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Rules of Rowing

USRowing’s Rules of Rowing are published each year. The Rules of Rowing includes the current year’s Rules of Racing, a Referee Procedures Manual and an LOC Guidance Manual, as well as a copy of the USRowing Bylaws.

Click on the related documents below to view a pdf version of the 2018 Rules of Rowing. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the 2018 Rules of Rowing in book format, please contact USRowing at 1-800-314-4ROW (4769). Printed copies will be available in February.

Rule Change Comments Due October 31

All rule change proposals received before the deadline of August 31st, 2018, are posted in the document below. The comment period for all received rule change proposals is open until October 31st, 2018, at midnight EST. Please send your comments to

USRowing would also like you to review the 2019 Indoor Rules of Rowing, attached in the “related documents” below. These new rules will be advisory only for 2019. Please send your comments to

If you have any questions about the process or specific comments, you can contact Jules Zane, Referee Program Manager, at Feel free to copy Jules on your regular proposal comments as well.

CLICK HERE to review proposed rule changes!

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