Juniors

Welcome to the Victoria City Rowing Club (VCRC) Junior Program. VCRC offers competitive rowing programs for youth aged 12-18 years old, from novice to high performance levels.
  • General Information

    Program overview, registration, and gear information.
    • Welcome to the Victoria City Rowing Club (VCRC) Junior Program.  VCRC offers competitive rowing programs for youth aged 12-18 years old, from novice to high performance levels, as well as a non-competitive, Row for Life program.  VCRC programs are aligned with Rowing Canada's Athlete Development Pathway and Canadian Sport for Life.

      The goals of the Junior program are:

      • to foster a love of rowing,
      • to encourage all participants to work hard and strive for excellence,
      • to build self-confidence and intrinsic motivation by helping athletes develop skills, fitness and competence, and
      • to foster the development of Juniors as athletes and as citizens.

      Prerequisite: completion of the Fall school season, an Introduction to Rowing program, Youth Summer Camp or equivalent. VCRC is happy to arrange custom Introduction to Rowing lessons for youth who wish to register for the coming season but do not meet the prerequisite.

      Juniors are grouped by age and gender: Junior A (U19), Junior B (U17) and Junior C (U15). * 

      *There is some flexibility in the age groupings to accommodate juniors who are either early or late developers. Please contact the if you wish to register in a group outside your age group.

      Juniors register for programs by the season:

      Winter/Spring Season: January-end of May

      Summer Season: June-end of July

      Winter Training Camp: mid November-mid December

      Row for Life:  early February-end of July, in 8 week or 4 week blocks.

      Fall (early September-early November): VCRC encourages athletes to row for their school. Please visit  Greater Victoria Youth Rowing Society or contact your school's Athletic Director for more information on the Fall school program.

      VCRC runs a small Fall Development program for high performance Junior athletes. 

      Find more program details, including start dates and training schedules under Program Information.

    • REGISTER NOW  Not sure how to register? Visit the VCRC Registration page for complete instructions.  

      Fees    2016-2017 Fee Schedule    Fees are also posted under each Season.

      VCRC Junior Parent membership

      Parents or guardians of VCRC Junior members may register as VCRC Associate -Parent members of VCRC. The Associate membership is a non-rowing membership, with voting privileges. To be eligible, a parent must pay the Junior Spring program fee,a $100 non-refundable deposit for the Junior Summer Program, and the $45 VCRC Associate - Parent fee (includes $25 annual fee for membership in Rowing Canada and Rowing BC).  

      Children's Fitness Tax Credit

      The Children's Fitness Tax Credit allows you to claim eligible fees up to a maximum of $500 per child. The child must be 16 years of age or under as of December 31 of the year in which the fee is paid.

      2016 tax year: if you paid online, download the receipt from  your child's RCA Web Registration account. If you paid by cheque, please contact the  to request a receipt. Receipts are typically sent out in February.

      For more information, visit Canada Revenue Agency.

      Funding Support

      Grants to assist lower income families with registration fees are available through:

      Kidsport Victoria  

      Athletics for Kids

      Jumpstart

      Family Discount

      VCRC offers a 10% discount for the second child and a 20% discount for subsequent children who are registered in a VCRC Junior competitive program in the same year. Please contact the  if you would like the discount applied to your fees.

       

  • Program Information

    VCRC offers competitive programs in the Spring (January-May), Summer (June-July) and Fall (high performance only), as well as a Winter Training Camp (mid-November to mid-December). The non- competitive Row for Life program is offered in blocks from February-July. Program dates, fees and schedules are posted by season.
    • Winter Training Camp

      November to December

      The Winter Training Camp helps athletes build a strong foundation of general fitness (aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility) and further develop rowing skills in preparation for the Spring Junior Competitive season.   Weekday sessions are on land and typically include ergometer, core and circuit training and some running; weekend session are onwater. Athletes are encouraged to register for the  Winter Training Camp to prepare for the upcoming season, but it is not mandatory.

      Prerequisite: completion of the Fall school season, an Introduction to Rowing program, Youth Summer Camp or equivalent. VCRC is happy to arrange custom Introduction to Rowing lessons for youth who wish to register for the Winter Training Camp but do not meet the prerequisite.

      2016  Dates and Fees**

      November 14-December 18, 2016

      All athletes are welcome to the Annual Christmas Row December 18, 2016. Check with your coach for details!

      Junior A (U19) and Junior B (U17): 5 practices per week.    Fee: $168* (includes GST) 

      Junior C (U15): 3 practices per week.  Fee: $120.75* (includes GST) 

      * Plus annual $25 RCA/RBC if owing. The RCA Web Registration site will determine whether the fee is owing and will then calculate the total fee to be paid.

      **fees include GST 

      REGISTER NOW  Not sure how to register? Visit the VCRC Registration page for complete instructions.

      2016 Practice Schedule:

      Junior A Boys: T,Th,F 4:00-6:15 pm; Sunday 8:45-10:45 am, and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Junior A Girls: M,W,Th 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Junior B Boys: M,W,Th 4:00-6:15 pm, Sunday 8:45 am-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Junior B Girls: T,W,F 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8:45 -10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Junior C Boys: M,W 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45 am

      Junior C Girls: T,Th 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday  11:45 am-1:45 pm

       

    • Spring Season

      January to May

      The VCRC Spring Junior Competitive rowing program focuses on developing technical and competitive skills and fitness for rowers at all levels, from novice  to elite. 

      Prerequisite: completion of the Fall school season, an Introduction to Rowing program, Youth Summer Camp or equivalent. VCRC is happy to arrange custom Introduction to Rowing lessons for youth who wish to register for the coming season but do not meet the prerequisite.

      REGISTER NOW  Not sure how to register? Visit the VCRC Registration page for complete instructions.  To assist with planning, please register by  December 15th, 2016. A $50 late fee applies to registrations after this date.

      Remember to submit your $100 Volunteer Bond (cheque payable to VCRC, postdated April 30, 2017). For more information on the Volunteer Bond, click here.

      2017 PROGRAM DATES AND FEES**   January 9th to May 19th, 2017

      Jr A athletes (U19) Green (6 practices/wk): Fee: $1333.50* OR  White (4 practices/wk):  Fee: $1065.75* 

      Jr B athletes (U17):  5 practices/wk. Fee: $1197.00* 

      Jr C athletes (U15): practice 3 practices/wk. Fee: $887.25* 

      Coxswain Fee: $393.75* 

      * Plus $70 annual RCA/RBC fee or $45 RCA upgrade fee, if owing. The RCA Web Registration site will determine the RCA/RBC fees that are owing and then adjust the fee to be paid.

      ** all fees include GST

      Mandatory Volunteer Bond: please submit a separate cheque for $100.00, postdated April 30, 2017. If you cannot volunteer, just write “cash it” on the cheque.  Please include athlete's name on all cheques!

      **IMPORTANT**   Athlete and Parent Information Meeting January 12, 6:30 pm.

      ALL athletes and parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Get information on: regattas, communicating with coaches, where to find up-to-date information, Junior Parent Committee, important reminders and new initiatives, guidelines for dealing with sickness, injury or absences, and much more. This is a great chance to meet the coaches and other parents, and ASK QUESTIONS.

      PRACTICE SCHEDULE

      Jr. A Boys Green (6 practices) - M, T,Th, F 4:00-6:15 pm; Sunday 8:45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Jr. A Boys White (4 practices) - T, Th, F 4:00-6:15 pm; Sunday 8:45-10:45am

      Jr. A Girls Green (6 practices) - M, W, Th, F 4:00-6:15pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45am and 11:45am-1:45pm

      Jr. A Girls White (4 practices) - M, W, Th, 4:00-6:15pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45am

      Jr. B Boys  - M, W, Th 4:00-6:15pm, Sunday 8:45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Jr. B Girls- T, W, F 4:00 - 6:15pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Jr. C Boys - M, W, 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45 am

      Jr. C Girls - T, Th 4:00-6:15pm, Saturday 11:45 am-1:45 pm

      REGATTAS 

      Information on regattas will be provided at the start of the season, throughout the season by the lead coach of each program and is available on Rowing BC.  Click here for the Junior Regatta Schedule.

       

      Are you new to rowing and want to be part of a competitive program? Please register for a Youth Introduction to Rowing or Youth Summer Camp. From there you can move on to the Row for Life program or a ReBoot camp to further build your skills and fitness in preparation for the Fall competitive season (offered through the High Schools).

       

    • Summer Season

      June to end of July

      The VCRC Junior Competitive rowing program focuses on developing technical and competitive skills and fitness for rowers at all levels, from novice  to elite. 

      Prerequisite: completion of the Fall school season, an Introduction to Rowing program, Youth Summer Camp or equivalent. VCRC is happy to arrange custom Introduction to Rowing lessons for youth who wish to register for the coming season but do not meet the prerequisite.
       
       
      Joining VCRC for the summer from another program?
      VCRC  welcomes rowers who are in Victoria for the summer only or joining VCRC from a school program (e.g., CSI, Brentwood, Shawnigan, SMU). Please contact the VCRC Junior Head Coach if you will be joining the program after the season start date. 
       
      REGISTER NOWNot sure how to register? Visit the VCRC Registration page for complete instructions. To assist with planning, please register by May 28, 2017 . A $50 late fee will apply to registrations after this date. 
       
      2017 PROGRAM DATES AND FEES ** June 5-July 30, 2017
       
      Jr A athletes (U19) Green (6 practices/wk):  Fee: $504.00*  OR White (4 practices/wk): Fee $362.25*

      Jr B athletes (U17): 5 practices/wk. Fee: $441.00* 

      Jr C athletes (U15): 3 practices/wk. Fee: $309.75* 
       
      Coxswain Fee: $189.00* (includes GST)
       
      * Plus $70 annual RCA/RBC fee or $45 RCA upgrade fee, if owing. The RCA Web Registration site will determine the RCA/RBC fees that are owing and then adjust the fee to be paid.
      ** all fees include GST
       
      Mandatory Volunteer Bond – please submit a separate cheque for $100.00, postdated July 15, 2017. If you cannot volunteer, just write “cash it” on the cheque.  Please include athlete's name on all cheques!
       
       
      PRACTICE SCHEDULE
       
      Jr. A Boys  Green (6 practices) - M, T,Th, F 4:00-6:15 pm; Sunday 8:45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm
       
      Jr. A Boys White (4 practices) - T, Th, F 4:00-6:15 pm; Sunday 8:45-10:45am
       
      Jr. A Girls Green (6 practices) - M, W, Th, F 4:00-6:15pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45am and 11:45am-1:45pm
       
      Jr. A Girls White (4 practices) - W, Th, F 4:00-6:15pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45am
       
      Jr. B Boys  - M, W, Th 4:00-6:15pm, Sunday 8:45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm
       
      Jr. B Girls- T, W, F 4:00 - 6:15pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45am and 12:00-2:00 pm
       
      Jr. C Boys - M, W, 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45 am
       
      Jr. C Girls - T, Th 4:00-6:15pm, Saturday 11:45 am-1:45 pm
       

      REGATTAS

      Click here for the Junior Regatta Schedule.
       
      Information on regattas will be provided at the start of the season and throughout the season by the lead coach of each program. Regatta information is also available on the Rowing BC website.

      Are you new to rowing and want to be part of a competitive program? Please register for a Youth Introduction to Rowing or Youth Summer Camp. From there you can move on to the Row for Life program or a ReBoot camp to further build your skills and fitness in preparation for the Fall competitive season (offered through the High Schools).

    • ROW FOR LIFE

      Do you love to row but are not interested in competing or are too busy with other activities to commit to the Junior Competitive program? Sign up for  the  VCRC Row for Life program.  

      The Row for Life program emphasizes skill development, aerobic fitness and the joy and fun of rowing in both crew boats and 1xs.

      REGISTER NOW  Not sure how to register? Visit the VCRC Registration page.

      PRACTICE SCHEDULE: M, W, F 4:00-6:15 pm

      DATES AND FEES**

      Spring (8 week sessions)

      R4L #1 February 6 - March 31, 2017

      R4L #2 April 3- - May 26, 2017

      Fees: $273.00* 

      Summer (4 week sessions)

      R4L #3 June 5-June 30

      R4L #4 July 3-July 28

      Fees: $147.00* 

      Plus $25 annual RCA/RBC fee, if owing. The RCA Web Registration site will determine the RCA/RBC fees that are owing and then adjust the fee to be paid.

      ** fees include GST.

    • High School Rowing (early September-early November)

      Athletes are encouraged to row with their school in the Fall.  Please go to GVYRS or contact your school's Athletic Director for more information.

      NEW for 2017  "High School Plus"

      Athletes who row for their High School may also sign up to row with the VCRC "High School Plus" program (2 onwater sessions/wk).   This program is designed for athletes who are interested in getting additional training in preparation for the Junior competitive season.

      Tentative schedule:  W 4-6 pm and Sun 9-11 am

      If there is sufficient demand, we may run a session T 4-6 pm for those who practice with their schools on Wednesdays.

      Tentative Fee: $165 +GST + any RCA/RBC fees owing

      VCRC Fall Performance Development (early September to mid-November)

      The Fall Performance Development Program provides a small group of high performance athletes with the opportunity to build small boat skills and do the physiological training that fits with their stage of development and performance goals.  Athletes in this group are typically training for the National Rowing Championships and the Junior National Team trials.

      Juniors in the Fall Performance Development program are not eligible to race with their schools, except in the Championship 1x.

      Dates, Practice Schedule and Fees

      September 5-November 5, 2017

      M, T, Th, F 4:00 - 6:00 p.m and Sunday 8:45 am - 10:45 am and 11:45 am - 1:45 p.m.  

      Erg sessions: M, F 6:15-8:15 pm

      2017 Fees: $475* (+ GST)

      *Plus $70 annual RCA/RBC fee if owing. The RCA Web Registration site will determine whether the fee is owing and then calculate the total fee to be paid.

      For information on standards and how to apply, check out the Fall Performance Development document, below.

       

  • Junior Training Groups

    Junior A (U19), Junior B (U17), Junior C (U15) and Row for Life
    • Junior C (U15)

      Athetes born 2003 or later*

      Commitment: 3 days per week

      LTAD Stage: Learning to Train/early Training to Train

      The U15 program emphasizes the FUNdamentals of rowing technique and teamwork, while developing aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. U15 athletes are introduced to racing at local regattas.

      Practice Schedule (Winter, Spring and Summer):
      Junior C Boys: M, W 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8:45 -10:45 am. 

      Junior C Girls: T, Th 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 11:45 am-1:45 pm

      *There is some flexibility to accommodate athletes who are early or late developers. Please contact the  if you wish to register in a group outside your age group.

    • Junior B (U17)

      Athletes born 2001 and 2002*

      Commitment: 5 sessions per week

      LTAD Stage: Training to Train

      Training for the U17 group emphasizes aerobic capacity, flexibility and components of strength, while continuing to develop rowing skills. Athletes develop racing skills by competing in local regattas and can work toward competing at some Vancouver-based and major North American regattas. Novices are welcome.
       

      Practice Schedule (Winter, Spring and Summer):

      Junior B Boys: M,W,Th 4:00-6;15 pm, Sunday 8:45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Junior B Girls: T, W, F 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      *There is some flexibility to accommodate athletes who are early or late developers. Please contact the  if you wish to register in a group outside your age group.

    • Junior A (U19)

      Athletes born 1999-2000*

      Junior A Green (U19) (6 practices)

      Commitment: 6 practices per week

      LTAD Stage: Learning to Compete/early Training to Compete and Competitive for Life

      The 6 session program is for those experienced athletes committed to training hard in order to compete at the top levels. Athletes will compete in most of the local regattas and possibly some major North American and International regattas. This program is for athletes who have aspirations to make the Provincial and/or Canadian Junior National teams or race at Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.

      Practice Schedule Winter (5 sessions)

      Junior A Boys: T, Th, F 4:00-6;15 pm, Sunday 8:45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Junior A Girls: M,W,Th 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8;45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Practice Schedule Spring and Summer (6 sessions)

      Junior A Boys: M, T, Th, F 4:00-6;15 pm, Sunday 8:45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Junior A Girls: M,W,Th,F 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8;45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

       

      Junior A White (U19) (4 practices) 

      Commitment: 4 days per week

      LTAD Stage: Learning to Compete/early Training to Compete and Competitive for Life

      The 4 day program develops general fitness, strength and rowing skills, and promotes "rowing for life". It is well-suited to athletes with other commitments who still want to enjoy rowing and racing, as well as to those thinking of training in the 6 day program in the future. Athletes in this group train along side the U19 six sessions group and compete in local regattas.

      Practice Schedule Winter (5 sessions)

      Junior A Boys: T, Th, F 4:00-6;15 pm, Sunday 8:45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Junior A Girls: M,W,Th 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8;45-10:45 am and 12:00-2:00 pm

      Practice Schedule Spring and Summer (4 sessions)

      Junior A Boys: T, Th, F 4:00-6:15 pm, Sunday 8:45-10:45 am 

      Junior A Girls: W,Th,F 4:00-6:15 pm, Saturday 8:45-10:45 am 

      *There is some flexibility to accommodate athletes who are early or late developers. Please contact the  if you wish to register in a group outside your age group.

    • Row for Life (12-18 years)
      Commitment: 3 days per week
      LTAD stage: Learning Train, Active for Life

      The Row for Life program is designed for those who love rowing and want to continue to develop their rowing skills and general fitness, but who are not interested in racing. Athletes in the Row for Life program are welcome to register for one of the competitive programs in the future.

      Prerequisite: athletes must have completed an Introduction to Rowing, Youth Summer Camp, High School rowing program or equivalent. VCRC is happy to arrange private lessons for athletes who do not meet the prerequisite.
       

      Practice Schedule:  M,W,F 4:00-6:15 pm

  • Volunteer Information

    Support Junior rowers and VCRC!
    • Junior Parent Committee

      The Junior Parent Committee supports the Junior program by fundraising, running the Food Tent at regattas, and taking on other projects that support the Junior program.

      The Junior Parent Committee supports the Junior program in ways not directly related to training and racing. JPC initiatives include:

      • Food tent (Spring "away" regattas)
      • Annual fundraiser (Spring season)
      • Summer BBQ (Summer season)

      We encourage you to support the Junior program by volunteering for the JPC or helping with JPC initiatives. All Junior parents are invited to JPC meetings. Please contact the for more information.

      Do you have a particular skill or area of interest? Please contact the  with your idea.

    • Volunteer Bond

      Support Junior rowers and VCRC.

      Volunteer Bond

      A volunteer bond in the form of a $100 postdated cheque is required as part of Junior registration for both the Spring and Summer programs. The volunteer bond is deposited only if you are not able to fulfill the volunteer requirement.  

      Volunteer Requirement

      Each Junior member registered (or their parent, sibling, grandparent...) is required to volunteer for at least one shift at the Duelling Over a Grand Regatta (Spring season) or BC Championships Regatta (Summer season). If you are not able to volunteer, the  volunteer bond will be cashed. More information on volunteer shifts and how to sign up will be provided during the season. 

      Notes:

      • Parents are asked to volunteer for a minimum of one shift per athlete in their family.
      • Please contact the if you know in advance that you will be unable to volunteer on the regatta weekend. There are regatta jobs that can be done in advance of the regatta.
      • Umpiring at the regatta or being on the Regatta Committee count as volunteer shifts.

      These regattas hosted by VCRC not only provide great racing experiences for athletes, but are an important source of revenue that supports club operations (coaching, equipment maintenance and purchase).

      Regatta Committee

      We are also looking for volunteers for the Regatta Organizing Committee for both regattas: 

      • Regatta Chair
      • Safety Co-ordinator
      • Site Co-ordinator
      • Volunteer Co-ordinator
      • Concession Co-ordinator
      • Registration Co-ordinator
      • Results Co-ordinator

      Please contact the r if you would like more information or are interested in being on the Regatta Committee.

       

  • The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta is the largest club regatta in North America, attracting competitors from across Canada, the US, Europe, Australia and Central and South America.  Racing at Henley is competitive, exciting and FUN!

    Consistency and quality of training throughout the Winter and Spring, as well as in the Summer season, are critical to racing well at Henley. We encourage junior athletes who are interested in racing at Henley to talk to their lead coach to find out more about standards, selection and training.

    Initial information will be provided at the Junior Parent and Athlete Meeting (January 12, 2017). 

    May 19, 2017  Let your lead coach know if you are interested in trying out for Henley.

    Henley Information Meeting   June 9, 2017 6:30 pm. For athletes (and their parents) committed to trying out for Henley. Please bring your Henley deposit cheque.

    Henley selection - dates to be determined by lead coaches. Final crew selection will be completed no later than July 6. 

    Athletes from other programs (e.g., CSI, Brentwood, Shawnigan) who would like to join VCRC for the summer and race at Henley are encouraged to contact the VCRC Junior Head coach during the Spring season and to attend the Henley Information Meeting.

    Henley training and Henley fee

    Henley crews will train an additional 3 sessions/week starting in late June.  There will be an additional fee for athletes racing at Henley to cover these additional coached sessions, as well as a fee to cover travel, accommodation, trailering and entry fees.

    Henley Fundraising

    Athletes and parents are encouraged to fundraise to help offset costs. VCRC supports  fundraising initiatives  through the VCRC Travel Fund (for example, contributing 75% of the concession revenue, special event entry fees and the course installation fee from the BC Championships regatta). Athletes are encouraged to apply for assistance from the VCRC Travel Fund and to organise their own fundraising events.  Please contact the VCRC Club Manager or lead coach for more information on fundraising and the Travel Fund. 

     

  • Fall Performance Development Program [PDF] - 98KB

    Check here for details on the Fall Performance Development Program, including overview, dates, schedule and how to apply.
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