East Tennessee Rowing sponsors a junior competitive rowing team for middle and high school students. The competitive program has a Novice Program for beginners as well as a Varsity program for athletes with more than a spring season of rowing experience. The team is co-ed in the sense that we've got boys and girls on the team, but they train and compete separately.
Training is conducted out of the Smoky Mountain Rowing Center [3452 Louisville Road, Louisville] on Fort Loudon Lake as well as the Watt Street Gym [259 E. Watt Street, Alcoa]. The club has between 40-60 annual participants from upwards of 18 public and private high schools, primarily in Blount and Knox counties.
Practices are held Monday-Friday, attend several weekend regattas each season, beginning in August and culminating with the USRowing Southeast District Championship Regatta in mid-May. ETRowing’s year-round training is broken down into four unique 12-week seasons [Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer]. However, the main competitive season is in the spring. the team travels to such places as Oak Ridge, Chattanooga, Nashville, Gainesville [GA] and Sarasota [FL] to compete against the 60+ clubs and schools from across the Southeast District.
Our experienced coaching staff of award-winning coaches with decades of experience, share their passion for the sport of rowing. ETRowing is committed to promoting the physical conditioning, personal commitment, self-discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship that are the characteristics not just of good athletes, but of exceptional people.
Rowing is immersed in a college going culture. There are now more opportunities to row competitively in college than ever before. Rowing in college offers a whole new set of challenges and rewards for young athletes and, for many, becomes the most memorable part of their college experience. For athletes willing to put in the work, rowing can also help with the college admissions process and, in some cases, can even provide athletic scholarships. The ETRowing coaching staff have the relationships within the coaching network to be actively involved in this process and is committed to helping athletes and their parents find a good college fit. As many of our alumni have turned their passion for the sport into a way to earn an athletic scholarship and continue rowing while they get their college degrees.
Cost for the year is $2,400. This sum covers pretty much everything we do. To include local travel cost, coaching, to race entry fees. The only additional costs that we anticipate are travel fees, hotel expenses on our "away" trips and uniforms. We have several payment options available, including annual and seasonal agreements.
Annual Training Agreement
12 month commitment
Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer
or 12 Installments
Fall Season Agreement
Aug 14 – Nov 13, 2017
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, & Fri
4:15 P.M. – 6:15 P.M.
or 3 Installments
No experience is required to get started. One of the unique advantages to rowing is that first year or beginner rowers compete in a separate division (called "novice") that allows them time to develop and doesn't require a jump into a situation where they're being asked to compete against more experienced athletes. ETRowing’s Novice Competitive Program prepares athletes for the Varsity Competitive Program the following year. While in some rare instances, particularly talented novices are brought up to the varsity team during their first year, our focus at ETRowing is to spend the first year acquainting novice rowers with the sport and giving them a safe and enjoyable introduction to racing. The novice year is focused on athlete development, learning teamwork, establishing aerobic and fitness base, and developing boat moving skills to prepare athletes to contribute toward varsity squad’s success.
We offer two two-week tryout periods, the first in late August, the second in late February. These two weeks are absolutely free and give us a chance to evaluate prospective athletes as well as give the athletes an opportunity to get a feel for the team and the sport and determine whether it's something they wish to pursue further. During the Winter Strength and Conditioning season prospective athletes may join at any point. During the Summer Season ETRowing offers multiple camps to get you on the water and up to speed.
FALL OPEN HOUSE: August 19, Saturday 10A-1P at Watt Street Gym No obligation - two-week tryout to meet our crew, Learn to row, Talk to our coaches, Make new friends!
Cost per season is $600. This sum covers pretty much everything we do. To include local travel cost, coaching, to race entry fees. The only additional costs that we anticipate are travel fees, hotel expenses on our "away" trips and uniforms. We have several payment options available, including annual, seasonal, and monthly schedules.
Novice Competitive Agreement
Aug 28 – Nov 13, 2017
Mon, Tue, Thu, & Fri
6:15 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.
or 3 Installments