletes participate in all four seasons; some athletes participate in select seasons based on other sports and commitments.
    • CLICK HERE for Summer Rowing Season