Skip to main content
Los Gatos Rowing Club                       at Lexington Reservoir        
HomeJunior Program Information Edit

LGRC Junior Team
   
 
Serving the Southbay rowing community since 1979, Los Gatos Rowing Club offers rowing and racing experience to approximately 150 middle and high school students from more than 25 Bay Area schools including Los Gatos High School, Saratoga High School, Bellarmine Prep, St. Francis, Archbishop Mitty, Presentation, Leigh and Fisher.  The fall rowing season begins in September and runs through December. The Spring Sprint Season begins in January and runs through May.
 
Our boathouse is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains at Lexington Reservoir just minutes away from Downtown Los Gatos.


Competitive Sweep Program


The Junior Program is made up of six squads, novice, varsity, and middle school crews, that represent different ages and levels of experience.  The men's and women's novice squads consist of first-year athletes, ages 14-18, regardless of their year in high school. Similarly, the Middle School Program I (MSPI) is comprised of first-time athletes in the 6th to 8th grade. No experience is expected or required to join either the novice or middle school I crews and LGRC has a no-cut policy so everyone is welcome to come out and learn to row. The Varsity squads consist of athletes that have completed the novice year, regardless of their year in high school.  Rowing is co-ed but the men and women train and compete separately. And finally, the Middle School Program II (MSPII) is comprised of athletes in the 8th grade that have completed at least one semester of rowing at LGRC. 

 

LGRC competes in the southwest region, one of the top two areas in the nation for junior rowing. The competition is fierce, with many of the region’s clubs, including LGRC, boasting recent national champions. 

 

Practices for novice rowers are 5 - 6 days a week and 6 - 7 days a week for varsity rowers.  Rowing is a tough, demanding sport but the rewards are great.  Rowers are recognized as being disciplined, focused, supportive, team-oriented athletes. We are committed to helping our juniors become not only great student athletes but exceptional young men and women.  Our athletes are regularly recruited to row at colleges across the country.


Our Middle School Programs are designed to prepare younger athletes for high school sports. These co-ed squads meet twice a week for 10 weeks each semester and focus on building coordination and conditioning growing bodies in addition to rowing technique. Although they do not compete outside of LGRC, the spirit of competition is maintained through drills and competitions both on and off the water. Due to resource constraints, both middle school programs are limited to 24 athletes. Therefore, this program is filled on a first come, first served basis.