What’s New

  • IDBF CCWC will not be held in 2020

    The IDBF has announced that the Club Crew World Championships will not be held in Aix les Bains France in 2020.

    You can read the full statement from the IDBF by clicking here.

    This news release indicates that the Organizing Committee and the City of Aix les Bains are still committed to hosting the Championships in 2021.

    For additional information you can visit the IDBF website at:

  • USDBF and IDBF release statements on COVID-19

    The United Stated Dragon Boat Federation has released the following statement regarding COVID-19:

    Like every sport, we are closely monitoring information about the Corona virus, to include guidelines, precautions and procedures that teams and individuals should be aware of and already following. As recommended, we must each assess our own risk and follow guidelines accordingly, wash your hands, cover your cough, avoid crowds, maintain adequate distance from others (6 feet recommended), follow federal, state and local requirements for event size restrictions, and please stay home if you are displaying any symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or persistent cough (a best practice even if you are negative for the virus).
    Individual teams should stay in contact with their race organizers for any changes in local competitions.
    USDBF will stay in contact with the IDBF for any changes in international competition and will forward information as it becomes available.

    The IDBF has also released a statement regarding the impact of COVID-19 on plans for the upcoming championships. They have indicated that a decision on whether to proceed with CCWC will be made by mid-May at the latest. You can read their full statement by clicking on this link.

    UPDATE 3/27/20
    The IDBF has announced that the Club Crew World Championships will not be held in 2020. Read their full news release by clicking on this link.

  • IDBF releases supplementary Bulletin for CCWC

    The IDBF has released a Supplementary Information Bulletin relating to the Paradragon division at the Club Crew World Championships being held in France this summer.

    You can read the information in Bulletin #2 by going to the IDBF website and clicking on “News”. (or click here)

    You can also find previous Bulletins issued by the IDBF on their website:

    Good luck to those ADBA crews that are heading to France!!

  • USDBF announces Crews attending CCWC in France

    The CCNC Committee of the United States Dragon Boat Federation has announced the list of crews that have earned or petitioned for a berth to attend the Club Crew World Championships in France in August, 2020.

    You can find a listing of the crews by going to the USDBF website here,or by clicking on the following links:
    By Crew
    By Racing Class
    By Region

    We wish to congratulate the crews from the ADBA that have earned their berth and will be representing the Midwest Region at the World Championships. You can find a list of ADBA crews in the “By Region” document here.

  • ADBA 2019 Regional Championships

    The Board of Directors of the American Dragon Boat Association is happy to announce that the 2019 ADBA Regional Championships that were held July 13, 2019 at Lake Andrea, Kenosha, Wisconsin were a huge success.  The winners have been awarded berths to the IDBF Club Crew World Championships which will be held in Aix-Les Bains, France in 2020.

    More information can be found by clicking here.

  • Midwest Paddlers Attend PanAm Camp

    Paddlers from around the Midwest recently attended a paddling camp held in Florida.

  • IDBF moves to new website

    The International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) has announced that it has moved it’s website to a new domain name. See the Media Release below:


  • 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.

  • 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.