Create & Manage A Team

Step 1: Who’s in the boat?
• You will need 16-20 paddlers, a steersperson and a drummer
• A person may be a member of and race for only ONE team per category (the categories are WOMEN, OPEN & MIXED).
Mixed teams must race with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 paddlers of each gender (does not include steersperson/drummer).
• All women’s teams must have ALL female paddlers, but may have a male drummer and/or steersperson.
• A steersperson and/or drummer may paddle for one team and may steer/drum for more than one team. Teams may hire a steersperson and/or drummer from the Rideau Canoe Club.
• If you need help filling spots in your boat please contact our office for a list of spares who are interested in joining a team.
Step 2: Who’s in charge?

• Every dragon boat team has three admin roles to fill - we recommend assigning these roles to different individuals to help in the success of your team.
• Team Captain – registers the team and liaises with the festival office; has access to updating team roster, communicates with team about scheduling practice times, attends Team Captain’s Meeting, reviews rules and relays festival weekend race schedule.
• Team Manager – has access to team roster and can help share administrative duties with Team Captain
• Pledge Captain – communicates with team about the race happening OFF the water - the Pledge Challenge! Teams compete against each other to fundraise for local charities. Top teams and individuals receive prizing, an extra race AND bragging rights!
Step 3: The Admin Stuff
• Team Captains will add names and email addresses to online roster.
• Team members will receive an email with their login info which they can use to complete their registration. If a team member does not have an email address they must submit a manual waiver to the festival office. Manual waivers can be downloaded here.
Step 4: Hit the Water!
• All teams will receive two FREE practices with a qualified coach between June 2- June 23, 2017.   

• Additional practices may be booked through the Rideau Canoe Club.
Step 5: Paddles Up!
• All mixed and women’s teams will race two 500m races on Saturday, June 24th.
• The top 75 mixed teams and top 30 women's teams will advance to Sunday, June 25th where they will compete in three additional races – a 200m, 100m and 500m. 
Step 6: Take it Away!
• Have fun – paddle hard – support your community – enjoy everything the festival has to offer!

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