The Pocock Rowing Center Junior Team is a competitive rowing team committed to creating a team culture and learning environment where individuals pursue and develop excellence in the sport of rowing. As a member of the Pocock Rowing Center Junior Team, each athlete will be encouraged and challenged to achieve his or her best athletic performance through age and skill appropriate athletic development, including individual and team competitions.
Ultimately, we want every member of the PRC Junior Team to develop an appreciation of rowing and establish a lifelong love of physical activity and commitment to health. The possibility of collegiate scholarships and acceptances, fond memories and lifelong friendships are just a few of the “perks” that are part of being part of the PRC Junior Team.
The PRC Junior Team is for high school student-athletes (8th graders selected on a case-by-case basis). Practices run Monday-Friday with frequent Saturday practices or weekend races, and regular attendance is expected.
On the water, athletes row primarily in sweep boats, with an emphasis on the 4+ and the 8+ in both open and lightweight events. Athletes also learn sculling and may have opportunities to race smaller boats and sculling boats at local, regional and national regattas. The PRC Junior Team has two squads:
The Novice Squad is for male and female athletes with no previous high school rowing experience OR individuals who participated in the summer, fall or winter but have not raced at USRowing Northwest Junior Regional Championships. Athletes are selected for boats and events by the coaching staff based on technical proficiency, physical fitness, attendance, attitude and flow.
We are always looking for individuals who want to be coxswains for the team. Coxswains are the leaders in the boat and are frequently leaders on the team. For the right individual, coxing can be a great way to learn and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime! Coxswains are typically individuals who are smaller in stature (less than 125 pounds); no experience is required to be a coxswain.
The Varsity Squad is for male and female athletes who have completed a competitive spring season. Within the Varsity Squads, there are multiple levels of boats, including the Varsity 8, Junior Varsity 8, Third Varsity 8, as well as 4+s, 4xs, 2xs and 2-s. Athletes are selected for boats and events by the coaching staff based on technical proficiency, physical fitness, attendance, attitude and flow.
The Pocock Foundation, a non-profit, provides need-based youth rowing scholarships so more youth can row on the water as part of a team. Scholarship funds are awarded based on need AND the participant’s ability to meet attendance and participation expectations.
If awarded a scholarship, participants must:
– Attend 75% of practices
– Volunteer 5 hours per season
– Attend one community event per year.
Partial and full scholarships are available. The information you provide on your application will be treated confidentially, and will be used only for eligibility determination.
Parents are the backbone of this team. We literally cannot run this team without parent involvement, and so we ask that each family volunteer for one “job” each season: fall/winter and spring. There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities (from 1-time jobs to ongoing jobs) because we recognize that every family has different abilities to be involved. There will be a list of Volunteer Opportunities posted here and sign ups will be available at the start of each season.
The following forms are required for each athlete and must be turned in by the first day of practice. Forms may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Pocock Rowing Center.
Our uniforms and gear are made by JLRacing. The JL online store for PRC uniforms and gear is now open throughout the year. JL will close the store every 2 weeks (anticipate around mid-month and end-of-month) and items will ship 4-5 weeks after the store closes and arrive to the Pocock Rowing Center. Click HERE for the link to the store.
Our athletes come from schools throughout the greater Seattle area and when they come to the boathouse they are intensely focused on working hard to make themselves stronger in order to make the team faster. That can make it challenging for them to get to know each other, so to foster opportunities for building friendships across the team, we hold Friday Potluck Socials for PRC Junior Team athletes after practice on select Fridays (schedule below). Attendance is encouraged, but not required.