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
Currently there are no plans to do a Learn To Row event this Spring. Please check back and hopefully there will be one in late August for the Fall season.
Join the team
Spring 2021 registration is NOW OPEN! This season, in order to register you must contact Maria at the YMCA directly. Her contact information is below:
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!