Rules and Race Notes

  • Athlete Classification and Eligibility

    • Novice: Open to high school age athletes who began rowing after the last day of the 2021 school year.  

      - NOTE: The phrase ‘began rowing’ is defined by the time that athlete began rowing and  NOT by the first year that athlete competed in a race.
    • Freshmen: Any rower that is in 9th grade OR younger.
    • Middle School: Any rower that is in 8th grade or below.
    • 1V: The top level of a juniors event.
    • 2V: The 2nd boat of a juniors event. Please note, if you want to row your only entry as a 2V (i.e., “you want to row your boat with ‘like’ speed),
      1) you must receive prior permission from the Regatta Director and
      2) you must row exhibition. Exhibition entries are not eligible for medals/awards.
    • Junior: Open to athletes except Seniors (those in 12th grade). 

      Note: There is no requirement for a Varsity 8+/4+ to enter a Junior 8+/4+. 

    • U17: Open to athletes 16 years of age and younger. - Athletes already 16 years of age CANNOT turn 17 within the 2022 calendar year.
    • U16: Open to athletes 15 years of age and younger.  - Athletes already 15 years of age CANNOT turn 16 within the 2022 calendar year.
    • U15: Open to athletes 14 years of age and younger.  - Athletes already 14 years of age CANNOT turn 15 within the 2022 calendar year
  • Rules of Racing

    Follow instructions from the Starting Line Marshall and Officials.  If the day is windy, getting everyone lined up is very difficult.  It also makes it more difficult to hear words from the launch.  If it is cold, try to keep your crews moving as much as possible. (It will be very cold in the mornings – make sure they all DRESS WARMLY). They simply need you to comply and help get things organized. 

    Coach’s & Coxswains Meetings

    • C&C Meeting will be on Zoom this year. The meeting will be recorded and posted here following.


    • Events are called to the dock 40 minutes before your race.  For the larger events, please note that we will call in 20-25 boat increments.  This helps ensure that the boats arrive at the start more in bow # order. 
    • Come to the dock as you are called. If there is a boat with a bow number before yours, allow them to dock out first. 
    • Have oars down to the docks before you get hands-on the boat.
    • Have oarlocks undone, have a secure bow ball, make sure your heel-ties are in place.
    • Keep ALL unnecessary people out of the docking area.  NO parents, friends, etc.  Just 1 coach and the lineup.
    • Have your shoe bag ready/filled so your coach can take it with him/her back to the trailer.  Nothing stays on the docks. 
    • Know which dock you are coming BACK to once the race is over (either Lee’s Park or the State Boat Launch).
    • Crews should approach the docks, following the traffic pattern for their assigned launch area, bow first.
    • Athletes must check-in with the dock master. Here, heel ties and bow balls will be checked.
    • Once the shell is in the water, crews have 60 seconds to push away from the docks.
    • Coxswain or Stroke Seat should have an accurate watch & know their bow number, race time, and race event. It’s the athlete’s responsibility to be lined-up by bow number in the race lane approaching the start as you get closer to your event time.

    Warming Up

    • Boats may NEVER be within the buoyed lanes while heading to the Start. 
    • Be careful going around the S-Turn, hold tight to shore careful not to cross over buoys into racing lane. 
    • Beyond the start and marshal area the center lane is not buoyed. Please be careful and follow the right hand rule if you are warming up beyond the start shoot. 
Head of the Fish  -  October 28-29, 2023
Saratoga, NY