Entry & Registration


All individual and team entries will occur virtually through an online registration portal. Unaffiliated individual entrants are encouraged to join a recognized ACA Paddle America Club but will be permitted to enter as Unaffiliated through the online registration portal. The online registration portal is expected to open in late June and close on July 31.

Entry Fee

As determined by the ACA, the Sprint National Championships event entry fee is $250 per athlete regardless of the number of events entered. Entry fees are non-refundable.

The RIVERSPORT Foundation seeks to assure that no person is deprived of the opportunity to compete for want of financial means. Limited need-based financial aid funds to help defray the costs of the ACA Sprint National Championships event entry fees are available by application.


The American Canoe Association is the sanctioning body of the ACA Sprint National Championships. The ACA Sprint National Championships is open to current American Canoe Association competition members who are United States citizens, United States permanent residents, or holders of current United States work visas.

Eligible athletes are permitted to represent current ACA Paddle America Clubs, or compete as Unaffiliated.

International Competitors may enter but shall be subject to the progression rules for International Competitors.

For the purposes of eligibility to enter ACA Sprint National Championships, all participants must have a current competition membership through August 25, 2021.

Team Leader & Scratch Meeting

The ACA Sprint National Championships Team Leader & Scratch meeting will be held virtually and/or in-person on Friday, August 20 at 10 a.m. in the Devon Boathouse. NOTE: only scratches and competitor substitutions will be allowed.

The ACA Sprint National Championships Team Leader & Scratch meeting is open to current ACA Paddle America Club coaches and team leaders.

No later than seven (7) days prior to the first day of competition a virtual pre-scratch meeting will be held with a member of the Competition Committee to resolve entry issues and to complete any unresolved team boats.

A revised draft order of events which will include the names of the competitors in each event, distributed into heats or finals, will be sent to each team leader/coach at least five (5) days prior to the first day of competition.