UVRF Spring Junior Rowing Programs

Register HERE for EITHER program

NEW in 2023! TWO Program Options!


This is our traditional spring racing program consisting of 5-day a week practices and 6 weekend races. Rowers and coxswains are expected to attend all practices and regattas. The program is open to 8 – 12th graders. Rowing is in all boat classes including sweep (one oar per rower, in 4+s or 8+s) and sculling (two oars per rower, in quads (4x), doubles (2x) and optional singles (1x). More details below! $350 plus $25 club membership. Financial aid available!


            7/8th Grade SPRING ROWING PROGRAM

This NEW program for 7th and 8th graders is run alongside the Spring Racing Program at the same locations and times, but only meets 3 days a week (M/W/F), does not include racing and is coached separately. Once we get on the water, depending on boat availability we will primarily be sculling (2 oars each) in coxed quads (four person rowing shells with a coxswain to steer). 8th graders may opt for that full 5-day-a-week racing program or this 3-day-a-week non-racing program. Interested participants may move up to the racing program during the season at the discretion of the coaches.  More details below! $200 plus $25 club membership. Financial aid available!

SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY! Safety is always a top priority at UVRF, and extra precautions will be
considered on a case by case basis for our younger and new rowers, but ALL rowers and coxswains must watch the US Rowing Safety Video and pass the swim test or wear a PFD. Learn more about UVRF Safety practices at our Mandatory Parent-Athlete Meeting on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION:  Please note that because these are not school programs, participants will need to arrange their own transportation to practices and races. Carpools are typically worked out at the beginning of the season.

UVRF Spring Junior Rowing Programs

Head Coach: Carin Reynolds

Coaches: Chuck Nagle, Ian Girdwood, Laura Gillespie, Jess Fitzgerald, Ala Crockett

 No experience necessary or expected!

Want to learn more about EITHER of these programs?

Drop-in to any of our optional pre-season erg practices at 75 Bank St., Lebanon, NH M/W/F from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. from Monday, February 27, 2023 to Friday, March 10.  Meet coaches, rowers, try out an erg and come with your questions and curiosity!

Check out our UVRF Spring Junior Racing Program  Facebook page!

Mandatory Parent-Athlete Meeting –  Wednesday, MARCH 22, 2023 – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  In-depth information about the program, ask questions, meet the coaches and captains and learn about UVRF Lebanon crew. We will have practice from 5 – 6 p.m. followed by the Parent-Athlete Meeting – all at 75 Bank Street, Lebanon, NH in the gym of the former Lebanon Junior High School.

FREE Optional Pre-Season Erg & Body Strength workouts: Drop in and check it out! ALL INTERESTED PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS ARE WELCOME! Experienced and new rowers as well as those who just want to check it out before committing:

Two weeks: Monday, February 27 – Friday, March 10

Time: M/W/F  from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Location: 75 Bank St., Lebanon, NH (gym of former junior high school)

Regular Season Starts Monday, March 13 and ends Saturday, June 3, 2023

There will be no practice during April break (Saturday April 8 – Sunday April 16) 

REMINDERBecause this is not a school program, participants will need to arrange their own transportation to practices and races.

Pre-On The Water Practice (Monday, March 13 to approximately Friday April 7) – Ergs, Core, Strength @ 75 Bank Street.

Practice will be daily, Monday-Friday from 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. at 75 Bank Street.

FIRST WEEK OF PRACTICE – if you’re not sure if you want to commit or not, come give it a try for FREE – no commitment!

On the Water Practice (Starting Monday, April 17 or whenever the site is open and the river is safe for rowing)

Once we are on the water, practices are at Kendal Riverfront Park in Hanover (parking available at the site) located at 84 Lyme Road (Route 10), 2 miles north of Hanover green. Mondays – Thursdays 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m./Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 


Saturday, April 22, 2023 – at Dublin School vs. Dublin and Brewster Academy

Saturday, April 29, 2023 –HOME v. Vermont Academy and Great Bay Rowing

Sunday, May 7, 2023 – Bald Eagle Sprints at Amoskeag Youth Rowing v. AYR, Derryfield, GBR

Saturday May 13 & Sunday May 14, 2023Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta, Lowell Massachusetts

Sunday, May 21, 2023 – HOME – GRANITE STATE 4+ CHAMPIONSHIP (home) (Hollis-Brookline, Dublin School, The Derryfield School, Souhegan, MRA)


Saturday, June 3, 2023 – HOME – UVRF Masters v. Juniors

Cost: SPRING RACING PROGRAM – $350 / 7th/8th GRADE SPRING ROWING PROGRAM – $200  plus $25 UVRF Spring Junior membership OR $50 UVRF annual junior membership (which covers spring, summer and fall). Generous Financial Aid!!!! (including installment payment option and partial or  full scholarship) is available from the UVRF-Jasmine Rogers Scholarship Fund. Contact Head Coach Carin Reynolds (carin.reynolds@gmail.com) in confidence for details.



  • IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE (or volunteer where there is contact with rowers), you must be “Up to date” per CDC Guidelines with all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.
  • Swim Test/Safety Video:  All rowers who have not taken the swim test will be taking one during a regularly scheduled practice. The swim test consists of 10 minutes of treading water followed by swimming two lengths of the pool (any stroke, any speed), treading water and putting on a life jacket that has been thrown to you, then getting out of the pool with the life jacket on.
  • All rowers must watch the U.S. Rowing Safety Video which will be shown during a practice before we go on the water.
  • Attendance at ALL practices and races is expected; but some accomodations can be made.
  • Participation in team fundraising events, most importantly fundraising for our Upper Valley Rowing & Friends Prouty Team (Note that The Prouty this year is scheduled to be held on July 15, 2023 — attendance at the actual event is voluntary, but we will organize a team row for the event if it is held.)

Parent volunteers! We need you and we love you!  In addition to helping with parking, safety and food at regattas, we need “launch parents” (no experience necessary!) at daily practices. There’s a t-shirt in it for you, and profuse thanks from the coaches and kids! Interested? Email Ryan Ray (click to email).

Please note that to protect our rowers and to comply with USRowing requirements, volunteers who do not have regular contact with or authority over minor participants, such as launch patrol parents, parking attendants, commission control, stake boat holders, hospitality, launch drivers, etc., are not required to take SafeSport training but do need to be aware of the MAAPP (Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies) and how to report if they see a violation. Policy. Details HERE.

Questions? Contact Carin Reynolds at carin.reynolds@gmail.com or 603-276-9250.