PRACTICE SCHEDULE –4:00p.m to 6:00 p.m. on all school days. Drop off at First Colonial HS at north fence and pickup at Alanton Elementary School.
PRACTICE SITE/ETIQUETTE – Water practices are held at the private residence of the Kahle’s (1736 North Alanton Drive, dock and water location), or at the home of Coach Inghram (1801 Seddon Cir) or the Lynnhaven Baseball Field for land practice. Please use manners, keep voices down, trash picked up, and remember to pick up personal items. When walking, driving, or parking in the neighborhood, please be respectful of private property and others.
ATTENDANCE - Rowers should attend all practices. Attendance will be taken at each practice. A single individual’s tardiness and absence affects the entire training and racing schedule. Emphasis will be placed on attendance record, as well as skill level and erg (ergometers – commonly known as erg’s) times, for coaches when assigning boats. You should let the coaches know at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend a practice or a regatta. Please get the message to them via phone call, e-mail, or a note or message from your coxswain or teammate. Communication is important!! If you are home sick or leave school sick, please call the coach as soon as possible that day to let him/her know.
ATTIRE – Each rower should have a good pair of running shoes and tight fitting shorts. Clothing should be clean and not offensive at practices and races. Uniforms should be clean for all races. Appropriate attire for weather (hot/cold), always dress in layers.
WEATHER – We will row everyday unless there is lightning, extreme wind, or extreme cold. Do not assume practice is cancelled, listen for school announcements and/or check Ms. Kenison’s room. The coach will notify the school by noon.
CLEAN-UP - Both the land practice site and the water practice site must be neatly secured at the conclusion of each practice. No one can leave practice until all boat and oars are secured and everything else is put away. This includes emptying the launches, cleaning the dock, tying down the boats, and putting the life preservers away.
COXSWAINS - Like the coach, the coxswain is to ensure safety of the rowers and the boat on and off the water and in charge of all aspects of practice that are not personally being handled by a coach. Rowers are to respect the coxswain’s authority and perform the required tasks when asked. Coxswains need to make their commands in a respectful manner. They are responsible for motivating the crew in a positive manner, provide leadership, direct rowers, and assist and communicate with the coach in practice management.
HEALTH – Bring Water!! If you are sick or injured, report to your coach immediately.
DRUGS – Use of illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco will not be tolerated. Any infraction of this rule will result in immediate suspension from the team.
REGATTAS - Coaches and the Auxiliary Board of Directors will determine the regatta schedule at the beginning of each season.
CONDUCT – You represent our team and school. Your actions during practices and regattas should reflect good sportsmanship, win or lose.
- Do not argue with coaches, coxswains, teammates or regatta officials. Do not criticize or degrade teammates or opponents.
-Treat everyone with respect at all times.
-Do not use profanity.
-Take proper care of equipment and uniforms.
-For all races, rowers are expected to remain at the race site until the event is concluded and all equipment is packed and loaded.
-Rowers may not leave the race site, hotel or planned activity without permission from the head coach or head chaperone. Also, parents may not give their child permission to leave the race site, hotel or planned activity without consulting the head coach or head chaperone. When coaches are not present the head chaperone is in charge.
DRIVING - Students may not drive to regattas unless accompanied by a parent or chaperone.
OVERNIGHT TRIPS/HOTELS - Rowers may be asked to stay overnight as a team with team/rower assigned rooms.
-Room assignments will not be changed without the permission of the head coach/head chaperone/travel coordinator.
-Team members may NOT stay in a room other than their team assigned room or a room with their parent or chaperone.
-Visitation of other FCCCA members will be allowed PRIOR to curfew. No one other than a FCCCA member is allowed to visit rooms.
-The curfew time will be at the discretion of the head coach on overnight stays. Under no circumstance will a team member be allowed to leave their assigned room AFTER curfew.
-Team members must have permission from their parent or chaperone before leaving the hotel, and must check in with them regularly. Team members must have either an adult or 3 other students accompany them if they venture anywhere other than hotel.
-Be respectful of other hotel guests, competitors and regatta hosts.
-Foul language or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated anywhere while traveling; especially at regattas or in hotel hallways.
-Confirm your early morning ride to the regattas the night before.
-When you leave the hotel for the regatta, take everything with you if you are checking out.
-In case of an emergency, contact coach or chaperone.
-In the event a rower displays non-compliance with conduct guidelines for an overnight trip, that rower may be asked to room with their parent(s). If the parent(s) are not in attendance, the rower may be assigned to a coach or chaperone’s room. The rower may be removed from competition.
-Parents will be responsible for their own room.