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Novice Rowing

Youth Competitive Novice Rowing

  • The Novice team prepares athletes for the Varsity Competitive Program the following year. Novice athletes train as a group four days per week, working toward individual and team goals throughout the year. They build on the skills developed in Learn to Row and Crew Academy and gain racing experience at fall and spring regattas.
  • The Novice program runs in the fall and spring, with an opportunity to train along side the Varsity during the winter.
  • This is a beginner level program designed to introduce young athletes to all aspects of rowing. Athletes are trained in sweep (one oar) rowing for team boats. Focus is on technique as well as improving fitness. In addition to spending time in the boats, athletes will do land training (erging, running, and calisthenics) to help improve fitness and technique for on the water.
  • On the recommendation of coaches, participants can be invited for a try-out for the Competitive Varsity program.
  • 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