British Rowing rules: Age groups

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


Junior

For detail see BR rule 3-3-2c (2-3 from April 2017), (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 2016 to 31 Aug 2017:
Age group Born on or after Notes
J18 1 Sep 1998 Under FISA rule 29, no longer a Junior after 31st December of the year he reaches age of 18, so someone born on or before 31 Dec 1998 ceased to be a FISA Junior after 31 Dec 2016
1 Jan 1999 Still FISA Junior to 31 Dec 2017 (but would cease to be BR Junior after 31 Aug 2017 if born on or before 31 Aug 1999)
J17 1 Sep 1999
J16 1 Sep 2000
J15 1 Sep 2001
J14 1 Sep 2002
J13 1 Sep 2003
J12 1 Sep 2004
J11 1 Sep 2005
J10 1 Sep 2006
J9 1 Sep 2007

Under 19

BR rule 3-3-3 from 1 April 2013 (2-2-2 from April 2017).
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 2017 an Under 19 must have been born on or after 1 Jan 1999.

Under 23 (previously FISA Senior B)

BR rule 3-3-4 (2-2-3 from April 2017), 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 2017 an Under 23 must have been born on or after 1 Jan 1995.

Veteran (now Masters)

For detail see BR rule 4-1-7a (4-7a from April 2017); (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 2017 to 31 Dec 2017:
Masters category Average age at end of year A single sculler born on or before Notes
A 27 31 Dec 1990 BR Masters category A is now age 27; now the same as FISA.
B 36 31 Dec 1981
C 43 31 Dec 1974
D 50 31 Dec 1967
E 55 31 Dec 1962
F 60 31 Dec 1957
G 65 31 Dec 1952
H 70 31 Dec 1947
I 75 31 Dec 1942
J 80 31 Dec 1937
K 85 31 Dec 1932 Introduced 2013 by FISA; included in BR rules from April 2016.
L 90 31 Dec 1927 Offered as a test at FISA Masters 2015;  not yet included in FISA rules, and 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 27 Dec 2016.

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