As a team, there are certain expectations that we have for all our athletes. All members of the team are expected to know and adhere to the following guidelines as well as we ask parents to emphasize the importance of these guidelines and help ensure they are met.


Attendance & Scheduling:

  • Rebel Rowing has a flexible attendance policy. It is expected that athletes attend regularly. Weekly, rowers shall mark their attendance using the Rowers app to ensure that boats can be made properly.
  • For experienced athletes, practices during the Fall Novice season are optional. It is expected that experienced rowers will participate in the ERC Junior Development Program. Experienced rowers are more than welcome to come to the Fall practices to assist.
  • Practices during the winter season are expected to be attended regularly. Those who participate in another sport may be excused and should talk to their coach.
  • During the high school rowing season (Feb – June), athletes should make an effort to attend every practice. Attendance will be marked and is taken into consideration for boating for regattas.
  • Attendance RSVPing should be made by Sunday evening each week on the Rowers app to ensure that boat orders can be made. 
  • If, after marking your attendance, you are unable to make a practice that you RSVP’d for, you are expected to EMAIL your coach to explain the circumstances. Note that this may affect the rest in your boat and every effort should be made to attend.
  • Practices will rarely be cancelled. Should a practice need to be cancelled, a notification will be sent out through the Rowers app and our Twitter account at @rebelrowing.
  • Spring Break practices are mandatory for returning rowers. We encourage all novice rowers to attend practice over Spring Break as well. Specific Spring Break practice schedules will be determined by squad. It is not mandatory for novice rowers but strongly encouraged. The more you put into this sport, the more you will get out of it. Spring break is a great time to make some of the best friends you will make throughout your entire high school experience. Spring break not only teaches rowing but it teaches lessons that cannot be learned in the classroom.
  • On regatta days, all athletes are expected to come and stay for the entire regatta to cheer on their teammates, put away equipment at the end of the day, and clean up the erg room. Your coach will let you know when all is settled and it is ok to leave the regatta.


  • Coaches are available usually before and after practices and by request. Primary communication will be done by email or in person. A follow-up email will usually be done afterwards so that everyone is on the same page.
  • Coach Patton will usually be available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after school in Room 246. Please email to make sure he is there.


  • Family, health, faith and school studies are core priorities in each athlete’s life. Beyond these priorities, rowing requires a large time commitment, and rowing should be your top extracurricular priority.


  • Be considerate and respectful of your teammates and coaches. Disrespect, abuse, or improper behavior directed towards a teammate, coach, or any member of another team will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the team.
  • You represent Rebel Rowing and Jasper Place High School. Please remember to conduct yourself accordingly during practice, at regattas, and at any other crew-related activities.

Practice Preparation & Workout Guidelines:

  • If you have any kind of injury that prevents you from rowing or doing land training, you will sit out of practice for that day and you must see the Athletic Trainer at Jasper Place High School. This should not be considered punishment for becoming injured. Please discuss your injuries with your coaches so that we can help you get the proper treatment if necessary.
  • Come prepared (running shoes, spandex shorts, extra clothes, rain gear) and ready to work out each day. If you don’t have weather-appropriate workout clothes, you will not practice. If this becomes a consistent problem, you will be penalized. Not being able to participate due to lack of preparation is just as bad as not showing up.
  • As soon as you arrive at the water, begin preparing for practice by putting out the oars and setting up the coach’s launch with a gas can, life jackets, megaphone and toolbox. You should be dressed and ready to start practice when you arrive at the boathouse.
  • Everybody must help in getting the boats on and off the water, and setting up and taking down the coach’s launch each day. Your coach will let you know when all is settled and it is ok to leave the practice.

Safety Rules:

  • All rowers must watch the Rowing Canada safety video before being allowed on the water each season.
  • Athletes must use equipment in a safe and responsible manner in order to protect themselves, teammates and competitors.
  • It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure the boats are operated and handled in a safe manner at all times. If, at any time the coaches feel a rower’s actions, behaviors or physical abilities jeopardizes that safety, the coach may limit the athlete’s participation as they see fit.
  • If your boat swamps (fills with water) or turns over, stay with the boat! It will not sink. Hang on to it until you are picked up by a coach’s launch.
  • If you catch a crab, and are thrown overboard, try to keep your head down until the boat has passed. Try not to panic. The coach’s launch will pick you up. The crew should stop immediately and try to help.
  • When in the boat and on the water, follow the instructions of the coxswain and coach quickly and properly.

Illegal Substances:

  • No alcohol, drugs, or tobacco will be permitted during the season. If you are caught using any of 
these substances, this will be considered grounds for removal from the team.
  • As an athlete, you are encouraged to let the coaches or captains know if you are aware of somebody using illegal substances. Confidentiality will be maintained by the coaches.

Financial & Fundraising:

  • Athletes are responsible for participating in any team-sanctioned fundraising activities.
  • It is the responsibility of the athletes and their parents to pay team dues/registration fees in 
accordance with the timeline indicated during registration or after a discussion with the coach.

Equipment Maintenance & Damage:

  • Please report loose or damaged parts to the coach on a daily basis to help prevent further breakage.
  • Rowers/Coxswains are responsible for all intentional or irresponsible damage to equipment belonging to Rebel Rowing or any other group. Responsibility can mean helping repair or pay for damaged items or performing volunteer work as necessary.

Boat Selection Policy:

  • There are many criteria that the coaches use to determine lineups for each regatta. The coaches will attempt to use objective criteria such as erg scores, seat racing, and racing experience as much as possible, but they will also use other criteria such as attitude, attendance, technique and boat moving ability. The coaches’ decision regarding lineups is final. However, the coaches are willing to discuss what areas a rower can improve upon when necessary. If you do not know why you are not in a boat, ask your coach.
  • It is the objective of the coaches that each rower in good standing is allowed to race in at least one regatta during the season. A rower in good standing is characterized by the following criteria: dues have been paid and fundraising and parent volunteering requirements have been met, attitude and attendance at practices are satisfactory according to the coach, safety rules are understood and followed, and grades meet JP’s policy for participation in sports.
  • Not all athletes will be invited to race at all regattas at the end of the season due to a limited number of entries. Participation at these regattas will be based on many of the above criteria in order to field the most competitive boats possible. Coaches will notify athletes of their eligibility to participate in championship regattas.