February 10, 2016

EVSRA Statement of Principles


  1. EVSRA exists to promote competitive scholastic rowing in Eastern Virginia.
  1. EVSRA policies exist for the purpose of furthering the Association’s underlying purposes. When adopting or enforcing policies or procedures, the interests of the Association are more important than the interests of individual member schools.
  1. The Association embraces cooperation, comity and good sportsmanship as a core values and organizing principles.
  1. Enthusiasm and competitiveness must be tempered by honor and good sportsmanship.
  1. To the greatest extent possible, EVSRA committees and boards shall operate by consensus. We reach consensus by unbridled but polite discourse at appropriate times. We believe in hearing what everyone has to say and then agreeing on the best actions for the greater good of the Association.
  1. EVSRA is a membership organization. Coaches and representatives from each school should participate fully in all EVSRA activities.
  1. Volunteerism to support EVSRA activities is not an option. Each school must support the activities of the Association with numbers of volunteers commensurate with the school’s size and resources. We expect more from large and well established programs than we expect from small or new programs.
  1. We value the time and talent contributed by our volunteers, recognizing that these are free will gifts which should never be assumed or presupposed. We treat our volunteers with respect and are considerate of other demands on their time.
  1. We value other gifts in kind that support the purposes of EVSRA, most importantly the gift of facilities where our teams are allowed to row. Organizations such as Norfolk Botanical Garden should never be hurt by allowing us to use their resources.
  1. Coaches play a dominant role in setting competition philosophies of the Association. Nevertheless, these philosophies should be the product of careful deliberation during which all member schools are permitted to participate. In determining competition philosophy, coaches should consult with and consider the opinions of volunteer leadership of the Regatta Commission.
  1. The Regatta Commission plays a dominant role in enforcing competition philosophies adopted by EVSRA coaches, setting policy for the conduct of regattas and other organizational activities that support the work of EVSRA. Policies should be the product of careful deliberation during which all member schools are permitted to participate. In determining these policies, the Regatta Commission should consult with and consider the opinions of coaches.
  1. Competition policies and management philosophies should be determined in advance of the regatta season. To the greatest extent possible, policies and philosophies should not be altered during the season.
  1. In general, once a policy has been established, it will not be publicly debated or openly criticized except in a meeting convened for the purpose of exploring and reaching consensus.
  1. No policy of the Association shall be debated or decided via email.
  1. Coaches and Regatta Commission volunteers play distinctly different roles in the life of the Association. Each should respect the role of the other.
  1. The Regatta Commission functions as a local organizing committee (LOC). Coaches must recognize the traditional functions of the LOC and refrain from interfering with its work.
  1. When a responsibility has been delegated to a representative of EVSRA, members of the Association must not interfere with the conduct of those responsibilities.
  1. The person to whom a responsibility has been delegated must act fairly and honorably in the discharge of his or her duties.
  2. Vulgarity, verbal harassment or physical intimidation have no place at any EVSRA activity and will not be tolerated.
  3. The Association commends humility, empathy and good humor as the solution to most problems.