Middle School

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    • Grades: 6 through 8 - No experience necessary!
    • Location: 343 Palmetto Ave, Osprey, FL.  
    • Practice Days & Times: The middle school program is 2 days/week. Practice is on Saturdays plus one week day of your choice. During registration you will choose the week day that you want for that season. More details below. There is also an option to purchase an additional weekday practice for the season. Monday - Friday practices are 4:30PM-6:45PM (6:30PM during Daylight Savings)*. Saturday practices are 8:30AM-11:30AM.
    • *Schedule Note: For those who may get out of school later in the day, it is ok to arrive after 5:00PM for your weekday practice. You will still get to participate. 
    • Two options are available for the main weekday program. Depending on your preference, you can choose to row in 8's or singles for your weekday practice. All program participants then come together for the Saturday practices to row in 8's (sweep rowing):
      • Singles Program: Sculling (2 oars per rower) in singles, learn the skills of handling your own boat and the refined skills it takes to row a single. This program is offered Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri. You will choose one of these week days for the season. Saturdays will be in 8's (sweep rowing) with all program participants.
      •  8's Program: Sweep (1 oar per rower) in team boats, learn how to row in 8's and how to work together as a team. We offer this option on Tuesdays or Thursdays. You will choose one of these week days for the season. Saturdays will also be in 8's (sweep rowing) with all program participants.
      • Additional Day(s): During registration, you can choose to add an additional weekday practice(s) in the program of your choosing (singles or 8's).
    • Cost: Fall session (10 weeks) $550. Spring session (10 weeks) $550.
      • Optional additional day(s) $250/day/session. Optional Fall preseason (5 weeks) $300. Optional Spring extension TBA. 
    • Fall Season Dates:  
      • Preseason: 5 weeks (10 practices total) of sweep rowing primarily. There are no day/program options for the preseason. Practices are Tuesdays 4:30PM-6:45PM and Saturdays 8:30AM-11:30AM. Preseason practice dates are August 29, Sept 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30. The fee for preseason is $300.
      • Fall Session: 10 weeks of rowing in the program of your choosing. October 2nd - December 16th (No practice during Thanksgiving week). December 16th will be an option to join in the Sarasota Crew Instrasquad race for a small additional fee. This is an end of season, fun event for all Sarasota Crew programs. Families are encouraged to attend!
      • Fall Races: For athletes who are ready and interested in competing, there are 3 optional Fall races. Race fees are charged separately.
        • Halloween Regatta, Tampa, FL, October 28th
        • Benderson Chase, Nathan Benderson Park, November 18-19th
        • Sarasota Crew Intrasquad Regatta, Nathan Benderson Park, December 16th
    • Spring Season:
      • Spring Session: 10 weeks of rowing in the program of your choosing. January 15th - March 29th (No practice the week of March 11-15). Other than March 11-15, we will have practices on days that are school holidays during this session.
      • Spring Add-On: We usually have an additional option of rowing in April into May for those who want to continue. We will share more details as they become available.
      • Spring Races: For athletes who are ready and interested in competing, there is an optional Spring race. Race fees are charged separately.
        • Race details TBA. The race typically takes place on the last day of this session (Saturday) either in Tampa or Sarasota. 
  •  Bus: We do have a bus that comes from Pine View School! We also can help figure out carpools so please reach out to us if you need help. To sign up for the bus you simply register under the Join Us -Youth Rowing -Transportation tab.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Team Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Middle School Practice Schedule
All middle school rowers attend Saturday practice, the weekday you attend is your choice:
Monday: Singles program

Tuesday: Choose Singles or 8s program

Thursday: Choose Singles or 8s program

Friday: Singles program
8th Grade Athletes
8th-grade athletes interested in rowing on the Freshman Novice Team can start the Fall Session with the Freshman Novice squad. Athletes and Parents must have the understanding that this is a probationary period, and after a meeting in September with the Head Coach, Parents, and Rower, the most appropriate decision on placement will be made.