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Three Rivers Junior Rowing


Still accepting new rowers! Give us a call or send an email!

Practices meet at 300 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

To try, all you need to do is:
1. Register (at right) and tell us you're coming: email Coach Rick

2. Bring the Waiver and Roster Info Form: Info Form and Waiver
3. Schedule a swim test Swim Test Form (it does not have to be complete before you come to your first practice).
4. We will let you try it for free to make sure you enjoy it! See you soon. You can also sign up on the right side of this page (click "pay by check" if you do not want to commit financially yet).

Please see this link for some good info about the team and the benefits it gives our many team members:

Informational Presentation

Parent's Guide to TRRA Junior Rowing

Welcome all rowers! NO Experience Necessary!

Three Rivers Junior Rowing (TRJr.) promotes the sport of rowing in high schools throughout Allegheny County. Three Rivers Rowing provides coaching, equipment, administration and helps to establish parent participation. We encourage new members whether they receive support from a school or not. Anyone is welcome!
Rowers from several schools have the opportunity to practice together, which provides more flexibility in boat selection and enhances a quality rowing experience and rower development.
TRJr. is designed as a competitive rowing team while still having the capability to teach the new rower. Rowers will be grouped together according to skill level and coached accordingly. Rowers will earn seats in racing boats. Priority is to field the fastest boats possible in all categories. Attendance and commitment level is directly related to whether the rower will earn a seat in the boat.
The team consists of two groups. The Novice Team is the group of rowers who are in their first year of rowing. They practice together and race other novice teams. The Varsity Team is made up of rowers who are in at least their second year of rowing. All members are junior high or high school students.
AGES: We limit the team to 8th-12th graders. We have a program in the fall (2014) for kids in 4th-8th graders that is a recreational rowing program. 8th graders can choose which program is best for them.

Fall 2014 Practice Schedule (Sept-Dec)

Varsity Team (experienced rowers) -
Mon-Fri from 4:00 - 6:30 pm and
Saturday: 7:00 - 9:30 am

Novice Team -
Mon, Tues, Thur and Fri (no Wed) from 4:00 - 6:30 pm in the fall season
Saturday: 7:00 - 9:30 am

Winter 2014-15 Practice Schedule (Jan-Feb)

This season happens when Mother Nature kicks us off the river. We use both boathouse facilities, but always meet at the Lambert Boathouse on Washington's Landing. The more winter training you get in, the better off you will be when we get back on the water! Practices will run January and February of 2015 on the following schedule for ALL rowers:

Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00-6:30 pm
Wednesday and Friday from 4:00-6:00 pm
Saturday time TBD

Spring '15 Practice Schedule (Mar-May)

All Rowers -
We will start with the following schedule after the first weekend of March.
Monday - Friday from 4:00 - 6:30 pm and Saturday from 7:00 - 9:30 am.

2014-2015 Race Schedule (more may be added)

October 4 - Head of the Ohio, Pittsburgh, PA (entire team)
October 18 and 19 - Head of the Charles, Boston, MA (Varsity Girls will have an 8+ and we are attempting to receive a Varsity 8+ for the boys also. No Novices)
October 25 - Haxton Fall Invitational (Midwest Championship), Columbus, OH (entire team)
November - Allegheny Boat Races, Pittsburgh, PA (entire team)
December 13 - Central Catholic Biathlon (erg and run)

2015 Races
January 31 -
Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints, Pittsburgh, PA
February - Crash B's - Indoor Race , Boston, MA (OPTIONAL)
March - NA Erg Race, Pittsburgh, PA
March - Wine Tasting Fundraiser - Information
March -
Golden Bear Invite, Columbus, OH
April 3-5 - Juniors Training Weekend, Locally held, but a full weekend of rowing
April - Cincinnati Invite, Cincinnati, OH
April - Ohio Governors Cup, Columbus, OH
May - Out of town race, Location TBD
May - TRRA Juniors Scrimmage
May 16-17 - Midwest Junior Championships, Cincinnati, OH (last race for most of the team - except for Varsity boats that qualify and decide to go to Youth Invites)
June - End of the Year Team Banquet

June - Youth National Championships, Sacramento, CA (Varsity Only and must Qualify)

Forms & Fees

Forms are required to be on record at TRRA for all rowers, including the following three documents:

Fees are due to TRRA at the first practice of the second week of program participation. Rowers will not be permitted to practice after the first week until all fees are paid. Needs-based athletic scholarships are available for qualified applicants.

If you can't get enough of rowing in the fall, TRRA also runs a Junior Rowing Summer Camp for beginning and experienced youth rowers. The summer camp welcomes 7th - 12th graders from all middle and high schools. There is no doubt that summer is a special season for rowing in Pittsburgh and this will be an excellent time to either discover a sport you have wondered about, hone your skills, or focus on competitive racing.


Rick Brown is the Head Coach of the Junior Team. He is a well-respected coach across the country that has been in charge as the team has grown tremendously in size and produced results. He has brought the team from one that only had a couple of members to one that is competing on the national level in just a few short years. The program's athletes are not only competing well at the junior level, but many recent graduates are rowing at schools such as the University of Texas, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Louisville, University of Alabama, Gonzaga University, Northeastern, University of Washington, Marietta, MIT and Clemson to name a few (many on scholarship!). Rick spends time in the summer as a coach for the USRowing Junior National Team (2009-2014). He traveled to Lithuania in 2013 with the 4+ he coached at Junior World Championships. His connections with college coaches and programs is a very valuable resource to his rowers. The juniors program is committed in making the team fast and to continuing to send rowers to college that are able to succeed at that level as well. They believe the team atmosphere that the athletes have been able to generate is one that is unmatched across the country.

What our Alumni say about their experience with Three Rivers Rowing:

Meghan Torrence 2011 grad currently at MIT - "Our team expected a lot from each other. When I saw older girls going on to row in college I knew that it was something I also wanted to pursue. The coaches really supported me in my journey to become a college athlete."

Lindsay Rivior 2011 grad currently at Clemson University - "Our coaches taught us the sport in such a way that made me fall in love with it. Rowing is a way of life, not just a sport. They treat the rowers like equals which gives rowers even more of a desire to win to make the coaches proud."

Read a great essay that one of our alums wrote about her rowing experience with the team! Anne Hockenberry Essay (2011 grad)

A recent article in the Tribune-Review about our team's success at the Youth National Championship in 2014

For assistance or more information, contact Rick Brown at Three Rivers Rowing. Phone 412-231-8772 or e-mail Whether or
not your high school has a program, please
don't hesitate to contact us. Remember, NO experience is necessary!