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The South Orlando Rowing Association features middle, high school, masters-level, veterans, and adaptive crews. All practices are at Moss Park located at 12901 Moss Park Rd., Orlando, FL 32832.

SORA provides coaching, equipment, and administrative services for rowers and fosters parental involvement through numerous and varied volunteer opportunities. From seasoned athletes who want to brush up on skills to parents who just want to help, there is room for everyone at SORA. We welcome you to come out at any time and see for yourself.

HIGH SCHOOL

High school rowers of all levels come together to practice and compete with our well-respected and highly ranked crew. Our program has produced numerous state champions and rowers who are ranked amongst 2018’s Top-Ten fastest in the nation.

Program goals: Our goal is to produce the fastest boats possible while working with individuals to develop responsibility, a strong work ethic, and sense of personal pride.

PROGRAM GOALS: Our goal is to produce the fastest boats possible while working with the individual athlete to instill a strong work ethic, pride, teamwork and a sense of responsibility.  Rowers will be grouped together according to skill level and coached accordingly. Rowers will earn seats in racing boats.

TEAM STRUCTURE:  The Novice Team is the group of rowers who are in their first year of rowing. They practice together and race other novice teams. The Varsity Team is made up of rowers who are in at least their second year of rowing. Novice rowers may be moved up to train and compete with varsity rowers when coaches deem readiness.  

PRACTICE & COMPETITION:  Practice Days (fall): Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat (AM) - (spring): Mon-Sat

Fall Practice Schedule:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Friday - 3:30-5:30pm
  • Wednesday - 2:30-4:30 pm
  • Saturday - 8 am-10 am
  • No practices on Thursdays in the fall.

Spring Practice Schedule:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday - 2:30-4:30 pm
  • Saturday - 8 am-10 pm

For more information, email kelly@soracrew.com

Middle School

One of the oldest and most respected programs in central Florida, our middle school crew introduces young people to the sport through a comprehensive skill development program. Participants race other middle school programs at local regattas and learn what it takes to row competitively.

PROGRAM GOALS:  Our young athletes learn to row in a fun and supportive environment. They learn sweeping (rowing with one oar), sculling (rowing with two oars), and how to use the erg (rowing machine) properly.

TEAM STRUCTURE : Under the direction of our coaching staff, these rowers train and compete in boats of various sizes and SORA is pleased to share we are the only middle school team in central Florida that trains our middle schoolers in sculling.

PRACTICE & COMPETITION: Unlike other local teams, SORA’s middle school program runs the entire school year. Practices are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:30-7:30 pm.

For more information, email kelly@soracrew.com


ADULT (MASTERS)

Rowing is a great way for adults of all ages to get in - or stay in - top physical shape. Our Masters enjoy fun and fellowship while participating in a sport that has become famous for building overall fitness levels.

2017-2018 Information

Masters: $85/month: Row as many times a week as you wish (as long as there is a board member or a coach at the boathouse.) We have regular groups that go out 2 times a week and are always looking for new members!

Masters Competitive: $120/month - These rowers receive one-on-one coaching to attain personal fitness goals.

New adult rowers are encouraged to participate first in a Learn to Row class (4 sessions over 2 weeks) and then join the Adult (Masters) program that best fits your schedule. Experienced rowers & athletes returning to the sport are able to join our programs without participating in a Learn to Row event.

Our Masters Program is currently being restructured. Please check back on soracrew.com mid-September for updated Masters information OR contact Kelly Hagan at 407-986-0209 or at kelly@soracrew.com to be notified when our new Masters group is forming.

VETERANS

SORA is pleased to partner with USRowing, Freedom Rows, and the VA Hospital to offer a comprehensive rowing experience to our US veteran-athletes.

Our goals:

  • To support our veterans established rehabilitative efforts through on-the-water and erg (rowing machine) training.
  • Increase the number of disabled veterans participating and competing in adaptive and para-rowing events
  • Support veterans returning to civilian life through camaraderie, teamwork, and inclusion in SORA events.
Veterans Pricing: $35/Month

Our Veterans Program is integrated into our Masters Program and have simultaneous practice schedules.

Our location offers free entry into the park for qualifying veterans. The following qualify for a free entry pass for their lifetime: current military service members, honorably discharged veterans, honorably discharged veterans with a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or parents of a military service member who died in combat, as well as the surviving spouse or parent of a law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, or paramedic who died in the line of duty. An application form for Free Lifetime Entry Pass can be obtained at the gate house at Moss Park or by contacting Orange County Parks and Recreation.


For more information, email kelly@soracrew.com


ADAPTIVE 

The SORA Adaptive Program began in 2008 and has produced elite athletes who compete at the highest levels within the sport. Our athletes took silver at the 2017 World Rowing Championship, competed in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and we are the home of Mike Varro who is training for the 2020 Paralympic games in Japan and is a member of the USRowing national team.SORA is a well-known to the US National Rowing team as a source for training their athletes and is the only central Florida rowing crew named as a Paralympic Sport Club partner.

Even if you don’t have Paralympic goals, SORA has programs for you. Our adaptive athletes are integrated into our existing teams and programs and row with those athletes. SORA is proud to say we can support all categories, levels, and ages of adaptive athletes.


The three categories of adaptive rowers are as follows: 

PR3/LTA - Legs, Trunk, Arms
PR2 /TA - Trunk and Arms
PR1/AS - Arms and Shoulders

Adaptive Pricing: Since our Adaptive program is integrated into whatever age category the rower falls into, the pricing is the same as the the High/Middle school programs and the Masters/Veterans programs.

For inquiries about - or support for - our adaptive categories and rowing, please contact Kelly Hagan at kelly@soracrew.com


GENERAL INFORMATION

What to Wear/Bring:

  • Sneakers & Socks                              
  • Shorts (not too baggy) or spandex                    
  • Sunscreen
  • Filled Water Bottle
  • Sandals
  • T-shirt (Fitted)
  • Hat & Sunglasses

Weather Contingency:

In the case of lightning, all boats are removed from the water and practice continues on land, under cover. Very rarely is practice canceled due to inclement weather, but if that happens, there will be emails, texts, and social media communications.

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