Norcal has four competitive teams available for high school aged students. The only requirements for an athlete (rower or coxswain) to be a member of one of the four competitive high school teams is a commitment to attendance and personal improvement.
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. If an athlete has been rowing for the recreational or middle school team but has not had any experience racing, they are considered a novice until after their first year of racing. 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.
The men’s and women’s varsity teams are open to any athlete with at least one year of competitive rowing experience. There is a range of abilities on each varsity team; rowing ability does not determine whether an athlete is a novice or a varsity rower, only the number of years they have been competing. Both of Norcal’s varsity teams work to create boatings that maximize the competitive potential of all of the athletes. Both the men’s and women’s varsity teams regularly compete in sweep and sculling events, as well as openweight and lightweight events.