British Rowing rules: Age groups

Unofficial summary;  if I've got anything wrong, please let me know.


Junior

For detail see BR rule 2-3, (also see FISA rule 29 which is different)
Based on age on 1st September preceding the event, so remember that Junior competitors progress to the next age group for any races under BR rules from 1st September onwards (in order to keep the same age group throughout the academic year, rather than the calendar year).

For races from 1 Sep 2018 to 31 Aug 2019:
Age group Born on or after Notes
J18 1 Sep 2000 Under FISA rule 29, no longer a FISA Junior after 31st December of the year he reaches age of 18, so someone born on or before 31 Dec 2000 ceases to be a FISA Junior after 31 Dec 2018
1 Jan 2001 Still FISA Junior to 31 Dec 2019 (but would cease to be BR Junior after 31 Aug 2019 if born on or before 31 Aug 2001)
J17 1 Sep 2001
J16 1 Sep 2002
J15 1 Sep 2003
J14 1 Sep 2004
J13 1 Sep 2005
J12 1 Sep 2006
J11 1 Sep 2007
J10 1 Sep 2008
J9 1 Sep 2009

Under 19

BR rule 2-2-2.
May compete as Under 19 until 31st December of the year in which the competitor reaches the age of 18, hence for events in the year 2018 an Under 19 must have been born on or after 1 Jan 2000.

Under 23 (previously FISA Senior B)

BR rule 2-2-3, and FISA rule 30.
May compete as Under 23 until 31st December of the year in which the competitor reaches the age of 22, hence for events in the year 2018 an Under 23 must have been born on or after 1 Jan 1996.

Veteran (now Masters)

For detail see BR rule 4-7a; (also see FISA rule 32 which is slightly different)
Based on average age of crew, measured in whole years attained during current year. [Each competitor must be qualified as Masters, i.e. qualified as Masters A].
For races 1 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018:
Masters category Average age at end of year A single sculler born on or before Notes
A 27 31 Dec 1991
B 36 31 Dec 1982
C 43 31 Dec 1975
D 50 31 Dec 1968
E 55 31 Dec 1963
F 60 31 Dec 1958
G 65 31 Dec 1953
H 70 31 Dec 1948
I 75 31 Dec 1943
J 80 31 Dec 1938
K 85 /
83*
31 Dec 1933/
31 Dec 1935*
Introduced 2013 by FISA as 85 and over; included in BR rules from April 2016.
* FISA have changed this age group in 2018 to 83 and over, as outlined at the FISA Masters page; no change yet for BR rules.
L 86* 31 Dec 1932 Offered as a test at FISA Masters 2015 as 90 and over.
* FISA introduced this age group in 2018 as 86 and over; not yet considered for BR rules.
M 89* 31 Dec 1929 * FISA introduced this age group in 2018 as 89 and over; not yet considered for BR rules.

Also see calculator on Nat Vets regatta website


Note that the above summary is unofficial;  any comments or corrections to me please.  For details please refer to the BR rules themselves (& of course to the FISA rules where these are referred to in the notes).

Page created 5 Nov 2000, last updated 31 Aug 2018.

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