2019 Pan American Games Trials

USRowing is committed to fair play. All athletes participating in selection for, and competing as a member of, all U.S. national rowing teams must be in compliance with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), International Olympic Committee (IOC), United States Olympic Committee (USOC), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), FISA and USRowing rules and requirements relating to banned substances, including but not limited to undergoing testing and obtaining and maintaining current therapeutic use exemptions as needed. Failure to adhere to anti-doping rules and requirements may result in an athlete losing eligibility to compete for the United States.

Selection Eligibility:

  • All competitors must have completed the USRowing ECG and Pre-Competition Health Screening.
  • All competitors must have completed the USRowing Anti-Doping Acknowledgement.
  • All competitors must be current Championship Members of USRowing and have a signed liability waiver on file.

Athletes will not be permitted to launch if they are not in compliance with these requirements. To renew your Championship Membership, go to www.usrowing.org and click on “Join/Renew,” or contact member services at 1-800-314-4ROW. To sign your waiver and Anti-Doping Acknowledgement, go to http://www.usrowing.org/sign-a-waiver/.

Membership staff will not be on-site, so it is important to ensure compliance in advance of the event.

Racing will be conducted at the Princeton National Rowing Center/Caspersen Boathouse, (1 S. Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 Website: Link). Trials participants will not have access to locker rooms or showers on-site. Restrooms will be available.

Racing Format:
Please see the 2018 Selection Procedures. (Specifically the 2019 Pan Am Selection Procedures)

Tentative Schedule: (Schedule may vary with number of entries and weather.)

Monday, August 20
7:00 a.m. Athlete Meeting
8:30 a.m. Time Trials
3:00 p.m. Finals

Athlete Meeting:
The athlete meeting will be held at the Caspersen Olympic Rowing Center in front of the national team bays (far side of boathouse). You or your representative MUST attend the meeting or you will be scratched from competition.

Practice Schedule:
Boat scales will be open and available during scheduled practice times. During racing, the course will be open for practice 30 minutes after the conclusion of morning racing and for two (2) hours after that.

Tentative Practice Schedule
Saturday, August 18: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 19: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Monday, August 20: 9:15-10:30 a.m.

Adverse Weather Policy:
Click to view the Adverse Weather Policy

USRowing will follow FISA weights for all lightweight competitors. A rower may compete in lightweight rowing events if he/she meets the following criteria:

  • A lightweight men’s crew shall have an average weight not exceeding 70 kg. No individual lightweight male rower may weigh more than 72.5 kg.
  • A lightweight male single sculler may not weigh more than 72.5 kg.
  • A lightweight women’s crew (excluding coxswain) shall have an average weight not exceeding 57 kg. No individual lightweight female rower may weigh more than 59 kg.
  • A female lightweight single sculler may not weigh more than 59 kg.

Lightweight rowers will be weighed wearing only their racing uniform on calibrated scales not less than one hour and not more than two hours before their first race of each lightweight event in which they are competing, each day of the competition.

Trials Winners Information:
Please note that the passport must be valid through December 31, 2019. If your passport expires before that date, or if you do not have a passport, please be sure to start the renewal/application process well in advance of trials. All trials winners also are required to propose a coach at the trials, who should travel with the crew for the length of the event.

All athletes winning berths at the selection trials may submit on site their intent to compete and will complete necessary paperwork. The final deadline for a winning crew to declare their intent to compete is August 28. Please see the Pan Am Games selection procedures for details.

A payment (per athlete and named coach of each boat) to cover the expenses of food, lodging and local transportation (and possibly equipment) during the Pan American Games Qualification Regatta will be due October 1. We will have an estimate of the cost of attendance posted at the trials; the final fee will be posted in September.

The final fee will not include airfare from the U.S. to Brazil. Those plans and expenses are left to the coach and athletes. However, athletes and coaches making the trip will be advised by USRowing staff which dates the team should arrive/depart Brazil.

All vehicles must park in the lot as you come off Post Road and in defined parking spots. Boat trailers may park along the dirt access road behind the boathouse. No other vehicles are allowed behind the boathouse. Emergency vehicles will need to have a clear path from the paved road all the way to the tree line behind the boathouse. Any vehicle not following the outlined parking rules will be towed at the owner’s expense.
You will NOT be able to drive your car behind the boathouse in order to unload your equipment. Please walk your equipment from the designated parking zones to the boat storage area.

Boat Storage:
All boats will be stored outside on personal slings or on club trailers. There is limited rack space available at the facility and visiting competitors will not have access to boat bays. Please be mindful of emergency access roads and walkways. Equipment that is blocking a path may be moved.

All competitors must have completed the USRowing Anti-Doping Acknowledgement. This acknowledgement, and your USRowing liability waiver, can be signed at http://www.usrowing.org/sign-a-waiver/

To learn more information about Anti-Doping Information, please go to http://www.usrowing.org/anti-doping-information/

As outlined in the 2018 Rules of Rowing:

  • All competitors must be citizens or nationals of the United States
  • No competitor may wear the uniform of the U.S. national team during competition
  • Use of national team colors on oars is prohibited

For questions, contact Michael Zimmer mzimmer@usrowing.org.

<a href="//signupschedule.com/usrliz" title="Signup Schedule">Sign up for All events are located in Mercer Park at 1 South Post Rd. Princeton Jct, NJ 08550. Caspersen Boathouse. Please see http://www.usrowing.org/national-team-selection-events/ for more details on specific events.</a>

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