FHE Crew Handbook


Updated 3/1/2020

The Forest Hills Eastern Crew (FHE CREW) program includes two distinct but closely related groups: Crew Team which includes the athletes and coaches; and the Crew Boosters which includes parents, friends and supporters of the Crew Team.

​The daily operations of the team are the responsibility of the Head Coach Ben Norrix.  The Crew Boosters Board of Directors is the governing body for the crew program providing vision, oversight, financial support and volunteers to the team.  The Head Coach and the Assistant Coaches are employees of the Forest Hills Public Schools. (FHPS)

​Crew is a varsity sport at FHS. Students earn Varsity Letters at the discretion of the coaching staff. Financial support for FHE Crew comes primarily from rower fees and Crew Booster fundraising activities.  As a varsity sport, FHPS provides for coaches’ salaries, assistance with equipment purchases and regatta entry fees.

Requirements for Participation

All required forms mentioned in this Handbook can be found in REGISTRATION AND FORMS.

Membership Fees:  a membership fee of $400 per rower (these are kids that are already on the team and returning rowers) is due prior to the start of the season unless other arrangements have been made with the board Treasurer. NOVICE ROWERS PAY $300 (these are rowers who are new to team and have never rowed before). There are a limited number of scholarships available to assist in reducing the membership fee.  Please contact either the FHE Crew Booster Board President or Treasurer with your request for scholarships.  The FHPS “Pay-to-Play” fee is NOT included in this fee and that money is due to the athletic office prior to the beginning of the season.  

“Pay-to-Play” Fee:  The “pay-to-play” fee is money that goes directly to the athletic office.  It is required to be paid by all JV and Varsity rowers and is due prior to the beginning of Spring practicing.  The fee is currently $140 and must be accompanied by the PAY-TO-PLAY FORM. NOVICE ROWERS NEW TO TEAM DO NOT PAY THIS FEE! The pay-to-play fee is waived for all Novice rowers.

Physical Examination:  A yearly physical is required for all FHPS athletes.  The physical form must be completed and submitted to the FHE Athletic Department prior to the beginning of Mandatory Practice on March 9th.  Physical Health forms cover all sports for the entire year provided the examination occurred later than April of the previous school year.  In addition, all athletes within FHPS are required to read and sign the Concussion Information Sheet.

Code of Conduct:  All rowers and parents are required to review and sign the Rower’s Code of Conduct Contract and the Athletic Code of Conduct.  

Emergency Medical Authorization:  Each athlete’s guardian must complete a Travel and Medical Permission Form giving permission for treatment by a physician or hospital when the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are not available.  Copies of this document will be kept with the Head Coach at all practices and regattas.

Eligibility:  All crew team members are subject to the same academic eligibility requirements and athletic code rules outlined below!

Swim Test:  An annual Mandatory swim test is given to all rowers and coxswains.  It is conducted at the Forest Hills Aquatic Center.  See the Mandatory Swim Test page for date and time.  The test consists of: Treading Water for 5 minutes, Swim of 50 yards and putting on a life jacket while treading water.  Each athlete is required to wear clothing as directed by the Head Coach.  You will enter the water with your clothing on. The test measures your ability to stay afloat in the unlikely event of a capsized boat until a safety launch can get to you.  It is a standard test taken by all rowing programs and should not be taken lightly.  The coaching staff with work with anyone who may have trouble with test.  Please bring a towel and dry clothing to change into.

Uniforms:  It is mandatory that all rowers have a race uniform.  Uniforms will be available for purchase and order forms will be distributed.  A due date for order forms will be given at the parent meeting. Uniforms consist of a racing tank and solid black shorts and will be worn when racing regardless of the weather unless otherwise directed by the coaching staff.  Please go to Crew Team Apparel for pictures and order form!

Boat Selection for your Rower

Boat selection is a difficult process for coaches and rowers alike.  Line-ups will likely change from week to week and are the sole discretion of the Head Coach.  In order to optimize the ability of each boat to excel, the coaches will be looking for:  Attitude/Teamwork, Dedication, Consistency, Attendance, Erg Scores, Racing experience, Seat racing results, and technique. To learn more about boats and rowing terms, visit Is Crew for You?

​Coaches will provide feedback to athletes on strengths and weaknesses and make fair assessments in order to achieve the best lineups.  Remember, coaches seek only to create the best possible team. While decisions may be subjective, they are not personal.

​Rowers and Coxswains are expected to work hard and follow directions.  Be supportive of your team mates by accepting all coaches’ decisions.

​Parents are asked to respect the coaches as the final authorities on boat selection and rowing matters.

FHE Crew Refund Policy

​The following policy has been instituted by the Forest Hills Eastern Crew Boosters Board of Directors:

​Rowers who choose to leave the team prior to the beginning of Mandatory Practice are entitled to a full refund.  Requests will only be granted under very limited circumstances and these refunds will not be in full.  The Board has financial obligations to meet regarding equipment, travel arrangements and the ordering of supplies and those decisions are made at the beginning of Mandatory practice.  No refunds will ever be given on apparel.  If a rower leaves after the beginning of Mandatory Practice, the un-refunded balance of any payment (except apparel) is eligible for a tax donation letter.

Any questions not answered above may be directed to the Crew Booster Board President or Treasurer.

We look forward to a great Crew Season!


REGISTRATION AND FORMS