What’s New

  • 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.

  • USDBF Official’s training

    The USDBF has announced that it will be holding a Class 1 Officials Training course in the Midwest Region.  If you have always wanted to expand your knowledge of the rules and regulations regarding Dragon Boat racing, please consider joining other interested participants on August 23rd for this training.

    Class will be held from 9 to 4 at the Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Participants will be able to put what they learn on Friday, to the test on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th by “Shadowing” a USDBF Certified Official at the USDBF Club Crew Nationals being held at Prospect Lake in Memorial Park near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Don’t wait!  Registrations for this course will close on August 1, 2019!

    Download the registration form here.

  • Midwest Paddlers Attend PanAm Camp

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

  • Bulletin #2 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 two Bulletins, giving many of the particulars regarding registration for this event.  These Bulletins 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 from August 24th to 30th, 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 before June 1st.

    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.

  • 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.