British Rowing - Summary of the New Competiton Framework

As you may have heard, British Rowing are making some changes to the way rowers compete in British Rowing events. Here is a quick summary of the changes for you taken from British Rowing News...

What is happening? 

'The current points system will be replaced with a more contemporary personal ranking index (PRI) system which will provide a better reflection of a rower’s ability and expertise, and create a fairer level of competition in races. The ranking system will also take into account performances in both head races and regattas.'

Why is it changing?

'In 2014, over 26,000 rowers competed in more than 200 competitions across the country. Of these rowers, 85% of women and 71% of men had just two or fewer sweep points, while 90% of both men and women had two or fewer sculling points. This means the overwhelming majority of British Rowing members fit into just two categories – Novice and IM3. Quite simply, the rowing community has told us they want fair, close and exciting racing for all levels of ability and expertise and that the current competition structure doesn’t provide them with that.'

How are things changing?

'The vast majority of our membership have two or fewer points because the current system only awards points for winning events at regattas.
Under the new personal ranking index (PRI) system you will earn ranking points (RP) based on your performance in an event, even if you don’t win. The better you perform, the more PRI points you will get.'

Who came up with the new system?

'The National Competition Committee (NCC) led the consultation process which included rowers, coxes, event organisers, entries secretary, coaches and umpires.
During 2014, the NCC also held workshops and listened to clubs, large and small, from across the country. Competition structures in other leading rowing nations, as well as other sports from around the globe.
From these consultation sessions, three key messages were clear:
  1. Rowers want to compete at an appropriate level, against rowers of similar ability and expertise
  2. We need a competition system that discourages the practice of crews and individuals actively trying to avoid gaining points (and by extension, avoiding racing) so they could compete at a low level
  3. The current system, which awards points solely to the winners of events at regattas and nothing for everyone else, as well as no points being awarded at head races then it doesn’t create an accurate profile of a rower’s abilities'

When’s it changing?

'During the current (2017) season, the new and old systems are running in parallel with competitions having the option of running on either system. This enables full and thorough testing of the new system. During this test phase, competitors will be awarded points under both systems.
The racing calendar runs from September to August, with the head season typically running from September to March and the regatta season from April to August.

Starting in September 2017 we expect the majority of competitions to be run on the new system with all competitions being run on this system by April 2018.'

When will I hear more?

Find out more on the British Rowing News and FAQ pages

Information taken straight from British Rowing.

You can download a copy of the Ranking Points index here 

You can download a copy of the Personal Ranking Reference Book here

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published