About the IRC Juniors

The Indianapolis Rowing Center Junior Program was founded in the early 1990’s as a way to introduce the sport of rowing to Indianapolis Youth.

The IRC Juniors practice at the Indianapolis Rowing Center and compete around the Midwest.  The crew  is open to all middle and high school students age 13 and over. Currently, the IRC Junior team is represented by 21 local high schools.   The junior team is comprised of varsity and beginner athletes, known as novices. No experience is needed to begin rowing.

IRC  Juniors is a co-ed team but the boys and girls compete separately and in novice and varsity squads. All technical and conditioning training is introduced over the first year as a novice. After one year of rowing experience, athletes move up to the varsity squad.

The Indianapolis Rowing Center Junior Program was founded in the early 1990’s as a way to introduce the sport of rowing to Indianapolis Youth.

The IRC Juniors practice at the Indianapolis Rowing Center and compete around the Midwest.  The crew  is open to all middle and high school students age 13 and over. Currently, the IRC Junior team is represented by 21 local high schools.   The junior team is comprised of varsity and beginner athletes, known as novices. No experience is needed to begin rowing.

IRC  Juniors is a co-ed team but the boys and girls compete separately and in novice and varsity squads. All technical and conditioning training is introduced over the first year as a novice. After one year of rowing experience, athletes move up to the varsity squad.

IRC strives to instill and enhance the athlete’s self-esteem, self-discipline, team reliance and personal fitness. Rowing is the ultimate team sport and our program teaches the valuable skills of teamwork, dedication, accountability, sportsmanship, athleticism, motivation, confidence, perseverance, goal setting, time management, and the rewards of hard work. There are no super stars in rowing. It takes everyone on the team to make a crew successful. The skills learned in rowing will carry them through their lives in whatever they pursue.

IRC offers competitive rowing for juniors in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. During the Summer, IRC offers a non-competitive season for our juniors to work on their technique and maintain their fitness.  Much like cross country and track,  the rowing races change depending on the time of year. The fall season offers long winding races down rivers and lakes, and the spring season offers shorter racing in numbered lanes.  During winter, the rowers train on the indoor rowing machines, or “ergs.”

Due to Title IX legislation, there are many opportunities for girls, in particular, to row in college, along with scholarship opportunities.  IRC alums are currently rowing across the country: Washington University, St. Louis, Indiana, Purdue, Cornell, MIT.   Schools that are or have recruited from IRC include Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgetown, Cornell, Ohio State, Louisville, Dayton, Indiana and Washington State University. (note: Purdue offers a club rowing program and does not recruit).  As IRC is the host venue for the Women’s Big Ten Rowing Championships and the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championship, IRC rowers have the opportunity to experience collegiate rowing at their fingertips.

Some area high schools offer varsity letters for participation in IRC’s rowing program: International School of Indiana, Brebeuf Jesuit, and Park Tudor. We are constantly trying to increase the number of schools that recognize rowing as a varsity sport. If you are an IRC parent, and are interested in helping with this effort at your rower’s school, please contact Head Coach Mike Burroughs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How old does my son or daughter have to be to row with IRC juniors?

Between the ages of 13 and graduation from high school.

How do I know if my son or daughter’s school offers rowing?

You’re school doesn’t have to offer rowing for your son or daughter to participate! We accept rowers from any Indianapolis or Indianapolis-area school. It is, however, important that your son or daughter is able to make it out to our boathouse by 4pm every day, as this is when practice begins.  If your school is one of those that lets out later, please let the coaches know and we can generally make arrangements that allow them to row.

Is there a way for my son or daughter to try rowing without committing to the full Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer season?

Yes! For most seasons, IRC offers a two-week “Try Us Out” camp that runs in conjunction with regular season practice. Try Us Out Camp costs $100. If at the end of the camp, your son or daughter wishes to continue rowing for the remainder of the season, the Try Us Out Camp Fees are directly applied to the cost of the season.

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