This is your guide to leading your team on and off the water. You get the chance to bond with your team while competing for the win! Event day, Saturday, August 15, 2015, at The Gadsden Riverwalk (behind Chili’s), will feature competitive racing and lots of fun. You can decorate your tent, show off your cool team T-shirts – enjoy the experience!
- You may have a maximum of 24 team members. The minimum age for participation is 15.
- 20 paddlers and 1 drummer (ONLY 3 alternates can be added to your team). The steerer will be provided by race management. You may have a minimum of 16 paddlers to participate on race day. Your team may consist of fellow employees, friends and family. You don't need experienced team members. Dragon Boat paddling is easy to learn; the techniques and logistical information you need are taught during practice.
- Each team must race with a minimum of eight (8) women paddlers. Your team will receive a time penalty of three (3) seconds for every female your team is short. The only exception to this rule – leave the seat empty for every female required.
- The drummer must weigh 160 pounds or less. For safety reasons, there is a weight limit for drummers. Your drummer receives instruction in practice to keep the beat of the stroke. It is also ideal for this person to yell loudly and have rhythm. Drummer can only use provided drumsticks and their voices to direct team members.
- Sound Devices including radios, electronic signaling devices, bullhorns, air horns, whistles, generators with a decibel rating over 65dBA and other noisemaking devices are prohibited.
Each team receives
- Team Tent space in Athlete's Village (bring a 10'x10' pop-up, coolers welcome)
- Use of Dragon Boats and equipment (includes life jackets/PFD, paddles, and drum)
- Life jacket/PFD (team members may use their own Coast Guard approved PFD)
- One 90-minute on-water scheduled practice prior to race day (contact office to schedule your practice)
- Sponsoring company/team name posted on the www.habitatdragonboat.com and other materials.
Practices are vital to the Dragon Boat experience. Practice time will help your team become familiar with the boat and learn the technique, as well as master timing. The more team members showing for practice, the better your team performs on race day.
Each team receives a 90-minutes practice session on the Coosa River at Riverwalk Park (behind Chili's) with a trained coach during the week prior to the race. With full payment of registration fee, practice times will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis
Team Captain's Meeting
This meeting is required for all team captains or a representative of your choosing. You may attend either one of the two meetings. Both meetings will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Habitat for Humanity office located at 3644 Rainbow Drive in Rainbow City, just north and next door to the Rainbow City Municipal Building. Important safety. Important safety information will be discussed, your teams' race schedule will be distributed (if available at that time), along with your unloading passes for two cars to be granted short-term close access to the festival site to drop off items such as your tent – chairs, tables, decorations, etc.
What to wear for practice and race day
- You WILL get wet. Wear clothing you do not mind getting wet.
- Comfortable, quick drying shorts and dri-fit shirts are most convenient (cotton tends to stick to your skin).
- Sport sandals, or water shoes are recommended such as Tevas, Crocs, etc. (Tennis shoes are too heavy).
- You may wear your own U.S. coast Guard approved life vest (or use those provided at practices and on race day).
- Hat or visor to keep the sun out of your eyes.
- Sunscreen/ sunglasses
- In case of rain, bring rain gear
- Consider bringing a towel and extra change of clothes
What to Bring
- Your team should bring a tent for shade at the festival (10'x10' pop-up canopy) is best. (NO LARGE tents or stakes in ground allowed)
- Each team will have tent space labeled with your team name in the Athletes' Village.
- We will provide water and other beverages, but you should bring extra to insure that your team has plenty of water. Healthy snacks would be a good idea, too. Food & cold drinks will also be available at concession stands.
- Chairs, tables, decorations, snacks, footballs, sunscreen, hat, garbage bag for your tent area, towels, comfortable shoes, change of clothes if you do not want to be wet all day.
- Report to your Team Tent an hour (8:00 a.m.) before the race. This will allow you enough time to unload your belongings, park and sign in at the registration table to receive your wrist band.
- The first heat is at 9:00 a.m. so your team should be registered at least one (1) hour prior to their first race.
- Marshaling officials and volunteers will instruct your team to line up, then alert you when it's time to load boat.
- Shuttles will be available on race day so you can park at Convention Center and Tourism parking lots. Parking will be allowed on Rainbow Drive so long as space is available
- Judges will decide the winners for "Best Drummer Costume" and "Best Team Spirit", "Best Team T-Shirts" and "Best Decorated Tent".
- Each team races twice.
- Round 1 is pre-arranged on the schedule.
- After the first race, teams are seeded by time and into their race division of Competitive (top 16 teams by time) or Recreational and will race fastest to slowest in Round 2.
- After Round 2, times from both races are averaged to determine the final round.
- The Final round in the Recreational Division is comprised of the top 8 fastest teams.
- The Final round in the Competitive Division is comprised of the top 8 fastest teams
- In the Final round of the Recreational Division, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are determined based on fastest times in the final round only (2 heats = 3rd and final round) .
- In the Final round of the Competitive Division, the Gold, Silver, Bronze winners are determined based on fastest times of the final round only (2 heats = 3rd and final round).
Turning in your signed team waivers and completed roster at the Captain's meeting would be appreciated. Waivers may be filled out at your practice, however. There is no other participant registration necessary.
What Not To Bring
Alcohol. It would severely dehydrate you and make paddling dangerous. Hydration is very important. Read more about it on WebMD.com. Please learn more in the rules and regulations.
Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity
3644 Rainbow Dr.
Rainbow City, AL 35906