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The Cleveland Foundry Juniors Competitive Team is open to athletes from any school system in the Cleveland area who are interested in taking on challenges, rowing fast, and working hard with teammates.

As a club team open to athletes in grades 8-12, there are many different paths to becoming a CFJ rower. Many athletes on the CFJ team begin without any rowing experience and grow to love the sport, often returning for multiple seasons. Athletes in grades 9-12, regardless of prior rowing experience, are able to join the CFJ team. Athletes in 8th grade who have prior rowing experience and approval from the coaching staff are eligible to join the CFJ team, given that they have interest in racing & competing and the ability to commit to the more rigorous schedule, including travel regattas.  Families of 8th graders interested in joining the CFJ team should reach out to the coaching staff via before registering for the spring season.


CFJ Competitive Team (8-12)

The goal of the CFJ team is to develop competitive crews that row faster as the season progresses. Practices will be focused on training for rowing races and will include activities geared toward building general fitness, strength, and mobility. Given that rowing is such a team sport, it is essential that all athletes are at every scheduled practice. Putting together fair and competitive boats that have sufficient time to train and gel as a group requires consistent attendance from all participants.

Athletes who are returning to the sport from previous CFJ seasons or another program should expect to build upon their foundational knowledge and skills and improve their overall training and conditioning.

Athletes who are brand new to the sport should expect to learn how to row in a challenging but welcoming environment. The first year of rowing is an exciting time where lots of progress can be made, especially in an environment where new athletes and varsity rowers are a part of the same team.

CFJ Competitive Team Practice Schedule:

There are two start dates available for Spring Rowing for the CFJ Competitive Team – January 6 and March 2. The two distinct start dates in the spring will allow for brand new rowers to come into the team with a smaller cohort of peers and enable streamlined progression in programming for new participants while simultaneously maintaining progress for athletes who have been rowing for many seasons. 

New and returning athletes may start on either date; athletes not already committed to another activity throughout the winter are encouraged to start in the January group. The meters put in and technical skills developed over the winter months are crucial to having a competitive shot in the spring regattas.

Please note that there will not be CFJ Competitive practice on Wednesday in the spring. This structural shift is with the hope that athletes will be able to schedule appointments, catch up on homework, spend time with your family or friends or volunteer for a community service project that may be on Wednesdays; therefore, making it more feasible for athletes to participate in every scheduled practice.

January & February

Start: Saturday January 6th 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

March – May

Start: Saturday March 2nd

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Registration Deadlines

January start: Registration closes Tuesday, 1/16/2024

March start: Registration closes Tuesday, 3/12/2024

Spring 2024 Regatta Schedule

The championship event for the spring rowing season is the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships in Bethel, OH, scheduled for the weekend of 5/18/2024.

As regattas are still being announced and finalized, a confirmed regatta schedule will be announced before the start of the spring season. It is crucial that you make plans to be available to compete on the weekends in April and May.

Fees: $1375.00

CFJ Middle School Development Program
Grades 6-8

The Middle School Development Program is the Cleveland Foundry’s unique program where students from any school system in greater Cleveland can learn the sport of rowing as a team sport in spring and fall season.  It is open to students currently in 6th- 8th grade, regardless of their prior rowing experience. All 6th- 8th grade students are welcome; newcomers and students returning to rowing alike.


The Middle School coaches create a welcoming, enjoyable, and supportive environment where students can expect to see progress individually and as a team. This Developmental program aims to establish a solid base of fundamental rowing skills. To set up a well-rounded foundation in rowing, participants will improve their rowing stroke, technique, and overall understanding of and appreciation for the sport.


Learning Objectives

Throughout their participation in the Middle School Developmental Program this winter and spring, athletes will:

  • Grow to love the sport of rowing

  • Develop rowing specific knowledge and skills

  • Build & improve foundational movement skills

  • Improve coordination and strength

  • Demonstrate proficiency through the proper use of the indoor rowing machine (erg)

  • Build teamwork skills & engage appropriately in group activities


The Middle School Developmental Rowing Program at the Foundry will again be offered three days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Practices will remain at the same time, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

There are two start dates available for Spring Rowing with the Middle School group. The two distinct start dates allow for streamlined programming progression for new participants while maintaining progress for athletes who have been participating in rowing for many seasons.

Middle School Practice Schedule:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Middle School Developmental Rowing Program Spring 2024 start dates:

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Tuesday, March 4, 2024

Registration deadlines

January start: Registration closes Tuesday, 1/16/2024

March start: Registration closes Tuesday, 3/12/2024

Fees: $725.00

Currently our CFJ Competitive team is at capacity for the Spring 2024 season. If you are interested in being contacted  once summer and fall registrations and opportunities go live, please fill out this form.


Any questions feel free to email:

Need based financial assistance is available. For more information about our financial assistance programs email

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