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The ORU Middle School Program offers an effective and fun-based introduction to fitness and the sport of rowing. Young rowers will learn how to row in big boats (boats designed for four or eight rowers) and receive the individual attention needed to make the most out of their rowing experience. The young rowers will learn how to carry the equipment and get in and out of the boat. They will also learn how to improve their balance and make turns, along with a clear understanding of what may go wrong in various situations (and how to fix them). All of the middle school rowers will take turns coxing and rowing, allowing them to learn all the rules and terminology that are used in the sport. Once the rowers advance and improve their balance in the boat, they will be encouraged to compete in local scrimmages within ORU and/or against other teams. Coaches may approach rowers and coxswains they feel are ready to be part of the ORU Racing Team.

Young athletes are welcome to join our club and our training practices at any time during the year. Our on-water season runs from about March 1 to October 31 each year. Regarding middle school rowers, there are two options to sign up for when joining ORU. You can sign up to practice for three days a week or five days a week. ORU coaches also offer regular indoor practices over the winter at our boathouse.    

Option #1
Practice Days:  3 days -Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 4-6:30 pm
Cost:                $170.00 per month

Option #2
Practice Days:  5 days - Monday through Friday, 4-6:30 pm
Cost:                $220.00 per month