Junior Competitive Program

Youth Competitive Rowing

At the Austin Rowing Club we are committed to strength building, enhancing our technique in the sport of rowing, and increasing our athleticism. We teach all new rowers how to sweep and scull. Sweeping is when each athlete has one oar and must be paired with an athlete that has the opposite oar. We row many different sweep boats (8+, 4+, 4-, and 2-). We also teach athletes how to scull which is when each athlete has two oars (one on each side). We row many different sculling boats as well (4x, 2x, and 1x). Please watch this video for more information on rowing and the boat types.

All new athletes to rowing will be taught the basics and do not need any prior experience. These athletes will start at the novice level. Once an athlete completes a full year of competition as a novice, they move to the JV team which practices with varsity. Once an athlete achieves specific standards to qualify them as a varsity athlete, they will be moved to the varsity lineups.

Austin Rowing Club’s Junior Team was founded in 1989, making it the longest running youth rowing program in Austin. Over the last 30 years, Austin Rowing Club’s competitive junior team has performed at the national level, attended races across the country, sent rowers on to top college programs, and sparked lifelong love of the sport.  Austin Rowing Club hosts three official USRowing regattas a year. The Head of the Colorado, The Heart of Texas, and the Texas State Rowing Championships.

ARC’s Junior Recreational Team, provides the same quality coaching as the competitive program but is for rowers that do not want to make the commitment required to compete with the Competitive Junior Program. More information can be found on our Youth Recreational Rowing page.

Varsity Competitive Rowing

The Jr Varsity Competitive athletes practice 5 weekdays and Saturdays with additional home workouts from January 4 – May 12. Open for athletes who have at least one semester of racing experience and coach approval. 


Program fee : $1700

Date: January 4 2022  May 12 2022

Practice Schedule

Monday thru Friday 5:15 – 7:15 pm.

Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Novice Competitive Rowing

The novice team is designed for athletes in their first year of competition and practice Monday thru Thursday as well as Saturday mornings with optional home workouts from January 4 – May 12. Open to 8th – 12th graders. No rowing experience is required and all basic rowing technique will be taught.


Program fee : $1700

Date: January 4 2022 – May 12 2022

Practice Schedule

Monday thru Thursday 5:15 – 7:15 pm

Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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