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Youth Rowing

Youth Rowing
  • East Tennessee Rowing (ETRowing) seeks hard working individuals willing to set high standards for themselves and their team! If you like being outdoors, on the water, and part of a team where everyone competes, rowing is worth trying.
  • ETRowing promotes the Olympic sport of Rowing through recreational and competitive junior rowing programs at the middle and high school level. ETRowing welcomes any student-athlete 12-18 years old – no matter their current athletic ability or experience – to come out and learn about what it takes to be part of this competitive sport of rowing. The team is co-ed in the sense that we've got boys and girls on the team, but they train and compete separately. The Junior’s roster is comprised of multiple public and private schools in Blount, Knox, and Loudon counties that unite to establish a legacy of success on and off the water. Dedication and drive will determine an athlete’s ability to succeed in this organization. Our athletes train hard, have fun, create new lifelong friendships, learn important skills, and leave our program prepared for college and life.
  • COACHING
    • Our professional and certified coaching staff makes safety and long-term athlete development a top priority. Taking great pride in developing athletes through their entire rowing career to understand while technical skill and strength are enough to move a boat – there are no superstars in a crew – but that there is something larger than oneself that creates a successful team.
  • COLLEGE CULTURE
    • Rowing is the oldest intercollegiate sport in the United States and there are now more opportunities to row competitively in college than ever before. Many of our alums found a passion and were willing to put in the work, discovered rowing can also help with the college admissions process and, in some cases, and a significant number have received athletic scholarships. Our coaches have the professional relationships with college coaches across the country to be actively involved in this process and are committed to helping athletes find a good college fit.
  • WHAT TO BRING
    • Prior to attending training prospective athletes should watch the USRowing Safety Video. Athletes will need to wear athletic (7” inseam recommended) or spandex shorts, t-shirts (nothing too baggy), and running shoes. It is also a great idea to bring sunscreen, towel, hat, water bottle, and snacks if needed.
  • SNEAK PEEK WEEK
    • We offer a SNEAK PEEK WEEK, a free trial week to give prospective athletes an opportunity to participate with obligation and meet our team, coaching staff, and facilities, getting a feel for the team and the sport and determine whether it's something they wish to pursue. The Sneak Peek Week is conducted the week prior to the start of the Fall and Spring seasons. To sign-up SELECT.
      • No experience necessary- we teach you!
      • Open to students in 6th-12th grade - No Tryouts and No Cuts!
      • Accepting students from all schools
  • SUMMER CAMP
    • SUMMER SEASON
    • Introductory non-competitive day-camps conducted in multiple five-day sessions offering beginners a chance to try the sport of rowing in a fun, engaging, and safe environment. Training includes a complete overview of the sport of rowing; terminology, equipment handling, technique, and boat safety. Sessions use rowing machines to introduce the rowing stroke and eight-person or four-person rowing shells for on water skill application.
  • CREW ACADEMY
    • FALL SEASON
    • Recreational rowing program, that runs August 28th through October 26th, introduces the sport of rowing to young people,12 to 18, who have little or no previous rowing experience that that are looking for a new sport to try or those that want to row, but have limited availability for competitive training. The Academy emphasizes fun and exercise while introducing the sport of rowing through both land and water activities during each practice. This squad does not attend out-of-town regattas.
  • COMPETITIVE CREW
    • FALL SEASON | WINTER SEASON | SPRING SEASON | SUMMER SEASON
    • ETRowing competes across the Southeast Region and has enjoyed a success at the national level, to remain competitive we need you to join us. Our crew is designed to be a competitive rowing team while still having the capability to bring on and develop new non-experienced athletes each season. Athletes will be grouped together based on experience and skill level and coached accordingly.
      • Novice, athletes first year beginners, train together to allow time to become acquainted with the sport, but race separately from the varsity against similar experienced athletes. The novice year is focused on athlete development, establishing a fitness base, and gaining boat moving skills to prepare athletes to contribute toward future varsity squad success. There have been instances, particularly talented novices are brought up to the varsity crews.

      • Varsity athletes have competed through a spring season as a Novice. The Varsity teams compete at the highest level of junior rowing against some of the premier rowing teams in the Southeast. The Varsity team’s priority is to field the fastest boats possible in all categories  Varsity crews earn seats based on positive attitude, work ethic, being a good teammate, attendance, athleticism (e.g. fitness, strength), a series of ergometer test and seat racing results to see who rows better than who based on blade skill and boat moving ability.

      • Coxswains are very important to the success of a crew as they are the individual responsible for the steering of the shell and giving commands to the rowers to facilitate the safe and efficient operation of the crew as a unit. The coxswain is the leader of the crew while on the water, and we expect our coxswains to be leaders off the water as well. Girls' crew coxswains are up to 113 pounds and 120 pounds for boys' crews.

  • PRACTICE
    • ETRowing’s conducts year-round training options broken down into four unique 12-week seasons. As an outdoor sport, rowing, safely is dependent the water level of the lake, weather, and usable daylight. Practices are run Monday through Friday. Attendance and commitment level are directly related to each athlete’s boat. Practice sessions are offered six days a week, including optional gym time.  ETRowing does not follow any public or private school schedules due to participation of rowers from throughout the metro Knoxville area. (Practices are held as scheduled during all fall and spring breaks.) Practice includes extensive strength and conditioning training on the water and land.   
  • COMPETITIONS
    • ETRowing’s Calendar includes 3-5 regattas each season at the local, regional, and national level, a majority of these event are on the weekend and do not require missing school. ETRowing does not coordinate, or arrange for local day travel for athletes as their parents/boosters are responsible for making all travel arrangements.
  • PARENT BOOSTER CLUB & VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS
    • The Booster Club is integral to the success of the junior program and handles volunteer functions including team coordination, transportation to regattas, hosting pre-race dinners at family homes, manning the food tent at regattas, organizing social functions and fundraising. Your volunteer efforts are needed to support the athletes in their pursuits. You will be contacted by a team coordinator to sign-up and help out!
  • CONTACT 
    • Coach Allen Eubanks at 865-850-4649