Spring 2018 Registration

Registration is Open!

Season Registration Fees: Brighton Rowing Club (BRC) is a non-profit club.  All costs (coaches, equipment, facilities, insurance, etc.) are covered by member fees.   Fees are based on enrollment in the program and the number of expected local regattas that BRC will participate in. We work to keep fees as low as possible and similar from year to year. BRC has eliminated all mandatory fund-raising minimums and buyouts, rolling these into the dues.

Athletes must complete registration for the season prior to the first practice or they will not be allowed on the water and will participate in land practice only.


Determine eligibility

We welcome boys and girls in grades 7 – 12 from any school districts, not just Brighton. We do not recruit from schools/localities that have their own rowing programs. No prior experience is required; many of our participants start out new to rowing.

Novice: Open to High school students who are new to rowing (participation in a Learn to Row program is not required).  Athletes are generally on the Novice team for two competitive seasons (Fall and Spring) before moving to the Varsity Team or move up at the next academic year boundary (August 1st).

Varsity: Open to High school students who have completed one to two competitive seasons as a Novice.

Modified Program: Open to 7th and 8th graders, who are not yet eligible to compete in regattas. Modified programs are held throughout the year.  Modified program and summer rowing camps will be available in June/July/August.

*If you are unsure which level is appropriate for your child, contact the Head Coach: Rebecca “Bex” Merusi,  bex@brightoncrew.org


Register on RegattaCentral

If you are new to BRC create an account in Regatta Central. Only one RegattaCentral account is needed per family; you can have multiple athletes (children and adults) on the account.

Use RegattaCentral to formally register for the season.

Regatta Central – BRC Registration


Pay registration fee


You may use one of the following payment options:

1. Use debit/credit card on RegattaCentral

2. Check made out to: Brighton Rowing Club; mail to Brighton Rowing Club, PO Box 18724, Rochester, NY 14618; Attn: Treasurer

3. Electronic payments (ex. ePay,) to treasurer@brightoncrew.org.

*Full or installment payments can be made by check or an electronic form of payment. Please note athlete’s name with check or electronic payment. 



Online US Rowing Membership

and Waiver

Club Code: 37JE4

All athletes must be a member of USRowing AND sign a waiver as an individual.  Use a parent email for contact as this is the address USRowing will use for communication and password reset/recover. Be sure to keep the athlete’s name the same as used on RegattaCentral. 

US Rowing Membership

Membership: When you join USRowing or renew your membership, you will be charged a small fee. This fee covers USRowing’s administrative costs. Select Basic Membership level.  *For returning athletes verify that your membership has not expired or will not expire prior to the end of the rowing season. If it is not current or will expire, please renew NOW.

Waiver: For new athletes, you will need to enter the team name (Brighton Rowing Club) and a club code (37JE4). For returning athletes verify that the waiver status is “current.” If the waiver is not current, you must sign a new waiver. Be sure to click on the green waiver check mark.

Repeat the above for each athlete you are registering.


Set up JCC Teen Membership

*If your child already has a JCC membership, you are all set

*Membership should be good through April 15th

Athletes must have a current JCC membership.  Teen memberships are $30 per month and allows athletes full access to the JCC anytime.  Parents must complete the JCC membership application form and visit the JCC prior to the first day of attendance.  At the JCC you will turn in your application form, make JCC payment, and receive a key tag to be scanned when entering the facility. Let the JCC know you are participating in the BRC training.  

 JCC Member Application


Review BRC Handbook, Attendance Policy &

Code of Conduct forms

BRC is a competitive program and we expect commitment to improvement, and the highest levels of teamwork, sportsmanship, and integrity from the young people who will represent BRC as ambassadors of the sport at local, regional, and national levels. In return, our athletes experience one of the most rewarding lifelong sports.

Please review BRC Handbook and these forms prior to registering so that parents and athletes are aware of the club’s expectations.





These forms must be signed by athlete and parent at the beginning of each season of participation. Bring to the parent meeting or email to: registrar@brightoncrew.org


Order Uniform

For NEW Novice or Varsity athletes

Uniforms are required for new Novice and new Varsity athletes.  The cost of uniforms is not included in the season fees. There may be recycled uniforms available for new rowers. If you have uniform questions, please contact Uniforms@BrightonCrew.org for more information.

Click here for information about ordering uniforms. 



Attend Opening Parent/Athlete Meeting

(For new and returning families)

Tuesday, 3/27/18, 6 p.m. @ JCC

This meeting is required for all parents and athletes. Pizza will be available for athletes attending after practice.

Bring signed Attendance and Code of Conduct forms.  If you are unable to the attend the meeting, please contact Board President: becky_davidson@brightoncrew.org.


Swim Test/Waiver

For all NEW athletes

*Only needs to be completed once

Tuesday, 3/27/18

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. @ JCC

(prior to Opening Meeting)

BRC requires team members to complete a swim test.  The purpose of the swim test is to assess whether, in the event of an emergency, the participant is comfortable enough in the water to remain calm and afloat, get back to the boat and hang on, and follow instructions of coaches on what to do next.  

Click here to sign up for swim test: BRC Swim Test 

To be exempt from this requirement, a parent may complete a Swimming Ability Statement to attest to the athlete’s ability to meet the minimum swimming requirements. This form will be kept on file with the club.

If you have questions about the swim test/waiver, please contact registrar@brightoncrew.org.



Sign up for Parking Lot Parent

A parent is needed to supervise pick-up at the end of each regular season practice.  Our coaches have other responsibilities that may require them to leave before all rowers have gone home.  To ensure kids’ safety, a responsible adult will supervise team members until the last rower is picked up.  Each family should sign up for 2 – 3 days using SignUp Genius; new members will need to create an account:

Parking Lot Parent Sign Up



Head Coach: Rebecca “Bex” Merusi,  bex@brightoncrew.org

Registrar: registrar@brightoncrew.org

Treasurer: treasurer@brightoncrew.org

Uniforms: uniforms@brightoncrew.org



Winter Training: January – March

On-water Practices: April – May

The spring is our most intense competitive season, where our winter training is put to the test and many championships take place.  Please note that all team members are expected to attend practices during spring break.  If athletes cannot attend practice during spring break, contact the Head Coach. The Modified team will not start until late spring/early summer as the rowing conditions on the spring river can be dangerous for younger rowers.  

Spring regattas consist of 1500 – 2000-meter sprint races on a straight 4-8 lane course with all boats started at once; the boat that crosses the finish line first is the winner.  Sometimes locations with limited space will stagger the boats. The NYS State Championship occurs once per year in mid-May, typically in Saratoga Springs, NY for all Novice and Varsity athletes. The Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Championship Regatta takes place in late-May and the US Rowing National Youth Nationals are held in June.  Participation in both national regattas is based on results from the State Championship.


Tuesday, 3/27/18, 6 p.m. @ JCC

This meeting is required for all parents and athletes. Pizza will be available for athletes attending after practice. Bring signed Attendance, Code of Conduct, and Swim forms.  If you are unable to the attend the meeting, please contact Board President: becky_davidson@brightoncrew.org.

Novice & Varsity

Winter Training: In progress, ends 3/29/18; Tuesday -Thursday; 3:45 – 5:45 p.m. at JCC in Brighton, NY

  • Tues. & Thurs. participate in group training led by a JCC trainer
  • Wed. participate in personalized workouts and coxswains train with a BRC coach

Novice and Varsity on-water Practices: 4/2/18 – 5/27/18; Monday – Friday; 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Genesee Valley Boathouse.  *Indoor practice available at the JCC based on weather



Regattas are crew races for the Novice and Varsity teams, with events scheduled throughout the day.  Regattas are NOT optional. Please plan your family calendar around the regatta schedule. We understand that there may be unavoidable conflicts or family/medical emergencies that arise. If an athlete cannot attend a regatta, or can’t row due to an injury, notify the head coach immediately

Local regatta fees are included in the season registration fee. “Away” regattas that require overnight accommodations will have an additional fee. The website will provide regatta details and fee information as early as possible.

All Novice and Varsity families are required to volunteer at local and away regattas. Use SignUp Genius for volunteering; links will be posted on the website once they are set up.

John Bennett Regatta,  Buffalo: Sunday 5/6/18
NYS Championships, Saratoga Springs: Friday, 5/11 – Sunday, 5/13/18

*This is an away regatta with additional fees.  The team will leave on Friday (approximately midday, so students will miss some school) to practice the course on Friday afternoon, race on Saturday/Sunday, and return home Sunday evening.

Chargers Regatta, Syracuse: Saturday, 5/19/18
Scholastic Nationals, Camden, New Jersey: May 25 & 26 (Friday & Saturday) * Qualifications based on Championship results; all High School rowers need to be available to attend.
Pittsford Regatta, Pittsford: Saturday, 5/26 – Sunday, 5/27/18