Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association







I. Intercollegiate

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 follows:

        (a) If the student transfers to the certifying institution from another four-year collegiate institution and the following conditions are met:

                (1) The student has not transferred previously from one four-year college to another four-year college.
                (2) 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.
                (3) The student is in good academic standing and meets the satisfactory progress requirements.
                (4) 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
                (5) 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).

                                    Transfers 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.



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).



*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. (Spring ’99)

The following All Points Trophy system is to be used for both college and high school for declaring overall state champions:

                                        1st Place Points#                     Boats in Event                    Percentage of 1st Place Points
                                                                                                                2nd         3rd         4th         5th         6th

Varsity 8                             30                                     2                           20%

Varsity Lt 8, JV 8               25                                     3                           40%      20%

All Frosh.Nov. 8’s              20                                     4                            60%     30%     5%

All 4’s                                 15                                     5                             80%     40%    10%      5%

Pair                                     10                                     6                             80%     40%    20%      10%     5%


Three (3) all points trophies will be awarded: U. T. Bradley Combined All Points Trophy; Robert H. Dunlap Men’s All Point Trophy; Shirley Negaard Women’s 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' event.

(3) Clubs entering high school rowing events must adhere to the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Rules.

High Schools

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 ’01) .


Lane Assignments

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 race.

Shirt Betting

Shirt bets are required by FIRA for all member institutions as well as non-FIRA institutions.


Guest Institutions

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)