INTRODUCTION Each rower earns their racing seat based upon the criteria set forth below. It is the collaborative and final decision of the coaches as to who races in what seat(s). We will draw the fastest athletes from the Competitive and High Performance Groups to fill priority boats. There will be seats in other boats for athletes in other Groups.
Racing seats are earned by meeting or exceeding the following requirements:
1. Attendance. Rowers are expected to attend all practices (unless otherwise excused or injured), and be prepared to row or work out at the designated starting time. The following will be consequences of missed practices that are not made up on make up days of the same week:
a. First – Warning
b. Second – Run an extra lap
c. Third – Novices a 5k and Competitive and HP 10K that practice is indoors.
d. After the third missed mandatory practice, all racing privileges for that season will be revoked. After the third missed practice the athlete will lose their racing privileges for the season. They will work with the recreational team for the rest of the season and may be asked to cox. Athletes will still be expected to attend all practices. No refunds will be given for registration fees or race fees.
2. Punctuality for Practices - Rowers are expected to be punctual. If rower is not able to be on time, please call ahead to Dori’s cell phone 412-916-4356 and inform of approximate time of arrival. Continual tardiness will result in:
3. Trailer Loading / Unloading. Attend and be helpful at all trailer loadings, to, at and from races. You will be assessed a $50 loading fee if not in attendance before or after going to a race.
4. Assistance & Boat Maintenance. Rowers are expected to assist with and work on boats, equipment and the boathouse when asked.
5. Coaching Assistance. Our mission is not only to produce talented rowers but also to instill in them a long-term commitment to community service. Rowers shall help teach the less experienced people how to work with the equipment and assist in coaching novice sessions. Sculling is labor-intensive and we need everyone to help.
6. Equipment Handling. Shells are VERY expensive- few clubs have high quality sculling equipment available. It is a privilege to row any 1x (even a recreational 1x) or any sculling equipment. The sculling equipment is what makes us different. Not only is sculling more difficult to row, but is takes a great deal more effort on everybody’s part to load, unload, and maintain. Our boats are precious and must be taken seriously. Bowmen of sculling boats and coxswains of sweep boats are responsible for organizing wiping the boats, cleaning the seat tracks and seeing that the oars are put away neatly. Everyone must help with putting away the launch equipment. Handling this equipment requires concentration and respect for its vulnerability to damage. DO NOT TALK, joke around or engage in any actions which distract from the critical task of properly and safely handling the boats.
BEHAVIORAL REQUIREMENTS The quality of the SCRC program and of its Junior rowers is what sets this club apart. As a member, you enjoy the respect of other coaches and crews because of both your accomplishments and those of your predecessors. We are proud of what we accomplish both on and off the water. Our racing AND our behavior earn this club and its individual rowers greater respect in the rowing community than most clubs can ever hope for. Be proud of your hard work and accomplishments. Do not let your behavior on or off the water detract from nor tarnish the nationally recognized record SCRC has achieved and the respect you enjoy by being a part of it.
1. Attitude. Rowers are expected to demonstrate RESPECT for coaches and fellow athletes on and off the water and especially in the presence of parents and other coaches and crews. Respect is the foundation for teamwork. Continued disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Cooperation. Show cooperation and respect for coaches and their decisions. Decisions are not random. There are reasons for lineup selections. Remember, we want to WIN races also. Arguing and back talk only exacerbate a problem. If you have a problem or if there is an issue of any kind with another teammate, discuss it with a coach privately. We will find out what the problem is anyway- better to address the problem or issue before it drags the entire crew down. Again, continued disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
2. Prohibited Behavior. THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING, DRINKING OR DRUG USE IN ANY ROWING FACILITY, AT ANY ROWING EVENT OR AROUND ANY SCRC PRACTICE, EVENT OR TRIP. When on trips, there will be no boys in girls’ rooms and vice versa and/or violation of curfew. FIRST OFFENSE AT A RACE - boys in girls room and vice versa or curfew violation- you will be immediately sent home at your parent’s expense. AT SCRC or AT A RACE - Alcohol, smoking, drugs – you will be expelled from the team. SECOND OFFENSE AT A RACE - boys in girls room and vice versa or curfew violation – you will be expelled from the team. AT SCRC or AT A RACE - Alcohol, smoking, drugs – you will be expelled from the team.
3. Proper Rest/Curfew. At races, be in bed at designated time. Remain in your room. If you are found out of your room after curfew for any reason, you will be immediately sent home at your parent’s expense. The races you are entered in will not race. Remember you actions can impact others! If you have an emergency, please contact one of the coaches by phone. We will make sure you are able to contact the coaches if you have an emergency. Second offense will expel you from the team. If the first offense occurs after racing is over, in addition to being sent home at your parent’s expense, a week of indoor practice will be enforced.
4. Foul Language. No swearing on or off the water. It reflects poorly on you, your coaches and SCRC. Negative, antagonistic remarks are destructive to the cooperation, teamwork and positive attitude necessary to win. First offense earns a warning. Second earns a 5K for Nov and 10K for Competitive and loss of water privileges and 3 rd offense earns a week of indoor practices.
FINAL SELECTION OF BOATS
SCRC’s objective is to produce the most competitive crews possible. Nevertheless, the best crews are not necessarily composed of the biggest or strongest rowers. It takes more than just technique and strength to win. It takes teamwork, commitment and passion. Coaches will make the final decision as to the composition of a given boat. The criteria include but are not limited to the following factors:
2. Cooperation and sense of camaraderie
4. In team boats – ability to blend power and technique with teammates’
5. Attendance, punctuality and performance
6. Positive Attitude
7. Willingness to row the boat assigned at practices or races
8. Ability to be savvy. Winning crews possess more than just strength and speed. They have an abiding respect for and commitment to each member of the boat, respect for their coaches and a passionate belief in what they can accomplish together through teamwork and sacrifice.