STARS & STRIPES
USRowing Central Masters Regional Championship | June 24, 2023
RIVERSPORT Chesapeake Boathouse
725 S. Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City
The Stars and Stripes USRowing Central Masters Regional Championship will be held on Saturday, June 24, on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City, OK. All races are 930 meters.
For race results from the 2023 event, click here.
We are offering masters events in our OGE NightSprints racing this year! This 500m sprint will be open to Mens and Women Masters 1x events and Masters mixed 2x event. The first five entries are guaranteed entries. All others will be waitlisted.
Please read this packet completely as it includes information regarding last years entries, rules, events, and the venue.
Important Dates and Deadlines
- May 15 – Registration opens on Regatta Central at 12:00 PM CDT.
- May 22 – Night sprints registration opens on Regatta Central 12:00 PM CDT.
- June 11 – Online registration closes on Regatta Central at or before midnight (CDT). Line-ups due on Regatta Central at or before midnight (CDT)
- June 12 – Late registration opens on Regatta Central at 12:00 pm (Noon) CDT
- June 18 – Online late registration closes on Regatta Central at midnight (CDT).
- June 21 – Initial race schedule posted.
- June 23 – Final race schedule posted. Heat sheets posted.
- June 23 – Venue opens for trailer parking and staging.
- June 20 – 7:00 pm Coaches, Coxswains, Bow Seats, and Singles Meeting will be virtual. All participating rowers will be responsible for any information discussed in the meeting.
- June 23 – Practice Row opens 1-5:30PM
- All Masters and Open rowing category participants. Juniors are not eligible.
Coaches, Coxswains and Bow Seat Meeting:
June 20 – 7:00 pm Virtual – Coaches, Coxswains, Bow Seats, and Single Meeting will be virtual. All participating rowers will be responsible for any information discussed in the meeting.
All entries should be submitted through Regatta Central at www.regrattacentral.com . No paper entries will be accepted for this event. Registration will open May 15, 2023, at midnight (CDT). No refunds will be given after midnight June 11.
Friday June 23 • 4:30-7:30 PM
Saturday June 24 • Opens at 6:30AM
Registration will be located at the Finish Line Tower 1st Floor.
To complete registration, all crews and athletes must check in at the registration desk. Your USRowing Membership and waiver must be compliant, and all fees must be paid to receive an athlete wristband. You will not be allowed to launch without an athlete wrist
- All U.S. based organizations must hold active organizational membership with USRowing. Organizations can join or renew at https://membership.usrowing.org or by contacting Member Services at (609) 751- 0706.
- Individual competitors must hold Championship Membership, have a signed waiver and member agreement on file digitally with USRowing. All athletes 18+ must complete the SafeSport training-Abuse Prevention for Adult Athletes.
- Individual competitors can join USRowing at https://membership.usrowing.org/individual/join or by contacting the Member Services (609) 751-0700.
- Competitors can renew an expired membership and/or check their current membership status by logging in to their member profile at https://membership.usrowing.org/individual/login.
- To avoid delays at registration, teams should ensure all competitors have met these membership requirements prior to arriving at the event. A current listing of your athletes, their member numbers, and expiration dates can be found on the online team roster through the USRowing Membership Portal at https://membership.usrowing.org.
All rowers and coxswains must have a signed USRowing Waiver. https://membership.usrowing.org/
Competitors rowing as “Unaffiliated” must be Championship level members. Competitors rowing for USRowing registered clubs do not need to be Championship members.
Member safety and well-being are priorities for USRowing, and education is critical to prevent the harm that misconduct causes our members. In partnership with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, USRowing provides training on how to identify and prevent the various forms of misconduct. Effective January 1, 2023, all Relevant Adult Participants are required to take SafeSport training on an annual basis. If a relevant adult participant’s SafeSport training is not completed prior to attending a regatta, the participant will not be allowed to participate.
As a member organization of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), USRowing, its employees, contractors, volunteers, officials, board members, committee members and other designees, members and organizational members (collectively, “Participants”) are required to comply with the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
As a registered participant in a USRowing event, you are required to adhere to the USRowing Safe Sport Policy Manual Approved MAAPP 12.16.22 USRowing (PDF) – USRowing for the duration of the event. Additionally, reporting misconduct is vital to protecting athletes and preventing further incidents. Sexual Misconduct must be reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport at https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern. To report other forms of misconduct, including violations of the Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies, refer to the reporting protocols, including how to report a violation USRowing Misconduct Incident Report – USRowing.
IMPORTANT: All relevant adult participants (defined here Safe Sport – USRowing ) must complete SafeSport training and be in good standing by the lineup entry deadline. If this is not the case, the relevant adult participant will not be eligible to participate and will not be allowed to be on site.
Will be accepted up to one hour prior to the event with a $5.00 fee per scratch. Scratch forms are available, and payment made at the registration desk. NO SHOWS to an event will be charged $10.00.
Stars and Stripes will follow the 2023 Rules of Rowing. All rowers, coxswains and coaches should be familiar with these rules, which may be found here: http://www.usrowing.org/rules-of-rowing/
- Boats will be checked for bowballs (must be affixed and not loose) and heel ties) no more than 3-inch heel lift)
- Every boat must have a bow number. You must provide your own bow number(s).
- No coxswain weigh-ins.
- Objections must be lodged with a referee on the water at the finish. Written objections must be submitted within one hour of the event race time. Submit the written objection along with $50 to the chief referee. Objection forms can be picked up at the Registration Desk.
The following rules will be waived for this event:
- Rule 3-202 Oars and Uniform throughout the crew.
- Rule 3-104 Minimum weight of Boats. (No boat weigh ins.)
- Coxswain weigh-ins. (No coxswain weigh-ins.)
- Master- A master is a competitor who has 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 nearest whole number. Thus, a competitor becomes a master on January 1st of the year of his or her 21st birthday. A masters crew shall be comprised exclusively of master’s rowers, but the coxswain need not be a master.
- Open- Any Master, Collegiate or High-Performance rower may participate. No Juniors may compete in Open categories to protect their collegiate eligibility.
- Mixed Events- A crew competing in a mixed event must be 50% male and 50% female, not including coxswain. A female rower shall not compete in events for men, and a male rower shall not compete in events for women.
- Novice- A rower competing in this event must be new to rowing within the past 12 months. Sculling and sweep rowing are separate categories. If you are experienced in sweep but new to sculling, you may row in the novice 1x category.
- Open Gender- USRowing definition is as follows: The intention behind this event is to create space for nonbinary athletes to compete if they wish to compete in a category outside of binary events. We expect that entire boats of men and women will race in their respective categories to preserve that intention. At least half of the rowers in the boat should identify as non-binary.
- PR3-V1– Athlete with full use of arms, trunk and legs but are permanently visually impaired with reduced or no vision.
- Inclusion E
event- 50% Para eligible / 50% not Para eligible
- Coxswains- Coxswains may cox in any boat, regardless of being male or female. Coxswains should also adhere to the 40-minute hot seating rule.
Order of Events
- The schedule of races and flights will be determined based on the number of entries at the close of registration. Events with no entries at the close of registration are subject to elimination. Events with one entry may be scheduled to race with another event but shall be awarded separately within their own categories and within the medals / awards rule.
- Event age categories will be broken down into flights once registration closes and the number of entries is determined.
The age category of a Masters crew shall be determined by the average age of the rowers in the crew, rounded to the nearest whole number. The age of a coxswain shall not be counted. The ages of individual rowers need not fall within the age category, so long as each rower is a master, and so long as the average age of the crew falls within the applicable category.
Individuals whose age places them in AA (21-26) may now compete in any age category where the average age of the boat falls within that specific category.
A Masters crew may compete in a younger category but not in an older category.
If there is more than one entry in a specific age category, no handicap shall be used.
|Saturday June 24|
|Womens Masters 1x PR3-VI , Guided|
|Mens Masters 8+|
|Womens Masters 1x|
|Womens Open 1x|
|Womens Novice 1x|
|Mens Masters 1x|
|Mens Open 1x|
|Mens Novice 1x|
|Womens Masters 2x|
|Womens Masters 2-|
|Womens Open 2x|
|Mens Masters 2-|
|Mens Masters 2x|
|Mens Open 2x|
|Womens Masters 4+|
|Open Gender 2x|
|Mixed Masters 2x|
|Mixed Open 2x|
|Mens Masters 4+|
|Womens Open 4+|
|Mixed Masters 4x|
|Mixed Open 4x|
|Mens Open 4+|
|Womens Masters 4x|
|Womens Open 4x|
|Mens Masters 4x|
|Mens Open 4x|
|Women’s Masters 8+|
|Womens Open 8+|
|Mens Open 8+|
|Mixed Masters 8+|
All results will be posted online at Stars & Stripes River Festival – Riversport OKC and at RegattaCentral after racing. Results, once made official, will also be posted under the Lincoln bridge during the event.
Hot seating equipment or rowers is not permitted in events that are less than 25 minutes apart on the race schedule. Hot seating is done at each crew’s risk and race starts will not be held.
Scheduled Race Time
The regatta is always on time! If racing runs behind, every effort will be made to make up time and get back on schedule. If you are not at the start and locked on for your race by 2 minutes to the race start you are considered “Late to Start” and will be assessed a warning. Races will not be held for a crew or rower who is late to the start.
Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to, the failure to heed instructions of race officials, use of obscene language or gestures, delaying a race without just cause, intentional or flagrant disregard of principles of safety and fairness, or abusive behavior toward any official, team member, spectator, or volunteer.
A crew that engages in unsportsmanlike conduct may be assessed a penalty by any race official.
Any team member, including a competitor, who engages in unsportsmanlike conduct, on or off the water, at any time during the regatta, may have his or her further participation at the regatta curtailed or prohibited by race officials or staff.
Check your equipment for race readiness, including the proper tying of heels of shoes (3 inches). Bow balls are required. Each organization is responsible for ensuring that their equipment meets US Rowing Rules 3-105 and 3-108.
Teams must provide their own bow numbers 1-6. You may need multiple sets i
of you have multiple crews on the water during the same timeframe.
All crews must be able to align on the fingers with stakeboat holders, connected to the platform. Please make sure your coxswains and crews know how to back onto the fingers (pods) and maintain a point. Crews will be expected to know how to “scull” to keep their point.
In the event we are unable to utilize the starting platform and fingers, we will be using a floating start. All crews must be familiar with the floating start procedure.
If crews are unable to hold their point due to wind for a polling start, a quick start will be utilized. No polling of crews. Attention…Go.
There will be no calls to launch. Control Commission will open 45 minutes before the start of the first race. You will not be allowed to launch earlier than 45 minutes prior to your race time.
The dock in front of the Chesapeake Boathouse will be used for launching and recovery.
Crews will launch from the west end- train bridge side of the dock. Recovery will take place on the east end- Lincoln Bridge side of the dock.
After completing a race, all boats will turn north and row through the northern-most opening of the Lincoln Bridge.
The course will be available for practice on the afternoon of Friday, June 23rd.
Crews may launch for practice at 1:00pm and ending at 5:30pm.
All crews off the water by 6:00pm.
Crews must be aware of the traffic pattern before launching and should be sufficiently competent in the boat they are rowing. Practice marshals will be on the course to monitor for safety, but they are not there to coach crews on the water.
Crews violating the traffic pattern will be removed from the course by the safety marshals.
There will be no practice times available Saturday mornings prior to racing.
Practice pattern will follow right hand rule going to the start on the south shore in lanes 1,2 & 3 and back to the finish in lanes5,6 & 7. Lane 4 is a dead lane. You may go west of the train bridge but must stay east of the first main bridge (Shields).
Each participant in the PR3-V1 shall be required to be directed by a guide boat. The guide boat is not allowed to coach or encourage the participant and is only permitted to give instructions intended to guide the participant down the racecourse within their assigned lane. The guide’s instructions should be limited to “Port,” “Starboard,” and “Weigh Enough”, as well as any other verbal instructions if needed for the safety of the participant, or any other person.
The guide boat shall also stay between the buoyed lines of the lane assigned to the participant, but in front of (on the bow side of) the participant.
The guide boat cannot be motorized but shall be a rowing “single” shell, rowed by a person with no disability.
OGE NightSprints masters events will take place under the lights during our evening Stars and Stripes Regatta. Masters events will be offered in the Mens 1x, Womens 1x and Mixed 2x. Events will not be handicapped. All events are 500 meters. * Please note this is not part of the USrowing sanctioned event.
- Must be masters rower 21 or older
- Boats must have at least a stern light and a bow light to launch. Feel free to add as many lights as you want! (Must provide your own lights)
- The first 5 registered are guaranteed entry. All others will be waitlisted.
- No boats past I-35. Any boats that row past I-35 during night sprints will be excluded and sent back to the dock.
Medals are awarded for first, second and third place for all events, except that no medal shall be awarded to the last place boat if three or less entries. In Masters events where there is no more than one flight, medals will be awarded for each flight as if it were a final. Open and novice categories with multiple flights will be treated as one event and medals for first, second and third will be awarded to the three fastest times pooled from all flights of any given event.
All medals will be available for pick up at the registration desk on the 1st floor of the Finish Line Tower after the results have been made official. Coaches or athletes can sign for medals.
Chesapeake Boathouse, OKC Boathouse District
725 S Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
The course is a 930m, six-lane, fully-buoyed course with a starting platform.
Practice Course Map
Trailers and Boat storage/staging:
Trailers will be parked in the grass by the Finish Line Tower- 606 RIVERSPORT Dr, Oklahoma City, 73129. Please pull onto RIVERSPORT Drive (formerly 6th Street) and turn into the north entrance of the Finish Line Tower parking lot. Proceed to the trailer slot closest to the river marked by a wooden stake.
Car-toppers may park at the Chesapeake Boathouse parking lot 725 S Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, 73129. Please let us know ahead of time that you are bringing a car top by contacting the Regatta Director at [email protected]
Boats can be staged in two areas: the Finish Line Tower grass area and on the east side of the Chesapeake Boathouse. Those boats staged at the Chesapeake Boathouse should use the grass area east of the front walkway. Do not block any walkways.
Crews may place tents in the clearly marked areas along the racecourse on Saturday only. Tents must be removed by 2:00 pm on Saturday immediately following the end of racing.
Paid parking will be available in designated Boathouse District areas for $10.00.
Event Drone Policy
In accordance with USRowing’s drone policy, anyone interested in utilizing a flying drone at the regatta venue must receive approval from USRowing and the Local Organizing Committee. To request approval, contact [email protected] for more information. Unapproved drones are not permitted anywhere on the regatta venue. Continued use of unapproved drones may result in penalties to the associated crew, and the operator may be subject to removal.
Drones are also subject to federal, state and local laws and ordinances. It is the responsibility of the pilot to ensure compliance.
Inclement Weather Information
USRowing, the Regatta Director, Local Organizing Committee and Chief Referee will work together to monitor the weather continuously during the regatta.
Should it be determined that schedule changes are necessary due to weather concerns the following weather plan will be utilized:
The weather-related schedule changes will be announced using the following mediums:
- Announced over PA
- Via Text message. We will be using the What’s App to send out any pertinent information. All coaches and or athletes registered through Regatta Central will be emailed a link to join the S&S Coaches information Broadcast Group on What’s App
- Online via Regatta Central.
Crews are responsible for staying updated on any announced schedule changes.
Please direct any questions about schedule changes to the Regatta Director at the registration desk.
Schedule changes will be made with the following priorities:
- Delay racing a maximum of one hour. At which time the weather and schedule will be reevaluated to determine if any events can safely be raced.
- Begin racing earlier than previously announced. Announcements will be made no later than 3 hours before racing or 9:00 pm the evening before in the case of the morning racing.
- In case of high wind small boat categories deemed unsafe to race will be eliminated starting with 1x, then 2-, 2x etc.
- Cancel regatta.
Emergency Evacuation Plan
In the event of an emergency evacuation, all boats will row down to the nearest designated docks. Rowers in lanes 4, 5 & 6 will recover at Devon boathouse docks. Rowers in lanes 1, 2 & 3 will recover at Finish Line Dock. All others row back into Chesapeake dock. In this event, please make sure team members are apprised and prepared to come to the docks and assist with equipment.
In the event of a tornado please seek shelter in the nearest building.
Chesapeake Boathouse- fitness center restroom and / or internal offices (you will be directed by staff)
Finish Line Tower- Ground floor
Devon Boathouse- First floor restrooms
405-552-4040 Ext 4219
PRESS AND MEDIA INFORMATION
Please contact M. Elizabeth Laurent, [email protected], and include your full name, telephone number, the name of your media outlet.
Local Media Officer
M. Elizabeth Laurent
email: [email protected]