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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.

Proposed Rules Changes Due August 31

USRowing would like to remind its members that proposals regarding changes to the Rules of Rowing for 2019 are due next week. The deadline for proposals is Friday, August 31, by 11:59 p.m. EDT.

To propose a change to the Rules of Rowing, submit your proposal to members@usrowing.org in the following format:

Rule X-XXX (x)(#): Title

  • State what the current rule is, as found in the Rules of Rowing.
  • Proposed Change: Revise paragraph X-XXX (x)(#) to read:
    • State what your proposed rule change would look like in the revised Rules of Rowing. Italicize and bold your proposed changes within your proposed change to identify what you are proposing.
  • Reason: Strongly defend your proposed change with examples, reasons, and explanations of how the proposed change will improve safety and/or fairness to provide more equitable racing conditions.

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.

Proposed changes to the Rules of Rowing are reviewed by the Referee Committee and the Rules Committee during the year. Once the changes are reviewed and any clarifications added, the proposals are posted to USRowing.org from October 1-31 for public review and comment.

Any comments received will be reviewed and considered in the evaluation of rules proposals. The final version of the proposals, accompanied by the Referee Committee’s recommendations, will be sent to the Board of Directors for its consideration at the December meeting.

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