Bainbridge Island Rowing offers Juniors rowing programs year-round to young athletes aged 14 to 19 and in Grades 9 though 12. Introductory programs are offered to 8th Grade students in advance of their 9th Grade start. New rowers are accepted during any rowing season, and no prior rowing experience is required.
BIR is a community-based organization and welcomes high school athletes from all across Kitsap County to our Eagle Harbor home.
These follow the scholastic calendar, and peak each year at the end of Spring Season with the USRowing Regional and National Youth Championships in May & June.
Click below for more details about each rowing season, including all relevant fees and schedules.
- Fall Season: Early September through early November
- Winter Season: Mid- November through January
- Spring Season: January through May
- Summer Season: Late June through early August
Each rower must complete the following requirements before participating in any BIR rowing program:
- Read and sign the BIR Registration Forms, which includes the Code of Conduct. Both rowers and parents must read and sign.
- Read, sign, and return the BIR Overnight Travel Policy (for Spring Season regatta participation). Both rowers and parents must read and sign.
- Become a USRowing member (minimum “basic” membership). Sign up or renew your membership at the USRowing Website. Use club code KRCBC (case-sensitive) to be added to the BIR roster.
- Also sign the USRowing Waiver of Liability electronically. This waiver must be signed annually.
- Submit a medical authorization form (obtained from your primary care physician and good for two whole years).
- Complete a float test, which can be scheduled at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center, and then submit a completed Float Test Form.
- Complete a lift test to demonstrate the ability to lift 35 lbs. (the weight of a rowing shell) overhead with two hands.
- Read the BIR Safety Guidelines and BIR Member Expectations. They contain important information that all rowers must know before going on the water.
- Pay all annual and seasonal fees (see below).
Team Selection Criteria
High school rowing is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds, and BIR is committed to supporting the athletic development of youth rowers. Ideally, BIR would like to accommodate all students applying for the Junior program.
Due to the current limitations of equipment, facilities, and coaching staff, as well as safety considerations on our busy waterway, participation is currently capped at a maximum of 108 athletes, distributed among teams as follows:
- 30 to 32 Varsity Boys
- 30 to 32 Varsity Girls
- 20 to 22 Novice Boys
- 20 to 22 Novice Girls.
Should registration exceed these participation levels, coaches will make their team selections during the first two weeks of practice for Varsity rowers and the first week of practice for Novice rowers. Rowers will be promptly notified of the coaches decision via e-mail.
Please note that the completion of the Stan Pocock Legacy Rowing Center will expand our program capacity and allow more athletes to join the largest high school sport on Bainbridge Island.
Team selections are based on some or all of the following criteria:
- Raw and/or weight-adjusted ergometer scores (Specifically the 2000 meter times in Spring Season)
- Running Times (over 1 mile)
- Technical ability in the boat
- Seat racing
- Strength-to-size ratio
- Coxing ability, temperament, and capacity to project voice and authority
- Body size
- Positive attitude, sportsmanship, and general cooperative ‘can-do’ spirit.
Annual Fees: There are two standard annual fees that all rowers must pay at the start of the calendar year or the first season of the calendar year in which they row, whichever comes first.
- BIR Juniors Membership Fee: $90/year
- USRowing Membership Fee. Minimum “Basic” membership required for a $9.75 administrative fee per year. In addition, any Junior rower participating in USRowing’s NW Regional Regatta at the end of the season must pay a $25.25 “Regatta Package” fee. Register and pay online at USRowing.org using BIR’s club code: KRCBC. Membership is good for one year from the time of registration.
Seasonal Fees: Please see the individual season pages for the corresponding BIR seasonal fees.
Scholarships may be available to Junior rowers based on need and funding availability.
All rowers are required to have a uniform consisting of the following (except for Summer season):
- A long-sleeved tech shirt AND
- A BIR unisuit OR a BIR tank top and BIR rowing trou.
Uniforms are ordered from JL Racing, which has a dedicated BIR Juniors page on their website. Please note that Uniforms are only available in small windows of opportunity at specific times during the year.
Information for Rowers and Parents
BIR highly recommends that all Junior rowers and parents review the following resources prior to beginning a rowing program.
- 2017-18 Year at a Glance offers an all-inclusive overview of rowing programs for the academic year.
- BIR Parent Handbook provides a broad look at the sport of rowing and specifics of BIR’s Juniors Programs.
- Current Rowing Calendar contains a summary schedule of rowing events for current school year.
- How to Survive a Regatta is full of useful tips and techniques for parents, friends and supporters of Junior rowers.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Rowing offers some good health and safety tips for those new to the sport.
Junior Parent Leadership Team
These are the BIR parents coordinating everything you can think of in our Juniors programs – Ask them questions, and/or express your thanks by email via firstname.lastname@example.org.
They can also be contacted quickly via the Bainbridge Rowing Parents Facebook Group (apply for access)
Additional Information and Links
Visit the Forms & Documents page for any additional forms not linked on this page, including the BIR bylaws and policies and links to additional rowing websites useful to those new to the sport.