High Performance Policies


​​All crew boat selections for high performance programs are at the discretion of the club Head Coach and/or Assistant Head Coach. In no particular order, the following will be factors taken into account when selecting crews:

  • ​Fastest individuals
  • Fastest crew
  • Coachability, attitude, and level of commitment
  • Attendance to training (year round)
  • Compatibility (crew skills)

If determined necessary by the Head Coach and/or Assistant Head Coach, race-offs may be arranged to determine the crew in question for U16 and older crews. There will not be race-offs held for any crew in the U15 or younger category.

In terms of age and discipline, our high performance programs will aim to race the fastest crew from within these programs, therefore a younger athlete may gain a position in a crew boat in an older category (at the discretion of the Head Coach).

Parent Communications

In the event that a parent or athlete should like to question, discuss, or appeal decisions made by coaching staff, they may do so via the following avenues:

  • Email to the Head Coach at any time (
  • Setting an in-person meeting with the Head Coach outside of practice, regatta, and event times (this can be done via email)
  • If unsatisfied following the preceding processes, email to the Director of Programs and Coaching (

The following means and process for communication are not permitted and should always be considered before communication:

  • Communication during a competition event is not appropriate
  • Allow for a 24 hour cool-down period before engaging in communications
  • Communication during a training session is not appropriate. This applies to communicating with coaches as well as athletes in training
  • Communication while other athletes/parents are present is not appropriate

Regatta and training environment Conduct for parents and families

While at a regatta, in the training environment at home, or away at training camp, it is important that athletes and coaches have time and space to carry out their best practices. Athletes should be entirely focused on the tasks at hand, whether that be warming up properly, doing their pre-race visualization, post-race debriefs, or simply quiet preparations to get into race mode. Once at the event venue, or in training hours at home, coaches and athletes will set up their distraction free area (focus area), where family and friends are asked to refrain from entering. The goal is to train athletes to be able to manage their performance independently and effectively on their own. As they reach high performance, it is extremely important that athletes be able to practice self-motivation, self-management , and problem solving independently with the support of their coach.

It is not the goal of these policies to create separation between family and athlete, but simply to help shape a healthy and resilient athlete. Family support is a huge component of athlete success, we simply want to keep that support separate from the active training and competition environment. Below are a few guidelines to help support your athlete's development:

  • During, before, and after training sessions;
    • Refrain from interacting with athletes verbally (unless of an emergency). Allow them to stay focused on their environment, training, and coaching
    • Including before and after practice, give athletes and coaches time and space to conduct pre and post training discussions and debriefs
    • Family are asked not to be in, or in front of the boat bays, on the docks, or in the office during program training times
  • During competition;
    • No family on the docks - This is most often a requirement of the venue as well
    • No family in the athlete/coach focus area - This area is for athletes and coaches only
    • Communication with coaching staff should be outside of competition days - Competitions are very busy for coaches and it is important that staff remain focused on athletes and events to carry out responsibilities
    • When communicating with athletes, stay positive and encouraging. Mental preparation and performance is a huge component to success