High School Competitive Rowing

High school rowing is available to all area student-athletes grades 9-12 regardless of the school you attend.

Practices will help rowers build the strength, endurance, technique and teamwork necessary to be succeed. Working as a team is the most critical ingredient to success in rowing. Every stroke of every oar in the boat has to be perfectly in sync for the boat to move with speed and direction, and every rower has to trust that the person ahead of them and behind them are working as hard as they are.

Commitment to the Team

Competitive rowing requires a very large commitment from the student-athletes and the parents. Rowers are expected to attend all practices and are required to attend all regattas. Unlike most sports, a single participant missing practice will greatly affect the feel of the boat, the rate of learning and improvement for our rowers and the overall speed of the team.

Please check our season schedule and make sure you will be able to commit to the team before registering.

Rower’s Handbook & Code of Conduct

Both athletes and parents are required to read and sign the Rower’s Handbook and Code of Conduct at the orientation meeting. These documents define the standard of behavior expected of everyone on the team.


Rowing is largely a traveling sport. Our main regattas are in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Toledo. Those who choose to participate in our seasonal fundraising efforts are typically able to cover 100% of the travel expense and fundraising requirements – reducing the total cost of rowing. Any additional funds raised are used for capital expenses such as purchasing new boats and upgrading our equipment.

Scholarship Potential

In the few short years since its inception, the Traverse City Triton’s rowing program has seen a number of its athletes accept college scholarships, often having multiple schools to consider. The number of partial and full ride scholarships available for students interested in attending a NCAA Division I or Division II school is staggering. We believe that the team-oriented mindset, confidence and strong work ethic we promote within our team can help drastically boost opportunities to receive a top tier college education in a much more affordable way.

For those interested in being recruited or working towards a college scholarship, we recommend starting a profile with Next College Student Athlete and working with Next Step College & Career Planning locally.

High School Learn to Row Day

Each fall and spring the Traverse City Tritons Rowing Team offers a FREE learn to row class for all area high school students grades 9-12. No experience is needed but space is limited.

Spring, Summer & Fall Participation Fee


Rowing is a school-sanctioned sport but does not receive financial support from the district. As a result, our sport must be funded through participation fees and fundraising. The same is true for many other rowing programs around the state including Skyline ($475 for spring / $575 for fall), Huron ($605 / season), Pioneer ($650 / season) and Saline High Schools ($750 / season).

The participation fee does include coaching five days a week, safety equipment, use of team shells and land-based training equipment. It does not include the participation fee paid to TCAPS, a US Rowing membership, a team uniform or travel expenses. An estimated cost worksheet can be found here. Registration is handled through the TCAPS LEAP website regardless of the school you attend. 

Registration coming soon

Winter Training

Our winter training program helps rowers improve athletic performance, reduce their 2k time and prepare for the highly competitive spring season. Early training sessions begin in November and the regular season begins in January.

Space and times are limited so please register soon!