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The team is directed in practice and racing by the coach, Chris Dadd, who sets workout and racing lineups and makes plans for training and racing. However, the coach’s position is not a complete dictatorship. The team holds periodic meetings to discuss organizational matters, agrees on which regattas to attend, sets long- and short-term goals, approves expenditure of team funds, and sets team fees. The team elects two team captains, who serve as conduits of information within the team, between the coach and team, and assist the coach with administrative details.
A prospective new team member should be an experienced rower with a fitness level allowing immediate participation in the workouts. However, “rusty” rowers are welcome to try out for a 2-week period, since improvement is the best indicator of eventual success.
All team members are expected to attend all practices. However, members can sign out on the team’s calendar for work, vacation, and other reasons at the discretion of the member, who must remember that attendance is one of the criteria used by the coach in setting race lineups.
There are three basic costs for team members: Membership in Lake Merritt Rowing Club, coaching fees ($52/month), and regatta expenses of entry and equipment transport. Please make coaching fee checks payable to LMRC and put them in the envelope on the team bulletin board. Please add a note indicating which month(s) the payment is for. Coxswains (except those who also row) are not charged any of these fees, but must sign a release and complete the swim test requirement of LMRC membership.