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Norcal Crew is a nationally competitive program dedicated to the development of junior athletes through the sport of rowing. We provide a path to guide athletes from their first strokes as novices all the way to elite national and international competition. Many of our athletes come to Norcal without prior experience with any sports. While 99% of our athletes have never rowed before when they first walk through our gates, within a few years they are able to be competitive on the top levels of the sport.

In 2017 we had 14 athletes qualify for the youth national championship, 3 athletes represent the United States at the Jr and U23 World Championships in Europe, and over 50% of our seniors class be recruited by D1 University programs.

Programs offered at Norcal:

6th- 12th grade
One Week Learn to Row Summer Camps
These are a great chance for athletes to get out on the water and try rowing for the first time.

7th-8th grade
Fall and Spring 3 day/week Recreational Rowing Program
Less rigorous than the competitive group, the Rec team gives a chance for athletes to build skills and have fun rowing priamrily small boats on a non-competitive basis.

8th grade, and all High School
Academic Year Novice Competitive Program
The Novice program is primarily 9th graders, with a healthy mix of 8th and 10th graders as well, and the occasional junior or senior.

All rowers train and compete as “Novices” during their first year on the competitive team. The Novice team trains five days/week starting in late August, and running through the USRowing SW Regional Championship on the first weekend in May. (with breaks, of course). The novice team trains on a high level, while allowing for the growth, learning, and mistakes that accompany the athletes’ first year competing in the sport.

High School
Academic Year Varsity Competitive Program
All athletes move on to varsity following their novice year. The varsity team trains six days/week during the school year. All athletes compete locally, with the top athletes also competing nationally. While the training is very rigorous, the team is structured to support the full range from elite athletes to developing athletes aspiring to greatness.

Forms & Documents

Norcal Crew Athlete Forms (572k)
Please download, fill out, and bring these forms to the first day of Norcal Recreational or Competitive programs.

Competitive/Rec Team Financial Application (53k)
Application to apply for financial aid towards the dues of the Competitive and Rec teams.