Registration takes place on TeamSnap. The full cost of the 2020-2021 season is $3,900 via early registration or $4,300 via late registration; billed two parts at the beginning of the first and second semesters of the season. The below registration links are for all teams (Varsity / Novice / Boys / Girls). Upon registration, we will connect you with your athlete's coaches.
Please click one of the links below to start registering:
August - December 2020
Early Registration (Before July 24): $1950
Late Registration: $2150
For boys and girls, grade 8 to 12
No experience necessary
This link is for both Varsity & Novice, Boys & Girls
January - May/June 2021
Early Registration (Before Nov 15): $2000
Late Registration: $2200
For boys and girls, grade 8 to 12
Please write to about joining later in the season
What is Included with 2020-2021 registration & membership fees?
On the water coaching and training
Strength & conditioning on land
Video review (1:1 pre/post practice review and erg work + digital review outside practice ours)
Facilities & infrastructure
Local regatta fees (covers regattas that are not overnight, and covers all entry fees, equipment transport and insurance)
Reduced summer camp costs (check out our sculling development camp)
Out-of-season / alumni training opportunities
What additional costs can be expected in 2020-2021?
776BC OARS Racing uniform - $65 - (not required if you already have one)
Overnight / selection trips - certain events and regattas require overnight travel and/or are for qualified athletes (e.g. US Rowing Youth National Championships). To keep our fees fair, and to ensure we're finding the best event costs, these will be charged to those who attend
End of season celebration
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome email detailing key contacts and logistical information to help you get ready.
Our COVID precautions
We are still in operation during the COVID pandemic, although we have had to modify aspects of our programming to help accommodate. Our guiding principles include keeping athletes socially distant, outdoors in small cohorts, with masks on at all times when within 10 ft of anybody. If you'd like to learn more about our COVID guidance and rules, please email us at
A few key changes to our day-to-day operations
All participants must participate in regularly (weekly or more often) COVID testing - provided free of charge
Our indoor facilities are closed
Our training is primarily in single-person rowing boats - these keep athletes 20+ feet apart, and have the added benefit of teaching athletes fundamental skills. As a club, we have always taught our athletes in the single - so we have experience getting athletes out safely and learning to be great rowers!
Based on documented evidence of financial need, OARS provides a limited amount of financial aid to partially offset club fees.
Please see our registration documents or email us at for detailed information on what aid is available and the documentation that is required to formally request financial aid. OARS does not provide financial aid for uniforms, regatta and travel fees. All rowers must either be formally registered or be participating in a two week free trial to participate in the OARS program.
For athletes joining the team late, OARS will provide a prorated fee calculated on a weekly basis. Fees will not be prorated for withdrawing from the team early, nor will fees be prorated based on attendance.
All requests for prorated fees should be submitted to prior to registration. Late registration are subject to approval by coaches.
If an athlete wishes to withdraw from OARS before starting, the registration fees minus a $50 administrative fee and the credit card processing fees will be granted if that request is received 14 days in advance of the first practice.
If an athlete needs to withdraw from OARS during the season due to an extraordinary circumstance, the prorated remaining registration fees minus a $50 administrative fee and the credit card processing fees will be reviewed by the OARS Board of Directors. Examples of this include season ending injury (with verifying doctor’s note), family relocation, death in the family, divorce, etc.
Frequently asked questions:
Why must we have try-outs?
We endeavor to get as many athletes exposed to the sport of rowing possible. However, we also strive to provide the best athlete experience on the water; and to do that, we have capacity constraints. We firmly believe teaching athletes in small boats, and especially the single, is the best way to learn the sport, boat-feel and watermanship - in order to keep the group manageable and safe, that ultimately requires a capacity constraint.
For the 2020-2021 season, we will have to have more stringent capacity requirements due to COVID. Our priority is keeping athletes safe. This means limiting the number of athletes at our boathouse, and keeping athletes in small boats (which is truly the best social distancing! each boat has a 10ft long bow and stern, along with oars, that keeps them within a HUGE personal space bubble outdoors).
We hope in the future we will be able to expand our capacity, and thank you for your understanding as we manage these challenging times.
What types of precautions will there be for COVID?
We endeavor to provide a safe experience for the athletes. Because of COVID, we will ask that you and your athlete follow strict guidelines regarding their presence, impact and interactions at the boathouse. These guidelines will evolve through the weeks, as we look to local and national guidelines, and appreciate your flexibility before-hand. Ahead of the first practice date, we will provide you with the current guidelines that we must abide by at the time.
As a club, we fundamentally believe in teaching athletes in small boats, and especially the single - thus, our equipment investments in these small boats will allow us to get many athletes out this Fall. Rowing the single is an excellent way to get outdoors and social distance!
There is also a chance that we may have to shift practice times around - in which case we will work with your families to create time-slots that work with you. We appreciate your understanding as we navigate the current challenges.
I'm busy for part of the season. Can I join late?
Yes! We understand that some athletes play other sports, or have other commitments during the season. Please register for the program you're interested in, and our coaches will reach out to arrange an appropriate start date.
Do you offer financial aid?
Our mission is to broaden the reach of rowing. OARS provides a limited amount of financial aid to partially offset club fees. If you're interested in rowing, and want to learn more about financial aid please see our registration documents or email us at for detailed information on what aid is available and the documentation that we require to formally request financial aid. OARS does not provide financial aid for uniforms, regatta and travel fees.
Do our athletes have holidays off?
Yes! Major holidays include Thanksgiving and the Winter Holiday. Because of the variable spring break schedules each school district has and the late April timing of the Southwest Junior Regional Championships, OARS does not take Spring Break off. Rather we often celebrate it as each district goes out - with twice a day practices!
How many races are there?
We will be entering a minimum of 6 major races per season, and will have smaller scrimmages throughout - please reach out to learn more.