Health & Safety

Erg Sprints has experienced medical staff on the race floor to provide immediate care.

Play it safe: If you have a potential health issue, please inform a USRowing referee in the briefing room AND medical staff on the race floor before your race so they can better respond if an emergency arises.

Play it smart: Be smart about what you eat in the hours before a race. Do not eat dairy and heavy foods that are hard to digest. Make sure you are sufficiently hydrated. Ask your coach if you have any questions.

Any member of the medical staff has the authority to pull an athlete for medical reasons at any time.

Eligibility (Subject to change to conform with USRowing age classifications)

Erg Sprints is open to all competitors regardless of experience or skill levels. Qualification times are not required. Athletes are seeded based on their submitted 2K erg scores.

Adaptive/Para: A rower may compete in an adaptive or para rowing event if his or her disability meets the criteria set out in the Adaptive Rowing Classification Regulations and has been classified by a national or international classification panel into an eligible sport class. A rower without a sport class or whose sport class has been withdrawn may not compete in adaptive or para rowing events. Exceptions may be made to this requirement at the discretion of the Chief Referee or Adaptive Race Director.

U19/Juniors: Rowers must compete in their age group. Age eligibility is determined by the rower's age on race day.

U23: Rowers must between 19 and 22 years. Age eligibility is determined by the rower's age on race day.

College: Rowers must be a full-time student in college and 17 to 23 years. Age eligibility is determined by the rower's age on race day.

Open: Adults of college age and above may enter open events. Juniors may not enter open events. Age eligibility is determined by the rower's age on race day.

Master/Senior/Veteran: Age eligibility is determined by rower’s age on race day.

Coxswain Events: A participant must have been exclusively a coxswain in competition (not an oarsman or oarswoman) during the previous year. Weigh-in is not required.


Athlete check-in opens at 7AM Saturday and closes one hour prior to the scheduled event time.

Rowers and their coaches are expected to complete the check-in process in a timely manner to allow the rower to become oriented and to warm up before the event. Assume there will be a line. It is the responsibility of the rower to be at the venue early enough to complete check-in and weigh-in.

Athletes will receive an Athlete Check-in Card at check-in. Do not lose this card.

Refunds will not be granted for late arrivals.

Athletes competing under a false name, birthdate or for another competitor will be disqualified.


ALL rowers must sign a USRowing waiver. No exceptions

All rowers who are members of USRowing (or members of an affiliated club) must have signed a USRowing online waiver (

Rowers who are not a member of USRowing must bring a signed USRowing paper waiver to check-in.

Waivers for minors (under 18) must be signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions.

Lightweights and Weigh-In

Check-in first.

Athletes will be weighed in accordance with USRowing Rules of Rowing 4-106, 'Weighing of Competitors' except that coxswains will not be weighed.

Any competitor in a lightweight event or rowing as a lightweight in an open weight event must weigh in on race day during the 1-hour window beginning two hours before and ending one hour before their race time. For example, if you are scheduled to race at 12PM, you must weigh in between 10AM and 11AM. No exceptions. Weigh-in room is off the race floor. Look for signs.

Athletes who registered as a lightweight and fail to weigh in for any reason will row at their originally assigned time and erg. Results will be recorded in the corresponding heavy/open weight event.

Weight limits are 135 lbs (61.24 kgs) max for all women and 165 lbs (74.84 kgs) max for all men. Weight is measured in pounds.

Weigh-in attire is required. This is limited to a minimum of a unisuit or shorts and a top that covers the torso. There are no naked weigh-ins.

Athletes who successfully weigh-in will have their Athlete Check-in Card stamped and receive a wristband to confirm their lightweight classification.

In the case of certain open-weight events without a separate lightweight class a rower is eligible to win a medal if he or she has weighed-in and there are two or more lightweights competing in that event. Those events are 30-minute, marathon, college freshman 2K and 500 meter sprint championships.

There is no lightweight class for junior age 13 1000 meter, coxswain, relay, or parent/child events.

Bullpen and Same-day Entries

A limited number of seats will be available in the “Bullpen” for 2,000 meter events only.
Report to the Bullpen table at check-in. Bring a printed & signed
USRowing waiver. Entry fee is $50 payable by credit card or cash.

Bullpen competitors are not eligible for medals, results do not count toward team points and posted results will be flagged “Bullpen.”

Bullpen competitors may qualify for the USRowing or World Rowing Indoor Championships.

Bullpen times are as follows:

Bullpen 2K Events


Seats Available

Veteran, Senior & Master 2000m

10:00 AM


Junior (age 14-19) 2000m

11:00 AM


U-23, Open & College 2000m

1:00 PM


Report to the warm-up room 30 minutes before the scheduled race.

Times are subject to change.


Official event times are posted the Wednesday before race day on and printed in the program.

For the 20, 30-minute and marathon events, an earlier start time may be required.


Proper fair play and decorum will be observed by rowers, coaches and the audience.

Regatta officials reserve the right to ask any person behaving in an unsportsmanlike manner to leave.

Rowers are expected to be properly attired for competition, including shirts.

Para Events

Erg Sprints follows rules set by USRowing for Adaptive Rowing Classification. More information in the Eligibility section of the Rules..


Medals are awarded to the top three finishers (or team members in the case of relays) in each event.

Rowers entered as a lightweight are eligible to win a medal as a lightweight only.

Lightweight rowers may compete in 30-minute, marathon and 500M Sprint Championship events as a lightweight and are eligible to win medals as a lightweight if they weigh-in as proscribed in the “Lightweights and Weigh-In” section.

Team Trophies

Team trophies are awarded to teams or clubs with the most points within their category.

The Erg Sprints uses the following point system to determine team awards.

Points from juniors’ events apply to the High School trophy, college events to the College trophy and masters and open events to the Club trophy. Points from masters’ events may not be applied to the High School or College team trophies.

In order to count toward the team points, partners in relays must declare a single team affiliation when registering.

Parent/Child Dash and Kids Row events do not count toward team points.




High School

High school team or junior club



Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association member



Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association Member



Eastern Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association Member



Baltimore/Maryland high school team or junior club not a member of another league



Masters rowing club

Open & Masters


College or University team



2000 Meter, 1000 Meter,
20/30-Minute & Marathon

500 Meter, Relay, Coxswain

























USRowing Referees

Erg Sprints is fortunate that USRowing Referees give their time. This is the only major indoor regatta that uses USRowing Referees.

Referees marshal rowers to prepare for entry to the race floor, provide instructions on how equipment is used and how the race is conducted. Referees escort rowers to the races, watch over the rowers to ensure a safe and fair competition, and assist the Race Floor Director in maintaining the schedule.

They show great pride in their work and we are proud, and genuinely appreciative that they contribute their time. Erg Sprints is a better event for their service.


Erg Sprints would not be possible without the help of 200+ volunteers who have given countless hours of their time. Special thanks to Alexandria Crew Boosters, Alexandria Community Rowing, Potomac Boat Club and Capital Rowing Club.

We want to make your experience a positive one. Contact a volunteer if you have a question or concern.


Any decision to cancel Erg Sprints will be made by Alexandria Public Schools staff in consultation with Erg Sprints staff.

Cancellation notices will be posted on the Erg Sprints website, RegattaCentral and in social media.

Due to scheduling limitations it is not possible to set a snow date.

We are unable to offer refunds.



The warm-up room, outside the main race floor, is equipped with 70-80 ergs.
Please allow competitors in earlier events to warm-up before you.
Pay attention to announcements made in the warm-up area.

Pre-Race Marshalling

A referee will invite rowers to the marshalling area 30 minutes before the scheduled race.
Regatta referees will go over basic procedures and rules.
Referees will confirm your attendance and provide
 your heat and erg assignment.
Rowers will be directed to the race floor.

Race Floor

The medical table is in the center of the race floor. Alert medical staff to any health-related issues.
A referee will escort you to your assigned erg flight.
Each erg is numbered. Go to your assigned erg.
Confirm that your name is on the monitor.
Alert a Referee or Timer if your name is not on your erg.
Hand your Athlete Check-in Card to a Timer.
Do NOT sit at an erg with someone else’s name on it.

Before the Start

Get settled quickly.
Adjustments are allowed to the seat, foot stretcher, vent, and drag factor only. Vent and drag factor may not be changed once the race has started.
Referees will ask that you put your handle down gently.
Erg fans cannot be moving at the start of the race.
Athletes are permitted a single coach or coxswain who must stay to the left rear and may not come in contact with athlete.


Rowers will take the start command from the PM5 monitor on the Concept2 Erg. The visual commands will be “Sit ready,” “Attention,” “ROW.” The clock starts with the “ROW” command and not after the handle is pulled.

The Concept2 Venue Racing System will detect and alert a false start.

Rowers who make more than one false start in a single event may be excluded at the discretion of regatta officials.

During the Race

If your erg becomes disconnected from the Concept2 Venue Racing System DO NOT STOP ROWING. After about 10 seconds the PM5 monitor will display “KEEP ROWING” at the bottom of the screen. All data is retained on the PM5. Your time will be recorded on your Athlete Check-in Card and entered manually into the race system.

If any other mechanical problem develops early during an event alert a regatta official immediately. You may be moved to an unoccupied erg or be rescheduled following an appropriate rest period.

Remember that information on the PM5 monitor reflects times and positions for your section (“flight”) of ergs only. Your event may use more than one flight and in that case your monitor does not reflect your place in the overall event. Row your hardest, best race.

Vent and drag factor may not be changed once the race has started.

Rowers may be disqualified if the handle is allowed to slam the erg!

Although not recommended, headphones may be worn during competition. They cannot interfere with the rower’s ability to hear instructions.

End of the Race

Alert medical staff, referee or regatta official immediately if you experience abnormal breathing or other health problems.

Under normal circumstances times are recorded automatically by the Concept2 Venue Racing System.

As a backup, volunteer timers may record times manually on your Athlete Check-in Card. BE SURE YOUR TIME IS RECORDED CORRECTLY. The rower may be asked to initial the Athlete Check-in Card to indicate that the recorded time is correct.

Stay at your erg until instructed to leave.

Leave the race floor as directed by the officials. Coaches and coxswains may also leave by the same route as the rower.

Relays and Parent-Child Dash

Rowers must change at the appropriate interval.
Rowers are permitted one coach and one erg/foot holder.
Coaches are not permitted to assist rowers when switching.
Rowers may be disqualified if the handle is allowed to slam the erg!
Erg handles may not be 'pumped' by team members during the relay athlete switch.


Address any protest to the USRowing Chief Referee immediately after your race.
The USRowing Referees will adjudicate the complaint following consultation with the Regatta Director.

Other complaints regarding the regatta should be addressed to the Regatta Director or a staff member.


The information below explains the start procedure and what is displayed on your Performance Monitor during your race.

Pre-Race Checks

Race Start Procedure

Shortly before your race starts the race controller will ask you to stop rowing. Put the handle in the handle hook gently.

Your monitor display will change to show “Stop, prepare for start.” Once this screen appears, you will not be able to change the display.

The race controller will announce that the race is going to start and tell the competitors to pick up their handles. When you pick up the handle do not pull on it as you may trigger a false start.

WATCH YOUR MONITOR. It will display “Sit ready,” “Attention,” “GO.” Once it displays “GO” start racing.


The time between “Attention” and “GO” is different for each race to prevent people from trying to predict and jump the start.

If a false start occurs, the monitor will display “False Start” and will list the erg responsible. Stop rowing, put the handle back in the handle hook and wait for instructions.

Race Display

Remember that information on the PM5 monitor reflects times and positions for your section (“flight”) of ergs only. Your event may use more than one flight and in that case your monitor does not reflect your place in the overall event. Row your hardest, best race.

Information on the PM5 monitor reflects times and positions for your section (“flight”) of ergs only.

At the end of the race, your final time and those just ahead/behind will show in the lower half of the screen.

Erg Sprints reserves the right to make corrections or minor changes to these rules and procedures prior to race day.

Revised August 2021