Charlotte Youth Rowing is Charlotte’s first and largest youth rowing team established in 2000. We are a travel team supported by the Brace Family YMCA in Matthews, NC and row out of the Catawba Yacht Club located on Lake Wylie in Charlotte, NC. CYR is a club team comprised of middle and high school students from over 20 NC and SC schools. Our program produces athletes who have gone on to row at schools such as UNC Chapel Hill, Dartmouth, Duke and Clemson.
Who can row? Boys and girls, tall and short, heavy and lightweight are all welcome. Previous sports participation is helpful, but not at all necessary. If you are small and have leadership skills, we would love to talk to you about being a coxswain – the one who steers the boat, assists the coaches with practice, and strategizes about our races. If you are bored or “burned out” with your current sport, if you find your sport unrewarding, or you haven’t found a sport you love – check us out!
The team is split into two squads as described below:
- DEVELOPMENTAL – The Developmental squad is for middle schoolers, specifically 7th and 8th graders. Potential participants must weigh at least 100 lbs and be at least 5 feet tall. This is an introduction to rowing, both sweeping (1 oar) and sculling (2 oars).
- COMPETITIVE – The Competitive squad is for high school students (8th graders who can make the scheduled practices are also eligible). The emphasis is on the technique of rowing– sculling and sweeping –as well as fitness and character development.
Learn to Row
Want to try rowing? Charlotte Youth Rowing will offer new rowers an opportunity to get a taste of what the program is all about during Learn to Row which will take place from 10;00 am September 7th to 10:00 am September 8th. This is a fun, overnight event at YMCA’s Camp Thunderbird that allows prospective rowers a chance to gauge whether they like the sport and to meet other current and potential teammates.
Advanced registration is required and fees are non-refundable. Learn to Row is open to any 8th, 9th or 10th grader who would like to giving rowing a try. Registration for Learn to Row will become available some time in July on the Branch Family YMCA website and will close on August 10th. Check back here for updates.
There will be a mandatory New Parent Meeting for the Fall season after drop off at Learn to Row – Saturday, Sep 7th at 10 am at Camp Thunderbird. If you are unable to attend that meeting, two other meetings will be scheduled at the Hemby Center in South Charlotte in August or September. Please check back on the Website for dates and times.
Join the team
Fall 2019 Registration will open in July and close on August 10th. We are working with the YMCA to finalize costs so please keep checking back to see if registration is open. Below is information about how to register. These instructions will be for both members and non-members.
*IMPORTANT: Returning rowers will need to register by August 10th or they will not be able to practice on the water.
Guide to YMCA Registration
- The web site address is www.ymcacharlotte.org.
- On the home page please click on the MY ACCOUNT tab.
- Use the left hand side in if you have already set up an online registration account.
- Use the right hand side if you don’t already have an account set up.
- Follow the instructions for setting up an account if you do not have one (enter email address, then fill in form as prompted).
- Once you have your account set up (or if you have logged in) please select the PROGRAM SEARCH button.
- Next please type in the word “crew” in the keyword search, click on Search.
- This will bring up the Crew: Fall Season Fee (once it is active).
- Proceed with registration by clicking on this program.
For TECHNICAL problems with registration you can contact Marla Cesario (see below). For issues of cost, fee amounts, etc contact Ryan Graham at ryan.graham@YMCACharlotte.org.
Our program is run entirely by volunteers. Our dedicated coaching staff volunteers thousands of hours every year offering practices six days a week on the lake and indoors. Additionally, we maintain a fleet of racing shells (boats), oars, coaching boats, and trailers purchased by our coaching staff and team parents. Our parent volunteers coordinate the rowers housing, travel, and supervision at regattas in addition to fundraising throughout the year.
For New Parents
Welcome aboard! Parent involvement is key to the success of CYR. We encourage our new parents to volunteer for we think that is the best way to meet other parents and to learn more about the sport! There are many ways to get involved – showing up at regattas to cheer for our children, chaperoning at a hotel or pitching in at events; your help is imperative and truly appreciated. Just ask us how to help! We all have a responsibility to support the team. Please note that “Sign up genius” emails are sent out frequently for parents to register for volunteer time slots and other opportunities. Is there something else you want to know? Please visit our FAQ page!