1995 National Team Selection Procedures

1995 National Team Selection Procedures

Post by Ronald K. Ch » Fri, 05 May 1995 04:00:00


 RM100                            NOTICE TO COMPETITORS
                      AT THE 1995 USROWING NATIONALS
                    Lake Lanier, Georgia (June 22-25)

                        CHANGES TO RULES OF ROWING

The 1995 USRowing Nationals has been designated as the Pre-Olympic Test
Regatta.  The International Rowing Federation (FISA) has therefore
requested that certain of our Rules of Rowing be temporarily amended to
conform to the practice that will apply at the Olympics in 1996, in order
that FISA and ACOG can observe and monitor their implementation.  The
Judge-Referee Committee has therefore recommended, and the Board of Direc-
tors has approved, the following temporary changes to the Rules of Rowing.
These changes are applicable only to the 1995 USRowing Nationals, and not
to any other U.S. regatta.  (A decision on whether to adopt these changes
permanently for 1996 and beyond will be made at the end of this year.)

                            STARTING PROCEDURES

STARTING PROCEDURES WITH ALIGNMENT CONTROL MECHANISM

The organizing committee plans to use an "Alignment Control Mechanism" at
the start, in which a mechanical device holds the bows of the boats in a
fixed position, and then releases the boats when the Starter gives the
start.  This starting sequence also utilizes colored visible signals as
well as an audible signal, in lieu of the red flag and a verbal starting
command.  The visible signals will be located behind each lane, as well as
a larger visible signal on the Starter's Tower.  

Competitors should assume that the Alignment Control Mechanism, and the
accompanying procedures, will be used wherever practical.  The Chief
Referee, or ultimately the Judge-Referee Committee (which will be in
attendance) will decide if it is necessary to use the alternate starting
procedures, taking into account delays in the schedule and the interests of
the competitors.

FISA has approved the following new starting procedures for use in
conjunction with this device:

    (1)  The Starter will announce "Two Minutes," which is an instruction
to the crews to prepare to race.
    (2)  After the crews are aligned, the Starter will poll the crews by
calling out their names in lane number order.  Once the polling has begun,
hands will not be recognized.
    (3)  After polling, and assuming the crews are still aligned, the
Starter shall say
                                  "Attention"
    (4)  The Starter shall then cause the visible signal to change from a
neutral position to red.
    (5)  After a clear and variable pause, the Starter shall give the start
by pushing a button that will simultaneously (a) change the RED signal to
YELLOW, (b) sound an audible tone or signal, (c) release the alignment con-
trol mechanisms holding the bows of the boats, and (d) start the electronic
timing system.

STARTING PROCEDURES WITHOUT ALIGNMENT CONTROL MECHANISM

If, for whatever reason, the Alignment Control Mechanism is not used, then
we will use the revised starting commands recently approved by FISA for
international regattas.  These commands are:

    (1)  The Starter will announce "Two Minutes," which is an instruction
to the crews to prepare to race.
    (2)  After the crews are aligned, the Starter will poll the crews by
calling out their names in lane number order.  Once the polling has begun,
hands will not be recognized.
    (3)  After polling, and assuming the crews are still aligned, the
starter shall say
                                  "Attention"
    (4)  The Starter will then raise a red flag.
    (5)  After a clear and variable pause, the Starter shall say
                                     "GO"
and at the same time drop the red flag.

Unlike the previous starting procedures, there is no "Set" command, and
there is no intervening command between the time the red flag is raised and
the "GO" command.

                            OTHER RULES CHANGES

Coxswain's Weight

FISA has recently changed the minimum coxswain weights to 50 kg. for junior
and women's events, and 55 kg. for men's events.  (This is approximately
110 lbs. and 121 lbs. respectively).  The Board is considering this
temporary change, and competitors should assume there is a strong
likelihood that these minimum weights will apply in June at USRowing
Nationals.  Other domestic rules regarding coxswains are still in force,
and thus a man may cox in a women's event and vice versa.  Furthermore,
there is no limit on the amount of deadweight a coxswain carries in order
to reach the minimum weight, and thus there is no "natural body weight"
requirement for coxswains.

Please contact USRowing (317-237-5656) if you have any questions or con-
cerns.

                                   THE JUDGE-REFEREE COMMITTEE

                                   By:

 
 
 

1995 National Team Selection Procedures

Post by Ronald K. Ch » Sun, 07 May 1995 04:00:00

Sorry: Wrong heading.  THis was another notice on rules changes that I
was going to post on Monday.

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