In 1950 the Arlington School District adopted a program that allowed the sport of rowing to become part of the high school athletic landscape. That tradition continues today under the direction of the Arlington Rowing Association, Inc. (ARA). Arlington Rowing Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation (non-profit) and can receive tax deductible contributions from individuals and businesses who would like to support our local rowers.
The Arlington Rowing Association exists for the sole purpose of coordinating the efforts necessary to support our team. This is all done through the combined efforts of the ARA’s officers, trustees, coaching staff, faculty liaison, and many parents. ARA buys, sells, repairs, and maintains equipment, conducts vital fundraising campaigns, provides wholesome meals at rowing events, and proudly cheers on our athletes as they complete.
Crew is considered a club sport in the fall, which means the program is solely managed by the association.
- Each rower/coxswain must arrange transportation to and from practices and races.
- Overnight stays are not required for fall races – with the exception of the Head of the Charles in Boston.
- Additional money may be required for a uniform (typically a one time purchase).
- A swimming waiver, signed by a parent/guardian, is required.
- The program is open to Arlington students grades 7-12.
- Coaching staff, purchases and maintenance of equipment are covered by non-refundable program fees and donations.
- ARA provides transportation of the shells (boats) to and from all races.
Crew is a sponsored through the Arlington Central School District (ACSD) in the spring.
- We compete in several major rowing events in the northeast.
- The team consists of Arlington students grades 7-12.
- Varsity rowers/coxswains receive a Varsity Letter for their participation in the sport at the end of the season.
- The school district provides coaching staff, transportation to practices (athletes must arrange their own transportation home), transportation to and from races, and transportation of the shells (boats) to races.
- Rowers/coxswains are required to purchase a uniform and pay for food (at a minimal fee through the ARA food tent) and lodging at races.
- There is a required swim test for prospective rowers/coxswains, and a signed swimming waiver must be completed by the parent/guardian.
- Included in the non-refundable Spring registration fee are additional coaching staff, regatta fees, purchases, and the maintenance of equipment.
Novice Crew at Arlington
Novice is a first year rower/coxswain (this is a calendar year not an academic year). Novice athletes will:
- Learn about the sport, technique and terminology.
- Learn to row or cox on the ergometer (land rowing machine), rowing tanks, and then on the water.
There is no previous experience or boating knowledge required to be a successful rower. It just takes effort, commitment, and the desire to learn. The first year rowing is all about learning and participation. A strong effort is made to give everyone the opportunity to row on the water during practice (weather permitting), and to participate in regattas (races).
“See you at the river.”