Atomic Rowing is a nationally recognized youth rowing program. It is a fun and competitive rowing program that encourages and emphasizes good sportsmanship and individual responsibility; traits that will serve young people well for their lifetimes. Team members are encouraged to achieve personal as well as team goals. Atomic Rowing competes both at regattas in the Southeast and at rowing venues across the eastern United States.
The Atomic Rowing program is open to all 8th graders and above. Athletes in the 7th grade are accepted at the discretion of the coaching staff. Atomic Rowing is a co-ed program comprised of varsity and novice athletes. No experience is needed to begin rowing. Young men and women compete separately in novice and varsity squads. All technical and conditioning training is introduced in the first year.
The Novice program (first-year rowers) will teach you all that you need to know about rowing. Novice rowers attend many of the same races as varsity rowers and race other novice teams. The “try out period” occurs in August each year. It is a two-week period designed to teach the basics and to let rowers try the sport before joining the team. Please register and join us!
After one year of rowing experience, athletes move up to the varsity squad.
Atomic Rowing offers a fall season, a winter training season, and a spring season. Much like cross country and track, the types of races change with each season. The fall season offers a time trial format with long winding races down rivers and lakes at a slower cadence, while the spring season offers shorter sprint racing in numbered lanes. During winter, the rowers train on the indoor rowing machines, or “ergs.”
Program fees do not include regatta entry fees, uniforms, “Scheduled Regatta” travel and some food expenses. The ORRA Treasurer will invoice participants for the program fees prior to beginning of each season or session. Students will not be allowed on the water until required paperwork, waivers and fees are paid. Youth Novice rowers may delay fee payment for two weeks. Atomic rowing collects all fees at the beginning of each season. This cost varies each season based on travel schedule. Atomic Rowing has three types of travel events “Scheduled”, “Select” and “Qualified”. Participants who choose not to attend a regatta or choose not to travel on the club-provided itinerary must send an e-mail to the Head Coach at least 3 weeks in advance. Verbal or other notification is not acceptable. The Head Coach may elect to allow an exception unless expenses have already been incurred by the club. Scheduled events: All Atomic athletes are assumed to be attending all these regattas and will be charged at the beginning of each season. Scheduled event travel costs are non-refundable even if the athlete elects not to travel to the event. These events include but are not limited to Chattanooga Head Race, John Hunter Regatta, Secret City Head Race and the Dogwood Regatta. Select events: Athletes that are chosen for Select events will be assessed additional travel charges. These events include but are not limited to San Diego Crew Classic, Southeast Youth Championship. Qualified events: Athletes that qualify for “QUALIFIED” regattas have earned will be assessed additional travel charges. These events include but are not limited to USRowing Youth National Championship and the Head of the Charles.
Payment Options: The best method for payment is through Regatta Central. Using Regatta Central, you may pay by check or credit card. For check payments, when registering on Regatta Central, choose “print invoice” and send this invoice in with your check. Make checks payable to ORRA for the fee dues. To assist with the record-keeping please write your name and the purpose in the memo space. Please put check payments into locked the Treasurer’s Box on the wall outside of the office.
Returned checks: Checks that are returned to ORRA for insufficient funds or other reasons will be charged a $25.00 fee.
Installments: Installment payments (50% at registration, and the balance in two payments over the next two months) may only be made if ORRA has a signed Payment Agreement Form. Payment Agreement forms are available from the coach or Executive Director at the boathouse.
Referral Credit: Varsity and Junior Varsity athletes can earn a $50.00 credit for referring an athlete that registers and pays to be part of Atomic Rowing. You can earn credit for up to three athletes (maximum of $150.00 in credits). New Novice rowers who attended Summer Novice Camp are not eligible for the referral credit program.
Refunds: Participants that withdraw from a program two weeks prior to the start date can receive a full refund. Withdrawal due to injury or illness may be eligible for credit, if approved by the Atomic Head Coach and the ORRA board of directors. Any rule violation will result in immediate dismissal without refund. Crediting athletes for future seasons due to unforeseen circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Scholarships: The Club has a limited number of need-based scholarships which are funded by both the Atomic Boosters and the Board. Scholarship applications must be received by the ORRA Treasure prior to the first two weeks of the program start date.
The college recruitment process can be confusing to a rower and their parents. There are many things that need to be done to maximize the chance of getting recruited. College coaches are interested in motivated athletes that have desirable physiques, erg scores, academic transcripts, rowing experience and skills. There can be a place for all Atomic athletes to continue to row at the collegiate level and beyond. There are Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, and Club rowing programs. Many are in their building stages. Others have been around for 100 years. Note: Due to Title IX many women’s college club teams became NCAA sports with a scholarship budget. Most men’s programs are club sports, and do not offer scholarships, but some do!
Remember: Choose a school for its academics. Then, commit to an athletic program.
Here is a timeline that will help you through the college recruitment process. You can also attend a USRowing recruiting seminar or fair for more information.