Race Rules

Official Rules & Regulations

  • 1.1 The 2019 IUPUI Regatta primarily solicits the participation of students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (“IUPUI”) as paddlers and handlers/alternates. A limited number of teams (12) from other Indiana University campuses may participate, as well as members of corporations whose sponsorship benefits entitle them to participate as a corporate team.

  • 2.1 Each participant, paddler, and crew member (“Participant” or “Participants”) must read and electronically sign the Participant Waiver of Liability and Photo Release via Adobe Sign Additionally, all team members must read and understand these Race Rules and Regulations. Teams may register beginning at 8:00am EDT on August 28, 2019, at regatta.iupui.edu.
  • 2.2 The IUPUI Regatta is a family-friendly event, and no team name shall include discriminatory, profane, or obscene language. All team names are subject to approval by the campus and the Regatta Steering Committee.
  • 2.3 Team captains shall be selected prior to registration by each team. In the case of substitutions for the team captain, notice should be given to the Regatta Committee on or before September 12, 2019 at 11:59 pm via the registration change request form link emailed to the team captain. Any changes after this date will not be permitted.
  • 2.4 The responsibilities of the team captain shall be:
    • 2.4.1 The team captain is the sole member of the team responsible for registering the team for the event.
    • 2.4.2 The team captain will be the point person for each team, receiving all event communication for distribution to their teammates.
    • 2.4.3 In the event of an appeal, the team captain will represent the team in all disputes and appeals to the Regatta Appeals Board.
  • 2.5 The cost of registration for all teams will be $170. Teams are made of four to six individuals who meet the eligibility requirements set forward in 1.1. Waitlisted teams should be prepared to pay the registration fee if/when a spot becomes available.
  • 2.6 The following payment methods are the only acceptable payment methods for the event: credit card payment at the time of registration, transfer from an Indiana University or Indiana University Alumni Association account, or payment from an IU Foundation Account.
  • 2.7 On the day of the Regatta, all team members must register and present their valid photo ID used to complete their waivers. All team members must be present for the team to be able to register. Registration times are designated by the team’s assigned wave and can be found on Canvas and regatta.iupui.edu. Waitlisted teams may come to the registration table at any time. Spots are not guaranteed for waitlisted teams. Once teams check-in, two paddlers must report to the Boarding Zone in the Starting Basin, and the other two paddlers and any handlers must report to the Transition Zone.
    Note: If you are not registered by the proper time, your spot will go to a waitlisted team who is ready.
  • 2.8 All team members will be required to complete an online orientation via Canvas and score at least an 85% on a subsequent rules and procedures quiz.
  • 2.9 Teams may substitute team members subject to eligibility confirmation until Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11:59 pm.Official substitutions can only be made by the registered team captain via the Official Registration Team Change Request form. A link to this form will be included in the Confirmation Email.
  • 2.10 Teams may also have up to two (2) additional team members. These two members may participate in the race as “handlers,” and they also may race in place of another team member to fill the spot of an absence, provided the handler has filled out the necessary paperwork. Teams are encouraged to have at least one (1) handler for this purpose. A team member absence bringing the total team participant number less than four (4) will result in the disqualification of the team.
  • 2.11 All registration fees will be forfeited if registration is canceled after 11:59PM on Thursday, September 12, 2019.
  • 2.12 A total of 165 teams will be allowed to participate in the Regatta. Once this limit has been reached, the next 10 teams that register will be placed on a waitlist. In order to be considered for participation in the Regatta, any team on the waitlist Canvas online orientation. On or after September 12, 2018, waitlisted teams will be eligible to participate in the event, as necessary, only if a registered team fails to complete a Regatta requirement or violates these Rules.
  • 2.13 Team members must report to their respective areas (Boarding Zone or Transition Zone) by the deadlines established on the event schedule found on Canvas or regatta.iupui.edu.

  • 3.1 These Official Race Rules and Regulations (“Rules”) shall apply to both the eligibility for and the staging of the Regatta. Unless otherwise provided, these Rules shall apply to all events staged at and for the Regatta.

  • 4.1 Students, faculty, and staff are subject to any applicable Campus and University Code of Conducts while participating in any aspect of the Regatta.
  • 4.2 Teams shall report to the boarding and/or transition zone for check-in, whichever area appropriately applies to each paddler, and will be called to be ready 10 minutes before their scheduled start time of the wave or finals. In all circumstances, it is the responsibility of each team to be at their respective starting areas on time. The race will not be held for teams who fail to show up on time.
  • 4.3 The Regatta course will be open for practice with equipment on Saturday, September 14, 2019.
  • 4.4 All spectators must stay out of the restricted areas reserved for race officials, race participants, and event organizers.

  • 5.1 Eligible teams will have the option of registering their team as one of the following three divisions:
    • IUPUI All-women’s team – a team made of individuals who identify as females
    • IUPUI All-men’s team – a team made of individuals who identify as males
    • IUPUI Co-ed team – a mixed team with any combination of genders (at least one female or male member must be a paddler)
    • IU Campus Competition – a team of individuals from IU regional campuses
  • 5.2 Teams registering as an all women’s, all men’s, co-ed team, or IU Campus Competition team will be competing for the best women’s team, best men’s team, co-ed team, or IU Campus Competition team respectively.
  • 5.3 Each team will be placed into one of the 17 waves by the Committee. The Committee retains the sole authority to determine this placement by using either random selection or any other method the Committee deems relevant (for example, team member affiliation: i.e., school, club, fraternity, student, staff, and faculty). Team line-up placement will be announced on the week of September 16, 2019.
  • 5.4 Terminology
    • 5.4.1 A “wave” is defined as the group of ten (10) teams that will have common registration and boarding deadlines during semi-final competition. The ten teams will have start times staggered exactly one (1) minute apart.
    • 5.4.2 A “heat” is defined as the group of six (6) teams who will all start at the same time in the final round of competition. They will compete simultaneously.
  • 5.5 The six (6) fastest teams from the total field of 165 teams for each of the divisions as listed in paragraph 5.1 will advance to the final heats to determine the winner in the division. There will be no more than six (6) teams in each final heat, and teams will be divided into one of three final heats based on the category in which they are competing.
    • 5.5.1 Finalist teams will be required to attend a finals debriefing at 2pm at the bridge near the registration tent.
  • 5.6 The three teams with the fastest times from the three final heats will be recognized at the final awards ceremony.

  • 6.1 Two paddlers shall begin the race underneath the Blackford Street Bridge upon direction of the race officials.
  • 6.2 There will be ten (10) teams in each wave. Teams will compete in the semi-final competition by completing an individual time trial. Two team members will board their canoe at the Boarding Zone. They will start their race when signaled to do so by a race official or signaling device. Placements will be recorded based on when each individual canoe crosses under the start/finish line, not based on the order that canoes finish.
  • 6.3 The race shall begin at the Blackford St. Bridge and continue to the transition zone at the Ohio St. Basin where the teams are required to exchange paddlers at the designated exchange zone.
  • 6.4 After starting in the Blackford St. Bridge, paddlers should keep to the left of the canal as soon as it is possible. Canoes should attempt to pass on the right.
  • 6.5 The paddlers must exchange the canoe with two other team members in the exchange zone. After the exchange, the two new paddlers must continue around the marker buoy and back to the Blackford St. Bridge for the finish.
    • 6.5.1 Only registered paddlers and handlers on the team are to assist with the exchange. Individuals without race wristbands should not handle the canoes or approach the edge of the exchange basin.
    • 6.5.2 Crew members or paddlers not in the canoe are prohibited from “pushing-off” the canoe after the exchange; however, paddlers may use their paddles to “push-off” from the basin wall.
    • 6.5.3 Team members, including alternate handlers, may assist the paddlers at the exchange by helping the boat to the shore and aiding paddlers in and out of the canoes only after the paddlers have each touched the wall with their hands.
  • 6.6 If at any time, the canoe inadvertently and unintentionally tips over, the paddlers shall move themselves and the canoe to the left of the canal and out of the way of the other participants. Supporting crew members may assist the paddlers back into the boat from the canal edge. Support crew members must not, however, enter the water.
  • 6.7 A diagram of the race course shall be provided to the participating teams by the Steering Committee.
  • 6.8 Paddlers finishing the race must cross beneath the start/finish line with their team number and attached timing device for their time to register. Those who do not pass under the start/finish line will not have their time corrected.

  • 7.1 It is the responsibility of each Participant and his/her team to assure that the Participant is in good health and physically fit to participate in the Regatta. In permitting the Participant to participate, the Committee assumes no responsibility whatsoever for the health and physical fitness of any participant and none shall be implied.
  • 7.2 It is the responsibility of each Participant and team to ensure that all Participants are able to swim at a level to reach the canal’s edge.
  • 7.3 If for any reason the Participant receives medical assistance from medical health providers on the scene, the decision of said medical provider of whether the Participant is fit to participate in the Regatta shall be final and binding and the Participant shall not participate further in the Regatta until receiving medical clearance.
  • 7.4 Any Participant endangering the safety of other Participants through the use of aggressive or intentionally dangerous conduct is subject to report by members of the Committee and/or race officials present at the time. Any team that is blatantly violating the safety rules shall be subject to disqualification.
  • 7.5 All Participants shall not be under the influence of any narcotic or alcoholic substance. Impairment from these substances shall result in automatic disqualification from the Regatta.
  • 7.6 Notwithstanding any of these Rules to the contrary, only a race official may amend, vary, or otherwise abrogate any of these Rules in the interest of on-water safety of the Participants and the decision of a Head Judge shall be final, binding, and unappealable on any issue of safety.
  • 7.7 All paddlers shall wear lifejackets when entering the water.
  • 7.8 Participants shall wear footwear (i.e., sneakers, shoes, boots) that tightens around the foot. No sandals or open-toed shoes will be allowed.
  • 7.9 It is the responsibility of each team member to understand the proper use and operation of a canoe so not to damage the canoes or the concrete canal wall.

  • 8.1 Any participant who violates the rules by: (1) not wearing a life jacket; (2) wearing inappropriate clothing or (3) not wearing proper footwear shall be disqualified.
  • 8.2 If any team commits a false start, such team shall receive a warning, and the official will restart the heat or wave. A second offense will result in a penalty of fifteen (15) seconds.
  • 8.3 Any Participant who deliberately or intentionally enters the water during the event (with exception to the paddlers in a capsizing canoe), or who deliberately or intentionally causes another Participant to enter the water during the event, shall be disqualified.
  • 8.4 Team members not reporting to their respective areas (boarding or transition zones) for their boarding deadline or when announced by the event announcer shall be disqualified.
  • 8.5 Paddlers shall not receive push-offs from their crew members at the point of exchange in the Ohio St. Basin. A push-off by any crewmember who is not a paddler in the canoe shall result in a penalty of fifteen (15) seconds.
  • 8.6 Teams who do not buffer or stop their canoe’s momentum into the loading dock with their paddles or other material thereby intentionally striking the canoe into the dock shall be penalized fifteen (15) seconds. It is each Participant’s responsibility to make sure that the canoes are not damaged during the race.
  • 8.7 Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Any Participant shall be warned once for aggressive conduct towards any other Participants. A second occurrence of aggression or participants who create a dangerous situation that threatens the safety and security of other participants shall be disqualified.
  • 8.8 Any Participant under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or another intoxicant will be prohibited from participating and his/her team shall be disqualified.
  • 8.9 Any team may be disqualified if that team does not paddle to the exchange zone within six (6) minutes of the start of that team’s time trial.
  • 8.10 All participants and spectators will avoid wearing clothing displaying profane or obscene language or generally wearing inappropriate clothing for a family-friendly event. All costumes or theme-related props and apparel worn by the teams shall be in good-taste. Those who do not abide by this rule could be disqualified, asked to leave the event, and/or referred to the appropriate campus entity (i.e. Dean of Students) for disciplinary action.
  • 8.11 Penalties shall be assessed by event judges at any point during the event for violations of rules detailed in this packet. Judges should notify teams when a penalty occurs at the time of the infraction with audible and visual warnings (i.e., whistle, verbal warnings, hand gestures, etc.).
  • 8.12 Teams shall not receive illegal assistance from individuals not registered on the team at the point of exchange in the Ohio St. Basin or at any time during the race. Such illegal assistance shall result in disqualification. Any individual without a race wristband should not handle the canoes or approach the edge of the exchange basin.

  • 9.1 If a team would like to protest a decision by a race official, the team must immediately submit an appeal to the Head Judge by 2:45 p.m. on the day of the Regatta.
  • 9.2 The Regatta Appeals Board, comprising of the Head Judge, Associate Executive Director of Administration, and advisor shall review the protest and issue a decision on the appeal.  All decisions shall be final and binding.

Questions or concerns

Please feel free to contact Riley Gorden, Director of Rules and Teams, at regteam@iupui.edu with any questions or concerns.