Recruit 20 to 24 paddlers and 1 drummer. You’ll want to race with a team of enthusiastic paddlers who are able to commit to a full day of racing on July 16 as well as the required one-hour practice session.
Create a team identity. Including name, team bio, team cheer or song, and team tent. Your team spirit may even earn you an award at the closing ceremony!Register your team no later than June 17. Be sure that each team member is at least 16 years of age and that together you fulfill requirements for your division.
Collect teammates’ email addresses and phone numbers for the purpose of completing the required team roster and for future communication with your team.
Schedule your free team practice. Watch your email for practice information and important festival announcements! As a team captain you’ll have access to our online practice calendar. You’ll be required to create a user profile including a password to login each time you access the site. Once there, review all available practice times and reserve a time that works well for all teammates. Practices will be available on a first come, first served basis. Your first practice is free and will occur during the two weeks leading up to the festival. Additional practices can be purchased using a credit card and scheduled as early as late May.
Have all teammates complete the team waiver at the first practice. All paddlers, your drummer and any alternates will complete the team waiver at the practice site during your first practice. The team captain will be responsible for getting any paddlers not present added to the team waiver by July 8. Team members not listed on the team waiver will not be allowed to practice or race. Completion of the waiver will be verified.Review and share the following important practice information with your team. It’s important that all paddlers know the basics of dragon boat safety and practice expectations in advance.
Join our Facebook group. Receive important updates, deadlines and other information regarding the festival. Please encourage your teammates to also join.Prepare a boat lineup before your first practice.
Submit your team bio no later than July 1.
Turn in your completed team roster no later than 5 p.m. on July 7 to LABigBlueDragon@mayo.edu. No changes can be made to the roster after this date – no exceptions. Team captains will be notified in advance of race day if anyone on their final roster has not completed a waiver. Rostered paddlers who have not signed their team waiver will not be able to practice or race.
Facilitate all communications between the festival organizers and your team. Share important information with your teammates as soon as you receive it. Encourage them to visit our website for all the details.
Provide a tent or canopy with seating. (And decor! Don’t forget those team awards!) This is where your team will relax and get psyched up for your races. Feel free to bring water to keep your team hydrated.
Enjoy the festivities on Friday, July 14