MBC PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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NOVICE TEAM

 

The novice team supports those that are new to rowing or returning to the sport after some time away. Our "learn-to-row" graduates complete the remainder of the rowing season on the novice team to hone their skills in anticipation of joining one of our other programs. Novices have varying goals that may include general fitness, racing, and building technique to where independent recreational rowing is possible. For this reason, Novice will focus as a group on the fundamentals to becoming a self-sufficient rower while enjoying the team atmosphere and increased athletic ability. Depending on coach evaluation, our novice members may stay on the novice team for 1-2 seasons before progressing to another program. The novice team starts their coached sessions in the summer in coordination with the completion of learn to row sessions. 


On the novice team, you will get further exposure to sculling and learn about racing opportunities. You'll have an opportunity to row with experienced rowers from the open and masters teams as well as independents. You will also learn more advanced techniques beyond what is taught in our "learn-to-row" classes.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Summer & Fall

M/W/Th   6:00 - 8:00 pm 

REQUIREMENTS
MBC "Learn-to-row" graduate, prior rowing experience, or approval by MBC Director and Novice Coach.

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JUNIOR TEAM

 
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Junior Rowing has a long history at Minnesota Boat Club, spanning over the last several decades. The team has seen great success with local, regional, and international results visible. Minnesota Boat Club Juniors have rowed at Pan Am Games, World Championships, National Championships, and the Olympics, among other major regattas. Juniors have gone on to row at dozens of colleges in the NCAA, IRA and ACRA rowing associations. Many of these Juniors pursuing post-secondary rowing and education earned scholarships or had their admissions assisted by their rowing credentials. 


The Junior team adds life to the club and longevity to the sport of rowing by introducing our youth to the beauty and joy that is crew. Minnesota Boat Club is dedicated to the success of our youth members, both on and off the water. MBC hires a coaching staff exclusively for the junior team who focuses on their development as rowers, athletes, students, and individuals. As a club, there is an emphasis on technique alongside fitness. This makes rowing the perfect addition for a multi-sport athlete looking to gain an edge in their current sport. Rowing provides cardiovascular strength, fitness, mental toughness, and an appreciation

for what our bodies are able to accomplish. MBC coaches will regularly discuss, evaluate, and assist athletes with their individual goals in addition to the team goals. 

joining the team
Middle and High school rowers are welcome to join the team at any point in the year. We offer group learn to row camps specific to juniors throughout the year. We will be holding virtual information meetings for interested parents to learn more: Thursday, April 15th and Wednesday, April 28th, both at 6pm. RSVP can be found on our FB page or via filling out the Inquiry/Interest Form available below and a link to the virtual session will be emailed to you.

If you are interested in your child joining our program, please fill out our Inquiry/Interest Form  - linked below. If what you have read intrigues you, please consider joining us on Raspberry Island in downtown St. Paul. Choosing the Minnesota Boat Club Junior Team will ultimately be one of the best decisions for a young athlete. 

practice scheduleDuring non-covid years, the junior team often practices Monday through Saturday. With the return to junior programming this year during covid, practices will be as follow:

REQUIREMENTS

Junior athletes are primarily high schoolers, entering the 9th grade in the fall all the way through the summer after their senior year. Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a junior for USRowing. High school rowers must have completed a Junior Learn to Row Camp, have prior rowing experience, or have the endorsement of the Junior Head Coach in other circumstances.


Middle schoolers may participate on the team after completion of a Junior Learn to Row Camp and with the endorsement of the Junior Head Coach. 

jUNIOR LEARN TO ROW CAMPS 2021
Minnesota Boat Club will be running learn to row camps in the summer and the fall. The registration for these camps will be available soon. Registration will take place on our Team App Member site, instructions for registration are listed under the Membership page. The sessions run MWF and Saturday at the same time as practices.

The cost per rower is $240 - partial and full scholarships are readily available. Use the Junior Learn to Row Form, linked below, to contact MBC for more information.

Summer Schedule

M/W/F   3:45 - 5:45 pm

Sa   9:00 - 11:00 AM

Fall Schedule

TBA, but most likely the same as Summer.

CAMP DATES
Session A: May 17 - May 29
Session B: May 31 - June 12

Session C: June 28 - July 10
Session D: July 26 - August 7
Session E: September 14- Sept. 25

OPEN TEAM

 

MBC's open team comprises heavyweight and lightweight male and female athletes who train and race year-round in both sculling and sweep events. The Open team meets for coached sessions starting in May through the fall, depending on water and weather conditions. The team is expected to communicate with the coach regarding their attendance. Open rowers who are bow listed may row independently in accordance with the bow list policy outside of coached practice times. 

 

The Minnesota Boat Club has a long history of competitive success and is proud to be amongst the winningest programs in the Midwest. Our teams have won US National and Canadian Henley Championships, all major sprint and headrace regattas throughout the region, and consistently garner numerous victories at the Northwestern International Rowing Association Championships. Success has been a part of our DNA since 1870.  In recent years, USRowing Club National Championships, the NWIRA Championship Regatta, and the Head of the Charles Regatta have been priority races for the squad.

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Our success is intentional. It is derived from a strategic focus on a variety of elements that have proven to produce highly athletic and technically advanced squads year after year. These elements include:

 

  

  • A winning tradition. MBC's club leadership has always prioritized a successful racing squad. Resources are allocated to consistently support this effort. 

  • A highly technical focus. It is not enough to pull hard. Cardiovascular strength and fitness combined with exceptional rowing produces the best results. 

  • Small boats. We spend a great deal of time learning to move the 1x, 2x, and 2- well as this always leads to even faster speed in the big boats.

  • Strong coaching. We invest in a coaching staff with a history of success as both athletes and coaches. They know how to draw the best out of each athlete.

  • A team mentality. Our team consists of highly successful athletes who mentor younger talent. We get faster by pushing one another to be your best.

All of this is carefully cultivated in an environment that is competitive, yet fun. When our teams are on the water, our goal is to always learn to move boats faster, improving our efficiency and athleticism at all times. When we are off the water, we encourage and support our teammates, build lasting friendships, and enjoy a variety of social activities that keep us grounded in the fact that we will produce our greatest results on the water if we trust and enjoy the people and environment of which we are a part.

 

Regatta attendance will always be a priority as this is how we examine the results of our training sessions. Attendance at the Duluth International Regatta (mid-July) and the NWIRA Championship (mid-August) are required for open team members. 

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MBC's open team comprises heavyweight and lightweight male and female athletes who train and race year-round in both sculling and sweep events. The Open team meets for coached sessions starting in May through the fall, depending on water and weather conditions. The team is expected to communicate with the coach regarding their attendance. Open rowers who are bow listed may row independently in accordance with the bow list policy outside of coached practice times. 

 

The Minnesota Boat Club has a long history of competitive success and is proud to be amongst the winningest programs in the Midwest. Our teams have won US National and Canadian Henley Championships, all major sprint and headrace regattas throughout the region, and consistently garner numerous victories at the Northwestern International Rowing Association Championships. Success has been a part of our DNA since 1870.  In recent years, USRowing Club National Championships, the NWIRA Championship Regatta, and the Head of the Charles Regatta have been priority races for the squad.

practice schedule

M/Tu/W/Th/F   5:15 - 7:00 am

Sa    7:00 - 9:00 am

(Regatta boatings are based, in part, on attendance, therefore the expectation is that at least four of the six available weekly sessions are attended.)

 

Sessions with coaching:

Varies in conjunction with the season and racing schedule

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requirements

Prior rowing experience and endorsement from the Head Coach. Year-round members must be bow-listed and have proficiency in both sculling and sweeping techniques.

 

MBC does not have an age bracket for the open team, rather speed and technique requirements set forth by the Head Coach based on the team roster.

COLLEGIATE MEMBERS
College students that meet certain requirements are welcome to train and race with the open team during the summer months. Collegiate athletes considering joining our program throughout the summer can expect to scull at least 50% of the time. This will allow you to rebalance your muscular composition and will help ground you in the ability to move small boats, both of which will make you a stronger and faster contributor as you return to your collegiate programs at the conclusion of the summer. MBC has often been the starting point for collegiates in learning to scull, so sculling experience is not required of our collegiate athletes.

 

Athlete and coach inquiries are encouraged. If what you have read matches your rowing goals, please consider joining us on the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. Choosing the Minnesota Boat Club open team will be amongst the top rowing decisions you make.

masters TEAM

 
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Masters are rowers who have graduated from the novice team or have prior rowing experience, often having been members of the open program in prior years. The masters' team meets for coached sessions starting in May through the late fall, depending on water and weather conditions. Masters rowers who are bow listed may row independently in accordance with the bow list policy outside of coached practice times.

On the masters' team, you will receive coached training on the water to enable you to continue to improve your sweep and sculling skills. In addition, those that are interested, can train to compete in various regattas throughout the season. Minnesota Boat Club is proud of the history of success for our masters. Our master crews have raced to success at US Master Nationals, Head of the Schuylkill, Head of the Charles, and the Northwestern International Regatta Association Championship Regatta, among many others. In recent years, local regattas in addition to the NWIRA Championship regatta have been priority regattas for this team.

Members of this team may also elect to not compete and enjoy the fitness and recreation aspects of rowing while improving their skills and having a safety launch on the water. Some members may not consider themselves "competitive" yet participate in regattas for the team atmosphere. Regatta weekends are "vacations that include rowing" for some, whether they attend as racers or support. Whether you are competitive or recreational, the masters program has a place for you. Elements of MBC that are shared across programs:

 

  • A highly technical focus. 

  • Small boats. We spend a great deal of time learning to move the 1x and 2x well as this always leads to even faster speed in the big boats.

  • Strong coaching. We invest in a coaching staff with a history of success as both athletes and coaches. They know how to draw the best out of each athlete.

  • A team mentality. Our team consists of more experienced athletes who mentor newer rowers. We progress in technique and fitness by pushing each other to achieve our best selves.

MBC master rowers have a long history of enjoying the social aspect of participating in a team. Members bring a variety of experience and backgrounds, which you will find are happily shared with those joining. BBQs after practice are set up by master members as well as after practice drinks.The possibilities are endless.

 

If what you have read speaks to you, please consider joining our masters team. Choosing the Minnesota Boat Club masters team will be a great addition for your athletic or fitness goals, friendships, and outdoor recreational experiences.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE 

M/Tu/W/Th    6:00 - 8:00 pm

Su    7:00 - 9:00 am

 

Sessions with coaching available:

Tu/W/Th    6:00 - 8:00 pm

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Requirements

Prior rowing experience or endorsement by the novice or masters head coach.​

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INDEPENDENTS

 

Minnesota Boat Club is home to a thriving group of independent rowers that train regularly and compete throughout our racing season. While these rowers are not part of a coached program, they do row in team boats and are a self-motivated, self-organized group. Independents do not have assigned rowing times and self-coordinate the sessions they want to row in team boats or alongside other members. This allows for increased flexibility around personal schedules.
 

Independent rowers have access to club equipment but often also row their own singles and doubles. Rowing with this group is a great way to experience rowing, especially if you are unsure if you can commit to one of the other adult programs. 

Rowers new to MBC should speak to the Director prior to joining as an independent member as all independents must be bow-listed and pass both the written and on-water assessments. This membership is not for novice rowers as there is no regular instruction from coaching staff. Independents may elect to do private lessons with a member of the coaching staff.

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ASSOCIATES

 

The associative membership is a social membership to MBC often utilized by Alumni and community members. These members will receive updates from MBC and invitations to social events held by MBC. This membership does not include access to the facilities beyond these events or use of rowing equipment.

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