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CBRC Juniors Rowing Team

Junior Rowing at CBRC

The Juniors team at CBRC is built around the core values of teamwork, sportsmanship, hardwork, and accountability. At the heart of our program is the singular goal to give South Sound youth the very best opportunities to not only excel at an athletic endeavor but to grow into healthy and capable adults and citizens.

The Juniors team at CBRC is open to all area youth ranging in age from rising 6th graders to seniors in high school. The team is split into three broad categories Varsity, Novice, and Middle School. Novice rowers are new to the sport and spend their first year acquiring the skills and the exposure to rowing that they will need in order to excel as future Varsity rowers. Members of the Varsity squads are those athletes having completed at least one spring season of rowing. Each category of athlete is further broken down by gender.

CBRC isn't the largest club out there, but we routinely send athletes to the Youth National Championships and were rewarded with a National Title for the Women's four in 2012. Our athletes have also been accepted, recruited, and qualify for the US National Team, development camps, and the nation's best collegiate teams. We also enjoy one of the best bodies of water for rowing in the northwest; Lakewood's American Lake.


We practice nearly year round with a few scheduled breaks throughout the year. We generally start our new "rowing year" with the Fall season. Each season varies in length depending on weather and competition schedules. Fall racing is long distance "Head" racing, while Spring is entirely "sprint" racing of one to two thousand meters.

  • Fall: Late August to early November. (Envision this as the "cross-country" of rowing)
  • Winter: Mid November through January. (This is largely conditioning and fine tuning)
  • Spring: February through May. (Envision this as the "track & field" season of rowing)
  • Summer: Late June through early August. (Fun camps and warm water make this a desirable season!)

Why Rowing?

Here at Commencement Bay Rowing Club, we offer opportunities for youth rowers from grades 6-12. While rowing is a high-octane, full body sport, it also embodies a lifestyle of health and wellness. Rowing can help develop skills such as leadership, teamwork, dedication, and commitment for all athletes at any age in life. At it's core, rowing is the ultimate team sport, and it won't take long for you to realize it.

New to the rowing world and want to learn more? Check out our FAQ for first year (Novice) rowers.

CBRC Junior Team Video Spring 2019