Race Categories

Varsity and club collegiate rowing programs.  See special notice regarding NCAA Rule below

All USRowing registered rowing clubs, individuals, and teams (no handicapping) except junior athletes and crews, and scholastic programs. All international crews who are not juniors should enter open events.


Scholastic and club junior crews.  Juniors may only row or cox in events with a Youth designation.

Open to rowers who do not weigh more than the following

Men: 165 lbs

Junior Men: 155 lbs

Lightweight Women: 135 lbs

Junior Women: 135 lbs

Collegiate Freshman/Novice
Open to rowers who have not competed in the past year as a collegiate athlete.

Youth Novice
Limited to youth rowers who began rowing after January 1, 2019.

The Head of the Oklahoma will follow USRowing Rules of Rowing for Masters eligibility and handicapping guidelines. The Head of the Oklahoma will recognize all categories of masters racing.  Masters head race events will be handicapped. Night Sprints Masters 4x will be handicapped.

Mixed Masters
Boats must have 50% women rowers.

Non-collegiate rowers, scullers and coxswains are not allowed to enter competitions representing a college or university.


The Parent/Child NightSprints are direct registration with no corresponding head race event. To register, email the Regatta Director. In deference to NCAA regulations, collegiate rowers are excluded from participation in Parent/Child NightSprints.


The Head of the Oklahoma encourages the participation of both college and high school athletes, and allows participation by both groups of athletes while not jeopardizing their ability to compete in future intercollegiate competition. The restrictions apply to high school students participating in both school AND club-based junior programs.