What’s New

  • Bulletin #1 Released for USDBF Club Crew Nationals

    Is your crew ready to compete with some of the best clubs in the US?  If so, you will want to attend the United States Dragon Boat Federation’s “Club Crew National Championships” (CCNC) in August of 2019.

    The USDBF has released the first Bulletin, giving many of the particulars regarding registration for this event.  This Bulletin can be found by going to the USDBF website for the Club Crew Nationals, or by clicking here.

    The USDBF holds a CCNC every two years.  The winning crew in each division will not only have “bragging rights” to call themselves the “best team in the US”, but will be given the opportunity to represent the United States at the IDBF Club Crew World Championships (CCWC). The next CCWC will be held in France in 2020.

    Since this year’s Club Crew Nationals is being held in the ADBA Region, we are looking for a good showing by the Midwest teams!  Take advantage of the early registration discount being offered in Bulletin #1 and register your crew soon.

    Why are the dates of the CCNC overlapping with the dates for IDBF World Nations Championships?

    The USDBF announced in the summer of 2017 that the 2019 USDBF Club Crew National Championships will be held from August 23 to 25th, 2019 in conjunction with the Colorado Springs Dragon Boat Festival. Club Crews from all across the US will participate in the USDBF CCNCs to race for the title of National Champion in their division.

    In late July of 2018 the IDBF announced the dates of August 20 to the 25th, 2019 for the next World Nations Championships, to be held in Pattaya, Thailand.

    It was immediately apparent that the dates of the 2019 USDBF CCNC would conflict with any paddlers who would be racing for Team USA, making them unable to race with their home clubs at the USDBF Club Crew National Championships.

    After hearing the issues raised by crews, and attempting to broker a date change with Great White North, it was ultimately decided by the CCNC Committee to honor the contracted race date with the Colorado Springs Dragon Boat Festival and Great White North.

    The full statement on behalf of the CCNC Committee can be viewed here.

  • ADBA Regional Championship proposals requested

    The ADBA is seeking proposals from interested festival organizers and / or vendors to host the ADBA Regional Club Crew Championships during the 2019 paddling season.

    More information and details of the bidding requirements can be found by downloading the RFP document.  Click here.

    All proposals must be received no later than November 15, 2018.

  • Registration Deadline Extended for Pan Am Club Crew Championships

    Is your club or team is interested in participating in the Pan Am Club Crew Championships, to be held at NORTH BEACH, PIGEON POINT, TOBAGO?

    This Championship event will take place March 22 – 24, 2019.

    The registration deadline has been extended, so get your club/team together now and plan on attending this event!

    More information can be found on the PACCC website.

  • USDBF Announces New Scholarship

    The United States Dragon Boat Federation and its communities have lost a prominent member of our dragon boat community, Dr. Hype Mattingly-Jordan on Saturday, 18 August. Dr. Mattingly served the USDBF as the Premier Women’s coach in 2015, and paddled many years as a Team USA member. Hype’s passion for the sport at all levels, and more importantly her commitment to any paddler she came into contact with, will continue to be carried forward by all those she had touched over the years.

    The USDBF officers and directors offer our sincerest condolences to her wife Sara Jordan, and to Hype’s family.

    The United States Dragon Boat Federation will be creating a scholarship in honor of Hype Mattingly, to be awarded each year to a paddler to attend the Bow Wave Training Camp.  Anyone who was coached by Hype at this camp soon learned about her desire to make each paddler into much more than they ever thought possible, with her fierce energy, attention to detail, and endless perseverance and persistence.

    It is the hope that athletes awarded the Hype Mattingly Scholarship will take advantage of the opportunity to learn, grow, and excel in the sport of Dragon Boat with that same fierce desire shown by Hype throughout her coaching career.

  • Want to be a Team USA Paddler for 2019 IDBF World Championships

    The 2019 IDBF World Championships will be held in Pattaya, Thailand. The dates for the 14th World Nations Championships were recently announced.  The event will be held August 20 – 25, 2019.

    In preparation for this World Championship event, the USDBF has selected Coaches to lead and prepare Team USA for competition.

    If you are an athlete interested in trying out for Team USA 2019, please submit your paddler information right away.

    More information can be found on the USDBF website by following this link:


    ( New information regarding Senior C candidates has just been posted to the above link. )

    Good luck!

  • ADBA Steering Clinic is a Success!

    Congratulations to the participants of the ADBA Steering Clinic that was held in the Chicagoland area over the weekend of May 19th and 20th.


    A big thank you to John McDermott; Coach for Greater Chicago Dragon Boat Club and a Coach for Team USA, for conducting the training.


    It’s great to see that more sterns will be joining the ranks!


    The ADBA is planning on offering another stern training clinic in September, 2018.


    Check back here later for more details.

  • USDBF Official’s training

    The ADBA is looking for people that are interested in expanding their knowledge of the rules and regulations regarding Dragon Boat racing. We would like to offer a USDBF Official’s training course here in the Midwest. This class would be offered here in the Midwest if there is enough interest to cover the cost to bring in the instructor. Please let us know if you are interested by sending an email to: secretary@americandragonboat.com.