Metropolitan Youth Speed Order

  • Hosted By: Kearny High School
  • 2016 Registered Regatta

Passaic River, Kearny, NJ


Regatta Information

Date -Saturday, April 11

Location – Kearny Boathouse, Kearny, NJ

This is a USRowing registered regatta.

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1. Competitors may enter and compete in only one event.

2. Eligibility is assigned to students in their freshman through senior years (9th through 12th grades). Each athlete has four consecutive years of eligibility beginning with entry into the freshman year (9th grade).

3. Junior events are restricted to competitors in the junior year (11th grade) or lower

4. All competitors in Boys Freshman Eight and Girls Freshman Eight, must be high school freshman, 9th graders.


Weight Categories

• Lightweight boys shall weigh no more than 150 lbs.

• Lightweight girls shall weigh no more than 130 lbs.

• No weight averaging is required.



- Weigh-ins will be held as follows:

• Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Kearny Boathouse

• Athletes must be within two pounds of the required weight on the first try or they will not be allowed to weigh in again. If they are within two pounds they are allowed to return one additional time.

• Crews must weigh in wearing racing uniforms, and no weight allowance will be permitted. All members of a boat must be present.

• Coxswains will be weighed in for informational purposes only.  Coxswains will not be required to carry additional weight.


Registering for the Metropolitan Youth Speed Order:

• All entries must be made on Regatta Central

Entry Deadline - Entries are due no later than April 3, 2015 @ 11:59pm EDT

• Waivers - All waivers must be completed on-line at Regatta Central. Once completed, the on-line waiver applies to ALL USRowing registered regattas in 2015

No competitor will be allowed to race without a signed waiver on file.



• Check-In will be held on the morning of the regatta, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Kearny Boathouse

• All crews MUST check-in during the given time frame and be represented at the Coaches/Coxswain meeting.

• Entry information for each school will be provided in a team packet at the time of registration. The coach or team representative should check and verify the entries and boats for his/her school. All substitutions and scratches must be reported at check-in.


Coaches and Coxswains Meeting

• A meeting for all coaches, coxswains, single scullers, and bowmen/women will be held Saturday morning at 7:00a.m. at the Kearny Boathouse.  All crews will be responsible for the information delivered at the meeting.



USRowing organizational membership

USRowing requires all participating organizations at registered regattas to be USRowing members.


Substitutions - A crew other than a single scull may substitute up to one-half of its rowers, as well as the coxswain.


The Course - All events will be 1500 meters


USRowing Rules of Rowing will be used.


Number of entries determines medals:

· minimum 2 entries - gold medal

· minimum 4 entries - gold and silver medals

· minimum 6 entries - gold, silver and bronze medals


Races will not be delayed for crews that are late to the start for any reason. Crews must start in the order assigned for the speed order.


Here are the guidelines for the speed order:


Speed Order


• All crews must have their assigned number securely fastened to the bow of their shell

• All crews will row down lane 2

• 30 seconds between boats

• Overtaken boats must yield to overtaking boat or be excluded.

• A boat is deemed to be overtaking if it is within one length of open water.

• Any crew crossing the course during time trials will be excluded, unless permitted by a race official when launching off the dock.


The Start


• Upon arriving at the starting line, the marshals will direct you either into the chute for your race or to the warm-up area.

• It is your responsibility to be in numerical order, staying behind the numbers lower than yours and ahead of the numbers higher.

• Every effort will be made by the marshals to send crews down the chutes in ascending numerical order, but this can only be accomplished with your cooperation.

• When directed into the chutes, proceed quickly and safely.

• Crews shall be responsible for maintaining their proper order at the start, for maintaining the proper interval between it and the other crews in the chutes, and for staying within the chutes as they approach the starting line.

• Crews not maintaining their proper position may be delayed, moved to the end of the starting order, penalized, or excluded.

• The starter will tell you that you are approaching the starting line. You should increase pressure and cross the line at full pressure.

• Stay in lane 2 for the entire race course except for broken equipment or to yield to an overtaking boat.



o A crew is deemed to be overtaking another crew when it has moved to within one length of open water of the crew ahead.

o A crew being overtaken shall yield to allow the overtaking crew to pass.

o Any crew failing to yield to an overtaking crew will be assessed a 30 sec penalty.

• Course marshals will give instructions as set forth in the US Rowing Rules of Rowing. Should it be necessary to exclude a crew during a race, the marshal will raise a white flag and order the offending crew to "stop". A crew so ordered shall quickly move out of its lane so as not to interfere with any other crew.


Bow Markers - Bow numbers will be provided.  No shell may race without a bow number.


Bow Balls - No shell may launch without a bow ball.


Unsportsmanlike Conduct - The crew of any competitor caught stealing or engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct will, at the discretion of the Regatta Committee, be disqualified.


Home team volunteers:

We ask if all home teams could please provide approx. 5 volunteers, a launch and driver.  Gas will be taken care of by the MYSO LOC.