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Racing with Springfield Crew requires commitment, strengths and mental toughness. Our team competes in the New England area against some of the top teams in the northeast.  In order to do so there is a certain level of commitment required from the athletes and their families.  Please review the information below.  It is the responsibility of the rower and their families to know the following information. 


Attendance at Practice

Making a boat go fast requires a crew of rowers to commit to a common goal of training together and continually pushing each other beyond their limits.  When one member of a crew is not at practice the whole team is impacted.  For this reason, the following expectaions are set for attendance at practice.

  • If rowers can not attend practice they must notify the coach 48hrs ahead of time verbally and in writing.  

Dates: March 16 - May 26  

Days: Monday - Friday

Times: 3:45-5:30

Rowers whose schedule does not allow for consistent attendance may train with the team but maynot be boated in a racing line up for regattas.  


Regattas & Events

Rowers are subject to certain standards and guidelines set by the coaches, including (but not limited to) attitude, teamwork, attendance, athleticism, work ethic, erg scores, and rowing technique in order to be considered for racing.


To be considered for racing rowers must commit to the following:

  • Attend all regattas regardless of boating.

  • Loading the trailer during the last practice before a race.  Rowers are required to stay until the last boat is secured. The coaches strive to load the trailer within practice time, however this process takes time to learn. Depending on the teams abilities, rowers might be dismissed as late as  6:30PM.

  • Arrive at the regatta on time.  There is one arrival time for the whole team.

  • Stay at the regatta until the trailer is loaded. This can be hard for families to understand but it is a crucial element to running our team successfully.   


Spring 2015 (subject to change)

  • September 12 - Rockrimmon Regatta, Springfield MA

  • September 26 - Papercity Regatta, Holyoke MA

  • October 4 - Head of the Riverfront, Hartford CT

  • October 10 - Tri-State Regatta - Northfield MA

  • October 11 - N.E. Fall Championship - Worcester, MA

  • October 31 & November 1 - Head of the Fish

  • November 4 - Banquet - TBD



Through participation in Springfield Crew, the student athlete commits himself/herself to general standards of character, behavior, and performance including but not limited to:

  • Appropriate behavior in and out of school

  • Academic effort

  • Adherence to all school and team rules

  • Respect for opponents and officials

  • Commitment to training rules and personal wellness

  • Loyalty/commitment to team and teammates

  • Dedication to principles of good sportsmanship and fair play

  • Respect for all athletes regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender

  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and refraining from the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and other mood altering substances



The following infractions may result in suspension from a race or dismissal from the team, regardless of whether the activity occurs during PVRC practice, races or events. Infractions are not limited to the following, but rather a list to serve as a guideline.

  • Use of physical force or violence.

  • Unsportsmanlike behavior.

  • Vandalism of school, community, or PVRC property.

  • Use, possession, distribution, or being under the influence of alcohol, tobacco products, illegal drugs, mood altering substances, or related paraphernalia, and the abuse of prescription and non-prescription drugs.

  • Theft or being in possession of stolen property.

  • Unexcused absence(s), late arrivals or unauthorized departure from practice or regatta. 

  • Any offensive, disrespectful, or abusive act, which in the opinion of coaches or administrators, reflects negatively on Springfield Crew or PVRC.

  • Any disrespectful comments or actions to teammates, the coaching staff, and/or the opposing team.




As the Parent, Guardian or Mentor of a Springfield Crew athlete you are also subject to certain expectations and responsibilities.

  • You are responsible for ensuring your rower understands the above information.

  • Review the Youth Rowers & Parent Handbook (found on the secure team page). Understand what is required of the athletes, parents & coaches of Springfield Crew.

  • Ensure your rower is registered for programs on time with all the appropriate forms and fees.

  • Review regattas and event dates with your rower prior to the beginning of the season.  

  • Ensure you rower informs their coach of any absence in writing.

  • Volunteer once per season, either at a fundraiser, event, committee, work party or as team support.

  • Provide or arrange transportation your rower to all practices, regattas and events.

  • Communicate with the coaches, staff, rowers, parents, officials, other teams and their supporters in a positive and respectful manner.

  • Support you rower in their development as an athlete and help them to understand teamwork, perseverance, and leadership.



Rowers and their parent (guardian/mentor ) must agree to the above commitment & expectations in order to race with Springfield Crew.

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