Rowing programs offered by Tempe Junior Crew fulfill the club’s mission to promote and foster amateur rowing in young adults. TJC offers a great experience for both beginner and initiated youth rowers. All rowing programs are conducted on Tempe Town Lake at our boathouse located on the SW corner of Curry and Mill Ave. (Marquee Theater parking lot under the 202 freeway).
Fall and Spring Season Membership Rowing Programs
Varsity and Junior Varsity Teams – These programs are designed for dedicated junior athletes interested in competing at the USRowing Southwest Regional Junior Championships in Sacramento, CA in May and in the USRowing Youth National Championships in June. The Junior Varsity and Varsity programs require more time, effort, and financial resources than the novice program; it is a significant commitment for both rowers and parents.
The Southwest region (in which TJC competes) is one of the top in the nation for junior rowing. Competition is at the highest level. The design and structure of TJC’s practices are therefore carefully planned to reflect the intensive demands of rowing at this high level.
Athletes will be pushed to expand their physical, emotional, and mental limits. It is expected that TJC’s student athletes are fully capable of managing their time and energy equally between school, family and rowing—and that he or she is mature enough to handle these commitments and coordinate the time required to balance them. Every season is rigorous and demanding for both novice, junior varsity, and varsity rowers and TJC welcomes those willing to make the commitment to join in working toward a great year.
Novice Team – The novice program is designed primarily to introduce athletes to rowing and to help them develop their interest and improve technique and fitness. The full-time program is also a good fit for rowers who are, for any number of reasons, interested in the sport but not able to fully commit to higher levels of competition.
» To register for the Fall Season please go to the Fall Season Registration Page.
NOTE: Regatta fees (includes transport, room, board, entry fees) are not included in regular season fees.
Intro to Row
TJC’s Intro to Row is a great way for the beginning rower to get introduced to a great sport where they can learn to row for recreation, competition, or fitness. This weekend program focuses on all of the basic fundamentals of the sport including water safety, boat handling skills, and proper rowing technique.
Our Intro to Row sessions are limited to 12 rowers. Participants must be at least 13 years old. Once completed, if a participant decides they like the sport and want to continue, they can sign up for summer camps and/or become eligible to begin rowing with the TJC team in the Fall or Spring seasons. Intro to Row sessions are always offered in the month of May, but additional sessions are added based on demand.
NOTE: TJC requires prior rowing experience or the completion of an Intro to Row class, as well as a float test to demonstrate swimming proficiency, prior to joining the team.
» To register in an Intro to Row please go to the Intro to Row Registration Page.
Summer Rowing Camps and Programs
TJC’s developmental camps are a great experience for both Beginner (Novice) and Advanced (Varsity and Junior Varsity) rowers. Summer camps will incorporate both sculling and sweeping techniques as well as developing the attitude of a top competitor. We will also continue our focus on rowing effectively at higher ratings and power generation.
Beginner rowers – Participants will focus on rowing fundamentals and will learn sculling and sweeping techniques to gain familiarity with rowing and lay the groundwork for continued rowing with TJC in the Fall if desired. Rowers will be assigned to either singles, doubles or quads. The goal is to improve rowing skill level through individualized instruction, analysis, and breakdown of stroke mechanics.
Advanced rowers – Participants will focus on sculling and sweeping techniques including video recording and evaluation by coaches. Rowers will be assigned to either singles, doubles or quads. The goal is to improve rowing skill level through individualized instruction, analysis, and breakdown of stroke mechanics.
» Registration for TJC Summer Camp will be available in late spring.