Lightweight Qualification Process for Spring (Update 2030, 20Jan)

This information only applies to varsity athletes who want to row in lightweight events in the coming spring season.  The maximum weights for those categories are 130lb for women and 150lb form men.  The full text of USRowing’s new policy is here.  Quick summary:  a primary care provider (doctor, physician’s assistant, registered nurse) must certify, based off multiple years of weight measurements and growth charts (or other sufficient available data), that you will naturally remain under the race day limits.  The rules currently only apply to our 28Mar Occoquan race, and Upper Boat States.  This may change to include Regionals as well.

This (the doctor’s appointment) is a new cost to some athletes.  We don’t want you running out to pay it if you won’t actually row lightweight, and/or won’t go to States.  Talk to me ASAP (and before making the appointment) if you are interested in racing lightweight.  Because of the cost, I encourage a parent to join the conversation.

If we decide you’re following this path, make the appointment ASAP.  The physician, athlete, and parent must fill out the form (page 1 is the primary care provider, page 2 is parent/athlete).  Return the form to me; I will be sending the team’s forms in as a group.  The postmark deadline is 15Mar.  But expected processing time is 3 weeks, meaning the latest submission date would be 7Mar to be eligible for the category at the 28Mar regatta.  If I have a bunch of forms early, I’ll send those before I have the last few in hand.

The waiver process previously described in my post is no longer a thing.