Step 1 - Register Your Team Name and Captain before June 1. Payment due at time of registration.

Step 2 - Create your Team Page and sign up your paddlers

Once you have registered, we will send you instructions about how to set up a Team Page and start adding paddlers to the roster.

Club Teams are existing dragon boat teams that already practice regularly and should bring their own drummer and steersperson. A good example is Springfield's own Dragon Rays. (BCS/ACS Teams should register as CLUB teams.) Club teams will register 16 to 20 paddlers, a drummer, a steersperson, and up to three team alternates for a total of 25 team members maximum.


Challenge Teams are typically organized just for this Festival. Their registration fee includes the cost of a training session for 20 paddlers. Challenge teams will register 16 to 20 paddlers, a drummer, and up to three alternates for a total of 24 team members. We provide a professional steersperson/coach for all Challenge Team races. Note: During any race, Challenge Teams must have at least eight women paddling in your boat.

Be sure to have a designated captain and a team name before you start to register! 
Once we receive your deposit or payment, you can set up a team page and enter your roster. To download a pdf of the instructions, click on this link


Your designated captain is responsible for adding team members to team roster. That's a maximum of 25 names for a Club Team and a maximum of 24 for CHALLENGE Teams. Also, if you have a CHALLENGE Team, in each of your races at least 8 of your paddlers — not including the drummer — must be women.


As your crew members register, they must sign an online waiver in order to participate. Paddlers younger than age 16 (as of June 23, 2018) must have their waivers signed by a parent or guardian. No paddlers younger than age 14 are allowed.


Fees and Race Categories


If you register before May 1, a $250 non-refundable deposit reserves your Team's place in the Festival, whether you are a Club or CHALLENGE Team. BCS/ACS Teams should register as Club Teams. After May 1, you must pay full amount.

All Club Teams: Total fee is $1,000 (due by June 1)

Dragon Boat Challenge Team: Total fee $2,000 (due by June 1)

Team Registration Includes:

  • Team campsite at North Riverfront Park

  • Three 200 meter races on race day, June 23, racing begins at 9:00 a.m.

  • All necessary equipment, including boats, paddles, and life jackets

Dragon Boat CHALLENGE Teams also receive a one-hour professionally coached training session, in the week prior to the race, and a qualified steersperson for their races.

Medals and Awards

Challenge Teams:  First, Second, Third
Club Teams: First, Second, Third
Top BCS/ACS Team  (One award since these teams also compete as Club Teams)
Best Site
Best Drummer
Spirit Award

How to form a CHALLENGE Team​
Dragon Boat CHALLENGE teams are typically comprised of paddlers who

represent a specific business, non-profit organization, church, school, or association. But, a CHALLENGE team may also be a group of friends, relatives, co-workers, and other who just want to show off their competitive edge and  prove who is the most in sync. Here’s the key to dragon boat racing: All 20 paddlers must be doing the same thing at the same time.


The Festival is a rain or shine event. If severe weather conditions result in cancellation of the Festival, we cannot refund registration fees.

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