Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Youth Rower Code of Conduct


I will demonstrate good sporting behavior. I understand that respect for participants, coaches, officials, volunteers, other teams, and spectators is essential for competition and fair play.


I agree to accept and carry out the instruction of Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Coaches and Staff.


I will treat all of my teammates, my coaches, PVRC staff, PVRC volunteers, and PVRC chaperones with respect at all times.


I will support my teammates’ efforts and celebrate their successes.


I will resolve issues directly with my coach and/or teammates without resorting to hostility or gossip.


I understand that I am a representative of Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club and my behavior is a reflection of PVRC. I will behave in a way that positively reflects PVRC and its mission.


I understand bullying is prohibited and will not be tolerated.


I understand that use of or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, prescription drugs not prescribed by a physician specifically for me, performance enhancing drugs, and weapons are prohibited at PVRC and during any official PVRC team activity. I understand that underage drinking, drug use, and illegal activities will be reported to my parents/guardians and the PVRC Executive Director. Discipline will be severe and result in full expulsion from PVRC.


I will respect and properly use all equipment and facilities of Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club and host organizations. If I am unsure as to proper safe usage, I will ask for instruction.


I will be respectful of other people’s possessions, property, and personal space and will refrain from activities that cause damage to any of these.


I will arrive prepared to practice, dressed in weather- and practice-appropriate clothing, and with a full water bottle.

I understand that I am expected to attend all regattas in which my team competes, and must inform the coach several weeks in advance if I am unavailable for any regatta. In the event of last minute illness or family emergency, I will contact the coach immediately so s/he can attempt to adjust the lineup before my boat must scratch its entry.


I understand that regattas are all-day events and that I am not just there for my own races. I understand that I have duties throughout the day, such as un/loading and de/rigging boats, helping other PVRC boats launch and dock, and helping with food tent gear. I will arrive at the designated time and meeting place, and remain until all equipment is secured on the trailer and athletes are dismissed by the coach. If I have an exceptional circumstance that requires me to arrive late or leave early then I will clear this in advance with my coach and my teammates who will have to pick up my share of the work.


I understand that rowers are not allowed in the boathouse or on property except during regular youth practice and event times unless supervised by PVRC staff and with prior approval from the Executive Director.


I understand that I am financially responsible for any damage I may cause when disobeying rules.


I understand that if I do not abide by these rules, the consequences may include, but are not limited to: completion of club service hours, being sent home immediately at my parents’/guardians’ expense, suspension of my membership on PVRC teams, and full expulsion from PVRC.


I understand that refunds for membership, program, regatta, or travel fees will NOT be

given upon suspension or expulsion.

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