Anyone can try out for our Fall or Spring teams, though previous experience may be required for the Spring Team. Beginners are encouraged to try rowing during one of our summer classes or clinics.

Our teams operate like the varsity sports offered at high schools; they meet five days per week and compete against varsity high school teams and clubs. Riverfront's beginning (novice) rowers compete against other teams’ beginners, while experienced rowers compete against other experienced rowers in varsity categories.

Please read the schedule and the Need-To-Know sections before registering.  

Spring Schedule, 2019

  • Practices begin Monday, March 11 and run through Thursday, May 16, 3:45 – 6 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Saturday, April 13, 9 am - 12 pm: Rainbow Reservoir Cleanup Day,  425 Merriman Road, Windsor CT
  • Saturday, April 20, 8 am - 3 pm: Greater Lawrence Scrimmage, 1 Eaton St Lawrence, MA 01843
  • Saturday, April 27: Saratoga Invitational, Lee’s Trailer Park, 1464 NY-9P, Saratoga Springs NY 12866
  • Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12: Lowell Invitational, Bellegarde Boathouse, 500 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell MA 01854
  • Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19: USRowing Northeast District Championships, Bellegarde Boathouse, 500 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell MA 01854
  • Wednesday, May 22, 6 - 9 pm: End of Season Banquet



  • All participants must know how to swim. 
  • Those managing asthma with an inhaler must bring the inhaler to practice every day
  • While we do our best to give all participants an opportunity to race, similar to earning playing time on any other team, earning a seat in a race is not guaranteed.
  • Participants are expected to be available for all races; if they are not, they must communicate with coaches at the start of the season regarding any possible conflicts.
  • The spring registration fee is $850. This fee includes regatta entry fees, novice racing tanks, novice racing tanks, (varsity use their JL uniform they must purchase), food at regattas, (food planning, purchasing and preparation are handled by parent volunteers); a bus to the races in Worcester and race in Saratoga Springs
  • We will run a WEST HARTFORD BUS for an additional fee of $375. If you go to one of the West Hartford Schools and are interested in using the bus service, please make sure to register under “Student of non-Hartford/E Hartford School + Transportation Fee”. The pick up locations are Conard at 2:45 pm and Hall at approximately 3 pm. Current drop off locations are Hall, Fernridge Park parking lot, Cornerstone Aquatics Center, and Conard. The bus leaves the boathouse at approximately 6:05.
  • Corporate and foundation grants secured by Riverfront’s Development team cover fees for residents attending Hartford and East Hartford public schools.  Suburban students attending Hartford and East Hartford public schools can participate at a discount due to our partnership with the City of Hartford and Town of East Hartford. Corporate and foundation grants also purchase equipment used by everyone.
  • Funds from rower fundraising have purchased almost all of the boats the kids row 
  • Varsity will race in unisuits and should have a white long sleeve dri-fit shirt to go underneath as needed.
  • Novices should race in blue bottoms--short or long drywick/lycra/spandex/trou--and white tops, long or short sleeve techshirt/dri-fit top to go under the cotton racing tanks that we will provide


Questions? Email Jonathan Near, Assistant Rowing Director.