Youth Winter Programming

PCRA Winter2018-2019 training begins November 26th at our indoor training facility located in the New Rochelle YMCA. Varsity, Intermediate, and Development teams will begin a ten week training session in preparation for our Spring competitive season.

Registration is open through our BlueSombrero registration portal

Training Facility

Our indoor training facility is located in the New Rochelle YMCA at 50 Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10805. This space will provide our athletes a dedicated space to train and erg. All rowers will have access to the fitness equipment available at YMCA’s full-service gym, including a pool, weights, showers, sauna, and activities. Access to the ergs and equipment will be available at any time the YMCA is open.

All PCRA athletes participating in winter programming will be individual members of the New Rochelle YMCA for the duration of our winter program. The YMCA is pro-rating the fee for the month of November and waiving the sign-up fee for all PCRA members. YMCA fees will be collected through your registration on Blue Sombrero. Your credit card will not be on file with the YMCA.



Our annual Ergathon fundraiser will be held on a TBD date at the New Rochelle YMCA. 


Race Team Winter Training (Varsity & Intermediate)

PCRA’s coaching staff consider winter training to be the most important season for the success of our programs. Our tailored training will be structured to optimize rowing fitness and technique, making it competitive with the best programs in the country. Direct hands-on coaching and a focus on erg training will be crucial for our athletes’ development as rowers. Varsity & Intermediate teams will be combined into one Winter Race Team, with one session for race Team Girls and one session for Race Team Boys. Training will take place at the New Rochelle YMCA. Practices will be held five days per week in three sessions. This year, the winter program will include work in indoor tanks, in addition to a partnership with a local fitness and nutrition studio giving our athletes access to experts on nutrition, core strength and injury prevention. Please note, session times for Girls and Boys race team will switch half way during the season according to the schedule below.

Winter Session Dates

Nov 26 – Dec 20 (four weeks)
No organized training from Dec 21 – Jan 6. Individual workouts will be assigned, please plan to have access to a rowing machine.
Jan 7 – Feb 15 (6 weeks)
No organized training from Feb 16 - 24. Last time for vacations!
Feb 25 - Mar 1 (1 week)
Spring season will begin March 4th.

Race Team Session Times

Session 1
3:30 – 5:15 PM, Monday – Friday
Race Team Overflow*

Session 2
4:45 – 6:45 PM, Monday – Friday
Boys Race Team (Nov 26 – Jan 11)
Girls Race Team (Jan 14 – Mar 1)

Session 3
6:15 – 8:15 PM, Monday – Friday
Girls Race Team (Nov 26 – Jan 11)
Boys Race Team (Jan 14 – Mar 1)

A sixth “on your own” erg workout per week is expected to be completed by each athlete outside of organized practice, and is to be submitted to the coach each week. There may be some Saturday group practices as well.

*If we have more race team sign ups than can be accommodated in a single session, Race Team will overflow into Session 1. Allocation to Session 1 will be done at coaches’ discretion.

Indoor Rowing Competition Schedule

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, February date TBD.  Hosted by PCRA at the Pelham Middle School Gym. All youth race team members are required to participate!

Feb 17th: C. R. A. S. H. -B. Sprints – World Indoor Rowing Championships. Location: Boston University’s Agganis Arena, Boston, MA. Optional for youth, not included in fees. This regatta can be a big recruiting event, but is not necessary to the recruiting process. We will do an erg test this weekend for those who don’t wish to go to Boston.

If our athletes are close to the USRowing Development standards for Youth Athletes, we may organize for you to go to some USRowing ID Camps.

 Winter Race Team Fee: $950 ($850 program fee, $100 four month YMCA fee)


Development Team Winter Training

The Development Team will either be a two day a week or three day a week program that is geared towards all Middle School and High School athletes new to rowing. We will focus on improving rowing aptitude with workouts both on and off the rowing machine. This will allow our developing athletes to gain endurance and muscle while receiving hands-on technical coaching that will contribute to on-the-water success. This program will allow our younger and newer athletes to master the fundamentals of the stroke and build fitness before joining our competitive programs. Winter training will be held at the New Rochelle YMCA. The goals of the program are to introduce rowing to newcomers, improve technique for less experienced rowers, increase flexibility, learn injury prevention, and continue to learn what it takes to be an effective rower!

Winter Training Dates, 10 week program

Nov 26 – Dec 20 (four weeks)
No organized training from Dec 21 – Jan 6.
Jan 7 – Feb 15 (six weeks)

Development Team Session Times

Development Team 2-day program:

Tuesday & Thursday, 3:30 – 5:15 PM

2-day program fee: $405 ($330 program fee, $75 three month YMCA fee)

Development Team 3-day program:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:30 – 5:15 PM

3-day program fee: $570 ($495 program fee, $75 three month YMCA fee)