What’s New

  • USDBF is looking for a Team USA manager for the 2019 IDBF World Championships

    In preparation for the 2019 IDBF World Dragon Boat Championships to be held in Pattaya, Thailand, the United States Dragon Boat Federation is looking for someone with the proper credentials to manage Team USA.

    If you are interested, please download the Selection Process explanation and the Team USA Manager application by clicking on this link.

    Or, if you know someone that might be interested, please direct them to this page.


  • ADBA Steering Clinic September 22 – 23

    Do you want to learn how to steer a Hong Kong Dragon Boat?

    The ADBA is offering a Steering Clinic to be held in the Chicago area at Busse Lake.  This clinic will be taught by John McDermott, Coach of the Greater Chicago Dragon Boat Club and will be offered at no charge.

    The dates of this clinic are Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd.

    Pre-registration is required.  To register, please download the flier by clicking here.

    The course outline can be found here.


  • 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.

  • Pan Am Club Crew Championship dates announced

    The dates have been announced for the Pan Am Club Crew Championships.

    If your club or team is interested in participating in this Championship race to be held in Tobago, please download the Invitation Letter here.

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

  • New Board elected at ADBA AGM

    Congratulations to the new officers and directors that were elected by the membership at the Annual General Membership meeting of the American Dragon Boat Association (ADBA) held on Saturday, March 24th

    Elected for a two year term were:

    Barb Michaels; President
    Robin Iovino; Secretary
    Cheryl Lychwick; Director
    Sue Miller; Director
    Ron Hau; Director

    The position of 2nd Vice President (this is a new position) was not filled at this time.  Nominations are still being accepted and this position will be filled by the Board of Directors at a later date.  If you or someone you know is interested in submitting an application for this position, please contact the ADBA Secretary at secretary@americandragonboat.org.

    Click here for a description of the responsibilities of the 2nd VP officer position.

    To see the complete list of the ADBA Board of Directors, you can visit the “Officers and Directors” tab under the “About” section of this website.

  • 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.