Participant Information

Dragon Boat Racing rapidly gains popularity as the 8th fastest growing sport in the world. The growth stems from participation of various groups and corporations using it as an opportunity to build their internal teams. Teams bring their best to become Grand Champion for the most unique, fun and unforgettable experience! Mitchell's Place is so excited to have you join us for our 4th Annual Dragon Boat Race & Festival!

Team Info

  • Team Captains and/or Co-Captains lead the team effort and informs team members.
  • Each team gets an on-water practice session with registration.
  • Each team races on Saturday – two times, with top teams racing in a Final round.
  • Practices and racing will NOT be canceled or postponed due to rain.
  • Your team should bring a tent, if desired, competitive spirit, water, food, tent decorations, etc. 
  • Non-racing awards include: top fundraising team, team spirit, best dressed drummer and best team name.
  • Awards & Medals for Gold, Silver & Bronze winners
  • Almost anyone, regardless of size and fitness level, can paddle in a dragon boat race.

Captain's Guide

Congratulations! You registered a team in the Dragon Boat race. Now, how do you recruit and keep the team assembled until race day? Try following a few simple suggestions.

  • Team members can include co-workers, colleagues, friends, spouses, neighbors, clients, church members.
  • Initially recruit at least 24 for your team.
  • Keep a waiting list for last minute substitutions.
  • Expect turnover. Consider rules for team members – e.g., if one member drops, make them responsible for getting a replacement.
  • Keep them involved. Share Team Captain Updates and/or event info with team members.
  • Encourage your team to fundraise and share the event actively.
  • Each team will send a Captain to the Captain's meeting - meeting date is TBD at Mitchell's Place Overton
  • Teams will sign up for a practice slot between Wednesday-Friday (the week of the race). You will meet the Dynamic Dragon Boat Race coaches/steerers, get familiar with the boats, and practice paddling. 

Quick Look at Technical Race Rules

  • All dragon boats and equipment (including paddles) will be provided.
  • Each paddler must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. One is provided. However, you may bring your own.
  • Every paddler must sign a waiver.
  • Each team will have a trained dragon boat steerer/coach.
  • Minimum age for adult boat is 15.
  • Your team will race with 20 paddlers and a drummer, but you may race with a minimum of 16 people; 8 females minimum per team.
  • Must have 8 female paddlers (drummer does not count). If you substitute female spots for male spots, you will incur a time penalty. 
    • But if you do not have 8 female paddlers and leave slots empty, there will be no time penalty incurred.
  • The drummer must actively beat the drum during the race.

A complete rules and regulations file will be distributed to all team captains. For info about the race day schedule and format, visit the race day schedule page.

FINAL Team Captain Guide.pdf

Examples of Costumes_tents.pdf


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