The mission with our junior and high school rowing program is to help each individual reach his/her potential with rowing and to help to develop a sense of community service. SCRC is home to the following Individual Junior and High School Rowing Teams: Ellis School Crew, Plum Area Crew, Riverview Crew, Shady Side Academy Crew, Winchester Thurston Crew. See "Related Links" for more programming for ages 12-18.
Regular Season: November 5 - March 1 (14 weeks of rowing!)
(see categories in chart below for practice days and times)
No practices: November 25 - November 30
and December 23 - January 4
PARENTS: At least one Parent or Legal Guardian should plan to attend one of the Parent's Meetings during the season
This Wiki Website is a private space with more detailed information about the season including race details. Please register to join the group! Please contact Nikki Navta firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with the site.
Fees in the table below are for SCRC and Riverview Crew. Shady Side Academy, The Ellis School and Winchester Thurston forms will be emailed or can be requested from Dori Tompa at email@example.com.
There will be NO PRACTICE ON November 25 - November 30
and December 23 - January 4
**weather dependent, on the water practices go till 6PM and off the water practices to till 5:30PM**
Fall Program Name
Practices per week
Days of practices
$325 + TBD Race fee
No experience necessary. Learn basics of rowing, focus is on funDamentals.
Ends Oct 24.
6 to 8
Up to 3
T &Th 4-5:30PM
$425 + TBD
No experience necessary. Develop skills and begin competing.
8 to 11
At least 4, up to 5
M, T, W, Th 4-5:30PM
Races above and:
December 7 - Row for Humanity
December 14 - Central Catholic Biathalon (running and rowing)
January 15 - Juvenile Diabetes Row for the Cure
February 8 - SCRC Ergatta - Leukemia & Lymphoma
$525 + TBD
No experience necessary, but for the serious athlete. Athletes are expected to attend races and participation is pre-requisite for High Performance.
9 to 12
At least 5, up to 6
M, T, W, Th, Fr 4-5:30PM
Sa 7-9 or 9-11
Races above and:
January 25 - Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints
High Performance race fees TBD
Per coaches' recommendation, athletes have shown committement and speed. No extra fees for coaching, but expected to attend elite races, additional fees for those races.
Learn-to-Row- Please see the “Youth and Adult Camps” page for details and registration. Rowers who attend the first session are invited to continue on to the Recreational Program for the remainder of the spring season, including an optional scrimmage as the culminating season event. The fee for joining the Recreational Program will be discounted when registering for both this spring.
Rowing 101 - Rowers can be new or have experience. The recreational program is geared towards funDamentals of the sport and takes an experiential approach to learning. The goal of this program is to teach the basics of the stroke in a fun environment and with low commitment for new rowers.
Development- Rowers can be new or have experience. This program is for those looking to improve their skills, get more experience in different sized boats, and begin competing. The goal of the Development Team is to begin developing athletes in a supportive and flexible environment.
Competitive- Rowers can be new or have experience. All rowers wishing to compete in Midwest Regional Championships and qualify for Youth Nationals must compete in at least the Competitive category. Eight practices a week are available, five practices are mandatory. The goal of the Competitive program is to give athletes the training and skills needed to race competitively at Midwest Regional Championships.
High Performance- Rowers must have at least one year of experience. Coaches will nominate high performance rowers based on attendance, performance at practice and competition, observed commitment to improving, and teamwork. Additional races are TBD and based on coaches’ recommendations.
SCRC Junior and High School Membership Policy
Online forms must be completed by the first day of participation either in pre-season (if appl.) or regular season. After first day of regular season, a $50 late fee applies.
Seasonal fees are due and non-refundable after first day of regular season.
Practice times: Afternoon practices are 4-5:30PM(INDOOR) or 4-6PM(OUTDOOR), Monday and Wednesday mornings are 5:30-7AM, and Saturday practice is 9-11AM. Competitive and High Performance rowers may be asked to row from 7-9AM on Saturdays.
Late payments -- Rowers will not be allowed to participate if account is not up to date. Families will receive an email from our office manager if we have not received online registration by the first date of regular season AND payment at that time. Rowers will be held back from participating starting the second day of regular season if accounts are still delinquent.
Memberships below include coaching at practices, equipment and facility use at Steel City Rowing Club during scheduled practice times. Memberships below do not include personalized training schedules for practices outside of regularly scheduled practices, except for High Performance on an as need basis.
Limited needs-based Rowing Scholarships are available. Please contact Stan Wetschler, SCRC Board Member, at 724-316-6223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive forms. Scholarship Forms are due one week before the start of regular season.
Universities and rowing organizations recognize the SCRC as one of the country’s leading centers for the development of winning rowers. SCRC’s rowers are recruited by and/or receive scholarships from some of the country’s leading colleges and universities. SCRC alumni have attended:
Bates College, Boston University, Brown University, Bucknell University, George, Washington University, Harvard University, Holy Cross College, Marietta College, Mercyhurst College, Notre Dame University, Oklahoma City University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Southern Methodist, Stanford University, Trinity College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia,, Villanova University, Yale University
The College Recruitment Process
These are useful links for those starting the college recruitment process (BTW - It is never too early to start):
"Rowing isn't your typical after school sport. No other sport would allow you to spend two hours every day out on beautiful water, learn the physics of moving a boat efficiently, or work with teammates so closely. Steel City has been a wonderful place to row because I've been able to work on my skills in every boat class from a single to an eight person shell. I've had access to world class coaches, and have even been able to row in boats with them to receive more personal coaching. Steel City has not only helped me prosper as an athlete but has taught me the important art of time management to become a better student. If you're looking for a sporting experience completely unlike anything else you've tried before, then I would definitely recommend giving rowing a try."
Sydney Jean Gottfried, High School Rowing Member
“Rowing is an amazing sport to get involved with. Steel City provides a wide selection of different levels of rowing along with amazing facilities, coaching, and great experiences and results. Whether someone wants to join a program recreationally for a fun way to stay in shape, or someone wants to take it to a national/international competing level, rowing and Steel City allows for both of these options or anything in between. Potentially providing college scholarships or recruiting opportunities, with fun races, and the experience of a hard working team, Steel City Rowing Club will forever be one of my favorite aspects of high school.”