Event Definitions

Updated September 23rd, changes shown in red.
The complete rules of racing can be found here.

Championship

Championship events are open to all collegiate and club teams. Please see “College & Club” below for crews/rowers that must enter Championship events.

College & Club

College and Club events are open to all collegiate and club rowing programs with the following restrictions:

NOTE: These restrictions do not apply to novice or lightweight College and Club events.

  • Programs with NCAA division I, II, or III status.
  • Boats containing any rower who, in the current calendar year, finished in the top 6 places in any national team trials, national or international championships (e.g., FISA World Cup), NCAA Championships (all divisions), or IRA National Championship.
  • Boats containing any rower who, in the current or preceding four calendar years, competed at the FISA World Championships or Olympic games.
  • Boats containing any rower who, in the current or preceding eight calendar years, finished in the top three places at the FISA World Championships or Olympic games.

If your club or one of your rowers falls into one of these categories, they cannot enter any College and Club event and must enter a Championship or Open event.

Additionally, programs that, for the corresponding event:

  • Finished in the top 6 places in the preceding year’s Head of the Charles
  • Finished in the top 3 places in the preceding year’s Head of the Schuylkill, Head of the Fish, or Head of the Hooch

Must place their ‘A’ boat (first entry) into the Championship event before registering/applying for the College & Club event. For example, a crew that medals in the College & Club 8+, will need to register their ‘A’ boat for the Championship 8+ the following year. If they have a ‘B’ boat or lesser, those entries can be placed in the College & Club 8+ or Championship 8+. Crews registered for both events and found to be rowing their ‘A’ boat in the College & Club event risk disqualification.

Open Events

Open events are open to all rowers and coxswains who have attained or will attain the age of 19 in the current calendar year. All open events have no handicap or weight limit.

Youth Events

Only rowers and coxswains who are classified as a “junior” by USRowing definition may enter Head of the Hooch events labeled “Youth”, “Youth Lightweight”, “Youth Novice”, or the Parent/Child 2x events with no exceptions. These rowers may not enter any other events.

USRowing defines a junior as: “A Junior is a competitor who in the current calendar year does not attain the age of 19, or who is and has been continuously enrolled in secondary school as a full-time student seeking a diploma. A competitor thus ceases to be a Junior after December 31 of the year of his or her 18th birthday, or of the year in which he or she completes the 12th grade of secondary school, having been a full-time student, whichever is later. “

A youth rower or coxswain entering any other events will have their entries scratched and jeopardizes their future collegiate athletic eligibility per NCAA rule 13.11.1.2.

Masters Events

Per USRowing rules, Masters Events are limited to competitors who have attained or will attain the age of 21 during the current calendar year. A competitor’s age is determined as of December 31 of the current calendar year, rounded down to the highest contained integer. A competitor thus becomes a Master on January 1 of the year of his or her 21st birthday. A Masters crew shall be comprised exclusively of Masters rowers, but the coxswain need not be a Master.

Handicap and other information can be found on the Rules of Racing page.

Alumni Events

Alumni are rowing on behalf of and represent their Alma mater. At least ¾ of the rowers must be graduates from the intuition they represent. All crews will be considered masters and the Hooch masters handicap system will apply.  Alumni boats do not earn team points.

Parent/Child 2x

All entries in the Parent/Child 2x shall be comprised of two rowers, an adult masters rower and their son or daughter. The “child” can be of any age. Entries can be mixed or of the same gender. The standard Masters handicap shall apply to this event.

Novice Events

Novice events are limited rowers who have been competing for one year or less as of the first Regatta Day. Experience in sculling events does not count as experience in sweep events and vice versa.

Lightweight Events

The following weight limits apply per USRowing rules:

  • Male Youth Rowers will have a maximum weight of 150 lbs
  • Male Open and Masters Rowers will have a maximum weight of 160 lbs
  • Female Rowers in all age groups will have a maximum weight of 130 lbs

There will be no boat weight averaging for lightweights of either gender. The complete weigh-in process can be found on the Rules of Racing page.

Coxswains

Coxswains who are defined by USRowing rules as a “junior” (rule above under Youth) are limited to Head of the Hooch events labeled “Youth”, “Youth Lightweight”, or “Youth Novice” with no exceptions. However, they are not bound by the rules defining a Youth Novice. For example, a Youth Varsity rower may cox a Youth Novice boat if they desire.

Masters and Colligate coxswains are not subject to any restrictions, and may cox a boat of any age category, skill level or gender. However, they are not permitted to cox any Youth boats.

Additionally, there will be no weight requirements for coxswains.

Gender & Mixed Events

Men’s events are for male scullers and rowers only. Women’s events are for female scullers and rowers only. Coxswains may be of either gender.

Mixed crews shall not be comprised of more than 75% of men or women. Coxswains may be of either gender.

Composite Entries

Composite Boats must meet the following requirements:

  • 8+ entries cannot contain more than 4 members of the same club, not including the coxswain
  • 4x/4+/4- entries cannot contain more than 2 members of the same club, not including the coxswain
  • 2x/2- entries cannot contain 2 members of the same club

Note: Rowers may only enter under the Hooch under one club name.