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All Y Quad Cities Junior Rowers are taught good sportsmanship and the YMCA’s four core character values; Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.  They are expected to demonstrate these values in every aspect of their life and in training and competition.  They are expected to be good students and maintain an appropriately balanced lifestyle between school, social life and training.  

Junior Rowers gain experience in managing their bodies with appropriate nourishment.  They learn how to listen to their bodies and proactively respond to important signs of fatigue or injury.  

Y Quad Cities participates in both regional and national events.  Some rowers earn the opportunity to travel internationally for competition.  During this time, our rowers are often exposed to diverse lifestyles and cultures at an early age.

  • The Y Quad Cities Junior Rowing team is made up of high school students across the Quad Cities who work together to compete nationally and internationally. Coached by Dr. Peter Sharis, the team has won numerous championship titles and first place ribbons over the last few years. This team practices year-round.
  • We also have a Middle School Rowing Team for ages 10-12 years old that runs a session in the Summer and in the Fall.

New? Come in and try it out before officially joining!


Rowing is a sport like no other, a true challenge to the mind and body. At its best, rowing is all about individuals working in perfect rhythm to make their boat move amazingly fast. 

The Bass Street YMCA branch is home to our rowing programs and the Y Quad Cities Rowing team. Located downtown Moline right on the Sylvan Slough of the Mississippi River, this branch has some great views!



This team practices up to three times a week and is intended for kids just starting to row or who simply want to row for fun and fitness.

Emphasis is on rowing technique, boat handling, physical conditioning, teamwork and fun.  This level also serves as preparation for the Competitive and Elite teams for those interested.  

Although this level is not designed specifically for collegiate rowing preparation, Y Quad Cities has had graduates who row at this level and successfully walk-on for college clubs or teams after high school.

Program Fees: $118/month or $1,414/year



This team practices up to six times a week and is intended for kids who desire to compete for Midwest and National Championships.  

The Competitive level includes rigorous training with emphasis on analytics and data.  Competitive rowers develop alongside other Elite athletes under experienced coaches who are directed by 5-time US Rowing Junior Coach of the Year and 1992 Olympian, Dr. Peter Sharis.  This level is necessary to master if interested in an invitation to participate on the Elite team.  

Y Quad Cities Competitive Junior Rowers are exposed to the national rowing scene and many are recruited to row at the collegiate level, often with Division I scholarship offers.  

Regional travel is necessary on weekends for regattas in the fall and spring, with the possibility of attending the National Championships in early summer.  Travel and regatta costs are not included in the base program fees.  

Program Fees: $313/month or $3,756/year



This team practices up to nine times a week and is intended for kids who desire to represent Y Quad Cities as Elite rowers and Champions at the National and International level.  

Elite level training builds off of the intense work ethic developed during participation at the Competitive level.  Elite rowers work to fine tune every aspect of their training and competition down to the finest detail under the direct coaching of Olympian and 5-time US Rowing Junior Coach of the Year, Dr. Peter Sharis.  

Y Quad Cities Elite Junior Rowers are recognized by most in the national rowing scene, often challenge course records during competition and some earn the opportunity to represent the United States U19 National Rowing Team in international competition.  Elite Junior Rowers often entertain multiple Division I scholarship offers from prestigious colleges and universities across the country.  

Regional travel is necessary on weekends for regattas in the fall and spring, with national and international opportunities available to earn over summers.  Travel and regatta costs are not included in the base program fees. 

Schedule: Practice up to 9x a week

Base Price: $527/month or $6,328/year



Athletes from Y Quad Cities Rowing have gone on to row on the collegiate level all around the country.

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