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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)

Our Masters Programming is undergoing many changes that will be announced in the coming weeks and months. 

For the first time this summer we are offering expanded Learn to Row events to introduce you to the sport of rowing.

Learn to Row (L2row)

This summer we have two different L2row options; a 3 day and 2 day. 

In both L2Row sessions you will learn the basics of rowing with others that are just starting out. You will learn everything you need to know from carrying oars and boats, to your first time on the  erg (rowing Machine) to rowing on the water. 

The 2 day session is more intense for those with less time but the goal is to teach the same material in both sessions. 

L2row Sessions:

Evening Open Rowing

These sessions are available to previous members of the SORA Masters program and are lead by Coach Deidrah Kennedy. The cost per session is $15, paid in advance by following one of the links below.

Please note that more dates will likely be added so please check our events page regularly at Events


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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