FLORIDA INTERCOLLEGIATE ROWING ASSOCIATION
RULES GOVERNING PARTICIPATION
Eligibility of oarsmen to participate in the Florida Intercollegiate
Rowing Association (hereafter known as the F.I.R.A.) is dependent upon the Dad Vail Rowing
Association rules governing eligibility and the member institution rules governing
eligibility for the sport of rowing. The following eligibility rules are those of the Dad
Vail Rowing Association that were in effect for the 2000 Dad Vail Regatta (note: these
rules may change at the annual meeting of the Dad Vail Rowing Association):
(1) All participants in the F.I.R.A. State Championship Regatta must be
full-time undergraduate students at the institution they represent. To be considered
full-time undergraduate students they must currently be taking courses totaling at least
12 credit hours, and must be making normal progress toward their first degree. The
academic office of their institution must certify exceptions to the 12-hour rule. Also a
student athlete who has received a Baccalaureate or equivalent degree and who is enrolled
in the graduate or professional school of the institution attended as an undergraduate, or
who is enrolled and seeking a second Baccalaureate or equivalent degree at the same
institution, may participate in intercollegiate athletics provided the student-athlete has
athletics eligibility remaining and such participation occurs within the period set forth
in Article 2 below.
(2) A F.I.R.A. competitor has four years of eligibility which must be
completed during the first 10 semesters or 15 quarters in which the student is enrolled in
a minimum full-time program of studies as determined by the regulation of that
institution. Competing for a college in any one event within the academic year is enough
to constitute one year of eligibility.
(3) Freshman/Novice Event
(a) To row as a freshman, a competitor must be
in his or her first year of attendance at the collegiate level and must be considered an
academic freshman by his or her institution.
(b) To row as a Novice, a
competitor must not have participated in the sport of rowing prior to the current academic
year. A novice need not be a freshman.
(4) A transfer student who has participated in a collegiate rowing program
in the academic year current to or preceding his or her attendance at the new institution
may not row in a Varsity Eight event (heavyweight and lightweight events for men and
women) in his or her first year at the new institution unless a waiver is granted as
(a) If the student transfers to
the certifying institution from another four-year collegiate institution and the following
conditions are met:
The student has not transferred previously from one four-year college to another four-year
The student did not receive athletically related financial assistance at the previous
institution, or the previous institution verifies in writing that the student's
athletically related financial assistance was not renewed for the ensuing academic year
for reasons that were unrelated to the student's transfer or that were beyond the control
of the student.
The student is in good academic standing and meets the satisfactory progress requirements.
The student's previous institution certifies in writing it has no objection to the student
being granted an exception to the transfer residence requirement, and
If the student transfers to the certifying institution from an N.C.A.A. Division III
member institution and meets the above conditions, he or she may be eligible to compete
but shall not receive athletically related financial aid during the first academic year in
residence at the certifying institution (DVRA minutes - 1989).
from junior colleges are exempted from this rule.
(5) Appeals for exceptions to these rules must be entered in writing with
the Dad Vail Regatta Committee, for those institutions who are Dad Vail members. For those
institutions that are not members, the appeals must be entered in writing with the
Executive Director of the F.I.R.A. who will confer with the officers of the association
for a ruling.
(6) Violations of regulations may be cause for crew or team-wide
disqualifications. Unusually serious violations may be considered grounds for even more
severe sanctions. (DVRA Minutes 1981)
(7) The F.I.R.A. is restricted to only Florida universities/colleges. The
participating universities/colleges need not be a member of the F.I.R.A., but must adhere
to the eligibility requirements of the association in order to participate.
FALL FRESHMAN/NOVICE REGATTA
The Florida Fall Freshman Regatta abide by FIRA rules (Spring 01).
(1) Participants may row in more than one event.
(2) Varsity Lightweight participants cannot row in a J.V. event unless for
Exhibition purposes (F.I.R.A. Minutes, fall 1992)
(3) Any varsity participant is ineligible to row in any J.V. event,
regardless of the size of the boat (F.I.R.A. Minutes, fall 1992).
WEIGH-INS FOR LIGHTWEIGHT ROWERS
*Dad Vail weights for lightweight men and women to be the same for
F.I.R.A. Regatta. * (F.I.R.A. Minutes, 1983)
Spring racing season to be at a standard weight of 130 lbs. for women, and
160 lbs. maximum/155 lbs. average for men.
Only F.I.R.A. member institutions can receive permanent trophies
established for an event.
The collegiate winner of an event, regardless of F.I.R.A. affiliation, is
declared the state champion and receives the first place medals for that event.
The top placing boats in an event earns the points for the place it
finishes, regardless of "A" or "B" designation, making any subsequent
institutional entries ineligible for points in that event.
No points are awarded to non-FIRA institutions, but the order of placement
in an event for FIRA member participants includes the placement of non-FIRA participants.
In the same light, B entries can displace points, but remaining qualifying
point winners do not move up. (Fall 00). To designate the points to the crew for
the place they are in, regardless of what institution may have finished in front of that
crew (Spring 01).
Medals are awarded based on participation. For 6 or more entries, 3 places
shall be awarded medals; for 5 entries, 2 places shall be awarded medals; and for 4 or
less entries, 1st place awarded medals. Ribbon color can help signify the 1st-3rd place
finishers with blue signifying first, red signifying second and white signifying third.
The following All Points Trophy system is to be used for both college and
high school for declaring overall state champions:
1st Place Points#
Percentage of 1st Place Points
Varsity Lt 8, JV 8
All Frosh.Nov. 8s
40% 10% 5%
40% 20% 10%
Three (3) all points trophies will be awarded: U. T. Bradley Combined All
Points Trophy; Robert H. Dunlap Mens All Point Trophy; Shirley Negaard Womens
All Points Trophy.
A tie in points shall use a tie breaker based on the 1st Eight,
then the 2nd Eight. If teams remain tied after the tiebreaker is invoked, then
they shall remain tied (Spring 01).
(1) Clubs participating in the F.I.R.A. Regatta may do so only in
"Club " events. Club events will be added to the regatta only when there are at
least two club crews desiring to race and the regatta schedule can accommodate this event.
(2) Clubs cannot enter J.V. '8' event race without entering a Varsity '8'
(3) Clubs entering high school rowing events must adhere to the Florida
Scholastic Rowing Association Rules.
High school participation in the F.I.R.A. Regatta is governed by the
Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Rules.
High school events are excluded from the FIRA championship (Spring
If final only, the lane priorities should be considered as follows in
order of seeding Lanes (3,4), Lanes (2,5), then Lanes (1,6). The crews then would draw for
their lanes according to their seeded position. If there are heats, then crews would be
seeded with the lane assignment from each heat. The lane assignments for the finals would
have the top two seeds or finishers flip a coin for lanes 3 & 4, the next two highest
seeds or finishers would flip a coin for lanes 2 & 5 and the final two seeds or fifth
and sixth place finishers would flip a coin for lanes 1 & 6.
All heats shall be on Friday evening if Varsity heats are required. If no
Varsity heats are required, then the non-varsity heats shall be run on Saturday morning.
Seeding shall be for Varsity events in the eight and fours.
A coxswain shall be permitted to become a novice rower. (Spring 98)
An experienced rower or coxswain cannot come back the following year, or any year
thereafter, and participate as a novice coxswain. (Spring 98)
Scratches after the Friday deadline, will incur a penalty of $50.00 per
boat. Penalties must be paid before any boat can race. (Fall 98)
FIRA requires official boating rosters to be turned in the day of the
Shirt bets are required by FIRA for all member institutions as well as
Guest institutions that do not abide by FIRA rules may be excluded from
invitation to FIRA the following year until such infraction is resolved. (Fall 00)