High School Team

Youth between 9th and 12th grade can participate in the high school program. Coaches work with rowers to help them continue to build physical fitness, mental strength, team skills, independence, confidence, and life skills. Practice sessions focus on multi-rower team boats and have a moderate coach-to-rower ratio. Competition plays a larger focus on the team and while not required, everyone is encouraged to compete.

Spring 2024
(5 sessions/week)
Feb 21
– thru –
May 23
– to –
to Compete
To get started, we use iCrew for our registration process, payment processing, and applicable forms. New users can start creating their accounts here. Athletes who have been participating with OAR since fall 2021 will need to join the team through their existing iCrew account directly.
season guide
Youth Spring 2024
Youth Fall 2023

Summer (new rowers)
Many new rowers and coxswains start in Learn to Row Summer Camps. Athletes in these camps are introduced to the sport of rowing and teamwork. One of the camps offers the opportunity to race at a regatta in Seattle.

The fall season starts in late-August and runs for 10 weeks with practices 5 days/week. Practices are on water with 3-4 weekend competitions throughout the season. Competitions are “head races” where crews set off one after another and are timed over the 5k course.

The winter season starts in mid-November and runs through the end of January. It is primarily land-based at a local gym – working on conditioning, functional movement, and flexibility, as well as rowing on indoor rowing machines (aka: ergs).

The spring season starts in April and runs through mid-May with practices 5 days/week. Practices are on water with 7-8 weekend competitions throughout the season. Some competitions are day-trips, with the potential for 2-day racing in Eugene, OR and 3-day USRowing Northwest Youth Championships (aka: “Regionals”). Competitions are “sprint races” where crews start side-by-side over a 2k course.

Summer (experienced rowers)
Completing the cycle, returning, experienced rowers, can row over the summer. With the heavier competitive spring/fall seasons being complete, the focus is more on technical development and having fun!

Lifting Add-On

In alignment with OAR’s mission to promote, foster, and facilitate rowing opportunities, the club is offering a strength focused option to supplement on the water training. 

Coach Claire will be offering a continuation of the lifting program from our winter season for interested athletes. The long term goal of the club is to have a permanent home for winter training, both for erging and strength training. We are continuing our search with a hard deadline of next winter season (2024-25), but for the time being, will continue to offer through Coach Claire’s home gym. 

Knowing there are barriers for this additional program, the club wants to make this as accessible as we can to those interested. If the cost, time, or anything else is preventing you from joining, please reach out to Coach Claire so we can discuss options!