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If an athlete knows in advance that she cannot make it to practice or will be late, she should call or email a coach the night before or that day by 1 PM. Coaches will not wait to boat an athlete who is late, nor will they rearrange to fill the athlete's seat. At a minimum, the athlete's boat mates for that day will remain on land and erg. Missed practices may result in the potential of losing your seat.
Rowers are expected to come to practice and races with a positive attitude about their team and their training. If something comes up that is bothering an athlete for 48 hours or more, it is officially a problem. Rowers should see their coaches or captains in order to resolve the issue.
Carpools and Safe Driving
Each athlete is required to arrange her own transportation to the boathouse and regattas. Other athletes may offer to provide transportation and coordinate carpools. Student drivers may assist in transporting non-drivers down to the river and back to school or homes at the end of practice. Be courteous to your driver. As young adults, it is the drivers' responsibility to respect traffic laws and be sure they and their passengers arrive safely. Passengers have a responsibility to not distract their driver. Rowers will have more than enough time to get to and from practice within the speed limit. Showing up late is bad; having an accident or showing up with a ticket is unacceptable. Passengers are also expected to pay for their share of gas, on a monthly basis. Call the night before if you won't need a ride to practice.
Rowers are encouraged to partake in other activities, but should not stretch themselves so thin that those other activities are detracting from the team. If an athlete can already anticipate missing upwards of five practices due to other commitments, she should reconsider joining this team.
Every parent and athlete is encouraged to subscribe to the RGCC email distribution list. Subscribe here. By subscribing, you will not only receive important information regarding club activities, but you'll also receive race result updates.
Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use
Using any of these three items is detrimental to any athlete, illegal and will not be tolerated by your coaches and board members. Our policy for these infractions is the same as Radnor High School policy – not to mention the law.
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The required dues for the fall and spring seasons are listed in the fall season registration packet and the spring season registration packet . The RGCC is proud to be able to offer a limited amount of need-based financial assistance to qualified athletes, which will cover up to 50% of dues. All financial aid requests and related information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Dues pay for coaches' salaries, boathouse rental, the cost of training, entrance fees for races, insurance, purchase/rental/maintenance of equipment – boats, launches, oars, ergs – as well as all the other expenses of running and maintaining the team. A treasurer's report is available upon request.
If an athlete chooses to drop out of fall crew, a full refund will be provided up until the first Friday of practice, a 66% refund will be provided up until the second Friday of practice, and a 33% refund will be provided up until the third Friday of practice. Thereafter, we regret that we cannot provide any refund. Refund policies are subject to change.
If an athlete chooses to drop out of spring crew, a full refund will be provided up until the First Friday of practice, a 66% refund will be provided up until the fourth Friday of practice, and a 33% refund will be provided up until the eighth Friday. Thereafter, we regret that we cannot provide any refund. A full refund will be made to athletes who are not selected to remain on the team during tryouts. Refund policies are subject to change.
New freshmen team members' dues are payable immediately after notification of team selections. You will receive an email with payment instructions.
Membership in RGCC entails certain other costs of which athletes and parents should be aware. Freshman and novice athletes will need to purchase a t-shirt (about $15). JV and Varsity athletes will need to purchase a unisuit (about $75) and race shirt (about $45). All athletes are expected to maintain their uniforms in proper condition. Many athletes wish to purchase other RGCC garments
, such as an athlete's jacket, sweatpants, etc., but these garments are optional. Parents and guests (but not athletes) are required to pay for their attendance at the spring banquet. Athletes advancing to Nationals or selected to participate in special regattas such as the Head of the Charles will be required to pay their pro rata share for lodging, meals and transportation, which varies depending on the destination (the range is generally $130-450). All parents are required to share in hospitality duties (see Hospitality Tent
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The RGCC is proud to be able to offer a limited amount of need-based financial assistance to qualified athletes, which will cover up to 50% of dues. More information and an application are available here. All financial aid requests and related information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
It is imperative that all required forms be completed by all new and returning team members. These forms should be forwarded along with the dues payment to the secretary. All forms packets can be downloaded from this website. Rowers may not participate in practice until all forms and dues are collected.
Because we are a parent-run organization and receive only limited financial support from the school district, fundraising and volunteer efforts will be critical from time to time to ensure the continued financial stability and success of the club. Some of the efforts in the past have included an erg-a-thon , regatta sponsorships, a 5K run, t-shirt sales at a major regatta, parking permit auctions, and oar and boat naming opportunities (see Sponsorship Opportunities).
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Hospitality for athletes and spectators is a significant aspect of the regatta experience, creating an environment conducive to a positive mental state for the athletes and a positive social experience for the spectators. But our great hospitality experience doesn’t happen by itself.
For each of the spring races (and occasionally in the fall), we provide an elaborate food offering for parents and athletes under a tent owned by the club. Every family is part of the Hospitality Committee and will be EXPECTED to do its part as directed by the committee, from purchasing food or beverages (at the club's cost) and to setting up or dismantling the tent and equipment. More information and a schedule will be distributed by the Hospitality Committee prior to and during the season.
The support of parents is critical to the success of the RGCC. There are many opportunities to help. Please attend the monthly parent meetings at the Radnor High School to learn more and respond to appeals for assistance. And come out to the regatta!
For the Manny Flicks on the Schuylkill River, you may be able to purchase a parking permit to be allowed into the parking area on Kelly Drive, adjacent to the river, depending on that year's current parking policy enacted by the City of Philadelphia. A limited number of parking permits may be available through a fundraising event. There will be a police roadblock on Kelly Drive that will stop your car unless you have a permit. Otherwise, you will have to park up on the hill along Fairmount Park and walk down to the race area. Note that parking permits will not be good for the Philadelphia City Championships or Stotesbury Regatta – they're only valid for the five Manny Flick races.
Phone Chain and E-mail
Our primary form of communication with team members will be via e-mail and this website. It is very important that both athletes and parents provide current e-mail addresses. With so many team members, this is the most efficient way to get information to our athletes. Subscribe to the RGCC email distribution list.
The Captains or class parents will also be putting together a phone chain involving all team members. Team members are required to make their calls once they are called. This will be our secondary form of communication and will assist in better team communications.
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Summer Rowing Camp
Read all about race day here.
More information on our regattas is here.
The RGCC is committed to promoting a safe environment for RGCC athletes and coaches on and off the water. All athletes must read the RGCC Safety Manual. A Safety Review session will be conducted at the start of each season (fall and spring), the purpose of which is to review the RGCC Safety Manual and additional safety related information (videos, presentations, etc.).
Rowing requires energy. While beverages and snacks will be provided at the hospitality tent, it is suggested that team members bring their own filled Nalgeen water bottles to each race and practice. Disposable bottles are no longer allowed.
Spring Break Mini Training Camp
During spring break, RGCC will practice twice a day Monday through Thursday. There will be a team bonding dinner one evening. Location and details will be provided prior to the dinner. All athletes are expected to attend all spring break practices.
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It is mandatory for all NEW athletes to take the swim test. Testing will be conducted at the high school pool. We will advise you of the date. All team members should bring a long-sleeved shirt and pants to be worn in the pool. New athletes must take and pass this test to be on the team.
A full list of crew terminology is here.
All varsity and JV athletes will be required to purchase a Radnor Crew Club unisuit and long-sleeve race shirt. Freshman/novice athletes will be required to purchase a t-shirt. Radnor Girls Crew Club jackets and warm-up pants are optional. All uniforms will become the property of each athlete.
Purchase RGCC Gear
Most information about our program can be found on this website. To get the latest information and updates, remember to subscribe to the RGCC distribution list.
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