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Novice Team - 2022 UPDATES COMING SOON

Joining the club and Novice Team…What’s in it for me? 
Rowing is a lifelong sport; it is low impact and provides great conditioning. MRC offers terrific opportunities to row just for fun and fitness, to race at the national level, and a little bit of everything in between. Whether you are looking for competition or camaraderie, MRC is committed to giving you skills and resources to realize your goals through rowing.

Who are the novices?
Novices are first-year rowers who have complete Learn-To-Row or rowers who are returning to the sport after a long absence.. As a group you’ll row together and learn the sport, which will include boat moving and storage, safety, terminology (what’s a saxboard, anyhow?), club rules, and the basic strokes. You’ll build some muscle, and you’ll get some blisters. By fall, you’ll have option to race. 

Lots more great information: Novice Team Q&A(2021)


  • All sessions run by professional, safety-certified coaches
  • Organized rows with teammates
  • Use of different team boats to learn various skills
  • Ability to row the Mississippi Gorge - a true escape right in the middle of the city


  • All adult novice team members must be vaccinated.
  • Sign up for practices in advance and attend.
  • MRC is primarily a volunteer-run club. Please expect to contribute at least a few hours to help maintain grounds, volunteer during regattas, and or assist with docks out. 
  • Keep MRC financial account in good standing by paying program, regatta, and any other fees promptly
  • Comply with MRC Policies and Code of Conduct.

Schedules and Team Fees

UPDATED Practices begin the week of June 14, 2021. The following schedule is TENTATIVE.
 Of the four available practice times, Novice Team members may sign up for up to three practices total per week. You may pick and choose which practices to attend as your schedule permits. However, if you sign up, show up! MRC uses iCrew to handle all of our rowing sessions, boat reservations, line-up, attendances, etc.  Once you register as a MRC member and join the Novice team, you'll be invited to join iCrew.

  • Tuesdays 5:45-7:45 pm
  • Thursdays 5:30-7:30 am
  • Fridays 5:45-7:45 pm
  • Saturdays 9:30-11:30 am

In the past, Novice Team members have competed at the following regattas. These events are tentative for 2021. Event confirmation and more information to come.

  • September 25, Head of the Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
  • October 2, Head of the Mississippi, Minneapolis, MN
  • Late October - TBD, Northstar Challenge, Minneapolis, MN

Participation on the MRC Adult Novice Team requires payment of both MRC membership dues and team program fees.

  • MRC Adult Novice Membership dues: $215
  • Novice Team Program Fees: $250 
Novice Team Registration
Joining the Novice Team is a multi-step process. We use this website, MRC/Club Express, to process payments, and we use another website, iCrew, to manage practice sign-ups.

There are two steps to complete on the MRC/Club Express website:

1. Join MRC as an Adult Novice Member - your annual membership dues cover equipment and boathouse maintenance. 

Click here to join MRC as an Adult Novice Member

2. Register for the Adult Novice Team and pay your program fee - the team program fee specifically covers coaching.

Register for the Adult Novice Team

Once you become a MRC Member, your confirmation email will include a registration link for iCrew. Please create an iCrew account. You will use iCrew to sign up for desired practices as well as volunteer opportunities and other club events.

Log on to iCrew

See you on the Water!


Club Administrator: Jen Sowins,, 612-469-7999
Mailing Address: PO Box 583102, Minneapolis, MN 55458
Physical Address: 2968 West River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406, 612-729-1541

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