How WJ Crew urges you to prioritize your life during the rowing season:
- Social activities
Rowing is a “gentlemen/gentlewomen’s sport.” Rowers and coxswains represent their team, coaches, sport and school both on and off the water. It is expected that you act at all times in a way that positively represents your team and sport.
- You must always demonstrate class and decorum.
- The use of foul language, abusive and demeaning comments, horsing around (in general poor sportsmanship) will not be tolerated.
- Hazing and bullying of teammates is unacceptable. We are a team and everyone on the team must be treated as equals.
- Always respect coaches, teammates, and members of other teams as well as parents and referees.
- Clean-up after yourself and always leave a place cleaner than you found it. If you see trash lying around, dispose of it. It doesn’t matter whose it is. Recycle.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
The use of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and vaping is prohibited. Use of these substances will result in your removal from the team.
Our single biggest job is to make sure that everyone is working in a safe and secure environment. If, at ANY TIME, you are concerned for your safety or that of a teammate, please let your coach know immediately. Even if he is not at practice, you may always contact Coach Andrew about a safety issue. If you see something, say something!
The WJ Crew Safety Manual contains basic safety guidelines for WJ Crew and other crews rowing out of Bladensburg Waterfront Park on the Upper Anacostia River. Coaches, parents, athletes, coxswains and boosters are expected to be familiar with these guidelines and to adhere to them, in accordance with U.S. Rowing policy.
Workouts are designed to build on each other. Your attendance and participation will affect your performance and therefore your ability to compete. Practice will be held regularly through the week, and you are expected to be at every mandatory event unless otherwise discussed with your coach well in advance. If there is an emergency and you cannot make it, let one of the coaches know the night before by email or phone. Excused absences include serious illness, family emergencies and academic commitments.
We know things come up at the last minute, but coaches need time to plan and make adjustments. Therefore, if you do not let your coach know about an absence 24 HOURS in advance, you will not be in a boat at the next practice.
For more team policies, see these pages: