Section 2: South County Crew
The Club: Crew is a club sport in Fairfax County and, as such, is not supported by Fairfax County Public School funds. The entire support for the program - the equipment, coaches and operations - must come from parents, student-athletes and from fundraising activities. Our crew program is sponsored and supported by the South County Crew Boosters Club which raises funds through individual assessments and fundraising activities.
The contributions of both the student-athletes and their families in both financial aspects and work activities are the cornerstone of the program's success. As a member of the South County Crew team, you are shaping the future for this team.
Our Mission: Our mission is to introduce novices to crew and provide them the opportunity to learn to row in a competitive environment. We want to provide opportunities for physical training and camaraderie, an outlet for learning and practicing leadership and teamwork, and to promote athletes that excel academically as well.
Our Vision: South County Crew is growing, thriving, and competitive!
Coaching and Rower Teamwork: Increased teamwork clearly provides a competitive advantage. Leadership and teamwork development brings out the best in people. Leadership and teamwork improves every aspect of the rowing experience, increasing collaboration, focus, problem solving, clarity, unity, decisiveness, morale, buy-in, and performance. It also reduces politics, negativity, confusion, indecisiveness, pettiness, stress and costs. When people are focused on the good of the whole they accomplish more in less time, with greater precision.
Coaching and Rower Satisfaction and Pride: A clear understanding of the objectives of the club, which are reinforced by open communication and mutual respect between coaches and team members with awareness and skills to work effectively together.
Excellence in Coaching Leadership: We provide every rower clear, positive and engaging training that continually increases each individual's ability to contribute, lead, and develop others in support of a competitive rowing program. Coaches will identify and build on each rower’s strengths, and identify weaknesses that need to be addressed. Coaches will help rowers to actively choose motivations and actions that build team relationships, and enhance team performance.
-To attract, motivate, and retain coaches and rowers.
-To have rowers learn, contribute to the team, and have fun.
-To increase satisfaction and the sense of personal contribution through respect and acknowledgement of the value and contribution of every parent, coach, and rower.
Crew Booster Club Board: The Booster Club Board works with South County Secondary School to support the South County Crew program. The Board consists of parents of student-athletes, the faculty sponsor, and the Head Coach. The Board oversees all activities of the club and has the difficult task of balancing fundraising and equipment purchases and maintenance, operations, regatta travel, etc. to ensure that the Club is successful.
Coaching Staff: The number of coaching positions required is determined by the number of active rowers to ensure maximum attention and safety. Coach’s contact information is located in this Handbook under “Communications” and in the directory. Coach’s biographies are located on the team website under Coaches' Corner.
South County Athletic Staff: Like other sports programs, Crew operates within a school-approved structure because it is on the school's behalf that the athletes row. The Principal and Athletic Director play key roles in supporting the sport. The Athletic Director maintains communications and coordination with all other schools against whom SC crew competes.
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