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2022 ARC Junior Program Parents Handbook FINAL
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Dear Parents and Rowers,

Welcome to the 2022-23 Junior Program at the Argonaut Rowing Club (ARC). In this document, please find the Full-Value Contract for the Junior program, the basic protocol and expectations, some helpful tips, fee guidelines and regatta information.


With the current COVID-19 situation constantly evolving, we are faced with a unique set of challenges.  The ARC policies have been developed to ensure the safety and well-being of all our members, guests, staff and volunteers, as well as compliance with government direction.  These policies are subject to change to meet Public Health guidelines and the guidance provided by local, provincial, federal agencies as well as our rowing organizations Row Ontario (RO) and Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA).

Our athletes continue to practice as we wait for information on regattas which are sanctioned by Rowing Canada through Row Ontario. All members, including juniors are required to follow the safety protocols as outlined by ARC.

The most important element of ARC’s safety protocols is the Access Card/Tag. Every member must have their own, as it is used  (a) to confirm that they have taken a self-administered health screening prior to coming to the Club and are displaying no COVID-19 symptoms and (b) for contact tracing, if necessary.

Practice times are Monday - Friday (3:30 - 6:00 PM) and Saturdays (10:00 AM-2:00 PM). 

We are very lucky to have Killian O’Shea, Erich Schultze, Sara McGuigan, Megan Haley, Mike Ostrowski, Bob Blunt, and Graham Bolton to assist with coaching this season. This team has many years of high-level rowing and coaching experience, and will challenge each and every one of you to push yourselves every day.

Please remember that this is a competitive program. Unlike sports such as hockey or soccer, there are very few competitions as compared to practices. As a result, rowers train year-round for only a handful of competitions. If athletes and crews wish to do well at competitions, they must attend practice. For crew boats, every member of a crew must be present for practices and regattas to ensure that the entire team may practice and compete.

Because of this, we require athletes to let us know as far in advance as possible if they will need to miss practice (understanding that unexpected emergencies do occur), and to inform the Head Junior Coach via email or phone if they are running late (which will not become a habit of any rower!).


During these unprecedented times, our athletes continued to train creatively indoors, attended zoom sessions to motivate each other and stayed on top of training.  As the province slowly began to re-open in stages, we also began on-water training with singles and same-household doubles. We remain hopeful that after the Stay at Home order from the provincial government, when Toronto is again allowed to re-open, that we will be able to get back on the water at our usual time at the end of march.

Stay tuned as we carefully re-open in stages.    

Whenever you need to contact me or have any questions, I am reachable at the following:

250 812 6488

Connor Elsdon

ARC Junior team Full-Value Contract

With the goal of being the best team we can possibly be, the ARC juniors, coaches, and volunteers have collaborated to create this contract. We agree to be:

Supportive & Cooperative, by:

Driven, by:

Positive & Joyful, by:

Honest & Encouraging, by:

Inclusive and Friendly, by:

Respectful & Courageous, by:

Safe & Reliable, by:

COVID-19 Procedures 

All members must follow the strict zero-tolerance COVID-19 Policies. 

As of June 24, 2020, Members must scan their Access Card/Tag at the parking lot gate, and by doing so are explicitly acknowledging that they are answering “NO” to all of the questions on the Health Assessment, and that you accept the inherent risks of doing so, if you are in the at risk* population.  This is a Toronto Public Health and RCA/RO strict requirement to ensure we keep COVID out of ARC. 


We offer both a Development and a Performance rowing program, detailed below.

Development Group:

Performance Group:


The ARC membership fee covers training and program costs.  Regattas are billed separately. The cost of entry fees for races are determined by crews that each individual athlete is a part of, and the number of races that each of these crews have been entered into. In addition to the entry fee, there will be a per race seat fee that will be charged by Rowing Canada based on the number of races an individual athlete participates in. There is also a trailering fee charged by the Club to cover the costs of transporting boats and other equipment to the regattas.  

All applicable entry, seat and trailer fees must be paid for prior to the regatta date. Regattas bill the Club for the entries and seat fees. Once entries have been submitted and paid by the club, a reminder email will be sent to everyone who is racing at that regatta and all outstanding fees will be listed on that particular regatta’s page on the Argonaut website.  An example is at the following address:

Outstanding entry fees will be listed by athlete’s name and can be paid by credit card following the instructions on each regatta information page.  An example with the process and the club’s entry fees policies is below:

  1. Go to the Argo store; look for the regatta name and put in the amount you owe. Put your name/info in the comments section.

Estimated Program Fees

Please keep in mind that due to local, provincial, and federal regulations, many of these events may be cancelled. We will provide updates on the status of competitions whenever we are able.

Our program is subsidized by the club and we are proud to be able to offer high-level junior training at a reasonable cost. That said, rowing can be expensive, especially when travelling to top-level races or taking a fully-supported Spring training trip. Below is a rough outline of the costs associated with the competitive program:





Membership Fee

Covers coaching, access to equipment and facilities for the entire year (April-March). You must register and pay each year.

Mandatory for all groups

$1,149 Due April 1, 2021

Rowing Canada (RCA) registration

You must register in RCA each year. Your RCA and Row Ontario fees are included in your ARC membership fees. These fees cover insurance to be on the water.  

Mandatory for all groups

(included in above)

Spring Training Trip

The 2021 Spring Training Camp is being planned as a one week, in-house camp featuring guest coaches and speakers.

In non-COVID-19 times, our Spring Camp is held in Florida.

Encouraged for performance group and development athletes thinking about moving to performance

Approximately $250

Spring Racing (Excluding CSSRA)

Covers regatta, seat and trailer fees for Mother’s Day Regatta, SNI and WOSSA

Performance Group. Novice groups may race at WOSSA only and would pay ¼ of this amount.




Approximate cost of hotel for the weekend, trailer fees, and regatta fees

Top performance group athletes at eligible schools.



Summer Racing Fees (Excluding Henley)

Covers regatta and trailer fees for Dominion Day Regatta, Two CORA Regattas, and Ontario Championships

Performance Group.



Henley Fees

Approximate cost of hotel for the week, trailer fees, and regatta and seat fees

Performance Group.



Fall Racing Fees

Covers regatta, seat and trailer fees for Muskoka Fall Regatta, Head of the Welland, and Head of the Trent

Performance group. Novice group may race at Muskoka Fall Classic Regatta



Head of the Charles  (HOCR) Fees

Covers flights, hotel, boat transportation, regatta fees in Boston, MA.

10 Athletes from the performance group, result of competitive selection process.



Head of the Schuylkill  (HOSR) Fees

Covers transportation, hotel, regatta fees, in Philadelphia, PA.

Performance Group. HOCR athletes generally do not attend.

Approximately $700


Racing occurs at both regattas and in competitive practices. For the Performance group, racing is why we train. We train our technical abilities, our physiology, and our mentality toward achieving our best performance when it is time to race.

Despite the nervousness and pressure that surrounds racing, it is a simple act. Technique during a race is no different from what we practice every day and hone during technical steady-state rows. To be nervous for a race is a good sign; it suggests that your body is prepared and ready to perform at its optimal capacity. All of your work, from technical rows to high-intensity competitive practices, is designed to improve your racing performance by training your physiology for maximal aerobic and anaerobic output. Here are three general points that summarize the racing experience and should guide your outlook on racing:

  1. Racing is uncomfortable to the body and challenging for your mind. It is hard work! Every competitor has a breaking point at which they’ll ease off and concede defeat, so the longer you are willing to push yourself, the better your chances will be at defeating your competitors.

  1. No-one, in a practice or at a regatta, will concede you an inch. Every seat you take on a competitor is one that you and your teammates must earn. Be bold and aggressive when you race! We know that youll find that racing aggressively is SO. MUCH. FUN.

  1. Be honest with yourself, and by extension your crewmates. It is difficult to truly “leave it all on the water” but the satisfaction that comes with such a complete effort is the best part of this sport. Be honest with your performance, and diligent with your training, and you will experience the highest level of satisfaction and camaraderie possible in sport (not to mention, you might win some hardware!).


The Week Leading Up to the Regatta

During the Regatta