Code of Conduct for YHS Crew Athletes

Members of the YHS crew team represent not only the team, but also Yorktown High School. As representatives of Yorktown High School, student-athletes will be held to the highest standard of behavior. This code of conduct sets forth the principles of integrity, respect and responsibility, which you are required to follow. In all instances, the Yorktown High School student handbook and APS handbook policies and standards of conduct will be in effect during all crew functions, including but not limited to practices, meetings, regatta trips, and official social events.


Student-athletes are expected to:

  • Display the highest level of integrity.
  • Maintain high ideals of sportsmanship.
  • Understand and abide by the rules of the sport.
  • Not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct (e.g., yelling at judges, blaming other team members, etc.)
  • Not cheat or lie under any circumstances.
  • Always show support for their teammates in times of success and difficulty.
  • Model high ideals of behavior.
  • Keep emotions under control.
  • Refrain from behavior that belittles another person, both in word and deed.


Student-athletes must:

  • Treat teammates, coaches, guardians, family members, chaperones, and other teams with respect at all times.
  • Refrain from using vulgar language or gestures toward anybody.
  • Not use comments based on gender, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
  • Not engage in behavior that is reckless or will endanger another person or one’s self.
  • Abstain from initiation rites (hazing), as they tend to be humiliating, exclusive, and victimizing and are strictly prohibited.
  • Respect equipment and facilities. Blatant damage to equipment, the boathouse, or Yorktown High School facilities or equipment is cause for dismissal from the team.
  • Respect others’ belongings. Any stealing of another person’s equipment or personal belongings will not be tolerated. Theft is considered a major infraction of school policy, and severe disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the Yorktown High School student handbook.


  • The student-athlete has responsibilities to his/her teammates, coaches, parents or guardians, families, and himself/herself.
  • Attendance is vital to the success of the team.
  • The student-athlete must be on time and be prepared for all practice sessions and rowing events.
  • There are no unexcused absences. Any absences from practice or rowing events must be communicated directly to the coach by the parent or guardian or student-athletes. Excused absences include illness, family schedule conflicts, and scholastic obligations.
  • The student-athlete is responsible for maintaining good physical condition even in the off season.
  • Rowing is a very demanding sport and requires eating nutritious, well-balanced meals. Junk food should be kept to a minimum.
  • Student-athletes must drink plenty of water before, during, and after practice and competition. Use of reusable water bottles (e.g., Nalgene) is mandatory to help prevent polluting the waterways.
  • Student-athletes must get adequate amounts of sleep, which is essential to staying physically and mentally sharp.

Substance Abuse

  • The use, sale, transfer, or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs is absolutely forbidden.
  • The use, sale, transfer or possession of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, snuff, pipe tobacco, cigars, and cigarettes during practice, rowing events, or out-of-town trips is also prohibited.
  • The use of muscle-enhancing substances, such as creatine or anabolic steroids, is prohibited.

Disciplinary action for the abuses noted above will be taken in accordance with the Yorktown High School student handbook, Arlington Public Schools policy in cooperation with and the athletic director and coaches. Information regarding such disciplinary actions is treated by Arlington Public Schools as highly confidential, but boosters will be informed of matters of which they need to know. The Yorktown High School athletic code can be found on the school’s webpage under “Sports” tab of the home page (

APS provides substance abuse counseling and referral services to secondary students expressing concerns related to substance abuse. For more information, call 703-228-6061.