Rowing code of conduct

Code of conduct for rowers

This policy is based on the British Rowing Code of Conduct Welfare Guidance (version 1.4, approved 2010). In this document the term 'rowers' is used to describe a rower or coxswain who is under the age of 18.

At all times, when practicing, training or competing at the club, competitions and events, members should:

  • Follow the rules and procedures of the club and adhere to the British Rowing rules and guidelines.
  • Understand and act in accordance with the rules, regulations and guidelines of the competition or event that is being attended and follow the directions of marshals, umpires and officials and accept the decisions of officials of the event.
  • Not take sports supplements or banned substances.
  • Act in a professional way.
  • Treat club members, club officials, coaches, other water users and event organisers with respect:
    • Avoid swearing or shouting at others
    • Not threaten others nor engage in acts of verbal or physical abuse or other types of abuse
    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of other participants, and not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, colour, disability, sexuality, age, marital status, occupation or political opinion.
  • Avoid inappropriate relationships with their coaches.
  • Keep to agreed timings and scheduled outings, or inform the relevant person if they are going to be late or are not able to participate in training.
  • Keep up-to-date with race and membership fees as well as paying for any social event attended.
  • Train at a level appropriate to your crew, as prescribed by the coach and captains.
  • Ensure that you are focused, alert and ready for every outing.
  • Contribute to the maintenance, cleaning, logistics, coaching and running events of all sizes.
  • Report broken equipment to your coach and, where possible, make the repair.
  • Report any accidents or incidents that occur to your coach.
  • Report any welfare concerns to either the coach or the school’s Welfare Officer.

Code of Conduct for Parents and Guardians

This policy is based on the British Rowing Code of Conduct Welfare Guidance (version 1.4, approved 2010).

  • Parents and Guardians should recognise the rights of their children.

  • Ensure that their children have fun when practicing, training and competing in rowing.

  • Promote the health, safety and well-being of children first and foremost.

  • Not over emphasise winning.

  • Listen to, respect and take into account children’s views about participation, and recognise their right to determine their participation.

  • Encourage their children to participate for their own intrinsic enjoyment, not for the enjoyment or ambition of their parents.

  • Encourage their children to take responsibility for their own actions, performance and behavior.

  • Not force children to participate in the sport.

  • Not allow their children to compete when ill or injured and inform the rowing coordinator of illness or injure.

Parents and Guardians should encourage long term participation in rowing:

  • Ensure that the level and type of participation is appropriate to their child’s stage of development.
  • Encourage children to play and experience a broad variety of sports, particularly younger children.
  • Promote individual progress, skill and development before winning in age group competition, to help promote long term participation of children in the sport.
  • Avoid placing undue pressure on their children.
  • Ensure that the ability and performance of their child in sport is not excessively linked with their own perceptions of self-worth.

Parents and Guardians should support their child’s involvement in training, events and competitions:

  • Not force their child to take part in the sport.
  • Encourage their child’s effort.
  • Be willing to become a member of the club.
  • Be aware of school’s rowing codes of conduct.
  • Be aware of the school’s welfare process.
  • Be aware of the club, competition or event’s policies and procedures to ensure the safety of children and others.
  • Provide consent for their child to participate in training, competition and events.
  • Inform the coach of individual needs of the child that may affect their participation, including medical conditions or illness.
  • Discuss the requirements of the sport and the nature and duration of the coaching relationship with coaches, at an agreed time and place.
  • Provide their children with equipment to suit the conditions, i.e. clothing suitable for cold/warm weather, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
  • Receive information from the coach about the schedule of the programme of training and the rationale behind the activities
  • Assist clubs to care for their children, and not to treat the club as a child-minding service.
  • Make arrangements to collect their child promptly at the end of sessions at the agreed time.

Parents and Guardians should be a good role model at competitions and events.

  • Encourage their child to accept all individuals and not to discriminate on the basis of their ability, gender, race, religion etc.
  • Act in a professional way when supporting and spectating.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Be encouraging towards their children and others.
  • Accept that errors are an important part of learning and not condemn children for making them.
  • Respect officials of the club, event or competition and other participants, supporters and parents.
  • Act with respect for the decisions of officials and coaches, and without criticism.
  • Avoid swearing at, yelling at, or chastising children, officials, coaches, or others.
  • Raise any concerns they have about a child or coach, or their behaviour, as soon as possible with the appropriate designated person at the club or event.
  • Encourage children to follow the rules of events and competitions.