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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 youth in the Greater Tacoma area the very best opportunities to not only excel at an athletic endeavor, but to grow into healthy, capable adults and citizens.

The Juniors team at CBRC is open to a wide breadth of ages - from rising 6th graders to seniors in high school - and is split into three categories:

1. Middle School: This is a purely developmental program, intended to help youth rowers (typically grades 6-8) fall in love with the sport. This has proven to be a great place to develop rowers so that by the time they are ready to jump to novice they are a few steps ahead of the game. Although it is primarily recreational, this is a great place to start getting into rowing!

2. Novice: Your first competitive year of rowing is considered your "novice" season, and this is your time to learn the ins-and-outs of the sport. After racing in a USRowing sanctioned regatta (e.g. Northwest Regional Championships), you are no longer a novice and officially become a varsity rower. Novice seasons are fun and where many people begin to strengthen relationships with their teammates!

3. Varsity: This is where the competition really gets ramped up. Expectations are higher, attendance becomes even more crucial, and the races become a lot tighter. While there is always an element of learning, your varsity seasons are where that learning really starts to get pieced together, you can hop out of the nest, and really learn to fly!

While we may be a smaller club, we train to be competitive and in the last decade have sent several boats to the USRowing National Championships. Our athletes have also been regularly accepted, recruited, and qualified for development camps, the US National Team, and some of the nation's best collegiate teams.

We also count ourselves lucky to call an excellent lake home: Lakewood's American Lake in the Tillicum neighborhood. American Lake is large enough to provide space to several practicing crews, as well finding the space to practice nearly every type of race. It doesn't hurt that on a clear day Mount Rainier is in full view, and the sunset's (and sunrise's) are truly tough to beat.


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. (This is the "cross-country" season 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 to join up!)

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