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.  

Fall 2019

  • Practices (every weekday from 4 - 5:45 pm) begin Tuesday, 9/3 and run through Tuesday, 10/29
  • Sunday, 10/6: Head of the Riverfront – Hartford, CT – ALL
  • Saturday, 10/19 & Sunday, 10/20: Head of the Charles – Boston, MA  – Select Varsity athletes only
  • Sunday, 10/27: Head of the Fish – Saratoga Springs, NY – ALL
  • Wednesday, 10/30: End of Season Banquet, Riverfront Boathouse in Riverside Park - ALL
  • Saturday, November 2: Row/Row/Erg 5k Fundraiser – Riverside Park – ALL



  • 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 fall registration fee is $750. This fee includes regatta entry fees, food at regattas (food planning, purchasing, and preparation are handled by parent volunteers), a bus to all races, and novice racing tops. Not included in this fee are varsity uniforms and regatta fees for the Head of the Charles (for those who are selected).
  • We will run a WEST HARTFORD BUS for an additional fee of $350. The pick up locations are Conard at 2:45 pm, Hall at 3:00 pm, and Kingswood-Oxford at 3:15 pm, returning at approximately 6:15.
  • 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.