Erg Rodeo

  • Hosted By: Texas Crew
  • 2016 Registered Regatta

Erg Rodeo 2013 Rules and Procedures


Health & Safety

Texas Crew has hired two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to serve the needs of any individuals who may experience an emergency during raceday. If any competitor has a pre-existing condition that may be a cause for concern, please notify the EMTs before you race.


All competitors need to arrive at least an hour and a half early to register and warm-up for their individual races. Check-in for the first event will begin one hour before the first race. The first race will begin at 8:00a.m. Please note that you must register online this year and there will be no same-day registration.You must check in for your event at least one hour prior to the scheduled time. Athletes who check in later than one hour before their event maybe able to race in that event, or a later scheduled event, but will not be eligible for a trophy or buckle.

Class Divisions

Novice Events: Restricted to first-year rowers

Lightweight Events:Restricted to competitors who have verified their weight on race day atthe weigh-in table beginning at 7a.m. Weight Restrictions: Men: 165 lbs. Women:135 lbs

Coxswain Event: Restricted to coxswains. There are no age or weight restrictions

Junior Events: Restricted to competitors enrolled in grades 6-12

Open Events: No age restrictions and includes collegiate events.

Masters Events - Restricted to appropriate age category.


Adaptive Events-Participants must enter into the LTA (Leg, Trunk, and Arms) category.They must provide their own specific adaptations for access to the erg(including seating if you require a fixed seat). They can also have one assistant present at the race to assist with transferring to and from the erg if needed. The distance for the adaptive category is 1000 m.

Special  Olympics Events-Participants must have an assistant present at the race to assist inany required adaptations to the erg. The distance for the SpecialOlympics category is 1000 m.

All individual events (excluding Adaptive and Special Olympics) are 2000meters and all times listed are approximate. In events requiring multiple heats, we will attempt to group competitors from slowest to fastest, in ascending order, based on entry-form predicted times. All competitors will pull only once, unless competing in the relay event, and racing should conclude no later than 2:30PM. Please plan to arrive at least an hour and a half before your event so that check-in, warm-ups, and racing can all run smoothly. There will be two calls for the start of each heat: a 20-minute warning followed by a 10-minute warning.

Mixed Open 8+Relays:

Relays will be 8500 meters long, with 8 rowers each responsible for 1000 meters and 1 coxswain rowing 500 meters. Each team will use one ergometer and a total time will be taken (including rower switches). Participation is free to anyone entered in other Erg Rodeo events. There are no age or weight limits; however, a true coxswain is required. Teams must have 9 members: 8 rowers (at least 4 of whom must be women) and 1 coxswain.

Lightweight Weigh-In:

Lightweights must weigh-in on race day at least one hour before their scheduled start time, and we recommend that you arrive at least an hour an a half before your race to ensure that you have time for check-ins, weigh-ins, and warm-up. You must check in before weigh-ins. Competitors who do not make weight will be placed in the appropriate heavy weight category.


Event times are approximate and the schedule is subject to change. The schedule as printed on race day is the best estimate of when an event will begin. Rowers and coaches must allow sufficient time in advance of the scheduled event to accommodate any adjustments in timing that may be required. As event registrations (numbers of rowers) dictate, it is also possible that more than one event will be conducted at the sametime. The rower's cooperation is always appreciated.

Awards and Prizes

The Coveted Trophy Buckles will be awarded to the male and female winners in the following events: Fastest Overall Men's and Women's Masters, AllOpen/Collegiate Events, Male and Female Coxswains, Fastest Overall Men and Women Adaptive Events, Fastest Overall Men and Women Special Olympics, and Fastest Overall Men's and Women's Juniors. In the casethat belt buckles aren't available due to personalization, all winnerswill be mailed their belt buckles. Trophies will be awarded to winners in those events not eligible for buckles. If an athlete wins the 'overall' award for their category, and a buckle, they will not be eligible for a trophy.

Interpretation of Rules

The meaning and application of this information will be determined solelyby the Erg Rodeo Planning Committee and all decisions will be final. Schedules will be updated, as needed, based on entries.