29 Aug


The Delta Blades Junior Crew is a highly competitive rowing program developed for high school-aged boys and girls from San Joaquin County . The Delta Blades compete in the northern California league of the Southwest Junior Rowing Association, which is comprised of crews from all over California, and parts of Arizona and Utah. The Delta Blades is made up of four separate squads: Novice Men, Novice Women, Varsity Men, Varsity Women.

We are energized by involved parents, excellent coaches and enthusiastic rowers.

The season begins in early September and goes through mid-May, culminating with the Southwest Regional Junior Championships held in Sacramento.

The team practices 5 times per week (practice schedules are listed under Team Info).

The Delta Blades hold three major recruiting campaigns—summer, fall and winter. Athletes who wish to transfer from other programs will be subject to a screening and/or tryout period.

Currently, there is no tryout period for new athletes, however rowers who underachieve in the areas of technical proficiency, physical performance, attitude and commitment will risk being cut from the team.

22 Jul

Delta Blades in the News

Delta Blades Junior Crew was established in August 2004 by head coach Joan McFadden. It was her goal to offer highly competitive junior rowing opportunities in her hometown of Stockton, CA. She ultimately hopes to guide the program to a Southwest Regional Championship. As Delta Blades grows more competitive in the league, the crew will be able to host regattas and showcase the Delta waterway and beautiful downtown Stockton. Rowing was never available in Stockton for McFadden, a Lincoln HS graduate. In order for her to pursue a rowing career in high school, McFadden joined Capital Crew in Sacramento, and commuted the 2-hour roundtrip daily. “I am happy to be back home, and that I can give back to Stockton’s teen community,” says McFadden. “Rowing has given me amazing opportunities in life that I would have never experienced without being involved in the sport.