Read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Competition Framework


General FAQs

Will sweep and sculling points be assessed separately for ranking points?

Yes, there will still be a Ranking Index for both sweep and sculling ranking points. If you compete in both disciplines you will have two separate sets of ranking points.

Will there be ranking points for head races and regattas?

Yes, there will be points allocated for all regattas and head races throughout the year. The Competitor Profile will show which events are being used to calculate the Personal Ranking Index.

How will head races and regattas points compare?

The number of ranking points awarded will depend on the number of crews in the event at both heads and regattas, with the aim that points awarded to each are similar. So the top crews at a national competition, whether head or regatta, will gain similar points.

How will rankings be calculated?

You will be awarded ranking points for every competition you race in. This includes Junior and Masters events. From this, your Personal Ranking Index (PRI) is calculated.

Your PRI is the sum of your eight highest scoring events (after depreciation with age has been taken into account), with up to five years’ worth of results being used (if you have been competing that long). If less than eight events have been entered then a secondary Ranking Index called the PRI Max is calculated. This is calculated based on the average PRI for the events that have been entered and then multiplied up to eight events. This is to ensure that those racing from overseas, anyone who has taken a break from the sport or is new to the sport has a comparative PRI to those racing more frequently.

If a competitor enters more than one event in a competition, only the highest ranking in each of the sweep and sculling disciplines will be used in the calculation of the Personal Ranking Index.

Will points from the current system be converted into new ranking points?

No, there is no straight conversion of your current points to the new Personal Ranking Index (PRI). Instead, we’re generating points from the head and regatta results collected since September 2015 when we first required competitions to supply results for all races. Points will not be backdated prior to this as there is not enough information in the Almanac or BROE about lower placed crews to integrate into the new system.

This will also be the case with the points used by UK coastal associations.

How will it impact competitors who are not in top form?

Regardless of personal form, the new competition framework will reflect performance level compared to the competitive field. If you perform well across competitions you will get more points. Similarly, if you perform less well you will get less points.

Why will the juniors and masters still have their own categories?

Typically, juniors increase in speed between the ages of 11 and 18 and the masters age groups from (27+) tend to do the reverse. The current junior and masters age classifications cater for this and remain unchanged.

Under the current system, masters and older juniors can, if they prefer, enter races at senior events determined by ability rather than age. Under the new Framework they can continue to do so with the ranking points system enabling rowers to events at an appropriate level. Likewise, competitions may wish to use the ranking index system in conjunction with masters and junior events.

Note: as the current statuses of IM3 etc will no longer exist it will not be possible to offer Mas IM3 etc. Masters events can be subdivided by ranking index.

How will competitions work with adaptive rowing?

Para rowing will have the same Personal Ranking Index system as all rowers, within their individual classifications. Rowability boat classes will be monitored and competitors will be considered on a case by case basis.

How will competition organisers know if a competitor is a beginner?

There is no fixed definition of ‘beginner’ or ‘new to sport’, other than not carrying many ranking points. If competitions wish to offer events using their own criteria they will also need decide how they are going to monitor and police those criteria.

How will ranking points from previous years impact your Personal Ranking Index?

Ranking Points will automatically reduce in value with age, i.e. those won from the last 12 months will be worth 100% of their value, between 12 – 24 months they will be worth 66% of their value. Between 24 – 36 months they will be worth 33%, then between 36 – 48 months they will be worth 15%. Between 48 – 60 months they will be worth 5% and 60 months plus will be worth 1 ranking point. Points will never revert to 0, even if you have not been in the sport for many years.

How does Henley Royal Regatta fit in?

Henley Royal Regatta will operate in the same way as it does now. The stewards use results from recent regattas to help pre-select crews.

Will there be an app for BROE?

This is being discussed and we will assess if this is a feasible option.

For Rowers

How will I be able to check my Personal Ranking Index?

You can access your PRI by logging into your personal British Rowing Account. From here, you’ll be able to view your race history, current PRI is and how it is calculated.

How often will the ranking points update?

The points will update after each competition, but will count towards your next race only if this is more than eight days after your previous competition. Competitions have five days to upload results after competition day.

Will you get more ranking points if you win in a higher banded event at a Regatta?

Yes, the higher the band you race in the more ranking points you gain, as there will be more people competing in banded events below you. The number of points allocated to the winner of a band will depend on the number of crews in that band and all lower bands. It will also match the points awarded for beating the same number of crews in a head race.

What determines the number of points I win in a head race?

In a head race it’s the number of crews of the same gender in the same boat type and division that you are faster than in real time that determines how many points you get. The scale is not linear so it’s not a straight 1 point per crew beaten.

What is the maximum number of Personal Ranking Points I can get?

The maximum number of Personal Ranking Points that can be gained at one event is 145.

At a head race, this requires you to beat 49 or more crews in your division of the same boat type and gender. If there are less than 50 crews in an event, then the maximum points available will be lower, down to 1 point if only 2 crews enter. If there are more than 50 crews the points are awarded pro-rata.

At a regatta, the points awarded depends on how many rounds you get through and how many crews you beat with different bands being linked. For example, the points awarded in a championship band would be determined by the number of crews in lower bands. If the size of the entry would lead to the “top” crews attracting more than 145 points the points are adjusted down pro-rata.

With up to eight competitions included in the calculation of your Personal Ranking Index it has a theoretical maximum 0f 1160.

Do I get ranking points if I lose in the first round?

No, you will never get any ranking points if you lose in the first round.

How do ranking points work with time trials?

If a time trial is used to seed crews for a side-by-side race, then no Ranking Points will be gained as the time trial is being used as a sorting method.

If a time trial is used to eliminate crews, then this is deemed to be the first round of the regatta and all successful crews will gain 1 ranking point. The crews that have not progressed through to compete in the event receive 0 ranking points. If at the end of this time trial, all crews go through due to crews not competing, then this is not deemed to be the first round.

Can I enter a higher event band to challenge myself?

Yes, if you advise the competition organisers that you would like to enter a higher event band. This is at the discretion of the competition and it does not need to comply with your request. This banded event will depend on which events the competition organisers have set up.

Will I still be able to win my Novice pot under the new system?

No, not in the same way as the current system. Under the new system it’s likely you’ll gain your first personal ranking points before you win your first event. So, in the future you could win your first ranking points which would be considered the equivalent of winning your Novices.

We know that winning your first race and losing your Novice status is traditionally a landmark occasion for competitors, however we feel that winning your first pot will remain the first big target and milestone for competitors.

Competitors new to the sport will doubtless celebrate getting their first personal ranking points too.

What if I don’t have a British Rowing (BR) login?

As part of joining BR you will have been sent a BR login. If for any reason you have misplaced this then please check your emails first, and if you still can’t find it, then please email membership@britishrowing.org providing them with your full name, D.O.B. and primary club.

Will I still need a membership card?

Maybe, we’re looking into this. Competitors will still need to provide proof of identity, but not to provide proof of their Ranking Index. This information will be stored centrally.

Will coxes get a Personal Ranking Index (PRI)?

Yes, coxes will gain Ranking Points, depending on how well their crew does. This is to recognise the contribution of a cox to a crew. However, these points will not contribute to a crews ranking total for entry purposes nor do they count towards a rower’s PRI when entering a race as a rower. Coxes don’t get points under the existing system.

How will mixed events work?

As with the current system, there will not be a separate Ranking Points system for mixed events. They will work to the same system, so you will win ranking points for competing in mixed events.

How will crew substitutions work?

As under the current system, you have to make sure you don’t increase your crew status. Under the new system you can’t increase your crew’s Ranking Index by more than 25% of the highest ranked crew in the band. E.g. if the highest ranked crew Ranking Index is 100 points, then the maximum a crew can have after all of the substitutions have been completed is 125.

The same rules as now will apply, if a crew exceeds the maximum allowed. Additionally, the existing criteria regarding when substitutions can be made will remain unchanged.

How will international competitors join British Rowing?

A simple form is being developed asking for more information from individual rowers. This will allow us to award them a number of ranking points within our system.

How will international competitors be classified wanting to race in one off competitions?

This has not changed. Competitions are currently able to place overseas crews in the relevant events or event bands as they feel is correct. The majority of the large competitions already have rules to manage this.

How does indoor rowing fit in?

This is being monitored. Indoor rowing is run by age categories so we would need to look at how we could integrate it.

How will league events work?

Currently each round of a league would be counted separately in line with standard competitions. Developments in league rowing are being monitored. It will be possible to establish a national club league based on the Personal Ranking Index.

For Competition Secretaries

How often will the points update?

The points will update after each competition as results are submitted by regatta and head race administrators/competition organisers and will count towards the competitor’s next race if they are more than eight days apart. Competitions are required to upload their results to the online entry system within five days of race day.

Will there be support for competition administrators?

Absolutely, we will be providing step-by-step guides of how to use the system amongst other tools such as self-help guides.

What’s happening to British Rowing Online Entries (BROE)?

We’re rewriting BROE (called BROE2) to incorporate the new Ranking Index system as well as being a more modern style. Competitions will use either BROE for the current style of events or BROE2 for events using the new Ranking System. A competition cannot mix and match the two styles however old style points will be visible in the new system.

Can I submit paper entries on the competitor’s behalf?

No. All entries have to be submitted online when we move to the new system.

How do you keep track of substitutions at Head races, especially when there are several launching points?

As now – these rules have not changed! It is the responsibility of the crew to inform the organisers of any crew changes. Substitutions can be entered by a competition administration after the head as now.

When do placeholder positions need to be confirmed?

Placeholders need to be confirmed before the official close of entries. If entries are not completed before the official close, the entry cannot be accepted. Placeholder positions will be able to be confirmed after entries are suspended. A competition can request placeholder positions to be confirmed earlier.

What will the process be for making event result returns to BROE?

The same import formats of an excel CSV file or our current bespoke upload will be available, but slightly modified for the new system.

For Competition Organisers

Will there be support for competition organisers?

Absolutely, we will be providing step-by-step guides of how to use the system amongst other tools such as self-help guides.

How will competitions be organised?

Given that there will no longer be the usual set categories of IM3, Novice etc. this will allow events to have the flexibility to categorise the events to suit the competitor demands. Events could be set up by Ranking Index bands, which could be formed once entries are in to allow for close and exciting racing by racing crews of similar abilities. We will provide examples of how this could work.

Why do I need to send all of my event results now?

A crucial factor contributing to the success of the competition framework is that our competition organisers fulfil the requirement to enter the result times from all competing crews into British Rowing Online Entries (BROE). This includes all substitutions within crews to be accurately updated and recorded before results are finalised. This is so we can create the Ranking Index, formed from individual athlete profiles taken from times throughout the racing seasons across all competition.

How are the Event Bands in split events set?

Event Bands are decided once the entries are in and the organisers can view the ranking points of all of the crews to then decide how to band the events. The number of crews in each band is determined by the number of rounds event organisers wish crews to race i.e. two crews = one round, one race; eight crews = three rounds, seven races.

How can we manage competitors for both morning and afternoon divisions in terms of doubling up?

Crews can enter either morning or afternoon as they do now. Events can offer the same boat types for both morning and afternoon divisions if they wish with different banding for the divisions. E.g. a competition could offer new to sport or junior crews in the morning and all other crews’ events in the afternoon. There is nothing stopping a competition having the same events offered in the morning and afternoon and let crews enter as they wish. This is no different than offering Elite, IM1, and IM3 in the morning and Senior, IM2 and Novice in the afternoon now.

How will an early close of entries affect race banding?

If an event closes more than eight days before the event or whole competition then this is considered “Suspending Entries”. The ranking points can/will change up to the official close of entries as on the competition poster, but the Personal Ranking Index of each competitor will still be considered from the same date for each event.

In 2017, will there be enough data to be able to run events as Ranking Index bands?

From September 2015 competitions were required to supply a full set of results for all rounds of all races. This means we have nearly two head seasons and one regatta season of results to start calculating PRI’s.

Do competitions need to advertise how they will split crews between ranking points?

We do recommend that competitions clearly publicise the approach they intend to take on banding crews in light of the potential different levels of entries but this is not a mandatory requirement. Event banding is only needed if there are too many crews to get through all of the rounds or there is a wide variation in Ranking Points.

Do we need to check each member of every crew as they boat?

No. The club and competitor are still responsible to boat the individuals in each crew that have been entered. The rules on checking crews have not changed as it has always been the responsibility of the crew to inform the competition of changes.

Do all regattas have championship events?

“Championship Event” is a term used to define the crews with the highest Ranking Index. There is no need for an event to call them “Championship” as the banding will illustrate crews of the highest level.

Will regattas be ranked?

No, the number of crews entered will influence the number of ranking points accrued by competitors. The more competitors there are, the more points will be on offer. With this and the system as a whole we will monitor and evaluate the results and continue to make changes to improve the system using an evidence based approach.

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