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UVRF Sweep Equipment Policy

** Certification for unsupervised use at home and away

I. General Discussion

II. Fours with coxswain

III. Fours without coxswain

IV. Other Sweep Boat Requirements

V. Sweep boat Race Reservation Policy

I. General Discussion

This policy applies to all UVRF sweep boats regardless from where they launch. When launching from Dartmouth, all sweep boats must launch from the Dartmouth Dock and only between 5:30 am to 9 am and 5 pm to dusk daily. The only exception is the four without coxswain with can launch from either the Dartmouth dock (between 5:30 am to 9 am and 5 pm to dusk daily) or from the UVRF sculling dock dawn to dusk. However, on program or race days, sweep boats are only available after 7:30 am or by specific permission of the UVRF equipment supervisor in consultation with the UVRF coaching staff. Programs have priority during program times and also on race days.

At the current time, eights are only available for supervised rows. Exceptions to this can only be granted by the President of the UVRF Board of Directors.

When launching from the Kendall site, sweep boats (i.e. fours) are available from dawn to dusk except during program times and race days.

When Dartmouth is launching or landing at their docks, they have the right of way.

Approved use of the UVRF racing "sweep" equipment for unsupervised rows on our home stretch of river and on away race courses follows a progression of certifications.

A "supervised row" means under the supervision and presence of a UVRF certified coach or a Dartmouth coach or a guest coach. (See UVRF Coach Requirements for qualifications necessary to be a guest coach.) All other rows are characterized as "unsupervised rows"; this policy is specific to unsupervised rows.

Certification is required for two very important reasons: safety and safety. UVRF policies reflect our club's concern for the safety of our members and of those who row with them or near them. We also need to keep our equipment safe and in good condition; we collectively own expensive gear that club members have worked hard to fundraise and pay for.

All rowers must have paid the Club Equipment Fee for the year ($175 for the season for adults; $100 for juniors under 26), registered for a Sweep Program, Junior Sculling, Learn-to-Scull Program, 8 or more Coached Sculling Sessions, or paid for rack space)

All coxswains must be paid the regular practice stipend.

The Board will maintain a list of certified rowers and review the list regularly.

  • In a four with cox (4+), both the coxswain and one of the bow pair (4+) rowers must be certified. (We have no stern coxed 4+s.)
  • In a four without cox (4-), the bow-seat rower requires a UVRF quad (4x) "toe" qualification as well as experience in sweep boats.
  • Sweep boats are available dawn to dusk.
  • Boats must be reserved in advance (see Reservation process below).

Cox boxes are required for bow cox'd fours; they may be arranged for pick up with the UVRF coaches. Cox boxes must be returned with a full charge no later than 30 minutes prior to the next program practice.

It is strongly recommended that bow seats of any unsupervised boats wear "high visibility" clothing.

Whenever possible, lineups should adhere to the designed weight of the boat. For example, four rowers with an average weight of 120 pounds should not take out "Thing One" (designed for average weight of 185-220). Another example, four rowers with an average weight of 200 lbs should not take out Prouty Pride (designed for an average weight of 135-160). Design weights for the sweep boats are as follows:

Chuck Nagle/ The Boss 4+

160-185 average rower weight

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Prouty Pride 4+

135-160 average rower weight

ES

Dear Mrs. Byrne 4+

160-185 average rower weight

EM

Jasmine Rogers 4+

135-160 average rower weight

ES

Friends of Lebanon Crew 4+

160-185 average rower weight

EM

Thing Two 4+

130-165 average rower weight

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Thing One 4+

185-220 average rower weight

DL

Geisel 4x/4-

130-170 average rower weight

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II. Fours with Coxswain

In order for a 'four' to row unsupervised "at home", both the coxswain and one rower of the bow pair must be certified.

Cox at Home: To be home certified, a coxswain must

- Be 16 years old or older

- Have 200 miles under the supervision of a UVRF certified coach

- Approval of the UVRF head coach

Rower at Home: To be a home certified rower for an unsupervised four with cox, a bow pair rower must

- Be 21 years old or older

- Have 300 miles of sweep boat rowing experience

- Approval by two UVRF coaches

- Have taken "sweep to scull" and demonstrated understanding of river rules

- Have passed the sculling captain's test. (The whole point is to not run into something. The sweep rower should demonstrate an appreciation of how hard a sculler (i.e. a blind boat) has to work to keep a scull off the trees and yet in the correct lane.)

Away Races: In order for a four to row unsupervised for an "away race", both the coxswain and the designated rower must be certified, and must demonstrate safe boating skills in race-like situations at home to the satisfaction of two UVRF coaches.

In the above cases (and in extremely limited circumstances), prior experience will be considered in lieu of part or all of the requirements but must be accompanied by the approval of the President of the UVRF Board of Directors.

III. Fours without coxswains (4-)


Four without at Home: To be a certified "toe" in a four without a coxswain "at home", a rower must first be a certified "toe" in a quad (4x), and have approval by two UVRF coaches.

Four without Away: To be certified "toe" in a four without a coxswain for an "away race", a rower must first be "home" certified in a four without coxswain, and must demonstrate safe boating skills in race-like situations at home to the satisfaction of two UVRF coaches.

In the above cases (and in extremely limited circumstances), prior experience will be considered in lieu of part or all of the requirements but must be accompanied by the approval of the President of the UVRF Board of Directors.


IV. Other requirements for sweep boats:

Restrictions on weather conditions:
All UVRF sculling safety guidelines apply to the sweep boats, with the following exception: regardless of the qualifications of the rowers, no sweep boat may be rowed in low visibility situations without an accompanying safety launch. Low visibility situations include fog where the Vermont shore is not clearly visible from the sculling dock, and before sunrise, or after sunset, as defined in the UVRF sculling safety guidelines on the UVRF website.


Reservation Process: All UVRF sweep boats are reserved for program use during scheduled practices and races. Submit reservation requests to the sweep equipment manager. Requests should include the name of the certified "toe" in the case of fours without coxswain - and should include the name of the cox and certified rower in case of fours with coxswains. Email requests to UVRFequipment@gmail.com


Log Book Process:
The names of the certified rower and the cox (in the case of fours with coxswain) or the certified "toe" (in the case of a four without coxswain) should be entered in the name column. Each rower and their seat number should be recorded in the comment column of the log sheet.


V. Sweep Race Reservation Policy
UVRF members, outside of the UVRF competitive program, who wish to race a four at a regatta must:

1) have a certified rower and cox (in the case of fours with coxswain) or a certified "toe" (in the case of a four without coxswain),

2) submit their request using the racing boat reservation calendar

3) assume liability for the insurance deductible if the boat is not traveling on a UVRF trailer

4) pay the trailer fee if the boat is being transported on the UVRF trailer

Rowers who intend to race outside of the UVRF competitive program must make their request at the earliest possible time to the UVRF head coach in order to avoid scheduling more than one crew to race a boat at one time. Lineups with more UVRF members have priority over those with fewer. If reservations of equal priority have conflicting race times or venues then rowers should try to work out a solution amongst themselves. If they cannot resolve the conflict they may appeal to the UVRF President to arbitrate a solution in consultation with the Sculling Steward.