Middle School Recreational Rowing

Middle school summer rowing camps through the TCAPS Learning, Enrichment & Athletics Program (LEAP) are open to all 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. Our recreational practices have been designed to teach younger athletes the teamwork and focus needed to row while providing a fun day on the lake with friends.

Space is limited to the first 27 participants so please register early!

Why Summer Only

Throughout the state, Midwest and most of the country, there are very few middle school competitions. While middle school rowers are allowed to compete at the high school level at some events, they are still only allowed to race as novices during their first scholastic year of rowing and are often at a size and strength disadvantage compared to their older high school peers – especially their second year when they have to move to the JV level.

Offering a summer recreational program gives area youth the opportunity to learn a new sport prior to high school while still allowing them to participate in other sports during the school year. Our hope is that middle school athletes are able to participate in multiple sports so they have an opportunity to discover the ones they enjoy most.

Commitment to the Team

Unlike most sports, rowers are in the boat from the time they leave the dock until the time they return. There are no sidelines or substitutions – but we do stop for water breaks and instruction on the lake. The best way to learn is with the same group of people in the same seats each practice. We ask that you please make sure your child will be able to commit to the team before registering. In the event your child will be unable to make a practice, please let a coach know with as much notice as possible.

New Rowers

It is recommended that new rowers and their families review the Rower’s Handbook and understand the equipment rules, practice expectations and inclement weather policy. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.

Season Schedule

Practices will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30p until 7:30p from June 26th through July 26th and consist of running, using indoor rowing machines, leg and core exercises and being on the lake in rowing shells. A brief orientation for parents and rowers will be held on the first day of practice.

Participation Fee


This includes ten (10) coached sessions,  safety equipment, use of team shells and land-based training equipment.

This does not include the participation fee paid to TCAPS LEAP or a US Rowing membership (required to be covered by the club’s insurance policy – please see the Rower’s Handbook for more information).

Registration is handled by the TCAPS LEAP office regardless of the school your child attends.

Registration coming soon