Student Participation: Terms & Conditions

Part I. Code of Behavior

All Oakton High School students, and their parents, who participate in Crew activities, acknowledge that they are representing Oakton High School. By agreeing to these terms, the student agrees to abide by the Oakton Cougar Crew Booster Club’s (OCCBC) Code of Behavior at all times during formal and informal Crew activities.  Any inappropriate conduct of an individual rower or group of rowers will be dealt with at the coaches’ discretion. Any removal from the team for inappropriate conduct forfeits the rights for any refunds.

Student-Athletes are expected to:

  • Treat all teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, parents and volunteers with respect and exhibit the highest standard of sportsmanship.
  • Comply with all rules and policies set forth by our team, Oakton High School, FCPS students’ rights and responsibilities and any regatta association including Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA).
  • Fulfill academic requirements. Do not use crew as an excuse for neglecting school.
  • Abstain from alcohol, drug or tobacco usage. Use of any substances will cause the athlete to be automatically disciplined according to Oakton High School policies. You cannot be at your best if you are using any substances while training. 
  • Participate fully in all aspects of training and racing. Practices are NOT optional. We practice rain or shine. The only things that will keep us off the water are lightning, high winds, flooding or extreme cold. In the event we can’t practice on the water, land training will be held.
  • Attend practice over Spring Break. Please recognize that your seat will not be held for you while you are away on a trip.
  • Travel safely to, and arrive on time for all practices, meetings, regattas and other scheduled events.
  • Informing, as soon as possible, the coach and any transportation coordinator when you are unable to attend a practice or regatta.
  • Be supportive of the team and yourself by accepting coaching decisions.
  • Seek feedback. Rowers should ask the coach if they don’t know where they stand.
  • Realize that team goals come before the needs or desires of any individual.
  • Enjoy being a member of a great sport at Oakton with the highest degree of integrity and class by conducting yourself in a manner that is beyond reproach.

Part II. Conduct Expectations for Travel Regattas

  • Your behavior reflects on the reputation of you, your family, your team and your school.
  • You will abstain from being around, possessing or using illegal drugs, abuse of prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, or inhalants if any kind whatsoever.
  • You will stay only in the hotel room assigned to you.
  • You will be in your room with lights out by 10pm (or designated time).
  • You will remain in your assigned room at all times between “lights out” and breakfast.
  • You will do nothing that creates a safety hazard for yourself or anyone else.
  • You will let your Boat Parent and coaches know of my whereabouts at all times.
  • You will keep your cell phone available so that your coach or Boat Parent may contact you at any time during the day.
  • You will travel with a buddy at all times while at the regatta site.
  • You will not wander the halls of the hotel or cause excessive noise to disturb hotel patrons.
  • You will not show any public displays of affection.
  • Boys and Girls will not be in a room together at any time.
  • If you break something, you will pay for it.
  • If you make a mess, you will clean it up.
  • Any grossly inappropriate activity shall result in immediate expulsion from Oakton Crew and the rower will be senthome immediately at their own expense.
  • You understand by being on this field trip, you are on school property at all times and are bound by the FCPS Student Rights & Responsibilities.



All students are required to participate in a Tag Day campaign and a Letter Writing campaign as part of their fundraising commitment. OCCBC will track donations made in the rower’s name.


  • Novice Students: Novices must attend at least one service event to observe the activities of experienced rowers and help whenever possible.
  • Returning Students: Minimum of one service event to be completed by the first regatta. These can be completed in a variety of ways including participation in Sandy Run work days, oar painting, equipment moving days, etc. Rowers are strongly encouraged to attend more than the minimum for the benefit of the team.

By agreeing to these terms, you accept that if you do not satisfy these requirements according to the above schedule, you will not be permitted to row in a regatta until you fulfill your obligations.

Last updated: May 19, 2016