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What does a Team Captain do?

Please know that Dragonheart is so appreciative of the dedication of the people who serve as theTeam Captains for our Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival teams. Three Cheers to our Captains!

LCDBF Captain Duties - the condensed version

  1. Recruit and register 16 to 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and up to 3 alternates for your team.
  2. Serve as the leader and communicator for your team.
  3. Collaborate on a team name, team bio, team cheer or song, and team tent.
  4. Encourage your team to raise a minimum of $100 per person beyond your race fees to further the Festival charitable cause.
  5. Accept Dragonheart’s appreciation as well as that of your teammates for your amazing organizational and leadership efforts.

LCDBF Captain Duties - the expanded version

1.    Recruit and register 16 to 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and up to 3 alternates for your team. 
●    Enlist a team of people to race on Festival Day. You will want to sign up enthusiastic people who can commit to a full day of racing on Festival Day as well as to the 90-minute practice session on Practice Weekend.
●    A full team consists of 20 paddlers and 1 drummer. You must have at least 16 paddlers. Everyone on the boat must be at least 16 years old. Of your paddlers, at least 10 must be women. You may register up to three additional alternate team members.
●    Your drummer should be a lightweight person who is enthusiastic, fearless, and willing to dress it up as well as ham it up at the event.
●    Register your team on our website to secure a spot on the Festival roster. Registration requires full payment of race fees and the names and e-mails of at least 17 team members. (You can add or change team members later if you wish.)

Tip: It is best to copy and paste email addresses to avoid errors.

Once you have registered your team, an email will be sent to each racer so that they can fill out their individual registration, sign their waiver, and let us know their shirt size.

Please ask your team members to add your email address to their contact list so these emails do not end up in their spam folders.

Check to see if your business has a firewall that restricts incoming email.  It may be best to use personal email addresses.

Be sure to save your username and password so that you can return to your team registration page.

●    Race fees must to be made as a single payment using Visa or Mastercard. You will need to collect the race fees from your teammates so that you can pay your team race fees in one lump sum. Included in your team's fee is a professionally-coached practice session; 21 Festival shirts and participatory medals; 2 to 4 races on Festival Day; and the chance to vie for trophies and bragging rights. Race fees are not refundable.
●    Be sure your team’s registration is completed well in advance of Festival day. Completed registration includes the names and e-mail addresses of all participants, the full race fee, a team name and bio, and the date and time for your practice session. Also all participants need to have submitted their on-line waiver and fill in their personal information page, including shirt size.  They will receive their personal log-in information in the e-mail that is sent to them.

2. Serve as the leader and communicator for your team.
●    Poll your teammates to find out when is the best time for them to have their practice session on Practice Weekend and make arrangements with Dragonheart for your practice slot. We strongly encourage everybody to participate in practice weekend. It’s a great team-building session where your team can learn to paddle together, and it means you will paddle faster and safer at the Festival. (Plus it’s fun!)
●    Keep your teammates posted about the Festival. Encourage them to keep fundraising and remind them about upcoming dates. 
●    Remind your teammates to complete their on-line waivers and to let us know their shirt size.
●    Distribute posters and flyers to your teammates so they can let everyone know about this great thing they are doing.
●    Make sure your teammates know that the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is a smoke-free event, and that no grills (gas, charcoal, or electric) are permitted at Waterfront Park. The City of Burlington also prohibits the consumption of alcohol at Waterfront Park outside of the confines of the Vermont Hard Cider Tent.
●    You have a break from your leadership role while on the water. Dragonheart will provide a steersperson/coach who will be in charge while your team is on the boat.

3. Collaborate on a team name, team bio, team cheer or song, and team tent.
●    Every team needs a team name and a team bio. The captain enters the team name and bio on the Registration page at ridethedragon.org.
●    Every team also needs a team cheer or song. Not your thing? The captain doesn’t necessarily need to be the one to come up with these; you just need to find the person who will. Your team will perform your cheers and songs on Festival Day to vie for Spirit Awards for your enthusiasm, look, sound, and spirit.
●    Dragonheart will provide each team with a 15’ by 15’ space on Festival Day. Each team needs to provide their own canopy and seating. (And decor! Don’t forget those Spirit Awards!) This is where your team will relax and get psyched up for your races. There will be plenty of food and drink at Waterfront Park, but feel free to bring your own if you’d rather. (Remember, no smokes, no alcohol, and no grills.)

4. Encourage your team to raise a minimum of $100 per person beyond your race fees to further the Festival charitable cause.
●    It is our hope that each racer will raise (at least) $100 beyond their race fees. One easy way to do this: On Practice Weekend we will hand out our Festival shirts to all participants. Racers can then ask people to contribute $10 for the chance to sign their shirts. It’s amazing how fast the money can add up, and racers end up with a wonderful, unique souvenir of their race experience.

5. Accept Dragonheart’s gratitude and appreciation, as well as that of your teammates for your amazing organizational and leadership efforts. 
●    Be proud that you have chosen to be a big part of this community charity event and are willing to lend your time and efforts to the cause. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.