Junior Crew

Overview & Philosophy

The Junior Crew program (8th-12th graders, boys and girls) is the Center’s largest and most active — registering approximately 150 athletes from middle and high schools throughout the region. The rowing program at Mt Baker teaches the basic fundamentals of rowing, boat handling, water safety and care of equipment. All classes are geared toward competitive rowing. Rowing produces a great sense of pride and accomplishment as athletes work to meet the physical and mental challenges of the sport. It teaches sportsmanship and team camaraderie. Past to present, Mt Baker Junior Crew teams have consistently earned both regional and national recognition.  Fees shown are for scheduled practices. Regattas and team travel are billed separately. Financial aid is available; contact the office for more information.

The novice rowing program is for any participant with no prior rowing experience.  Novices can start at the beginning of the summer, fall, or spring sessions.  Rowing rules state that participants remain novice until the end of May.

Fall 2019

Prior competitive rowing experience is required to be in the experienced program. If you are unsure of which program to register for please call the office. If you rowed in the spring as a novice you will automatically be experienced in the summer or fall.

Fall 2019

After the Spring Junior Crew season ends, stay on the water with this special sculling session. This June program is for any youth who are new to rowing or want to continue rowing, but in Mt. Baker’s small boat fleet of singles, doubles and quads. Find out what those small/tippy boats are are all about! Note: Spring novice rowers will be experienced rowers for this course. 

Registration begins the first Tuesday in March at noon.

The following forms are required for participation in the Junior Crew program at Mount Baker. In order to be allowed to participate in practices all forms must be signed and turned into the office on the first day of crew. If you have questions as to whether your athlete is current on their paperwork please contact the office.

Assumption of Risk & Release Form

This yearly form is needed from every participant of an activity at the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center. Participants under the age of 18 must have the form signed by their Parent or Guardian. This form expires at the end of each calendar year.

Float Test

Most classes at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center require a participant to pass a float test. Float tests must be taken at any swimming pool or beach under the supervision of a lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross. Float tests are valid for three years. Contact the Mount Baker office if you need to find out if your float test has expired.

Medical Information Form

This yearly form is required for every junior crew athlete prior to participation in practice.  This form expires at the end of each calendar year. Please note, this form is different than the E-13 form used by our summer camps.

Code of Conduct

This yearly form is needed from every junior crew athlete prior to participation in practice.  This form expires at the end of each calendar year. It outlines the conduct that is expected of athletes at our facility. It must be signed by both the parent and participant.

USRowing Waiver & Membership

The USRowing waiver and paid membership are completed online at the link above. The USRowing waiver is valid for the calendar year and is required for competition at any regatta. The paid membership is valid for a full year from the month of payment and is required only for competition at the USRowing Regional Championships in May and USRowing Youth National Championships in June.

Permission Slip

This form is required each competitive season. It outlines competition dates and gives permission for participants to travel and compete with the team.

Merchandise Form

This form provides description and pricing for various team gear. Some items are kept in stock at MBRSC, while others are noted as special order. Please refer to date on the form for order deadlines.

Notarized Medical Surrogate Form Only required for Spring

This form is required for some overnight Spring travel, such as Brentwood. This form provides consent for us to contact emergency medical services in the event that we cannot immediately contact a parent while travelling. This form does not expire.

The following forms are required for participation in the Junior Crew program at Mount Baker. In order to be allowed to participate in practices all forms must be signed and turned into the office on the first day of crew. If you have questions as to whether your athlete is current on their paperwork please contact the office.

DateNameEstimated CostNoviceVarsity
Nov. 12First Day Fall ConditioningAllAll
Dec. 3Winter and Spring Registration at noon
Dec. 14Christmas Ships and Open HouseAllAll
Dec. 21Last Day Fall Conditioning
Jan. 6First day Winter Junior Exp ConditioningAll
Jan. 7First day Winter Junior Nov ConditioningAll
Feb. 3First day Spring Junior CrewAll
Feb. 12 (approx)Parent Meeting (new families strongly encouraged to attend)AllAll
March 2-6Row-a-thonAllAll
March 7Baker Day – Shoreline clean upAllAll
March 14-15Shamrock InvitationaltbdSelect
March 21Green Lake Spring Regatta @ Green Lake~$75AllSelect
March 29Husky Open @ UW boathouse~$50All
April 5Rose City Invitational @ Vancouver, WA~$110tbdAll
April 24-26Brentwood Regatta @ Vancouver Island, BC Canada**(passport required)~$375tbdAll
May 2Opening Day Regatta @ UW boathousenoneSelect (by invite)
May 15 – 17Jr. Regional Championships @ Vancouver, WA~$300AllAll
May 18Last day of Spring Junior Crew: 4:15 p.m.AllAll
May 27Wednesday Night Awards Event @ Mt BakerAllAll
June 7 – 9Jr. National Championships: Location: Sarasota, FLTBDSelect

* The cost and complexity of these regattas requires that we budget them much closer to the event.  We aim to have these costs finalized 3 weeks prior to travel.  The costs listed are our best estimate at this time, but could move up or down.  We fund raise to reduce the cost of Junior Regional Championships and Youth National Championships, so the final amount should be much less than our initial estimate.  All cost updates are communicated through our weekly team updates.

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