The Youth Olympic Games is held every four years with the inaugural event taking place in Singapore in 2010. Four boat classes are raced - the men's and women's single sculls and the men's and women's pair. A total of 96 athletes can compete with qualification regattas and a country quota system used to determine the athletes that can participate. The main qualification regatta is the World Rowing Junior Championships that take place in the year before the YOG. There are also continental qualification regattas for Asia, Africa and Latin America.
To row at the YOG athletes must be 17 or 18 years old.