I’m making several requests regarding practices.
First, I ask that everyone attend Saturday practices. I understand that people occasionally are out of town and that other business sometimes arises, but it is extremely difficult to coalesce as a team unless we practice regularly as a team. We cannot create a whole that is greater than its parts unless we regularly fit all of those parts together. We can use Saturday practices to refine how we interact as a team, create long-term paddling partners, and locate people in the various sections of the boat. People can practice with their partners during the week (if both people attend the same practice) and can continue to paddle from the same section of the boat.
Second, it is best if people attend each of our three weekly practices. I recognize that people have busy schedules and often can attend only two practices per week. I ask that people engage in a non-paddling, aerobic activity at least once a week if they attend two practices per week. We need to enhance our overall fitness and can only do so if we commit ourselves to a certain level of exercise. Ideally, each of us would exercise four times per week, which would require one additional workout for those who attend all practices and two additional workouts for those who attend two practices.