Bainbridge Island Rowing offers rowing programs year-round to youth aged 14 to 19 and in Grades 9 though 12. New rowers are currently accepted during any rowing season, and no prior rowing experience is needed. BIR welcomes high school athletes from throughout all of Kitsap County.
Click the season name below for full details about each rowing season, including fees and schedules.
- Spring season: January through May
- Summer season: Late June through early August
- Fall season: Early September through early November
- Winter season: Mid- November through January
Each rower must complete the following requirements before participating in any BIR rowing program:
- Read the BIR Code of Conduct and sign and return all of the forms included in it. Both rowers and parents must read and sign.
- Read, sign, and return the BIR Overnight Crew 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.
- Sign the USRowing Waiver of Liability. This waiver must be signed annually.
- Submit a medical authorization form obtained from your primary care physician and good for two years.
- Complete a float test, which can be scheduled at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center, and submit a completed Float Test Form.
- Complete a lift test to demonstrate you can lift 35 lbs. 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 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: 30-32 Varsity Boys, 30-32 Varsity Girls, 20-22 Novice Boys, and 20-22 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 notified via e-mail.
Team selections will be based on some or all of the following criteria:
- Raw and/or weight adjusted ergometer scores (2000 meters for Spring season);
- Running Times (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; and
- 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 in which they row, whichever comes first.
- BIR Juniors Membership Fee: $90/year
- USRowing Membership Fee. Minimum “Basic” membership required for a $7.75 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. The Regatta Package membership fee includes the $7.75 administrative 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 corresponding BIR seasonal fees.
Scholarships may be available 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. Uniform orders are taken only 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.
- Read the BIR Parent Handbook for a broad look at the sport of rowing and specifics of BIR programs.
- Review the Current Rowing Calendar for a summary schedule of rowing for the school year.
- Read How to Survive a Regatta. It’s full of useful tips and techniques for parents.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Rowing offers some good tips for those new to the sport.
Junior Parent Leadership Group Coordinators
Please contact this team by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Information and Links
Visit the Forms & Documents page for any additional forms not found here, including BIR bylaws and policies as well as links to other helpful rowing websites.