Rules

The Winter Team Relay League

The Winter Team Relay League is a tournament, where rowers race as a team for their organization in relay format on one Concept 2 Indoor Rower. There are two different competitions for four-person teams and eight-person teams. The main competition is the eight person team. Rowing clubs can only enter the eight-person competition.

The tournament can take place anywhere. There is no need for teams to travel to a central location to compete, instead the teams simply race in their own clubs, gyms etc. and send in their results electronically. The tournament consists of 5 rounds which take place each month from October to February. Each round has a different race format. The relay format means that races will be done on a single Concept 2 Indoor Rower, with the changeovers between rowers included in the overall time. A team doesn't need to consist of exactly the same 8 (4) rowers in all rounds.

The Race Categories

  1. Junior 14 Open (row half distance for last four rounds)
  2. Junior 18 Boys
  3. Junior 18 Girls
  4. Junior 18 Mixed
  5. Open Men
  6. Open Women
  7. Open Mixed (min 25% each sex)
  8. 35+ Men
  9. 35+ Women
  10. 35+ Mixed (min. 25% each sex)
  11. 60+ Men
  12. 60+ Women
  13. 60+ Mix

The 5 Rounds

2017/18 - Rounds
RoundEightsFoursClosing Date
Round 12 x (8 x 500m)2 x (4 x 500m)15November
Round 225,000m12,500m15December
Round 32 x (8 x 1000m)2 x (4 x 1000m)15January
Round 48 x 2000m4 x 2000m15February
Round 58 x 15min4 x 15min15March

Round 1: 2 x (8/4 x 500m): The monitor must be set for 8,000/4,000m before the race begins. Team members change every 500m, inside a 100m zone (50m before and 50m after). The rowers can row as they wish, however no rower is allowed to complete 2 pieces consecutively.

Round 2: 25km: The monitor must be set for 25,000/12,500m before the relay begins. Team members can change whenever they want. But, each team member must cumulatively row at least 1,000m.

Round 3: 2 x (8/4 x 1000m): The monitor must be set for 16,000/8,000 m before the race begins. Team members change every 1000m, inside a 100m zone (50m before and 50m after). Each rower must do 2,000m and nobody is allowed to row twice.

Round 4: 8/4 x 2,000m: The monitor must be set for 16,000/8,000 m before the relay begins. Changeovers must take place after each 2,000m, inside a 100m zone (50m before and 50m after). The rowers can row as they wish, however no rower is allowed to complete 2 pieces consecutively.

Round 5: 8/4 x 15 minute: The monitor must be set for 120/60 minutes before the relay begins. Changeovers must take place every 15 minutes, inside a 30 second zone (15 seconds before and 15 seconds after). Each rower must do 15 minutes and nobody is allowed to row twice.

Result: The result is the time or distance on the monitor. Changeover times are included. Each round can be rowed whenever in the month, but the closing time for entries is 1200 GMT on the third Monday of each month.

Standings

Standings are calculated as a percentage of the pace of the fastest team in each category. That is to say, the best team in any event or class for that round receives 100 points while a team rowing at a speed of 92.9% compared to the fastest speed receives 92.9 points. As an example, if in Round One - 2 x (8 x 500m) the fastest club, Rowing Club A, covered the 8,000m in 23:56.8 they would receive 100 points. Rowing Club B rowed 25:46.8, a pace that is 92.9% of the winners. They would therefore receive 92.9 points.