Friends of Medford Rowing

Friends and Families Supporting Medford High School Crew

Parent's Handbook

Medford High Rowing: A Year-Round Sport

We are very fortunate to be considered a Varsity Sport for both the fall and spring seasons.  Rowers must follow the policies and procedures administered by the Medford High School Interscholastic Athletic Program.



We have space and dock near Hormel Stadium in Medford.   Athletes will have to find their own transportation to and from practice.  Carpooling is encouraged.



Fees & Forms:

MHS Athletic fee for rowing is $175.00 per season.  There is a food fee of $35 to $50 for each season (amount is based on the number of races per season) and will be collected by the Friends of Medford Rowing prior to the first race of the season. The food committee will use this money to purchase the basic food supplies for race days. 


You can find the following forms on the MHS Athletic Department web site:  a copy of the M.H.S. Rules for Student Athletes, Substance Abuse Policy, Hazing Law, Concussion Law, and Permission for Treatment.  Written acknowledgment of the same is required, by signing the last page and returning with your son/daughter’s Users’ Fee. This policy will be discussed with both parents and student athletes during individual team meetings with their coaches.

Each student must have an up-to-date physical on file in the Nurses’ Office. The date of the physical must be within thirteen months of the start of the current sport’s season. It is recommended that each student bring in a copy of the updated physical to the Nurses’ Office before the first day of tryouts along with an MIAA permission slip (signed by both the student and a parent/guardian.



 What to Bring to Practice:



  •  Athletes need to dress in layers.
  • Running shoes and foot coverings that may get wet. No Bare Feet!
  •  When rowing you must wear rowing shorts or some type of shorts that are not loose fitting.  
  • Loose fitting shorts get caught in the moving seats of the boat.
  • Sunglasses – protect your eyes.
  •  Hair restraints – both men and women with long hair.
  • Filled water bottle



The varsity consists of rowers that have completed two rowing seasons.  There are both Girl and Boy Varsity teams.



The novice program is for anyone who wishes to learn how to row and aspires to be in varsity boats. Novice athletes are “novice” for their first two seasons of rowing, fall and spring.



Coxswains, (pronounced cox’n) play a vital role on the team. All of our 8+ and 4+ boats include a coxswain (making the actual body count 5 and 9 in the boat). A coxswain is responsible for delivering the strategy on a racecourse as well as the safety of the team on the water and the land. They guide the team while rowers carry the exceptionally long and sometimes cumbersome boat from the trailer to the launching site and back. While on the water, the coxswain directs the team via cox box. Coxswains and Coaches attend early morning meetings at regattas to discuss the course. Sometimes courses are altered due to weather conditions, and the coxswain is responsible for knowing where the markers are and the course ends.


Rower’s Checklist for Regattas


  •   Uniform!
  •  Sunscreen - Even on cold days, it is easy to get sunburn while you are on the water.
  • Something to secure hair, both men and women
  • Sunglasses
  • Change of clothes (sweats, dry change of clothes, layers for warmth, rain gear, beach towel and socks, plastic bag for wet clothing.)
  • Filled water bottle


Rower Responsibilities:

Follow your Coach’s instruction during practice and race days.

Check your emails daily for information and schedule changes.

Fundraising – you will be responsible for all fundraising.

Race schedule: Ask your rower what event he is in, and what time it occurs so you can watch.

Dress Appropriately: If you assume that every race day will be cold, windy and rainy and prepare as such, then you may be pleasantly surprised when the sun comes out. Remember that conditions near the water are extreme. Bring windproof layers, plenty of sun block, hats, sunglasses and warm socks. A fold-up portable chair is also a key accessory to the spectator-uniform.           



 Provisions: Parents are responsible for bringing food to races.  A food fee will be collected prior to the start of the season for all families (see Fees).   Members of the Food Committee will purchase food, paper goods and beverages.  You are welcome to bring a favorite side dish to share. Morning items are bagels, fruit, pancakes and granola bars etc.  We grill hamburgers, hotdogs and supply salads, fruit and snacks and beverages.

Set up and Clean up: The bulk of the race day duties do not take long but require the help of everyone. Tents, bins and folding tables are transported to the race by the parents who arrive prior to the team (set up volunteers). Tents, tables and grills are set up the parents. Food is arranged for the rowers to eat before anyone else. Parents have the opportunity to replenish supplies in between races before a next hungry group arrives. This is a wonderful time for parents to socialize while setting up the food and in between watching races.  Early morning breakfast is served, afternoon is when we grill hamburgers and other meats and at the end of the day is clean up (clean up volunteers). The time and effort requested of parents to set up and clean up is minimal. Rowers rise early, row hard and need good nutrition and a place to rest and parents make it happen!



Fundraising is everything to this team!  The fees collected by the MHS Athletic Department do not go toward the purchase of equipment.  The price of a new 8+ shell can range from about $20,000-$30,000.  All of the equipment that your Rower is using has been purchased with the funds provided by the Friends of Medford Rowing through fundraising and generous donations. When the equipment (boats, oars, launch, gas, motors, trailer etc.) needs to be repaired or purchased the money comes from the Friends’ account.  It is up to the Rower’s families to raise funds by participating in the events run by the Friends of Medford Rowing. The continued success and longevity of the Medford High Rowing team is reliant on your fundraising.  All Rower’s and parents/families are expected to participate in fundraising.

Examples of recent purchases: 


1994 DS Ultra-light eight for the women’s program


So much of the success of this program depends on parental volunteer efforts.  Here are some ways you can help.   


Consider Getting Involved 

·        Join one of the Friends of Medford Rowing committee’s (food, fundraising, clothing, media etc)

·        Volunteer to be a part of the fundraising efforts – we are always looking for new ideas.

·        Transport food, tents, and sometimes Rower’s.

·        Donate Misc. Items to the boathouse (Coach will post a wish list)

·        Volunteer to be a media representative.  This would involve contacting local papers and encouraging them to publish our race results.  Could you be the newspaper contact person? 

·        Is anyone a photographer or web designer? We have a web site that needs to be continuously updated.

·        Shopping for food and paper goods for race day and/or preparing a side dish. 

·        Handyman/Electrician/Mechanic… we will always need something repaired or built.

·        Have fun and cheer on our team!




Sprint v. Head Races


1) Sprint Races

Most schools have a match-racing season (spring). This is when two or three schools agree to race side-by-side on a straight, or as straight as possible, course that can fit on the local lake/river/bay. The boats lineup side by side and wait for the start signal given by the referee, then it is off to the finish line.


2) Head Races

By the end of summer the sprint race season winds down and the racing season comprises a series of headraces. The distance can vary, but usually is about 3 miles long. Unlike sprint races in which the course is a straight line, headraces follow the course of the river. Having an outstanding coxswain can make a huge difference in a headrace. The boats start in intervals and chase each other. The best time wins. Crews passing each other are usually exciting, particularly on a narrow river or tight bend.









Team Uniforms/Clothing 



Fall Uniform long sleeve Drywick shirt $35

Fall option - rowing shorts $35. 




Spring uniform will cost $65


Drywick will keep athletes warm during practice and in competition.  New uniforms will give athletes options to wear during practice and competition.

Uniforms are purchased by the rower.





All of our equipment has been purchased and repaired with funds raised by the Friends of Medford Rowing.  Rowing equipment is very expensive and very fragile, which makes it essential that it is treated with care and respect at all times. It can take precious weeks to replace broken equipment or boats. Rowers must listen to the coxswain when moving boats and do exactly as they say. 


Parent Check List and Hints For a Smooth Regatta Day

Regattas are all day events.  Bus can sometimes depart at 5-6 AM and return anytime between 3 and 7 PM.

Regattas are held rain or shine. The only reason to cancel is excessive wind or thunder and lightning.

They rarely run according to schedule.

At most races parents cannot see the entire racecourse.

Rowers need to stay until given permission to leave and need to talk to the coach before leaving.

Don’t plan to see much of your rower when you arrive.

Coaches are responsible for keeping the team focused and on schedule, so they may not be available to answer some of your questions. Ask another, more seasoned parent that question.

This is not the time to ask coaches questions about their line-ups or anything of a personal nature.

There is a lot of camaraderie among crew parents. Introduce yourself to people milling around the MHS tent.

Dressing in layers and waterproof shoes helps as temperatures vary from early morning to the afternoon.

Bring gloves, hats, windbreakers, rain gear, etc. and store them in your parked car.

Sunscreen and sunglasses are a necessity.

Binoculars will allow you to see your child’s race. Popular among parents are binoculars (7x50) from marine stores, as they are waterproof.

Folding chairs make life pleasant.

Setting up and taking down the tents and food is the responsibility of parents. Please stay as long as you can to help on both ends. The idea is to share in the logistics to make everyone’s experience positive.

Rowing is a beautiful sport to watch – enjoy!



Can You Speak “Rowing?”


Blades: Another term for oars.

Bow (front of the boat): There should be a bow ball on the bow.

Collar: The plastic ring part way down the shaft of the oar that provides the fulcrum in conjunction with the oarlock.

Coxswain (cox,): The person, who steers the boat, commands the crew and is an assistant to the coach

Fin: A short piece of metal toward the stern of the boat on the bottom of the hull. This helps to keep the boat moving in a straight line.

Footboards: This is where the rower places his feet when sitting in the boat.

These are adjustable to permit shorter or taller people to sit in the same position relative to the desired arc of the oar.

Gunwales: Located above the boat’s hull, rowers sit between the gunwales and the riggers are attached here. It provides some rigidity but is not as strong as it looks. One of the main purposes of the gunwale is to keep water out of the shell in rough conditions.

Oarlock: Holds the oar and acts as a swivel during the drive and recovery.

Port: This is the right side of the boat if you are rowing (on the left side of the boat for the cox).

Rigger: The metal/carbon support that holds the oar. This is adjustable to make the rower more comfortable.

Rudder: This can be located in the very stern of the boat or attached to the fin. It is used to steer the boat.

Sculling: The participant rows with one oar in each hand.

Shaft: The long “stick” part of the oar.

Slide: The two metal tracks that the seat slides on.

Starboard: This is left side of the boat if you are rowing (on the right side for the cox).

Stern (back of the boat): This is usually where the coxswain sits and is where the rudder is.

Stretchers: The slings that the crew may put the boat on in order to adjust the boat before going on the water.

Stroke seat: The rower who sits in the stern seat who sets the rhythm and pace for the crew.

Sweep: The participant rows with both hands on the same oar











Rowing Commands:

Rowing Commands:

the blade out quickly enough at the release.

Feathering: During the recovery, the oar is rotated so the shaft is carried parallel

to the water.

Hold water: The command used to stop the boat. The blades are held slightly

squared in the water.

Inside hand: In sweep, it is the closest hand to the oarlock.

Let it run: This is a command that means stop rowing.

Outside hand: In sweep, the hand is farthest away from the oarlock.

Square blades: the blade is in the working position, stays perpendicular to the water, and is in the water throughout the stroke.

Getting The Boat To The Water:

Hands on: Crew places themselves along the boat across from the assigned

seats and puts hands on the gunwales, standing ready to lift the boat.

Inside grips... rolling it toward... : The rower’s grab the cross pieces inside the boat and together roll it in the direction they are told. If the crew is going to put the boat onto stretchers, it is important that the boat be rolled away from the stretchers to avoid putting a hole in the boat.

One foot in and down!: Participants step into the boat (coach will demonstrate and assist) and sit on the seat and always hang on to the oar.

One hand on the dock...Ready! Shove!: All crewmembers push the boat away from the dock.

Over the head, ready up!: The boat is pushed from shoulder height to over the rower’s heads with arms stretched straight with one hand on each gunwale.

Roll it to the water!: Slowly the crew rolls the shell toward the water and sets it

down together.

Shoulders, ready up!: Crew lifts the boat to carry it at shoulder height. This

command may not be used depending on the club’s boathouse, boat’s location on the racks and the height of the riggers on boats in the boathouse.

Take the weight, ready up!: The crew lifts the boat off the racks on the command.

Toe to the edge!: Crew places foot at the edge of the dock to ensure that they do not place the boat on the dock and damage it.

Walk it out! And watch the riggers: Crew carefully walks the boat out of the

boathouses, watching carefully to make sure that the riggers do not bang on

anything. Everyone should avoid chatter except to call out a potential problem.

Waterside slide the oars across: The waterside blades are pushed out so that the collar is against the oarlock and the blade is feathered on the water. This provides stability while the participants are getting into the boat.


Directions for the Lowell race

513 Pawtucket Blvd. Lowell, MA 01854

Spectators should park in Regatta Field, across from the boathouse. Parking is $5 per car. All cars parked on the side of the road will be towed.

View Lowell Invitational in a larger map


greater lawrence  races

93 north to exit 45    river rd   turn left on to river road   name changes to Andover st  turn left in to eaton st.    address is 1 eaton st lawrence ma   check your msn maps or google maps

                                   HELPFUL INFORMATION



Air Stroke - A rower error where the oar's blade is not completely in the water.  This results in a complete lack of power and a lot of splashing

Anchor - A rower who slows a crew down.  Like towing an anchor behind the boat

Backsplash - The water thrown back towards the bow by the oar's blade as it enters the water during a catch.  A proper catch should throw a small amount of water

Blade - The part of an oar that goes into the water.
Blister - Small, fluid-filled bump often found on rowers' hands after a vigorous practice

Body Angle - The amount of forward pivot of a rower's torso stemming from the hips during the recovery for a proper catch position.
Bow - front of the boat, since both end are pointy it's the end with the small ball on the tip

Bow Pair - The pair of sweep rowers in bow of the boat.  This would be seats 1 and 2 in an eight or a four.  The bow pair has the most effect on the set of the boat.

Catch -  The moment the blade enters the water and initiates the drive of each stroke.

Check - The reverse momentum resulting from the crews body weight moving toward stern during the recovery.  Check is unavoidable but can be minimized through proper technique for optimal speed.

Cover - The distance between the 2-seat's puddle on one stroke and the stroke seats's puddle on the following stroke.  The greater the distance, the more speed the crew has.  Also called spacing.
Cox or Coxswain - The person who steers and calls out commands to the rowers (typcially a under 130Ibs and hence many are women)
Cox box - A microphone system used by the cox that plugs into a speaker system in the boat
Crab - When an oar blade enters the water at an angle, instead of perpendicularly, it can get caught under the surface. The oar handle drives into the stomach and has the potential to throw a rower out of the boat entirely! Even if not that disastrous, "catching a crab" will certainly drastically interrupt the flow of the boat through the water. Occurs from a blade work error where a rower is unable to properly remove their oar from the water.  A crab can slow down or even stop the boat.  In extreme cases, a crab can eject the rower from the shell.

Digging - Rower error when the blade of the oar goes deeper in the water than it should, slowing the boat down.

Double - A two-person, four-oared skull
Drive - The part of the stroke when the blade is in the water, this is the high-exertion part.  Portion of the stroke that propels the boat through the water.  The drive starts at the catch and ends with the release.  The main power from the drive is generated by the rower's legs pushing off the footstretchers.

Engine Room - The rowers in the middle of the boat.  For an eight, these would be seats 6,5,4, and 3.  Generally the largest and most powerful rowers of the boat.
Erg - Torture device, aka Concept II rowing machine. Used in training, causes severe exhaustion
Feathering - When the blades are brought out of the water, then should all move horizontally at the same height, just above the water. The rower is "skying" if the hands are dropped too low before the catch, causing the oar blade to rise before it drops into the water. Proper feathering is always difficult, but becomes extremely challenging in choppy water. The act of rotating the oar at the finish so that the oar's blade is parallel to the water during recovery.  The opposite of the squared position.

Finish - The point at which the blade exits the water.  The end of the drive when the rower removes the oar from the water and then feathers.  Also called the release.

Front stop - Refers to the stern ending of the track a rower's seat slides on.  The wheels of the seat should almost reach the frontstops at the catch of each stroke.
Gate - The bar across the oarlock that keeps the oar in place.

Gunwale - The sides of the boat
Hatchet blade - An oar whose blade is, oddly enough, shaped like a hatchet. Most popular blades because they have a greater surface area
Head race - 5000 meter (3.2 mile) race, so-called because it runs from the "head" of the river
Eight - An ninet-person, eight-oared sweep boat (We row this at MHS) 
Falling in - Occupational hazard for novice scullers or winning coxwains
Four - A four-person, four-oared sweep boat (We row this at MHS)
Keel - The bottom of the boat

Launch - The powerboat used by coaches to stay alongside a rowing shell during practices

Lay Back - The amount of reverse pivot of a rower's torso stemming from the hips during the second half of the drive for a proper finish position.

Missing Water - A rower error where the rower begins the leg drive before the catch has completed.

Oarlock - A pivoting frame that connects the oar to the boat
Outrigger – the brace along the side of the boat that supports the oarlock.

Paddle - Rowing lightly. This is a good command
Pair - A two-person, two-oared sweep boat. 
Port - The left side of the boat, facing forward. But remember rowers sit backwards, the cox is the only one facing forward
Pressure - How hard you're rowing, expressed as a percentage of how hard you can row. One might row 100% in a sprint race, 80% in a longer race and 50% on the paddle

Puddles - The disturbances in the water made by the blade during each stroke.
Quad - A four-person, eight-oared scull
Rate: How many strokes per minute you're taking. 20 is low while 30 is high. Olympians may row at a 40. (Remember, harder doesn't mean faster, it's possible to row at 100% at an 18 stroke rating)

Ratio - The relationship between the time taken between the drive and recovery portions of the stroke.  A good ratio will have about twice as much time taken during the recovery as the drive.
Recovery: The part of the stroke when the blade is out of the water, and the rower is getting in position to take the next stroke. The recovery is considerably slower than the drive. The portion of the stroke after the rower releases the oar from the water and returns to the catch position.

Regatta – Any competitive rowing event.

Release - The end of the drive when the rower removes the oar from the water and then feathers.  Also called the finish.  

Rigger - The triangular (usually) framework that supports the oarlock about 2' from the boat
Rudder - Small (often hand-size) pivoting fin mounted under the keel that steers the boat.

Run - The distance the shell moves during one stroke.  This can be seen by looking at the distance between the puddles made by the same oar.

Rush - A rower error where the rower moves toward the stern during the recovery before the rest of the crew.  This increases the amount of check during each stroke.
Scull - A boat in which each rower has two oars, OR the oars used in one of these boats.

Seat Race - A coach's tool for comparing two rowers.  Two boats race against each other once.  One rower from each boat switches positions and the two boats race again.  Relative performance in the two races is used to compare the abilities of the two rowers.
Set - The balance and feel of the boat. The most efficient boats are balanced evenly over the center line and remain so throughout the strokes. If rowers are not aligned properly, or a rower swings off center as part of his or her motion during a stroke, or if rowers on one side of the boat are pulling with more or less force than the other side, the set of the boat can be altered, introducing drag into its motion. An unset boat will lean to either port or starboard.

Settle - Refers to a down shift in stroke rate after the start of a sprint race.  Crews use the settle to get to their base stroke rating they will row the body of the race.

Shell - Any sweep or scull rowing boat

Shooting Slide - A rower's error when the rower's legs drive the seat toward bow without bringing the load of the water with them through the torso and shoulders.
Single - A one-person, two-oared boat
Skeg - A small, immobile fin projecting from the keel, to help a boat stay upright and go straighter.

Skying - A rower error where the rower drops their hands just prior to the catch.  This causes the blade to move higher off the water and will disrupt the set of the shell.

Spacing - The distance between the 2-seat's puddle on one stroke and the stroke seat's puddle on the following stroke.  The greater the distance, the more speed the crew has.  Also called cover.

Split - The amount of time it would take a rower or crew to complete 500 meters at their current pace.  This can be applied to both a crew on the water or a person on an erg.

Spoon blade - An older, symmetric blade style.  A traditional looking oar

Square - The act of rotating the oar prior to the catch so that the blade is perpendicular to the water.  The opposite of the feathered position.
Stern – back of the boat  

Stern Pair - The pair of sweep rowers in the stern of the boat.  This would be seats 7 and 8 in an eight or seats 3 and 4 in a four.  The stern pair is responsible for setting the rating and rhythm for the rest of the crew.

Stretcher - Where the rower's feet go. The stretcher consists of two inclined footrests which hold the rower's shoes. The shoes are bolted into the footrests.

Stroke - The rearmost rower in any boat but a single, who sets the rate for all rowers in the boat

Sugaring - Rowing which looks good from a distance but in reality the rower is not putting any work down on the oar.
Sweep - Opposite of scull, each rower has 1 oar
Swing - The inexpressible "feel" of a boat that is moving together as a single unit.  The feeling in the boat when all rowers are driving and finishing their strokes together.

Uni or Unisuit – one piece uniform for crew  

Washing Out - A rower error when an oar comes out of the water during the drive and creates surface wash.  This results in a reduction in speed and can disrupt the set of the boat.

Way enough - (sounds like wain off) Stop!! Often the next words you'll hear after failing to respond to "heads up" 


The two seasons of Crew

There are two types of races: Head races, and Sprints. Head races are usually held in the Fall and sprints in the Spring. Sprints are 1500 meters for high school and 2000 meters for college. In sprints, boats race directly against each other in lanes on a marked straight or nearly straight course. In larger regattas, there will usually be qualifying rounds, then petite finals for non-qualifying boats and grand finals for the top finishers in the qualifying rounds. Qualification is by placement, not by time, i.e. a second place boat in one heat will qualify before a fourth place boat in another, even if the fourth place boat had a better time. Head races are longer, usually 2.5 to 3.5 miles, and are times events. Boats start off typically at 15 second intervals and all race the same course, often with many turns, following the course of the river. 

Spectator Protocol / Etiquette

Encouraging and cheering the team before, during and after the race is very important.  The race itself can be viewed from several different vantage points and it is important to remember that, unlike other sports, there is no stadium, gym or bleachers.  Some regattas provide seating, but more often than not, it is best to bring your own chair.  When you arrive at an away race, please look for the blue canopy with a white sign “Medford rowing ”.  Please introduce yourself…the parents of the veteran rowers will be very happy to see you.   

PLEASE NOTE:  The area near the dock is often crowded with boats and crews, and is potentially dangerous due to the movement of equipment.  We recommend that you keep a safe distance from the dock as you congratulate our teams as they leave the water. (see "heads up" below)

Crew - "Crew" means rowing team, so don't inquire about the crew "team" since the word "team" is redundant. The nine people--a crew-- when placed in a shell are called a "boat". One does not refer to an empty shell as a "boat".

"Heads up" - An eight is 58 feet long, so it takes a lot of room to maneuver it. If you hear "heads up" someone is trying to move a boat in your vicinity, and you are expected to get out of the way. PAY ATTENTION  when walking around crews launching or coming off the water.

Regatta - Any rowing event involving competition. Any race is a regatta, however, large or small. Races are never called "meets" or "games" and rowers do not "play crew". A popular crew slogan is "Athletes row. Others play games". 


Advice for first time crew parents&guardians

As a parent, being involved with rowing can be a challenging experience.  We hope that the information and advice contained in this handbook will help make this an enjoyable experience for you as well as your child.

As the parent of an athlete on MHS Crew, oftentimes, you will:

Travel for over an hour to attend a race…

Position yourself along the water’s edge… 

Try to guess if the boat you see in the distance is your son’s/daughter’s boat coming toward you…

When you finally realize that it is their boat, there is a frenzy of cheering as they quickly row by you….

And then….. it’s over

Stay all day to make sure they are feed and then clean up

Although it may seem that your involvement is marginal, the effect of your presence on the morale of the team is beyond measure.  Knowing that mom/dad/friends are on the shoreline is one of the greatest motivators that the team has. 

And, always remember the first rule of watching a crew race…BRING BINOCULARS! 

We also encourage the photographically gifted amongst you to take as many pictures as you can to submit them for display on the website.  In that way, parents that cannot attend a race can still see what happened. 


Helping your rower

Rowing is a very demanding sport both in terms of your child’s time commitment and in terms of the physical demand that it places on your child.  During the season your child will burn 1500+ calories a day, so it is important that the athlete eats regularly (no skipping breakfast) and appropriately (protein, carbs & veggies).  The importance of rest and nutrition is obvious, but just as important is the extra encouragement and patience that your child will need to help him/her get through the season. Refer to for a complete nutritional guideline.  Girls in particular need calcium so be sure to drink plenty of milk every day.  All kids need water bottles with their names on them to keep in the boat. 


Helping the team

Many students report that one of the most attractive aspects of rowing is that there are no “stars” on which all the attention is focused.  More than any other sport, a crew is selfless and represents the essence of “teamwork.”  So, as often as you cheer for your child, it is also very helpful to cheer for the team. 

In addition, like any school system, the need for equipment and supplies always outweighs the school’s resources.  So, participation by parents in any and all aspects of fund raising is crucial to the success of the team.  Get involved with the Friends of Medford Rowing , where there are many volunteer opportunities.

Overall, parental involvement is the anchor that stabilizes the team and it is also the rudder that helps to steer the team to overcome challenges and remain successful. 

Information  & Expectations

* Practices: Normally we practice on Monday through Friday, 3-6pm, except that on Friday before races they may run later and all rowersmust stay until the boats are ready and things are  packed. 

* Weekends: Weekend crew time is reserved for races.  We do not ordinarily practice on a weekend, unless there is a problem with weekday practice.  Weekends with no scheduled races are for faamily time.  Usually there is no morning practice unless there is a prom or major event that would precipitate that.  We will let you know as needed.

* Appointments/other commitments: It is expected that all doctor and dentist appointments (unless, obviously, an emergency), jobs, music lessons and commitments, dance classes, and other extracurricular activities will be scheduled outside of the 3-6pm practice time.  If you cannot schedule outside of the time, please choose one activity or the other, not both.  We cannot have the flow of people away from our program that we had this spring.  It is not fair to the others in the boat when one oarmen has to be "out of here by 5pm" or comes continuously late to practice.

* Clothing: All crewmembers need to row in spandex shorts, socks, and a T-shirt.  It is also suggested that rowers have sweats, jacket, and raingear available, due to changing weather conditions.  We row in everything except thunder and lightening, heavy rain, or high winds. For their first season, rowers will buy a crew t-shirt, and after that, they will need to buy a uni.  Everything else offered for sale is optional, but good for team spirit.

 FOMR : The parents group  co-ordinates the uniform sales, clothing along with other important activities.  Parents should plan on going to all meetings called by the Friends of Medford rowing -Medford High School.  The FOMR is made up of all the parents of our crewmembers.

* Swim test: Students need to be able to swim well because of the danger of drowning if a boat capsizes, or they fall off the dock.  Obviously, we will do everything in our power to be reasonable and prudent, and not put your child in danger.  

* Physical conditions: Oarsmen also need to come to us in top physical condition to row effectively.  We will be doing a daily run starting in the fall.  Running, up to 3 miles, will be done on the high school grounds and in the boat ramp area.  If a rower is unable to run because of knee problems, daily ergs will be done.  If rowers cannot do 20-minute pieces daily, they should not be rowing.  Stretching and cali's will also be done daily.  Be aware that all medical problems have to be in writing and up to date.  Some problems may result in the inability to participate on the crew team.  It is unsafe for a child with an injury to row - it is usually exacerbated by the rowing process.  We need kids in top shape to keep them safe, and to win against the teams we are rowing.  Be prepared.

* Zero Tolerance for drug & alcohol use!!