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South Orlando Rowing Association

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)

We are please to announce all new Masters programing for SORA starting this fall. All sessions below other than the Early Morning Rowing are included with your monthly fee. Masters can attend any or all of these sessions. As always, we recommend coordinating with other masters rowers to ensure enough to fill boats for a particular session. 

This programming is can and will be modified/improved to best serve our masters rowing community. 

Fall Regular Masters Sessions

All Master rowing sessions will have a coach on the water with them for both safety and for coaching when requested.

Wednesday and Friday -  PM Rows
  • Wednesday - 5:45pm-7:45pm 
  • Friday - 5:45pm-7:45pm Friday rows may need to be rescheduled during race weekends when boats are unavailable and coach or staff is unable to attend sessions. An alternate row will be on Monday evenings.
Sunday - AM Rows
  • Sunday AM 8:00-10:00am Sunday rows may need to be rescheduled during race weekends when boats are unavailable and coach or staff is unable to attend sessions. An alternate row will be on Monday evenings.

Tuesday and Thursday - AM Rows (Starting Sept 10th)

  • Tuesday 8:00am-9:45am 
  • Thursday 8:00am-9:45am 

Potential Early Morning Rowing (Available based on interest)

SORA is once again able to offer early AM rowing. There is a slightly higher fee to access these sessions and we need 8 rowers registered for these sessions. See below for more info. 

  • Tuesday - 5:30am - 7:30am
  • Thursday - 5:30am - 7:30am
  • Saturday - 6:00am - 8:00am

General Info

Registration fee for ALL Master Rowers: $100 (Includes - Park Pass and Admin Fees)

Monthly Fee: $150 (This fee is for unlimited rowing during the month, safety launches and coached rowing sessions excluding early morning rowing)

Early Morning Row Monthly Fee -  $200 (This fee is for unlimited rowing during the month, safety launches and coached rowing sessions. In addition, this allows you to participate in 3 weekly early morning rows - with a minimum of 8 participants needed to open the park early.) 

If you are interested in any of these programs or have questions, please email Kelly Hagan at kelly@soracrew.com. 

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