Participation in athletics is a privilege, not a right. The athlete must earn this privilege through dedication, desire, and discipline. Without the pursuit of these ideals, the athlete can not do justice to Their potential or to the sport. Participants are required to read, know and agree to the following program rules and guidelines.


All participants in this program must have previous rowing experience.  A GRS Learn To Row program is the minimum standard for Learn To Row Programs.  If you have done a one week or a weekend camp, it may not be enough to teach the required skills necessary to be safe on a very busy river.  A GRS LTR program provides 24 - 30 hours of instruction and rowing.  Instruction in sweep rowing, while helpful, is not adequate for the purposes of this program.

Rowing is a strenuous activity. All students must have the prior approval of their family doctor, or must be medically approved per their school regulations, in order to participate in this program. Going to a practice or to a race constitutes your approval that you are healthy enough to engage in that practice or race. The coaches are not doctors, and can not take responsibility for decisions relating to your health. You, your parents and your doctor should agree on criteria whereby you make decisions regarding participation in practice or a race should you start to feel ill before that practice or race. Please call the coaches should you or your parents decide that you are not healthy enough to attend practice. You are required to have valid and current health care insurance.

On The Water:

1. You are expected to know and abide by the Schuylkill Navy Rules.

2. Be sure to know where your coach expects you to go during practice, especially on wakeless days and regatta days. You are expected to make every effort to stay with your coach during a practice, regardless of the conditions on the river. Failure to stay with a practice will result in sanctions.

3. Do not deviate from your coaches directions unless a race official or another coach tells you to do otherwise.

4. If there is an accident, always stay with the boat, unless directed to do otherwise by a coach in a nearby launch. Never, ever swim away from your boat. Your boat and/or your oars are your first personal flotation devices, the launch and PFDs in the launch are secondary.

Off The Water:

1. Be sure to know where your coach expects you to be, whether in or outside of the boathouse. 

2. Do not leave the designated workout area without express consent from your coach.

3. Do not cross Kelly Drive except at the traffic light at the end of Boathouse Row.

4. All athletes are required to report all injuries to the coach and their parents. (Note; sore muscles, blisters and minor bruises etc. are not injuries).



1. Participants are “at practice” once they enter the boathouse, up to 20 minutes before scheduled practice time, and until they leave the boathouse up to 20 minutes after practice ends.

2. The participants are the responsibility of the coach while they are at practice.

3. Participants are not allowed inside the boathouse without their coachs being present.

4. Participants are expected to attend all practices, races and squad meetings. All absences and late arrivals must be approved in advance by preseason agreement or by parental notification. 5. Tardiness, excused or otherwise, may cause a participant to miss that entire practice.

6. If a student is late and the coach is not available, the student is not allowed in the boathouse and must miss the practice.

7. Multiple absences or other violations will affect participation in practice and races.


1. Participants are expected to follow all school policies that are in effect for student-athletes in other sports sponsored by their school.

2. Athletes are expected to conduct themselves in a manner reflecting credit upon themselves, their coaches, their parents, and their school.

3. All squad members are expected to treat each other with courtesy and respect, whether or not they go to your school.

4. All squad members are expected to treat the coaches with courtesy and respect.

5. Team members must realize that coaching decisions are made with the welfare of the team taking

precedence over the desires of any individual team member.

6. Disruptive behavior, including failure to pay attention to the coach, will not be tolerated.

7. Violations of any team policy will be reviewed by the coaches and penalties will be assessed as the staff sees fit. For minor infractions (behavior issues, tardiness, mishandling equipment, etc.) the penalties will usually take the form of physical activity. If there are continuous violations, even minor ones, it may affect the students participation in practice and regattas.

8. Parents and team members must realize that coaching decisions are made with the welfare of the team taking precedence over the desires of any individual team member. Students may not be allowed to row in the boat in which they would like to row. These decisions are not subject to parental consultation. Coaches will be glad to speak to parents regarding coaching decisions at an appropriate time.

9. Members of this program are full members of Bachelors Barge Club. Most other high school students in the boathouse are not full members. You will be held to a higher standard for conduct inside the boathouse and on the water, including proper treatment of facilities and equipment, keeping the boathouse orderly and not engaging in disruptive behavior..

PRACTICE/RACES Rowing is an outdoor sport, and we will be practicing during very unpredictable and hostile weather.

1. If your school is closed due to weather, practice may still be held, but you will not be faulted for missing. Call the coach for weather related information.

2. Always bring two sets of weather-appropriate outdoor workout attire (including a hat) to practice, as well as indoor workout attire.

3. Always have a towel and a dry set of street clothes to change into after practice.

4. Always bring running shoes to practice.

5. Student athletes are responsible for all equipment that they use. All equipment must be put away after practice or races before you will be available to leave.  This includes away regattas; all students are required secure your equipment before you can leave the boat area.  Also, you are required to meet the coaches at the boathouse to unload the equipment and return it to rowable condition at the club.

6. Not every practice will be your best. You are expected to try your best at each practice, regardless of how you feel. Rowing is a sport of accumulated effort. The more effort you accumulate, even if it is not your best effort each time, the quicker you will improve as a rower and athlete.

7. When you are at practice, you will be expected to focus fully on your job (in or out of the boat), the workout and the coaches instructions. Your job includes rowing and doing the workout to the best of your ability. Bows and singles have the added responsibility of steering and keeping their boat in the proper position and orientation during the workout and staying clear of other crews.

8. You should assume that other athletes want to focus on their practice, the same way you should want to focus on your practice, so it is unacceptable to try and engage other athletes in other boats in conversation during practice time.

9. Be on time to practice and races. Practice time is the start of activity; you must be dressed and ready to begin at the designated time. For races on the Schuylkill River, you must arrive at the boathouse at least two hours before your scheduled race time.

10. Students are required to abide by the PSRA rules of conduct and eligibility. These rules are similar to rules required by most schools and sports governing bodies.

11. If a student must miss a race for which he or she is registered, the student or parents must produce a doctor’s note explaining that the student is too sick to participate, or must pay the associated scratch fee charged to the program.

12. Participation in races is dependent on many factors. There will be some race days when some athletes will not have a race. Every effort will be made to have equitable participation by all squad members, but no guarantees can be made.

13. Parents and students are responsible for transportation of the students to and from practice and races.

14. Athletes may not leave practice or a race site unless dismissed by the coach or with prior consent.

USRowing and US Olympic Committee SafeSport Policy

The policy that will govern GRS employees is Under Construction

USRowing’s SafeSport Policy (for reference)

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