Compare Youth Rowing Programs

CRI offers a wide variety of programs for youth ages 12 and up.


Which Program is Right for Me?

What We Offer 

Learn to Row & Crew League 

 Youth Development 


Competitive Youth - Novice 

Program Type Recreational Development for Competitive Competitive Locally Competitive Locally & Nationally
Ages/Grade  Ages 12+ Grades 8-11* Grades 8-12 Grades 8+
Rowing Experience Required No Yes** Yes No^
Tryouts No Yes***  No Yes
Rain or Shine Yes Yes Yes Yes
Strength, Conditioning & Mobility No Yes Yes Yes
Sweep & Sculling Yes, in some sessions Yes primarily sculling Yes
Racing No No Yes Yes
Attendance Flexible Strongly Recommended Strongly Recommended Mandatory
Coaching Ratio 1:12 1:10 1:10 1:10
Practices per Week 2 or 3 4 4-6 6
Program Intervals 6 weeks 8 weeks Varies by season Varies by season
Program Duration 4 seasons 4 seasons 4 seasons 4 seasons
Weekend Practices Optional Yes Yes Yes
Practice Length 90 minutes 90-120 minutes 90-120 minutes 150-180 minutes

*8th graders may be accepted with coach approval

**The Development program is for athletes who have learned to row through our recreational or competitive programs.

***Placement in the Intermediate program is determined at Competitive Novice or Varsity tryouts.

^Young people interested in competing may try out for the team and start their rowing career on the competitive youth team

^^ RowBoston programming is specific to athletes enrolled in Boston Public Schools