Rules and regulations

Interpretation of Rules

The meaning and application of these rules will be determined solely by the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Race Committee. All deliberations and decisions by the Race Committee will be secret, arbitrary, and final. By registering for an event, all competitors agree to abide by the Race Committee’s decisions as final. No whining allowed.

● Rowers must compete under their own names. Use of a pseudonym or other false identification will lead to disqualification and a possible lifetime ban from participation in future C.R.A.S.H.-B. events. In addition, entrants are not permitted to compete in place of friends or teammates. There are no entry substitutions for liability reasons. Late entrants may register via the Bullpen (limited, day-of-competition registration).

● All competitors must wear shirt to cover torso and shorts while on the event floor, including the Bullpen area. Uni-suits, bodysuits, all-in-ones are also allowed.


● Rowers may set the drag factor BEFORE their races begin, but may not adjust the setting during the race itself. Doing so will lead to disqualification.  This is the Charley Butt Rule.

● Due to safety concerns, we strongly discourage the use of headphones during the competition.

● Competitors and spectators are not allowed to bring food into the arena. Additionally, food consumption is NOT allowed on the competition floor.

● C.R.A.S.H.-B. volunteers serve as coxswains and will record scores manually as backup to the computer timing. All competitors must check-in with the C.R.A.S.H.-B. volunteer at their particular erg with an Athlete Registration Card (ARC) to confirm heat and erg assignments.

● All competitors will row on Concept2 Model D Ergometers with PM 4 monitors.

● Qualification times are NOT required to compete in the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints. The event is open to all competitors regardless of experience/skill levels. If you are a competitive rower and wish to earn a sponsored trip from Concept2, please click here for qualifying time information.

● The format for the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints is “finals only.” Competitors will be seeded based upon their submitted erg scores and row only once – there are no heats. Keep in mind that many events are large enough to require multiple heats to accommodate all athletes. The best overall time will win each event.

● Competitors who choose to compete in more than one event at the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints do so at their own peril. All events entered by a single athlete must be completed for any result to count.  If an entrant does not show (or complete said event) for the first event s/he entered, s/he will be scratched from all subsequent events. An entrant who does not show (or complete) for a subsequent event having completed a prior event, will have her/his prior result nullified. In the case of an entrant who is competing in both a lightweight and a heavyweight event who fails to weigh in prior to a lightweight event, please refer to the Weigh-in page for the rules specifically associated with Weigh-ins particularly when to weigh-in, weigh-in attire, and what happens when an entrant does not weigh in.

● Hammers will be awarded to the winner of each category raced as determined by classification of age, weight, and gender.  Special recognition medals will be presented to the top US Collegiate finisher in the following categories – Heavyweight Men, Heavyweight Women, Lightweight Men, and Lightweight Women. Competitors are only eligible to win a prize for the event in which they are entered.

● Please note that there are no refunds for this event. All entry fees must be paid in full before race day to ensure your spot. Competitors whose fees have not been received in advance of race day will be removed from the regatta entry list.

Event Classifications for 2014

  • Open - No age restrictions
  • Heavyweight - No weight restrictions
  • Lightweight – Men – 165 lbs max, Women – 135 lbs max

(There is a Lightweight Division for Open, U23, Junior, Master, Senior, and Veteran events.)

  • Under-23 – Restricted to entrants born on or after January 1, 1992.  U23 age is calculated based on calendar year.
  • Junior – Restricted to entrants in high school (or lower grade) born on or after January 1, 1996, i.e. students who will not turn 19 at any point in 2014. Junior age is calculated based on calendar year.

(Note: High school students ineligible by their birth date for the Junior events will race in the Junior heats, but their times will be designated as High School competitors ranked within the Under-23/Open results. This will not adversely effect college recruiting status.)

  • Youth – Restricted to entrants who are at least 12 years old but not yet 14 years old on race day(Birthday falls between 2/17/2000 and 2/15/2002).  Due to insurance stipulations, no competitor may be under the age of 12 on the actual race day (February 16, 2014).  Youth entrants will race 4′, with winners determined by the most meters rowed.
  • All entrants must be 12 or older on race day – no exceptions.
  • Master 30-39 – no handcapping, age is determined as of the actual race day (February 16, 2014).
  • Senior 40-49 – no handcapping, age is determined as of the actual race day (February 16, 2014).
  • Veteran 50+ – no handicapping, grouped in five-year age categories based on age as of the actual race day (February 16, 2014).
  • Adaptive (all events are self-classified) – see below

For more information on Adaptive athletes and Adaptive competition at the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints, please go to our page:  Adaptive Information.

Open – Men/Women, no age restrictions.





Junior – Men/Women, restricted to entrants born on or after January 1, 1996.