Section 6: Approved sports – activities and specific rules

Amended 2016 

6.14 Rowing - NSWCHSSA Championships

6.14.1 Championship rules

(a) Status

(i) under 17 – a competitor ceases to be under 17 on 31st December of the year in which he/she reaches the age of 16 years.

(ii) under 16- a competitor ceases to be under 16 on 31st December of the year in which he/she reaches the age of 15 years.

(iii) under 15- a competitor ceases to be under 15 on 31st December of the year in which he/she reaches the age of 14 years.

(iv) Every rower must be in a position to prove his/her age by production of an official document (eg. birth certificate, drivers licence)

(v) Inter-regional 8 RACE – this race is open to under 17 and championship competitors.

The "region" is defined by the School Sport Unit.

Hunter Schools Sports Association
North Coast Schools Sports Association
North West Schools Sports Association
Riverina Schools Sports Association
South Coast Schools Sports Association
Sydney East Schools Sports Association
Sydney North Schools Sports Association
Sydney South West Schools Sports Association
Sydney West Schools Sports Association
Western Schools Sports Association

Schools within a region are encouraged to make "composite" crews to form their regional crew.

Each region may nominate one men's and one women's crew

Competitors may only row for the region to which their school is affiliated

(b) Weight restrictions

(i) Coxswains: minimum weight 50kg for all schoolboy events.

(ii) Coxswains: minimum weight 45kg for all schoolgirl events.

(c) Distance

(i) Championship and under 17 events – 2000m

(ii) under 16, under 15 years events – 1000m

(d) Pointscore

(i) The 3 pointscore trophies schoolboys, schoolgirls and championship school will be decided on the following scoring system

1st – 4 points 2nd – 2 points 3rd – 1 point

(ii) Points will only be awarded for the highest place where the same school fills two or more places

(iii) Points will be awarded for all finals except the regional 8 race.

(e) Special awards

(i) The Gabrielle Pritchard Memorial Award

At the conclusion of the CHS Rowing Championships Regatta the CHS Rowing convener and the umpire referee shall choose the most outstanding female competitor of the championship for that year and she shall be awarded the "Gabrielle Pritchard Memorial Trophy".

(ii) The Reg Galvin Memorial Award

At the conclusion of the CHS Rowing Championships Regatta the CHS rowing convener and the umpire referee shall choose the most outstanding male competitor of the championship for that year and he shall be awarded the "Reg Galvin Memorial Trophy".

(iii) NSWCHSSA Rowing Blue

To qualify for a Blue a rower must satisfy the requirements as per the NSWCHSSA Handbook "Blues Conditions" - Section 4.5.2 and/or any rower winning an event at the CHS regatta will be deemed to be representing NSWCHS at the Australian titles (for that year) thus allowing them to be eligible for a NSWCHSSA Rowing Blue.

(iv) Life Membership Sports Specific Teacher/Non Teacher

Be awarded as follows: A person who has given 10 years of active service and/or who has made a significant contribution to rowing in such a way that it has led to obvious and significant changes or development of rowing at the CHS level. Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Life Membership - Sport Specific" - Section 2.4.2 and NSWCHSSA Handbook "Life Memberships - Sport Specific non teacher" - Section 2.4.3

(f) Conduct of the regatta

(i) The regatta will be conducted in accordance with the CHS Rowing championship rules and NSWCHSSA rules, in conjunction with the NSW Rowing Association Laws of Boat Racing.

(ii) A meeting of all boat race officials and school representatives be held one (1) hour prior to the first event of each day of racing. This meeting will inform all parties of any changes to rules, program alterations and procedures to be followed for the regatta.

(g) Boat classification

(i) All coxless quad scull events become coxed quad scull, phased in over a period of 3 years.

(ii) At state and national championship levels, all schoolboys and schoolgirls quad scull events are coxed.

The "phase in" period gives schools the opportunity to incorporate this class of boat into their boat purchase/replacement programme.

In the event that a coxswain is not available, then the coxed quad scull must carry metallic weight equivalent to the minimum coxswains weight as defined in the rules of rowing. The weights must be carried in the seat normally occupied by the coxswains.

6.14.2 Order of events finals

1. Adapt 1x – Adaptive Single Sculls
2. WU16 2x – Women’s under 16 Double
3. MU16 1x – Men’s under 16 Single
4. WU15 4x- – Women’s under 15 Coxless Quad
5. MU15 2x – Men’s under 15 Double
6. WU17 1x – Women’s under 17 Single
7. CM 4x- – Championship men’s Coxless Quad
8. CW 8+ – Championship Women’s Eight
9. MU17 2x – Men’s under 17 Double
10. WU15 1x – Women’s under 15 Single
11. WU16 4x- – Women’s under 16 Coxless Quad
12. CM2- – Championship men’s Pair
13. CW 1x – Championship Women’s Single
14. WU17 2x – Women’s under 17 Double
15. MU15 4x- – Men’s under 15 Coxless Quad
16. WU16 1x – Women’s under 16 Single
17. CW 2 - – Championship Women’s Pair
18. CM 4+ – Championship men’s Coxed Four
19. MU17 4x- – Men’s under 17 Coxless Quad
20. CW 2x – Championship Women’s Double
21. WU15 2x – Women’s under 15 Double
22. MU16 4x- – Men’s under 16 Coxless Quad
23. CM 1x – Championship men’s Single
24. M 8+ – Championship men’s Eight
25. CW 4+ – Championship Women’s Coxed Four
26. MU15 1x – Men’s under 15 Single
27. MU16 2x – Men’s under 16 Double
28. WU17 4x- – Women’s under 17 Coxless Quad
29. MU17 1x – Men’s under 17 Single
30. CM 2x – Championship men’s Double
31. CW 4x- – Championship Women’s Coxless Quad
Women’s Inter-Regional Eight – 2nd last event – Day 1
Men’s Inter-Regional Eight – Last event – Day 1

6.14.3 The rowing sub committee

(a) The rowing sub-committee will meet at each CHS Championships Regatta.

(b) A quorum for the rowing sub-committee shall be either one half the number of schools competing at the championship regatta or seven, whichever is smaller.

(c) Members of the rowing sub-committee shall be:

(i) The CHS Rowing convener, who shall be chairperson with a casting vote.

(ii) One representative from each school competing at the championship regatta.

(iii) One representative from any non-competing school which has competed at any of the previous two championship regattas.

(iv) A proxy vote may occur if the convener receives a letter, signed by the principal before the start of the sub-committee meeting.

(d) Duties of the Rowing sub-committee shall be:

(i) To amend the CHS Rowing rules as appropriate each year by -

Where possible submitting notices of motion to the convener with entries:

Motions passed at the sub-committee meeting shall be forwarded to CHS council for final endorsement before they become effective.

(ii) To select the venue for the CHS championships two years in advance and propose preferred dates for the championships.

(iii) The host school for the next year shall confirm their willingness to host the next championships. If this confirmation is not received then the sub committee shall select a new host for that year.

6.14.4 Rules of entry

(a) A competitor may only compete in one event in one class of boat except that:

(i) A competitor may only compete in one event in each class of boat up to a maximum of three events. The classes of boats are single, double, Coxless Quad sculls (coxed and coxless), pairs, fours,eights. This is in addition to the inter regional eight race.

(ii) under 15 competitors may only compete in sculling events.

(b) Any competitor who enters in more than one event in the same class of boat in contravention of 6.14.4(a) will be drawn in the most senior event.

(c) All crew members including the coxswain must attend the same state high school.

(d) All boats must carry lane numbers.

(e) Each competitor pays a $20 levy which shall be forwarded with their entry. This levy shall be $20 regardless of number of events (max 3) or whether coxswain or rower. NB All cheques for levies should be made out to the "NSWCHSSA Sports Association".

(f) Entries shall close at 2.30pm on Friday at least one week prior to the Championships. Entries are to be made online via the NSWRA website, and confirmation (printout signed by the principal) posted to the CHS Rowing convener's school. The convener will then construct and distribute the draw.

(g) No late entries will be accepted

(h) Entries are to be made online via the NSW Rowing Association website.

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