WELCOME TO THE OARS 2017-2018 ROWING SEASON
Welcome returning rowers, new novice rowers, new middle school rowers, parents and coaches (returning and new!).
In planning for our upcoming 2017-2018 rowing season, the coaches are already looking toward The USRowing Youth Nationals Competition. This competition will be held in early June (exact dates and location tbd). Our coaching staff is hoping to have several boats qualify for this event. However, because the Nationals Competition involves less than half of all of the rowers on our High School Team (as boats must qualify for this event), the cost to attend the USRowing Youth National Championships is above and beyond the regular OARS Dues. Every rower who attends USRowing Youth Nationals must pay for himself or herself. It is important that you are aware of this potential additional cost, should your child be in a boat that qualifies to represent OARS at the National level.
Boats qualify for Youth Nationals Competition at USRowing Southeast Regional Championships, which take place in early May and a decision by OARS to accept a ‘Nationals Bid’ must be made quickly. All rowers will be asked prior to Regionals (late April) if they are willing to participate at Nationals should their boat qualify. Know that this involves continuous daily practices beyond our regular season end date (mid-May) through the 3-day event as well as any additional cost.
Rowers/Parents – you will find all the information required for joining or renewing your participation in OARS below. Know that membership and participation in OARS is a privilege, not a right, and as such, membership and participation are dependent upon adherence to the promise and commitment to the OARS Code of Conduct.
With this promise and commitment, enjoy the year ahead for all it has to offer you. Thank you in advance - parents and coaches - for all you are about to do to contribute toward excellence… and another great and memorable year for OARS.John Figueroa – OARS Board of Directors – President 2017-2018
IMPORTANT REMINDERS• Drivers please remember: All rowers must be dropped-off – or you can park, at Windermere Elementary School.• Never drop-off in front of the OARS boathouse gates. This is a major safety issue for all our kids.• Please do not drive into, or park in the boathouse lot – unless you are boathouse parent for the day.• Place forms in the ORANGE FORMS box at the boathouse. MSP rowers place forms in the BLUE FORMS box.• Place Payments in the BLACK PAYMENT BOX ONLY. Please don't leave payments in the forms boxes.
PLEASE FILL OUT ALL INFORMATION ON ALL FORMS AND THEN READ AND MAINTAIN FOR YOUR RECORDS:o OARS CODE OF CONDUCT (Section 2)o OARS RULES (Section 1)o OARS ROWER AND PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES (Section 3)o OARS DUES PAYMENT SCHEDULE
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR THE OARS FORMS COMMITTEE? PLEASE CONTACT: All WOMEN’S TEAM - Kristie Haas 407-342-1768ALL MEN’S TEAM - Carol Sabis 407- 234-8056
All sections must be completed prior to practice on August 15, 2017. Final report cards for 2016-2017 must be turned in or emailed/texted to Kristie Haas or Carol Sabis prior to the start of practice.
OARS FORMS COMMITTEE: WOMEN’S TEAM - Kristie Haas 407- 342-1768 or email@example.com MEN’S TEAM – Carol Sabis 407-234-8056 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OARS RULESGENERAL RULES
1. Windermere Elementary School property is off limits to student athletes except for the use of the parking lot.
2. Radios/CD Players/iPods with headphones/earpieces only at the boathouse. NO boom boxes. OARS is not responsible for lost, stolen, water damaged, or broken property of any kind.
3. Student athletes will promptly and politely respond to all coaches with respect and courtesy. All parents are to be treated with respect and courtesy at all times while on OARS property or at regattas.
4. Athletes are fully expected to attend all scheduled OARS activities, and practices (including land training), unless their coach has approved their absence. If an athlete has an illness or other unplanned event, which requires their absence from an OARS activity or practice, the athlete must call or email their coach with as much advance notice as possible. Excessive absences can result in not participating in a regatta.
5. All forms of alcohol, tobacco and/or illegal drugs are strictly forbidden.
6. Rowers shall adhere to the team dress/uniform policy while attending and participating in all OARS activities/regattas/while on team travel.
7. Rowers shall be considerate and careful when: (a) using OARS property, and /or (b) using another rower's property, and will not cause deliberate damage to any such equipment or property.
LOCAL REGATTA RULES
8. No student athlete, under ANY circumstances, will drive him/herself to any away regatta. The team will be transported to and from regattas by OARS parents/coaches, or via team bus for long distance trips. Athletes are expected to arrange for their own rides prior to the regatta. Carpooling is encouraged. Once assigned to a vehicle, the rower must return with that same vehicle unless other arrangements are made and approved in advance with the coach.
9. All athletes are expected to attend all regattas unless the coach has previously approved the rower’s absence.
10. All athletes are to remain with the team at all regattas. Athletes will remain for the last event in which OARS has an entry and assist with de-rigging and loading boats and equipment unless otherwise approved by the coach.
11. The OARS tent is for the use of OARS rowers only. No parents, siblings, girlfriends, boyfriends, or other friends (non-OARS team members) or pets are allowed under the team tent at any time or place. Rowers currently on suspension from OARS shall not be allowed under the team tent at OARS activities/regattas.
12. Rowers are to refrain from public Displays of Affection (kissing, petting, inappropriate touching).
13. Rowers shall adhere to the team dress/uniform policy while attending and participating in all OARS activities/regattas/while on team travel.
AWAY REGATTA RULES
14. Keep noise within the normal range.
15. No throwing objects on the bus or in any hotel.
16. Pick up all trash in the bus or hotel room, even if it isn’t yours.
17. No rough play, running or game playing in the halls, etc. Be respectful of other hotel guests. Destruction of hotel property will not be tolerated. Any intentional damages to buses, hotels, and other parent/rower personal property shall be paid for by the rower(s) responsible for the damage, and the rower(s) shall be subject to disciplinary action.
18. Any videos/music played on the bus must be “generally acceptable and age appropriate” for middle school/high school aged students, and shall be approved by the coaches, program directors or chaperones prior to being played on the bus.
19. Chaperones, bus drivers and coaches are to be treated with respect at all times.
20. Rowers must be in their room at designated curfew times (to be determined by the coaches). There will be no changes in hotel room assignments unless approved by the rower’s coach.
21. Rowers may not leave their hotel room after set curfew. If there is an emergency, rowers must call their chaperone. Chaperones and coaches will conduct bed checks. Rowers will be given the room number and cell phone number of their chaperone.
22. No long distance calls are to be made from the hotel phones, please use your cell phone.
23. Rowers may not leave the hotel premises for any reason, unless accompanied by their parent, guardian, designated driver or chaperone and with notification to and approval of their coach.
24. Return all room keys at checkout (usually in the morning the day of the regatta).
25. Any misbehavior or violation of the OARS Rules or OARS Code of Conduct at any time during team travel may result in disciplinary action.