Thank you for your interest in Freedom Rowers. We look forward to you joining our team and welcome student-athletes from junior high and high school who are between the ages of 13 to 18.
Below is basic information about the team and practices. For more detail, download the forms needed to join our program, by clicking on the following links:
Please read and complete the following forms prior to the start of the program. Forms and payment may be mailed to:
Freedom Rowers, P.O. Box 3086, Easton, MD 21601
*In addition to the forms, all participants are required to complete a swim test at the YMCA to access their ability before getting in the boats. Time and date to be arranged before the season start.
For our returning parents, welcome to another season of rowing! And for parents whose child is joining for the first time, a warm welcome to the Freedom Rowers family.
The Spring 2020 Program fee is $550.00 with a $100.00 discount offered to families with more than one rower. Included in your fee is: A first year team sweatshirt, entry fees for all races, membership fee to join US Rowing (required to race), team insurance coverage and uniforms use for race events. Your rowing fees contribute approximately 50% to the resources we need to operate and maintain our fleet, coaching staff and waterfront location. Therefore it is important that we receive your payment in a timely manner, due no later than March 27th .
Freedom Rowers offers full and partial scholarships to rowers in need of financial assistance. These scholarships are exclusively need-based. A completed scholarship application form (available upon request for Chris Gill) and associated documents are due no later than one week after the start of the season. Scholarship applications are reviewed by the board and kept confidential.
Not at all! Rowing is unlike most team sports in that most people have never been in a 60 foot rowing shell. Everyone starts as a “novice” and learns the techniques and skills together under the guidance of our coaches and seasoned rowers. You will gain confidence and experience together as a team, all while having fun!
Spandex in Navy….whether long or short, are required so as not
to get "caught" in the sliding seat tracks.
Socks and sneakers
Depending on the weather, wear multiple layers
Rowing attire & swag can be be purchased here
A reusable water bottle (we try to minimize plastics)
Sunglasses or a brimmed hat
Extra Socks (your feet will get wet)
Do you have a specific question regarding our program? Our Coaches love to “talk rowing” and would be happy to answer your questions. We invite you to email or call us.
Chris Gill, Executive Director and Coach
Dear Coach Alex and Coach Gill,
I just wanted to say thank you for being such a good coach for me for this season and last season. When I first joined Freedom Rowers the team took me under their wing and Freedom Rowers became a huge part of my life and that would not be possible without you and Coach Alex. You and Coach Alex keep practice positive and fun, but with a winning attitude. Freedom Rowers has become more than just a team, it has become a second family for me. This team means more than any other team I have ever been a part of and it would never be like this if it wasn’t for your dedication to the sport and to the program. I know this team take a lot of time but in just the two season that I have been a part of, it has left me with more memories and fun times than I can count. This is all in part because of you and this amazing family that is Freedom Rowers. I can’t wait to have another year with this team and to be a part of this family.
Thanks for everything you do,
Leaving Freedom Rowers was the hardest part of Erin’s choice to attend another school. You have created such a wonderful team of kids who truly value their relationships with one another, their commitment to the sport and the unique part each of them plays as part of the larger team. Freedom has been such a unique experience, and so so so valuable to Erin's sense of confidence and connectedness. I wish I could bottle it up the Freedom experience and take it with us. Though Erin will continue to row at her new school, nothing will ever be as special as being part of the team you have created and cultivated.
Thank you so much for your kind words, and for all of your hard work with the Freedom team. We are deeply grateful, and yes, we do plan to remain part of the Freedom family!
With love and gratitude,
-Emily and Ron