Girls/Boys New Novices - Spring Season

After a COVID break in welcoming new rowers and coxswains, BLS Crew is thrilled to open registration for new Novices for the Spring 2021 season! With COVID safety precautions in place, we expect to give new Novices the opportunity to learn to row, and a sense of the fun, teamwork, community, and competition that comes with being a BLS Crew rower or coxswain. All grade levels are welcome. No rowing or other athletic experience is required to join the team, as all new rowers and coxswains learn the sport together. Please understand that the details below are subject to change if necessary for COVID-related reasons.


Please fill out this registration form ASAP, even if you do not have the forms described below ready. We need to know that you are planning to participate so that we can add you to our BLS Crew email list and provide additional important information on sports clearances, swim tests, and season start dates, as they become available. To start registration, please fill out this form.

Practice Schedule and Logistics (Same for Girls and Boys Novice Squads)


  • Monday-Friday 3:15-5:15 p.m. at the BLS boathouse.

  • Novices are encouraged to attend practice at least 4 days per week.

  • New Novice practices are planned to start April 5, 2020. The length of the season is still being finalized (typical Spring season ends by early June, but may be extended this year).

  • Transportation: In non-COVID times, Novices travel on the MBTA #57 BLS supplemental bus to the boathouse after school. Novices who are attending school in-person this Spring should be able to take the #57 bus. BLS Crew provides a carpool map so that families will be able to arrange carpools for students who are learning remotely, and for the trip home after practice.​

Registration and Payment Deadlines for Novices

  • Registration Close Date: Monday 03/29/2021

  • Forms Due Date: Friday 04/02/2021 or, if joining the team later, at least two days prior to their first day of practice. 

  • Payment Due Date: Monday 04/19/2021

New Novices may still be able to join after this date, space-permitting. If you are interested in registering late, please email

Required Forms

All Novice rowers must submit the required forms as PDF email attachments to before the session starts. Forms can easily be scanned and emailed as PDFs using a free smartphone scanner app ("Tiny Scanner" works well). PDFs are preferred but clear jpgs of completed forms may also be sent.

  1. BLS Sports Clearance form, obtained from the BLS nurses’ office, through the following procedure:

    • Make an appointment for a virtual visit with the nurses at their calendly site, If you do not see an appointment available, check back every day or two as the nurses will be continuing to make more appointments available.

    • Email your physician’s school/camp form (dated within the past 13 months) to the nurse before your appointment. 

  2. Concussion Training Certificate, obtained by doing the video training at

  3. Signed Sports Safety Pledge. You can download the form from here

  4. A completed Swim Test form, available at We have worked on special arrangements for BLS Novices to get swim tests done at the Parkway Y on Saturday April 3rd, 5-6 PM and Sunday April 11 from 4-5 PM. The address is Parkway Community YMCA,1972 Centre Street, West Roxbury. We strongly urge families to use either of these slots to get the swim test done.

  5.  Opiate/ Substance Abuse Education: All student-athletes and parents must read the information regarding opiate and substance abuse provided in this file labeled  "Opiate Substance Information". Additional information is provided here as well. You will be required to acknowledge that you have read the information prior to registering. 

Fees and Financial Aid

  • Rower Fees:  $500.00

  • Payment Options: See Spring Payment

  • Friends of BLS Crew is committed to ensuring that crew is affordable for all students and families in the BLS community. If you would like to request financial assistance for the crew program, please send an email to

  • Payment is due Friday, 04/19/2021 for New Novices, unless a financial aid or payment plan arrangement has been made.