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High School Novice Program

Novice Rowers

The men’s and women’s novice teams are open to any high school student in their first year of competitive rowing. No rowing experience is necessary to join the novice team.  The novice teams train at a competitive level while learning the skills and laying the foundation for a successful high school and college rowing career.

Athletes who have participated in our middle school programs should join the Novice team as 9th graders.  We are no longer accepting 8th graders on the competitive teams; instead 8th graders should join our 8th Grade Development group, which is tailored for instruction and training on the 8th grade level.

Practice Schedule, Fall 2019

Fall Semester: Tuesday, August 27th – Saturday, December 21st, 2019
Novice Women:
Tuesday-Friday: 4:20-6:50pm
Saturday: 7-11am

Novice Men:
Tuesday-Friday: 4:20-6:50pm
Saturday: 9:30-12:30pm

Due to restraints on our facility, the program is limited to 35 athletes on each squad.


Gym clothes and running shoes/socks. Recommended: hat, sunscreen, reusable water bottle, sunglasses, windbreaker, and water-resistant sweats in cold weather.


Norcal Crew fees for the Varsity Fall 2019 season are $2,500.  Parents are expected to volunteer 25 hours per year.  An annual volunteer buy-out is available for $500.

Financial Aid

Competitive/Rec Team Financial Application (53k)
All athletes are encouraged to participate in Norcal Crew regardless of their ability to pay.   Scholarships are available for qualifying families.  Please contact with questions.

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Registration is now open for our 8th Grade Development, Novice and Varsity teams.

Novice Rowers w/ Boat

Novice Women w/ Boat