The Junior (Youth) Team is comprised of committed and motivated middle school and high school students from all areas of Portland, ages 11-18 (6th-12th grade) who are interested in training to compete in regattas in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Our extremely qualified coaches are both former national and international medal winners, each with over 30 years of coaching experience. They instruct our rowers in sculling and sweep rowing, typically in small boats. Both technique and teamwork are emphasized. ORU-PDX Juniors consistently place in the top three at area regattas. We are the only club in Oregon to have qualified a women's boat for the USRowing Junior National Championships in 2015.

Junior Team Overview

  • Fall Season  (September thru November)  - Practice is M-F from 4:00-6:30 PM.  This is the "Head Race" season, where regatta competitions feature staggered starts and longer-distance races. The Junior Team usually competes in 2-3 local competitions during the Fall Season, and regattas are typically one-day events that are held during select weekends.
  • Winter Season  (November thru February) - Practice is M-F from 4:00-6:30 PM.  When the river gets cold and daylight fades in the late afternoon, practice moves from water to land. The Winter Season features circuit, cardio, and strength training on ergometers (rowing machines) and weights in our boathouse gym. The emphasis on physical conditioning provides excellent preparation for Spring Season rowing.  
  • Spring Season  (March thru June) - Practice is M-F from 4:00-6:30 PM.  This is one of our main rowing seasons. Regatta competitions involve "sprint" races, featuring shorter distances and side-by-side racing. Some of the races are two-day (weekend) events, and necessitate athletes and their families staying overnight in hotels. The season culminates in May with the USRowing NW Junior Regional Championships at Vancouver Lake, WA. Qualifying boats compete in US Youth Nationals in June.
  • Summer Season (June thru August) - Practice is M-F from 8:00-10:30 AM. This season focuses on developing new rowing skills and enhancing current ones in a fun, team atmosphere. There is an option to compete at one or two regattas, typically held in Washington and Canada.