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Development (8th Grade)

Recreational Rowing

Norcal is excited to offer developmental rowing for 8th graders looking to become competitive rowers in high school.

This program is designed for 8th grade students looking for a structured program that will help them develop fundamentals as young athletes and prepare them for joining the novice competitive team as 9th graders.


We are no longer accepting 8th graders into our novice program, instead the 8th grade development program provides an experience tailored for the development of 8th grade athletes.

We learn…

On-water rowing technique, boat and oar handling and nomenclature, safety on the water, as well as indoor rowing technique and physical training. The focus is entirely on sculling in small and medium sized boats.  On land, athletes will develop fitness, agility, flexibility and movement, and core and technical fundamentals that will be applicable on the water as well as providing a solid foundation as young athletes.  This program is non competitive, but will present numerous internal group and individual challenges and goals to be surmounted as the athletes progresses through the year.

Recreational Rowing

Practice Schedule, Winter/Spring 2019:

January 8th through March 30th
Tuesday: 4-6pm
Wednesday: 4-6pm
Friday: 4-6pm
Saturday: 11-1pm

Due to restraints on our facility, the program is limited to 30 athletes.


The cost for the two week tryout period is $200.  For those continuing, this will be applied to the fall term total dues of $1,350.


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

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.

If interested in joining, please contact us at