AON MAADI CUP REGATTA
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2016 Aon Maadi4 - 10 April 2016, Lake Ruataniwha
Maadi dates exceptionally late in season
This year's April Maadi will be the latest date the regatta has been held since 1965. And it will be the first time Maadi has ever been held in April in the South Island.
The late date comes about becuase Easter is occurring at the end of March, when Maadi would usually be held. That meant Summer Tournament week either had to be super-early or much later than usual. Early didn't leave schools enough time to preare their sports teams. So we find ourselves holding Maadi well into April instead.
An April regatta may bring challenges with it.
Overall, schools will need to factor the late date into their planning and make sure pupils are prepared to dress for whatever the weather might bring.
ENTRIESOpening late February
NZSSRA's online regatta entry system will open for entries on Monday 14 March and entries will close a week later on Monday 21 March, which is after the North and South Island Secondary School Championships have been held. Member schools will be sent a notice and copy of the regatta Conditions when entries open.
Meanwhile the online regatta entry system is open for roster maintenance. Schools are strongly encouraged to log in for Roster Maintenance and tidy up their roster of pupils before starting entries, as doing this while making regatta entries considerably slows down the process.
Passwords for online regatta entry are held by Member Schools' Sports Coordinators (schools should contact the Manager regarding misplaced passwords.)
Entry fees (exclusive of GST) for the regatta were set by members at the 2015 AGM and changed a little from last year: 1X $26, 2X/2- $32, 4X+/4+ $44, 8X+/8+ $68, amenity $24 per pupil.
Notwithstanding the limits there is still a possibility the number of entries will exceed the capacity of the progression system: 64 crews.
If it turns out 65+ entries are received, despite the limits in place, then the usual process is to lower the limit for the affected event. Or, if that's not possible, to implement an emergency progression*.
* Emergency progressions include the Option 2 progression for over-subscribed regattas (viable for 65-72 entries) and time trialling
note: when supplementary entries open the limits will be gradually raised
Number of events per pupil
After a review of the per pupil entries for the last few Seasons' school regattas and much discussion about the health and safety of each rower, the Schools Committee continues to make the following recommendation:
School age rowers should only be racing 2 events at a Championships regatta. A few rowers could be considered for 3 events; none should be doing more.
In reaching the reccommendation advice was sort from physiologists, leading elite coaches and the NZ Secondary School Sports Council. The Schools Committee will continue to monitor the entry per pupil this season.
NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria pupils "new" to a school
The NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria were revised with effect from 2012 and then tweaked for rowing at NZSSRA's 2013 AGM. An updated article about the NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria is available to help members assess whether or not each of their pupils is considered new to their school. Schools are limited to 3 "new" pupils in an eight and 1 "new" pupil in other boats ("new" pupils are those who've swapped schools or come from overseas and looks back over the past 2 years).
How the weeks unfolds Sunady, 3 - Sunday, 11 April 2016
If all goes well and the weather co-operates then the week will roughly unfold as follows:
Until supplementary entries and scratchings close we won't know what event number the heats split at or which events will end up with quarter-finals and/or semi-finals or how many finals each event will have. Also, as 2010 showed dramatically, the best laid plans can quickly go out the window if we get bad weather (or bad weather is forecast for later in the week).
Competitions at Maadi
There are 3 competions taking place during this year's regatta; listed below.
BEST SCHOOL BANNER COMPETITION
For the school with the best banner displayed during the Aon Maadi Cup parade. Banner must use Aon Maadi Cup logo. The school banners will be judged and prizes awarded at the parade.
2015 MASCOT COMPETITION
For the school with the best mascot attending the regatta. The competition is open to all the schools entered into the 2016 Aon Maadi Cup regatta. Only one mascot entry per school is allowed.
Entries take the form of a photo of the mascot that is representing the school during the regatta.
To enter the competition email a photo of the mascot to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Mascot must be present at the Aon Maadi Cup regatta at Lake Ruataniwha.
2015 T-SHIRT COMPETITION
For the school with the best t-shirt during the Aon Maadi Cup regatta. This competition is open to all the schools entered into the 2016 Aon Maadi Cup regatta. Only one t-shirt entry per school is allowed.
The words 'Maadi' should be included on the T-shirts. Aon is the principal sponsor and a generous supporter of the Aon Maadi Cup regatta and schools should recognise this by including the name 'Aon' on their entry. e.g. as in 'The 2016 Aon Maadi Cup' or the Aon Maadi Cup logo.
For more information, to obtain the 2016 Aon Maadi Cup Logo or to submit at entry, please email email@example.com.
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