Rower’s Handbook

 Practice Cancellation Policy

Aside from high winds or thunderstorms we will be on the water. In the event there is a cancellation it will be posted on Facebook with as much advanced notice as possible. Ultimately, it is the rower’s responsibility on questionable days to check with other team members, the coach or Facebook before leaving for practice.

What to Bring 

  • Water bottle with your name on it.
  • Athletic clothing you can easily move in – matching weather conditions.
  • A towel and change of clothes in case it rains.
  • Sunscreen.

Other Recommended Items

  • Rowing jacket or windbreaker. (Waterproof or water-resistant shells work better than large bulky jackets).
  • Hat and/or ear band and gloves.
  • Your own medication – if you use an inhaler, label it and take it with you in the boat.
  • Dry-fit or moisture-wicking inner layer (i.e. polypropylene, cool max).
  • Close-fitting spandex/lycra shorts.
  • Cotton, dry-fit, or cool max T-shirt.
  • Socks, socks, socks and more socks.
  • Open-toed pool type sandals for wearing on the dock, crocs work well. You’ll also need athletic shoes for use on the ergs. You won’t want to erg in sandals!


Rowers are expected to:

  • Arrive at practice at least 15 minutes early and be prepared to row or train on land. Arrival at the scheduled start of practice is LATE.
  • Participate in all practices and regattas. Missing more than 3 practices in a single season will cause you to be moved in to a less competitive boat. Athletes should review their schedules before committing to a practice schedule or registering for regattas.
  • Be attentive to coaches before practice to hear seating assignments and plans.
  • Display positive attitudes and a willingness to work with and encourage others at all times. Abusive or derogatory language toward another athlete, coach, parent or another crew will not be tolerated.
  • Follow the instructions of ANY coach immediately.
  • Seek feedback. If a rower doesn’t know where they stand, ask.
  • Realize that team goals come before the needs or desires of any individual.
  • Take an active role in helping crews prepare for races (help with shoes, oars, etc.) and cheer on crews whenever possible.
  • Race in their team uniform.

Parents are expected to:

  • Remember that the coaches have full responsibility & authority to conduct practice. Parents may not interfere with any coach’s practice at any time on or off the water. If you feel something should be handled differently, please speak with a coach privately after practice.
  • Respect the coaches as the final authority in rowing matters.
  • Display positive attitudes and a willingness to work with and encourage others at all times.
  • Remember that coaches seek only to create the fastest lineups possible. While decisions can at times be somewhat subjective, they are not personal.

Coaches are expected to:

  • Provide clear communications on all steps necessary to make a successful program.
  • Direct feedback to the athletes so they know their areas of strength and weakness, and methods to improve.
  • Make fair assessments to achieve the fastest lineups & communicate the assessments openly.

Regattas expectations:

  • Rowers/coxswains will be required to arrive at the race location at a specific time set by the coach. It is important to be punctual. The team will not row if members are not there on time.
  • Rowers/coxswains are expected to exhibit the highest standard of sportsmanship and support for the team at competitions.
  • Regatta participants are responsible for “rigging” the boats at the regatta and also for de-rigging the boats after the event and strapping the boats to the trailer.
  • Rowers/Coxswains will be dismissed by the coaches only AFTER the EQUIPMENT is taken care of.
  • It is important for parents to help support the crew on Regatta day with various assignments such as transportation, tent set-up, food service and tear down at the end of the day.  Other assignments could include dock support or trailering the boats
  • All pets should be left at home.
  • Alcohol is not permitted at any regatta unless specifically sold at the regatta site. Parents are expected to set a good example for our rowers.



FaceBook Pages:

Lake Leelanau Rowing Club


This site is used to sign up for food and supplies for regattas.

Regatta Central:

View information about upcoming regattas including directions to the site, race information and race results.

It is extremely important that email and Facebook be accessed regularly by parents and rowers during the course of the season.

Equipment Rules

  • Rowing equipment is very expensive and must be handled with care.
  • Boats & oars are very long – be cautious of your surroundings when moving them. Follow all directions regarding the handling of equipment.
  • All crew members must participate in routine cleaning and maintenance of equipment. Please report any equipment problems to your coach so problems can be taken care of BEFORE practice or regatta day.

Safety Rules and Policies

The following procedures and policies are established so that team members, parents, and club members are aware of the safe practices and policies. All persons involved with the team are expected to follow these practices and rules.

  • All team members must pass a swim test that involves swimming 50 meters unaided using any stroke. The test date is to be determined by the coach. Make sure you are able to attend the date assigned.
  • Be able to tread water for at least 5 minutes in typical rowing clothes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to put on a life jacket while treading water.
  • All team members must alert the coach to any medical conditions or injuries in writing at the start of the season. Such items include, but are not limited to bee sting allergy, asthma or joint injuries.
  • All team members are required to dress appropriately for practices and bring water, warm, dry clothing and any medications that they require with them to practice. Inhalers MUST be labeled with the student’s name and cannot be shared.
  • When team members are being transported, either by parents or by other students, they are to be wearing a seatbelt and will behave in a safe manner that will not distract the driver’s attention. Team members shall respect any restrictions that parents have placed on students concerning who and how many persons they may transport. There is no busing to and from practice.

Safe Practices

  • Coxswains shall check all coaches launches for the following items: lifejackets or seat cushions and adequate gas in can (2 gal.).
  • Rowers shall check the condition of their boat before launching to ensure safety and prevent injuries or breakdowns.
  • Inexperienced crews will row with experienced coxswains and inexperienced coxswains shall row with an experienced stroke for the first week of practice or as long as deemed necessary by the coaches.
  • After launching and conducting the warm-up sequence, the coxswain is responsible for holding their boat within site of the boathouse where the crew may continue to do stationary drills and wait for the coaching launch.
  • At no time is a crew to be out of sight of their coach’s launch.

Safety Responsibilities of the Coaching Staff

  • The coaching staff shall determine the safety of water/weather conditions. White caps, strong current, lightning or cold may cause a coach to cancel on the water practices.
  • Coaches shall conduct safety drills on the water the first week of practice that will include emergency stopping and backing down a boat. The coach shall instruct the crew as to how to safely exit a boat in an emergency.
  • Safety launches shall carry with them a cell phone or radio that will permit them to reach 911.