Beginners and experienced rowers alike are welcome to join our Youth Race Team! Our competitive team includes middle school and high school athletes between the ages of 12 and 18. Beginning rowers join our novice team and row against other novice rowers for their first year. The varsity team competes with youth programs throughout the Midwest and across the country.
Rowing is a sport where athletes quickly gain self-confidence and discipline, which often leads to a boost in grade point averages as well. For those interested in rowing in college, there are many competitive opportunities available, some of which include scholarships for high-achieving rowers. In fact, of those who participate in a competitive high school rowing program, 18 percent of males and 56 percent of females will receive a partial or full college scholarship. Great Miami Crew has many athletes with rowing scholarships in collegiate programs.
(Source: Irick, Erin, NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report: 1981-1982 – 2010-2011. National Collegiate Athletics Association, 2012.)
Q: What experience is needed to race?
A: Beginners are welcome and will row on the novice team in the first season. After one full year, novice rowers can move up to the varsity team, but strong performers can be put in varsity boats sooner.
Q: How many people are in a boat?
A: Most of our racing focuses on “sweep” rowing with 8 or 4 rowers in a boat, plus a coxswain who steers and calls instructions. Each rower has one oar and rows on a sliding seat, moving in rhythm with the rower in front of him or her. In the summer, we also have athletes row in “sculling” boats at times of one, two or four rowers where each athlete uses two oars.
Q: Are there college scholarship opportunities?
A: Yes, absolutely. The GMC has several former athletes rowing at Division I schools. There tend to be more opportunities for scholarships for girls, but boys can also receive assistance.
Q: Where does GMC practice?
A: We row on the Great Miami River in Hamilton.
Q: How many races do you have each season?
A: There are about 4 or 5 regattas during the fall and spring seasons. In the fall, races are 5K distance events with boats timed individually. The spring races are 2K sprints rowed in heats side by side with competitors. Most of our competitions are in the Ohio and Indiana, but we travel to larger events in nearby states with national competitors twice a year.
Q: What do you do in the summer and winter?
A: Winter and summer are training seasons. We offer programming that includes fun activities along with strength and endurance training, as well as competitions.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: All cost information is available in the registration section of our website, but just come and row with us! If you get hooked like we are, you pay dues before the first regatta of the season.