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WELCOME - Let’s Get Better! USRowing’s 2020 Annual Convention is going virtual this December! Although all of us would rather be meeting in person, COVID-19 had other plans. No worries though. In fact, this year’s convention promises to be bigger than ever with brand new diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) training that will be available free of charge to all of our members along with our ever-popular Para/Adaptive, Coaching Education, Business of Rowing and Referee tracks. And the best part is all of this great content is available from the convenience of home!

We’ll focus on getting better across the spectrum -- improving as coaches, creating more inclusive boathouses, strengthening our organizations as we come back from COVID-19, enhancing our physical and mental well-being, and more. While 2020 has been a challenging year, this year’s Annual Convention serves as a springboard to start 2021 off stronger, healthier, wiser … and better!
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USRowing is excited to announce that VESPOLI USA will be sponsoring the 2020 USRowing Annual Convention, and as part of the sponsorship, convention goers will have the chance to win a new Vespoli SD single. Click Here to Register! 

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Tuesday, December 8
 

11:00am EST

KEYNOTE : Making Our Youth and Collegiate Rowing Programs More Diverse and Inclusive
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE


Our panel will delve into the practical ways that we can make our boathouses more welcoming to athletes and members of all backgrounds.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
avatar for Liam Miranda

Liam Miranda

Duke Women's Rowing c/o 2016, Current Sports Inclusion Researcher at Inclusion Playbook
Liam Miranda (he/him) has extensive experience in the sports inclusion and social justice fields. He studies the intersection of access to athletics and physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and has published various reports and policy reviews relating to LGBTQ inclusion in sports... Read More →
avatar for Malcolm Doldron

Malcolm Doldron

Head Coach, Women's Lightweight Rowing, Boston University
Named Boston University's inaugural women's lightweight head coach in June of 2012, Malcolm Doldron entered his ninth season at the helm of the program in 2020-21, having previously coached at Columbia University, Princeton University, Penn Athletic Club, and Thompson Boat Center... Read More →
avatar for Craig White

Craig White

Head Rowing Coach, St. Benedict's Preparatory School
Craig White started the rowing program at St. Benedict’s Prep in 2011. With the help of dedicated parents and an enduring vision, the program has grown to sustain 60+ students athletes who love the sport year round in the heart of Newark, New Jersey. Craig teaches math at St. Benedict’s... Read More →

Sponsors
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Row360

Row360, the sport’s only independent magazine covering rowing globally, is published six times a year in print and in digital format.Edited by Ben Tufnell, a former GB junior international and Cal Berkeley rower, Row360 covers the most important and engaging stories in rowing, with... Read More →


Tuesday December 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm EST

12:45pm EST

Practice: Science & Art of Changing the Brain
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.
*This link is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Advancements in technology and neuroscience provide new insight about the brain, practice, and performance. Research on neuroplasticity also reveals that the brain continues to change through experience and learning. This interactive session will explore research on how the brain learns, cognitive load, and stress. Additionally, the session will examine neuromyths and the potential effects on mindset. Participants will engage in small groups, polling, and activities focused on optimizing athletic performance through practice, flow, and research informed strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Betts

Kristen Betts

Clinical Professor, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management, Drexel University
PASA Research Poster Session CoordinatorDr. Kristen Betts teaches in the EdD Program in Educational Leadership & Management in the School of Education at Drexel University. She has 20 years of experience in higher education serving in key leadership positions within private, public... Read More →


Tuesday December 8, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST

12:45pm EST

The Language of Coaching
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.
*This link is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


The Language of Coaching presentation focuses on the impact that communication has on an individual’s ability to learn and perform a movement. Performance coach Nick Winkelman examines how instruction, feedback, and cueing can significantly affect training outcomes. Grounded in motor learning and the science of attentional focus, Coach Winkelman will take you through practical coaching frameworks that will help you adapt your language to the learning needs of those you support.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
avatar for Nick Winkelman

Nick Winkelman

Head of Athletic Performance & Science for the Irish Rugby Football Union.
Nick Winkelman is the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and development of strength & conditioning and sports science across all national (Men and Women | XV’s and 7’s) and provincial teams (Leinster... Read More →


Tuesday December 8, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST

2:00pm EST

Boathouse Safety and Best Practices for the Safe Return to Rowing: Using & Monitoring the Phased Approach

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE :
*This link is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*



In this session, you will get to hear from a panel of boathouse directors and coaches from different regions with different rowing constituencies on how the return to rowing was planned and implemented and how the monitoring of safe practices is accomplished and sustained.

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Le Mieux

Rachel Le Mieux

Head Coach, Martha's Moms

Speakers
avatar for Catharine Labine

Catharine Labine

Girls High Performance, JV, Maritime Rowing Club, USRowing Safety Committee
Catharine brings a wealth of experience to Maritime Rowing Club, having coached youth and collegiate rowing since 2009. She led youth women’s programs that qualified boats for Youth National Championships, Scholastic Nationals and finals at Club Nationals.Catharine holds a BS in... Read More →
avatar for Matt Logue

Matt Logue

Executive Director of Three Rivers Rowing Association, Member USRowing Safety Committee, Three Rivers Rowing Association
Matt is the Executive Director of Three Rivers Rowing Association, current member of the USRowing Safety Committee and an Assistant level Referee for USRowing.  Matt is driven to make rowing more accessible and safe for everyone and approaches this drive with a community growth mindset.From... Read More →


Tuesday December 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

2:00pm EST

Supportive Coaching: Utilizing Understanding and Self-Awareness to Promote a Positive Environment

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.
*This link is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*



As a coach, you are constantly working to create a positive team culture, motivate your athletes, and help them perform up to their potential. This session will help you consider how to best meet these goals through reflective exercises and concrete techniques that you can integrate into your coaching style. You will gain a better understanding of athlete mental health and performance anxiety, while learning strategies to help your athletes manage in moments of stress. Additionally, this session will help you reflect on how you can be a truly supportive coach by connecting with each athlete, fostering intrinsic motivation, and creating a positive environment.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
avatar for Lonnie Sarnell

Lonnie Sarnell

Sport Psychologist, Lonnie Sarnell, Psy.D. LLC
Lonnie Sarnell, Psy.D., CMPC, is a Clinical and Sport Psychologist who works with adolescents and adults at her private practice in Millburn, NJ. Dr. Sarnell has experience working with a wide range of concerns, with particular specializations in peak performance and anxiety management... Read More →


Tuesday December 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

3:15pm EST

Innovation in Coaching: Bridging Research to Practice
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.
*This link is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Bettina Callary will present us with evidence from the literature to challenge us with the problems link to our typical approach to the “art” of coaching. Many of us do the same thing over and over again and some of us even choose to hide their coaching secrets as their competitive advantage. Bettina will address the question of innovations as it relates to bridging theory to practice and our understanding of the art and science of coaching.
 

Speakers
avatar for Bettina Callary, PhD

Bettina Callary, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Sport Coaching and Adult Learning; Associate Professor, Cape Breton University
Dr. Bettina Callary teaches in the Sport and Physical Activity Leadership program at Cape Breton University, focusing on coaching and sport psychology. Her research expertise is in the development of coach learning and coaching effectiveness, especially regarding marginalized or understudied... Read More →


Tuesday December 8, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm EST

3:15pm EST

Safety of the Athletes When You Aren’t Around
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.
*This link is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


In this session, the presenters will discuss how to coach your athletes, from novices to the most experienced rower, to be safe when you aren’t there.  During practice, crews can get separated from the coach and each other, issues can occur when traveling to and from regattas, and during racing accidents can happen.  After this session, you should be better prepared to coach your athletes and create a culture of safety in all aspect of rowing, even when you can’t be there.

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Le Mieux

Rachel Le Mieux

Head Coach, Martha's Moms

Speakers
avatar for Kim Degutis

Kim Degutis

Assistant Referee and Coxswain at Riverside Boat Club, Unaffiliated (USA)
Kim has been a masters coxswain for over 10 years and a US Rowing Assistant Referee for 3. She found rowing on a grass roots team from a small college in NJ and has loved the sport ever since. While she is a member of the Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge, MA, she's also a member of... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Macnamara

Ruth Macnamara

2021 Julian Wolf Award Winner Trials Coordinator, USRowing Referees
avatar for KC Dietz

KC Dietz

Coach
KC started rowing in 1977 for the University of Massachusetts. She was inspired by prominent National Team athletes who trained side by side with her and the club team. As a smaller athlete, she became interested in integrating the technical, physical and psychological aspects of... Read More →
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →


Tuesday December 8, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm EST

4:30pm EST

From Summer to Winter - Elements of High Performance Coach Development
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.
*This link is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Rowing happens on the water, winter sports happen on the snow and ice.  They share a common element (H20), it’s just expressed differently in their respective sport environments.  The same can be said about coaching!  This session will explore how Team USA Winter Sport Coaches are focusing on their development to influence athlete competitive excellence and wellbeing.  The goal is to help you focus on an element of your coaching that will influence your athletes in the same way.  

Speakers
avatar for Nadine Dubina

Nadine Dubina

Coaching Development Manager, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee
Nadine Dubina is the Manager of Coach Development for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Nadine blends her passion for coaching with an experiential learning facilitation style to create coach development workshops, courses, and presentations that are unique, practical... Read More →

Sponsors
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row2k

row2k.com is the world's most popular rowing publication in any medium, covering every aspect of the sport from beginners to the Olympics since 1997.


Tuesday December 8, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST

4:30pm EST

The Different Styles of Coaching & Leadership
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.
*This link is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*

Speakers
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
avatar for John Gartin

John Gartin

Head Coach, Nova Southeastern University
Ever since 2003, Nova Southeastern University’s Rowing Program has had head coach John Gartin at the helm. Entering his eighth season, Gartin has guided the program to success at the conference, regional and national levels. Under Gartin’s tutelage, NSU claimed the 2009 NCAA Varsity... Read More →

Sponsors
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HBC Event Services

HBC Event Services is proud to be the official hotel partner for US Rowing.  We at HBC, are focused on providing exceptional customer service, coupled with advanced, user-friendly technology to be recognized as an industry leader for housing services for sporting events worldwide... Read More →


Tuesday December 8, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
 
Wednesday, December 9
 

11:00am EST

KEYNOTE : Optimizing Endurance Training
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Noted professor of sport science, Dr. Stephen Seiler, will present best practices for intensity and  duration for endurance athletes

Speakers
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Stephen Seiler

Dr. Stephen Seiler

Professor in Sport Science, Research Consultant and Scientific Advisor, University of Agder - Norway
After growing up in the US and earning his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Stephen Seiler, PhD FACSM, has lived and worked in Norway for over 20 years as a university teacher, researcher, and leader. He is past Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation and past... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Row360

Row360

Row360, the sport’s only independent magazine covering rowing globally, is published six times a year in print and in digital format.Edited by Ben Tufnell, a former GB junior international and Cal Berkeley rower, Row360 covers the most important and engaging stories in rowing, with... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm EST

12:45pm EST

REPETITION: Training the Whole Athlete in a Repetitive Movement Sport
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Many athletes suffer burnout, either physically or mentally. Often times, one can lead to the other. Too much singular plane focus can disproportionately effect a muscle coupling relationship. Not enough mental engagement can reduce focus and enthusiasm. As coaches in a repetitive movement sport, training the whole athlete can be the difference between speed or sputter. We will discuss how to train the whole athlete.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
avatar for Frank Clayton

Frank Clayton

Women's Rowing Team - Strength & Conditioning Coach, Oakland Strokes
Frank Clayton has 9+ years of training and a lifetime of athletic experience. Frank attended and played football at Iowa Wesleyan University. He graduated from IWU with a degree in Communication with a focus on Sports Journalism. His training credentials includes a Certified Personal... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST

12:45pm EST

Training for Life - Masters Rowing
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


The theme of this talk is “Improvement has no age limit.” Marlene will discuss changes that take place as you age and what you need to focus on in training on land and on-water so you continue to perform your best. Topics include mobility, coordination, strength, endurance, technique, and examples of how top masters competitors are training today.

Speakers
avatar for Marlene Royle

Marlene Royle

Co-Founder, Faster Masters
Marlene Royle is the world’s best-known masters rowing coach.She has been at the forefront of training older athletes since 1999 when she started the RoyleRow business leading rowing camps and writing custom performance training programs.More recently she co-founded Faster Masters... Read More →

Sponsors
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Heartline

USRowing is proud to work with the Heartline™ Study to share information about this important research opportunity. The Heartline™ Study is a virtual research study from Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with Apple. The study aims to explore how everyday technology like the iPhone and Apple Watch can enable earlier detection of... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST

2:00pm EST

Taking Care of Your Body - Masters Pre-Hab
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THE SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*

Speakers
avatar for Karen Calara

Karen Calara

MSPT, CSCS, Aligned and Balanced Rowing
With over 20 years of experience, Karen Calara, MSPT, CSCS, optimizes performance on a person by person, body by body, basis. Combining specialties in sports biomechanics, manual therapy, functional exercise, and strength training and conditioning, Karen creates comprehensive programs... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

2:00pm EST

Types of Interval Sessions
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Interval training sessions have become very popular. How does the endurance-trained body respond to this type of high-intensity, interval prescription? Dr. Seiler will answer that question and show practical examples. He also will discuss how the body adapts to this type of training when performed regularly.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Stephen Seiler

Dr. Stephen Seiler

Professor in Sport Science, Research Consultant and Scientific Advisor, University of Agder - Norway
After growing up in the US and earning his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Stephen Seiler, PhD FACSM, has lived and worked in Norway for over 20 years as a university teacher, researcher, and leader. He is past Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation and past... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

3:15pm EST

Enhancing Resilience and Performance in the Back - Pained Rower
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*

Speakers
avatar for Stuart McGill

Stuart McGill

Professor Emeritus, Spine Biomechanics, Backfitpro Inc., and University of Waterloo
Stuart McGill is Professor Emeritus (Spine Biomechanics, Univ of Waterloo) who authored over 240 scientific journal papers, 5 books, and mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey. Investigations in the laboratory, training centre and research clinic probed... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm EST

3:15pm EST

The Puzzle of Strength Training
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Rowing strength coaches Will Ruth, Blake Gourley, and Joe DeLeo discuss how to best fit strength training into different rowing training situations. Join us to learn what minimalistic training you can use with boathouse or at-home erging and rowing, how to schedule strength training around rowing training of different intensities, and how methods change during racing season to achieve peak performance.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
avatar for Will Ruth

Will Ruth

Creator, Rowing Stronger
Will Ruth is the author of the RowingStronger.com website and book. He is a former junior rower and college strength coach and assistant coach, and a current guest coach at the Craftsbury Sculling Center. Will has degrees in Kinesiology (BS) and Sport Coaching (MA), and an NSCA-CSCS certification... Read More →
avatar for Blake Gourley

Blake Gourley

M.S. CFSC, Rowing Strength
Blake Gourley is a former high school rowing coach and collegiate strength coach with a special interest in movement training for rowers. With a Masters Degree in Sports Performance, 10+ professional certifications, and his book series, “The Movement of Rowing”, Blake's goal is... Read More →
avatar for Joe DeLeo

Joe DeLeo

Strength & Conditioning Coach, LEO Training
Joe is a lifelong rower who has been involved with the sport since age 12. Joe launched his business, LEO Training in 2014. Since then, Joe has consulted with junior, collegiate, masters, and national team rowing programs, as well as interviewed hundreds of rowers, rowing coaches... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm EST

4:30pm EST

Coaches Conference (Day 2) : Training - Panel Discussion
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Join us for a panel discussion, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions to our speakers from today’s educational sessions.  

Speakers
avatar for Stuart McGill

Stuart McGill

Professor Emeritus, Spine Biomechanics, Backfitpro Inc., and University of Waterloo
Stuart McGill is Professor Emeritus (Spine Biomechanics, Univ of Waterloo) who authored over 240 scientific journal papers, 5 books, and mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey. Investigations in the laboratory, training centre and research clinic probed... Read More →
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
avatar for Marlene Royle

Marlene Royle

Co-Founder, Faster Masters
Marlene Royle is the world’s best-known masters rowing coach.She has been at the forefront of training older athletes since 1999 when she started the RoyleRow business leading rowing camps and writing custom performance training programs.More recently she co-founded Faster Masters... Read More →
avatar for Will Ruth

Will Ruth

Creator, Rowing Stronger
Will Ruth is the author of the RowingStronger.com website and book. He is a former junior rower and college strength coach and assistant coach, and a current guest coach at the Craftsbury Sculling Center. Will has degrees in Kinesiology (BS) and Sport Coaching (MA), and an NSCA-CSCS certification... Read More →
avatar for Blake Gourley

Blake Gourley

M.S. CFSC, Rowing Strength
Blake Gourley is a former high school rowing coach and collegiate strength coach with a special interest in movement training for rowers. With a Masters Degree in Sports Performance, 10+ professional certifications, and his book series, “The Movement of Rowing”, Blake's goal is... Read More →
avatar for Joe DeLeo

Joe DeLeo

Strength & Conditioning Coach, LEO Training
Joe is a lifelong rower who has been involved with the sport since age 12. Joe launched his business, LEO Training in 2014. Since then, Joe has consulted with junior, collegiate, masters, and national team rowing programs, as well as interviewed hundreds of rowers, rowing coaches... Read More →
avatar for Karen Calara

Karen Calara

MSPT, CSCS, Aligned and Balanced Rowing
With over 20 years of experience, Karen Calara, MSPT, CSCS, optimizes performance on a person by person, body by body, basis. Combining specialties in sports biomechanics, manual therapy, functional exercise, and strength training and conditioning, Karen creates comprehensive programs... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST

6:00pm EST

Rowing Related Microaggressions That Need to Stop
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE: 

The Co-Hosts of Rowing in Color podcast, Denise Aquino and Patricia Destine, will educate attendees about microaggressions, their negative impact on diversity efforts, how to stop/prevent them, and what to do when they happen.

Post Session Survey: https://forms.gle/deMuPoBFSWdWPWrU6

Speakers
avatar for Denise Aquino

Denise Aquino

Founder and Co-Host, Rowing in Color Podcast
Denise Aquino has 15 years of experience within the field of athletics as an athlete, coach, program director, podcaster, and diversity and inclusion educator. As founder of the new podcast, Rowing in Color, she is committed to creating a platform that amplifies the voices of color... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Destine

Patricia Destine

CEO and Co-Host, Rowing in Color
Patricia Destine has 10 years of experience within the field of rowing as an athlete, coach, emcee at your learn to row day, professional door knocker to get the community involved, and rowing recruiter at your local middle school. As CEO of the new podcast, Rowing in Color, she is... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
 
Thursday, December 10
 

9:00am EST

Yoga for Rowers
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention Attendees only*


A yoga class for all levels of yoga practitioner--novice to experienced. We will focus on:
  • Flexibility and strength required for the rowing stroke
  • Core strength for maintaining form
  • Breath awareness and diaphragmatic breath activation for more efficient performance
  • Flexibility to counteract time in the boat (so you can function in the rest of your life)
  • Relaxation and recovery tools

Speakers
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
avatar for Laura Terry

Laura Terry

Physical Therapist. Owner and PT for
A Physical Therapist since 1998, Laura Terry has practiced in many different settings and with clients with a variety of problems and goals: from people with major neurological disorders and injuries to clients with chronic pain and orthopedic and muscular injuries. Her clients have... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EST

11:00am EST

KEYNOTE : Rigging & Technique
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention Attendees only*


In this keynote presentation, leaders in the field, Volker Nolte and Valery Kleshnev, will discuss the applications of these principles to challenge you as a coach to rethink how you approach rigging, technique, and measures of your athlete's performance.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Valery Kleshnev

Dr. Valery Kleshnev

Founder, BioRow Ltd.
Valery Kleshnev was born in 1958 in Leningrad, USSR (now Saint-Petersburg, Russia). He began his sporting carrier very early as a swimmer and then spent 15 years as a rower, 10 of them as a member of USSR National Rowing team. The best achievements were Silver Olympic medal in 1980... Read More →
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Volker Nolte

Retired longtime coach, international biomechanics expert and acclaimed author, Author, Rowing Faster
Dr. Volker Nolte was the head rowing coach for Western University for 24 years and retired in 2017. Nolte’s work as a coach was recognized several times over his career. He received the Award of Merit from Rowing Canada Aviron in 1996 and the International Rowing Federation (FISA... Read More →

Sponsors
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Row360

Row360, the sport’s only independent magazine covering rowing globally, is published six times a year in print and in digital format.Edited by Ben Tufnell, a former GB junior international and Cal Berkeley rower, Row360 covers the most important and engaging stories in rowing, with... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm EST

12:45pm EST

Biomechanics of Rowing Efficiency and Load
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention Attendees only*

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Valery Kleshnev

Dr. Valery Kleshnev

Founder, BioRow Ltd.
Valery Kleshnev was born in 1958 in Leningrad, USSR (now Saint-Petersburg, Russia). He began his sporting carrier very early as a swimmer and then spent 15 years as a rower, 10 of them as a member of USSR National Rowing team. The best achievements were Silver Olympic medal in 1980... Read More →

Sponsors
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Mike Moniz and Pete Davidson

CaptainU
At CaptainU our focus is to help high school athletes build meaningful relationships with college coaches so that they can get recruited and play sports in college. As part of our partnership with USRowing, every USRowing rower and coach receive a free CaptainU recruiting profile and 10% off our pr... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST

12:45pm EST

Technique, Training and Culture: YNC 5-peat and still going
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This session recording is for 2020 USRowing attendees only*

A look into one of the most successful programs in junior rowing: Saugatuck junior women

Speakers
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Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
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Gordon Getsinger

Director of Rowing, Saugatuck Rowing
Gordon Getsinger attended and rowed for UC Berkeley from 2004-2008.Gordon has been coaching since 2010. In 2014 He was hired for the varsity girls assistant coaching position at Saugatuck Rowing Club. While acting as assistant coach, the Saugatuck varsity girls won the 2014 Head of... Read More →

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row2k.com is the world's most popular rowing publication in any medium, covering every aspect of the sport from beginners to the Olympics since 1997.


Thursday December 10, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST

2:00pm EST

The Differences in Coaching Sweep & Sculling
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


This presentation will compare/contrast the nuances of coaching sculling in small boats.  COVID has necessitated many of us to learn to coach singles.  How different is coaching an eight, versus coaching a single?

Speakers
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Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
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Dr. Richard Hull

Head Coach, Olympia Area Rowing
Richard was Head Coach at Olympia Area Rowing from 2013-21. Under his guidance the youth program tripled in size, and while providing a nurturing environment for athletes of all abilities now regularly wins regional titles and sends multiple crews per year to Youth Nationals. In addition... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

2:00pm EST

What is Important to Understand About Biomechanics? : Avoiding Myths and Misinterpretations
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Coach Nolte will discuss the topic of BioMechanics and to understand what to do with so much information.  He will also speak to the many myths and misinterpretations that come with so much data.

Speakers
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Volker Nolte

Retired longtime coach, international biomechanics expert and acclaimed author, Author, Rowing Faster
Dr. Volker Nolte was the head rowing coach for Western University for 24 years and retired in 2017. Nolte’s work as a coach was recognized several times over his career. He received the Award of Merit from Rowing Canada Aviron in 1996 and the International Rowing Federation (FISA... Read More →

Sponsors
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Traveling Teams

SALES DIRECTOR, TRAVELING TEAMS
Celebrating our 20th year, TRAVELING TEAMS® is proud to once again sponsor the USRowing Annual Convention!We are a full-service agency and a leading provider of integrated event housing services for youth teams and event directors across the country. Our experts negotiate with hotels on behalf of your event and deliver a seamless, enjoyable hotel booking experience for all participants... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

3:15pm EST

Effective Rigging Analysis
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This session recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention Attendees only*


This presentation will introduce coaches to six factors of effective rigging analysis. The first part will show coaches the “how to” process for video capture, as well as the analysis to measure factor values. The second part will lead to an understanding of the factor values and provide a comparison to world championship crews. The final part of the presentation will provide coaches with an understanding of how to change rigging dimensions to adjust factor values and provide a more effective setup. Coaches need to understand effective rigging, but it is highly recommended that support staff attend this session, as they are often key people in the analysis process.  

Speakers
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Mike Purcer

Founder & Master Coach Developer, Purcerverance Coaching Development
Mike Purcer is the founder of Purcerverance Coaching Development, a company that is focused on providing coaches and athletes a measurable, objective view in the areas of rigging and technique. He is a certified master coach developer with the Coaching Association of Canada and... Read More →
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm EST

3:15pm EST

The Transition to Coaching Sculling
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This session recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention Attendees only*


U.S. National Team coaches Laurel Korholz and Hillary Gehman will share lessons learned from the pandemic and the return to the single for many national team athletes. Laurel and Hillary will draw on their athlete careers, as well as their current coaching experiences, to share insights into coaching sculling -- especially for those who are known as sweep rowers.

Speakers
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Laurel Korholz

Assistant Coach, Women's National Team, USRowing
Laurel Korholz joined the U.S. coaching staff in April of 2005. Korholz assists women’s head coach Tom Terhaar in the training, recruiting and organization of the U.S. Women's National Team. Her primary responsibilities include the selection and coaching of women's national team... Read More →
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Hilary Gehman

Assistant Coach, Women's National Team, USRowing
An accomplished athlete, Hilary Gehman is a two-time Olympian and six-time National Team member. Athletic accolades aside, Hilary also possesses deep experience as a coach and counselor. She spent 15 years coaching at the collegiate level, working first in a club program, then assistant... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm EST

4:30pm EST

Which comes first? Debating Technique, Rigging and Biomechanics
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


 US National team coaches will explore the interrelationship between coaching and the complexities of technique, rigging and biomechanics. With multiple medals and Olympics experiences between them, this panel will highlight concrete principles in coaching as well as stories and examples of lessons learned from coaching at the highest level.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Chase

Chris Chase

Director of Youth Rowing, USRowing
Chris Chase started coaching in 1996 when he founded the Saratoga Rowing Association, while teaching social studies at the local high school. The club grew into one of the largest in the country.  In 2019, Chase left Saratoga and joined USRowing.As a coach, Chase’s crews won or... Read More →
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Tom Terhaar

Women's National Team Head Coach, USRowing
Tom Terhaar has had an unprecedented run of success during his tenure as USRowing's national team women's head coach. From 2006-2016, his women's eight won 11 consecutive world or Olympic championships including three Olympic gold medals.Terhaar was named head women's coach in 2001... Read More →
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Mike Teti

Men's National Team Head Coach, USRowing
In 2018, Mike Teti returned to the position of USRowing's men's head coach after spending 10 years in the same position at the University of California.Teti officially started at Cal in September 2008, after coaching the U.S. men’s eight to a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games... Read More →
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Tim McLaren

Legendary Rowing Coach
Tim McLaren has been a professional coach in Australia, China, Great Britain and the USA, has taught English/History for 9 years and has a Masters Degree in Applied Science from Sydney University. As an athlete, Tim was a national surf boat champion and played first grade rugby league... Read More →

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Thursday December 10, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST

8:00pm EST

Selecting a Championship Chief
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing attendees only*


A panel discussion that will help the referee to understand the attributes and skills that championship level events desire in chief referees and their jury.  Panel members represent organizers of the NCAA, IRA, and USRowing.

Speakers
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Jenny Simon-O’Neill

Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director, Chief of Staff, University of California - Berkeley
Jennifer Simon-O’Neill serves as the department’s Chief of Staff and Senior Woman Administrator. As the Chief of Staff, Simon-O’Neill is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Athletics department. She oversees the department sport administration program, gender... Read More →
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Gary Caldwell

Commissioner, IRA
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Bob Appleyard

Director, Julian Wolf Referee College, USRowing Referee Committee


Thursday December 10, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST

9:00pm EST

The Attributes of a Championship Jury
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Current and former chief referees of the NCAA, IRA, and ACRA discuss the process that they use to select a jury for these key collegiate championships.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Dempsey

Sam Dempsey

2019 Jack Franklin Award Winner, Unaffiliated (USA)
Sam Dempsey: US Rowing Referee since 1982. Clinician, Referee College faculty. FISA retired, recipient of Jack Franklin,  Julian Wolf,  & Dick Alcock awards. Chief Referee: SIRA, ACRA, SE Regionals, BIG 12, & HOTS.Director Special Education for large urban school districts 42 years... Read More →
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Laura Kunkemueller

Chief Referee, lkunkemueller@gmail.com
Laura became a referee in 1998, a clinician in 2006.  She is currently the Chief Referee of the IRA Championship, Ivy League Championship and the Head Of The Charles and the Director of Officiating for the IRA.  She is a former collegiate and masters rower and one-season high school... Read More →
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Kirsten Meisner

Referee; Senior Staff, Julian Wolf National Referee Training School; Chief Referee, NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, USRowing
Kirsten became a referee in 1999 and has served for numerous years as a clinician and as part of the senior staff for the Julian Wolf National Referee Training School (Referee College). In addition to being the Chief Referee for a variety of regattas at all levels, she was the Chief... Read More →
avatar for Bob Appleyard

Bob Appleyard

Director, Julian Wolf Referee College, USRowing Referee Committee


Thursday December 10, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
 
Friday, December 11
 

12:00pm EST

USRowing Annual Meeting
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.

Speakers
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Amanda Kraus

CEO, USRowing

Sponsors
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Traveling Teams

SALES DIRECTOR, TRAVELING TEAMS
Celebrating our 20th year, TRAVELING TEAMS® is proud to once again sponsor the USRowing Annual Convention!We are a full-service agency and a leading provider of integrated event housing services for youth teams and event directors across the country. Our experts negotiate with hotels on behalf of your event and deliver a seamless, enjoyable hotel booking experience for all participants... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

1:00pm EST

A Healthy Boathouse
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This session recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all looking for ways to ensure our athletes, staff and boathouses continue to stay safe. Join us during this panel discussion on how to keep your boathouse healthy! You will hear from the USRowing Medical Commission and our insurance expert, Rachel Kelley.
 
On top of that, USRowing is excited to offer you the perspective of Wes Ng, head women’s coach at the University of Pennsylvania, and Beatrice Sims, director of operations at CRI, on how they have handled adjusting their programs and implementing new practices at the youth and collegiate levels in response to COVID-19 

Moderators
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Jules Zane

USRowing Director of Member Services and Referee Programs, USRowing

Speakers
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Assured Partners

Sales Executive, Assured Partners
The insurance industry is filled with multinational conglomerates focused solely on improving their balance sheets. But AssuredPartners is not one of them. Our focus is on relationships. On forging rock solid partnerships with successful regional and local firms who are as fervent... Read More →
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Wes Ng

Head Coach for Women's Rowing, University of Pennsylvania's
Wes Ng was hired as the University of Pennsylvania's Head Coach for Women's Rowing in July 2015, and has completed four years overseeing the Quakers program. Coach Ng’s short tenure at Penn can certainly be qualified as a success, when you consider the following:*Penn's Varsity... Read More →
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Beatrice Sims

Director of Operations & CRI Coach, Community Rowing Inc.
Beatrice found rowing as a walk-on freshman at Brown University, where she rowed for four years before graduating in 2012 with a degree in math and computer science and a 2011 NCAA championship ring.She spent five years working as a developer of logistics software before joining CRI... Read More →

Sponsors
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EZ Dock

EZ Dock Low Profile Docks are tailored to the needs of rowers, both individually or with a crew.Engineered to meet FISA and USA rowing standards, it’s a favorite among clubs and universities, giving individuals or crews of all sizes easy access to get you out on and out of the water... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST

2:45pm EST

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This session recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention Attendees only*


Are you selecting your board and staff properly to ensure they line up with your clubs’ core values? In this panel discussion, you will learn how to recruit the best board and staff for your current needs, while ensuring that you have inclusive hiring practices.

Join us as we learn from Bonnie Mueller, Meghan O'Leary, Derek Blazo and Patrick Johnson. Each speaker shares the practices that they have implemented while hiring for their unique situations. 

Moderators
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Jules Zane

USRowing Director of Member Services and Referee Programs, USRowing

Speakers
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Meghan O'Leary

Two-Time Olympian (2016, 2020), Five-Time National Team Member and Two-Time World Championship Medalist
Meghan O’Leary is a two-time Olympian (2016, 2020), five-time National Team member and two-time World Championship medalist. Off the water, Meghan has been a member of the USRowing Board of Directors for eight years. She proudly serves on USRowing's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion... Read More →
avatar for Derek Blazo

Derek Blazo

USRowing Referee Committee - Midwest Regional Coordinator, Westerville Rowing Club
Derek, originally from New Jersey, started rowing in college at Ohio State University back in the late 80's/early 90's. Influenced by some of his early coaches (Tim, Jimbo and Brian), he developed a passion for the sport. After moving to Westerville in 1998, he discovered the Westerville... Read More →
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Patrick Johnson

AWL National Rowing Program Director/DCSRC Community Programs Lead Coach, Athletes Without Limits/DC Strokes Rowing Club
Coach Patrick Johnson has 20 years of experience at the high school and collegiate level and has been a leading advocate for adaptive rowing over the last decade. As founding director of multiple DC-based adaptive programs for rowers with intellectual, physical, and visual impairments... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2020 2:45pm - 4:15pm EST

4:45pm EST

Maximizing the Financial Wellness in Your Boathouse
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.
*This session recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


USRowing is calling all program directors, board members, regatta directions and club boosters! Now, more than ever, we all need to be creative as we raise funds for our programs and clubs. Join us in this panel discussion as we learn what fundraising systems work best, how we can figure out our “why” when raising money for our cause, how to form long-lasting relationships with essential people in your network, and how to execute the fundraising process.

USRowing’s CEO and Row New York founder, Amanda Kraus, will moderate a panel filled with fundraising expertise that you don’t want to miss!

Moderators
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Amanda Kraus

CEO, USRowing

Speakers
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Tiffany Macon

Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving, Cal Athletics
Tiffany Macon currently serves as the Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving at the University of California - Berkeley, where she is responsible for managing a portfolio of 150 leadership annual donors for Cal Athletics. In her role with the Golden Bears, she is responsible... Read More →
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Kathy Frederick

RFTC Founder, Row for the Cure
Founder Kathy Frederick: a native Oregonian and life-long “water baby” fell in love with rowing at 42. The first time she sat in a shell, she was hooked. “I’ve always been a water person and a dancer,” said Frederick, “Sitting in the shell was like dancing in a chorus... Read More →
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Sharon Wienbar

Corporate Board Director/Masters Rower/USRowing Coastal Committee Member, USRowing Coastal Committee
Sharon Wienbar has extensive Board governance experience in public and private companies. She currently serves on the boards of Resideo Technologies, Inc (NYSE: REZI), where she chairs the Compensation Committee, Covetrus, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVET), and Colfax Corp (NYSE: CFX.) She served... Read More →

Sponsors
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Friday December 11, 2020 4:45pm - 6:15pm EST

6:30pm EST

Oars for Everyone
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This session recording is for 2020 USRowing Attendees only*


As rowing continues to grow as a sport, we look forward to including more athletes of all backgrounds in our boathouses, a wider range of teams at our regattas, and growing the USRowing referee community! Join our panel of experts, Liz Greenberger, Sarah Low, Dave Miller, and Mike Connors, as we talk about how to ensure you are giving access to all backgrounds and age ranges at your boathouse and regatta. We will then take it a step further and learn how to set up a structure that allows for everyone to succeed in the boathouse, while providing opportunities for growth in the sport as an athlete, staff member and referee.  

Moderators
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Jules Zane

USRowing Director of Member Services and Referee Programs, USRowing

Speakers
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Bryce Chung

Atlanta Rowing Club Coach and Head of the Hooch Liaison
Bryce’s passion for racing on the water began in Honolulu, Hawaii where he was a high school athlete in kayaking and outrigger canoe paddling. His rowing career began in 2005 when he joined the rowing club at the University of Notre Dame as a coxswain and lightweight rower. After... Read More →
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Dave Miller

Longtime Referee, Coach, Sculler, USRowing Referees
Dave’s experience in rowing spans over 30 years. He has seen and affected the sport from many perspectives and roles. Since falling in love with the sport as a member of Michigan State University crew in Fall 1988, he has looked for ways to bring others into the sport.As a coach... Read More →
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Mike Connors

Regatta Director, Head of the Hooch
Mike took on the role of Regatta Director for the Head of the Hooch in April of 2020 after the untimely passing of long-time director Daniel Wolff. For the previous 15 years Mike served as the regatta’s Safety and Security Coordinator. In addition, Mike directed the Chattanooga... Read More →
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Liz Greenberger

Founder & Board President, Row LA
In the years before RowLA, Liz worked at the White House on the National Security Council as a Presidential Management Intern. She has been involved in inclusion work for many years. She and her husband, Martin, helped close the technology gap when they founded a technology inclusion... Read More →
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Sarah Low

Executive Director and Head Women's Coach, Atlanta Junior Rowing Association
Sarah Low is Executive Director and Head Women's Coach for Atlanta Junior Rowing Association, a nationally competitive high school program in Roswell, Georgia. She has also coached the US Women's Under-19 development team, been a part of USRowing’s Under-19 National Team staff... Read More →

Sponsors
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Adam Kreek

Strategic Business Consultant and Lead Ambassador, Oar Board SUP Rower
The Oar Board® is designed for fitness, fun and adventure. The SUP rowing unit is rugged, collapsable, transportable and easy to store. We love making rowing more accessible for the weekend adventurer, the recreational athlete who desires a stable platform or the novice rower learning... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2020 6:30pm - 7:45pm EST

8:00pm EST

KEYNOTE : Looking Back at 2020 & Lessons from the Boathouse with Arshay Cooper
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE


Author discusses his film- "A Most Beautiful Thing" and talks about his experiences over the last year visiting programs throughout the US, helping us identify and overcome systemic challenges in our rowing community.

Speakers
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Arshay Cooper

Award-winning author and activist, Motivational speaker
ARSHAY COOPER is a Rower, Benjamin Franklin award-winning author, A Golden Oar recipient for his contributions to the sport of rowing, motivational speaker, and activist, particularly around issues of accessibility for low-income families.Arshay grew up on the West Side of Chicago... Read More →

Sponsors
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Row360

Row360, the sport’s only independent magazine covering rowing globally, is published six times a year in print and in digital format.Edited by Ben Tufnell, a former GB junior international and Cal Berkeley rower, Row360 covers the most important and engaging stories in rowing, with... Read More →


Friday December 11, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST

9:00pm EST

What are Trials and Who Works Them?
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This session recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


A panel discussion led by the USRowing Referee Trial Coordinators and USRowing event staff that will discuss the unique nature of trial events and how a referee is selected to chief and work a trial.

Speakers
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Rachel Le Mieux

Head Coach, Martha's Moms
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Ruth Macnamara

2021 Julian Wolf Award Winner Trials Coordinator, USRowing Referees
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Howard Meisner

Northeast Regional Coordinator, USRowing Referee Committee


Friday December 11, 2020 9:00pm - 9:30pm EST

9:40pm EST

USRowing National Championship Referee Selections
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
*This session recording is for 2020 USRowing Convention attendees only*


Members of the Referee Committee and Regional Coordinators participate in a panel discussion that speaks to the process of selecting chiefs, deputies, and jury members for USRowing National Championships.

Speakers
avatar for John Musial

John Musial

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator, USRowing Referee Committee
John Musial has spent the last 25 years as a USRowing Referee, 12 years as a FISA Umpire, and 17 years as a Trials Referee. On top of that, Musial has spent the last 7 years on the Referee Committee and Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator.Musial has also been the past or current Chief... Read More →
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Dee McComb

NW Regional Referee Coordinator, USRowing Referee Committee
Dee McComb is the current Northwest Regional Referee Coordinator in her third three-year term expiring in 2023 and a current member of the Referee Committee. She was introduced to rowing through her daughter who coxed in college and after watching many collegiate competitions, decided... Read More →
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Terry Friel Portell

At-Large Member, USRowing Referee Committee
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Howard Meisner

Northeast Regional Coordinator, USRowing Referee Committee


Friday December 11, 2020 9:40pm - 10:15pm EST
 
Saturday, December 12
 

10:00am EST

Para Athlete Classification
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.

This session is an explanation of the para rowing and adaptive rowing classification process. Judy will discuss what to expect and how coaches can help prepare athletes.  

Speakers
avatar for Judy Morrison

Judy Morrison

FISA International Level 2 Medical Classifier & Former Head of Classification, US Chief Classifier
Judy Morrison lives in Nazareth, PA. She is a physical therapist at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, and has been volunteering with the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports since 1993, at which time she started helping with the Philadelphia Rowing Program for the Disabled (now... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EST

11:00am EST

Adaptive Rigging : PR1 & PR2
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE

This session will focus on PR1 & PR2 adaptive athletes and will take a common sense approach for evaluating and determining how to set up an athlete to maximize comfort and performance.

Speakers
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Dr. Anthony J. Matan

Chairman, Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Spine, Adaptive Rowing Coach and Program Assistant at Bair Island Aquatic Center., Kaiser Permanente
Tony rowed at Cal for 4 years. Post college he coached a couple college crews and "always remembered that as some of my best experiences in the sport".Tony and his wife Silvia have two sons who rowed in high school and college. "I reconnected to the sport through my sons after decades... Read More →
avatar for Alice Henderson

Alice Henderson

Referee, US PR2 Coach, coastal enthusiasts, Lake Casitas TV
Alice started rowing in 1982, for both University of Washington and TeamUSA, followed by a successful career as a high school and collegiate coach. From coach to referee to helping to start new programs. In her almost 40 years of rowing experience the role she has enjoyed the most... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EST

12:00pm EST

USRowing Para National Team
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.

In this session, you will receive an update on the current US Para Team, training methods & goals, and delve deep into rigging modifications for elite rowers.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Minzner

Ellen Minzner

Director of Para High Performance, USRowing
In the past five years, Minzner and her team of Outreach coaches have pioneered a model for serving people with disabilities, military veterans, and underserved youth that has become the national standard. She has a master's degree in Urban Planning from Tufts University, studying... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

1:30pm EST

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.

For too long, the sport of rowing has kept the doors of our boathouses closed. We have missed opportunities to invite others in, to welcome new people into our sport, to celebrate diversity and recognize that we can all be better if we row together.

This is our opportunity for change.

It is time for USRowing to lead the way and ensure that our sport begins to reflect the rich and invaluable diversity of our country. We look forward to beginning the work within our own walls by making our board and staff more diverse. We also will bring resources to our partners in the rowing community, so they too can open their doors and make sure their boathouses are welcoming and inclusive.

USRowing looks forward to hiring a full-time diversity, equity, and inclusion team member who can help shape the vision of our work and ensure we are supporting other boathouses, coaches, and rowers in the effort. We will challenge ourselves and others to look at how we coach and lead in the context of equity and inclusion. We will amplify the voices of rowers and coaches of color in our sport.

And the conversation and the work begin at this year’s convention where we will have incredible speakers and panelists from different backgrounds and life experiences to share their stories, wisdom, and insights. Whether you are a referee, a college coach, the head of a junior program, or a masters rower, we will have a place for you to learn about how to make rowing a more diverse and inclusive sport.

We are truly grateful to have such fantastic speakers and hope all of you will join us as we learn from and are inspired by one another.

Join us for DEI training that will be enlightening and accessible to everyone from junior to masters rowers, club administrators, coaches, and other community leaders.

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html


Moderators
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Richard Butler

Co-Chair DEI Committee, Consultant

Speakers
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Nicole Smart

Founder and Principal Consultant, Smart EDI Solutions, LLC
Nicole Smart is the founder and principal consultant of Smart EDI Solutions, LLC – a consultant company aimed at guiding clients to effectively power up their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs and initiatives to achieve optimal results. Her passion for leveling the... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 1:30pm - 3:30pm EST

3:45pm EST

Intersection of Inclusion: LGBTQIA* in Rowing
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.

Representation matters when it comes to visibility and respectful interaction. Let's explore the intentional opportunities in our sport through real-time, lively conversation with LGBTQIA rowers and coaches from around the U.S. *Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual/Agender

Moderators
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Tara Morgan

Founder, Seize the Oar Foundation

Speakers
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Patrice Jackson

Masters Rower
When I move to Seattle I was always amazed by all the bodies of water in the city. And wherever you looked there was always a Rowing shell on the water. I was amazed by how beautiful it looked and how people look like they were so much at peace. I told a friend one day I wanna do... Read More →
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Jason Beagle

Para-rowing Coordinator, Atlanta Rowing Club & Head of the Hooch Regatta
Para-rowing Coordinator, Atlanta Rowing Club, Head of the Hooch Regatta.  Jason is a para-rower and rowing coach.  He learned to row at the  DC Strokes rowing club in 2007. From 2008-2010, he served as club president. During his tenure, DC Stokes added para-rowing to the 2009 Stonewall... Read More →
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Lyss Villablanca

Masters Rower at the Renton Rowing Club
Alyssa "Lyss" Villablanca is a queer, non-binary (they/them), Filipino-American. They have been a Masters rower at the Renton Rowing Club in Renton, Washington for the last 5 years, and considers themself "bisweptual" when sweeping, but has a fondness for sculling. Aside from rowing... Read More →
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Brian Todd

Executive Director, Gay Lesbian Rowing Federation
A California native. He learned to scull on Lake Merritt at age 14. He attended the University of Washington but did not row. After graduation, he joined the US Navy. He came out to his family in 1989, and returned to rowing in 1992, in San Diego. He jumped into a sweep boat for the... Read More →
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Imran Malik

Head Coach, Arizona State University
Imran Malik started his rowing career at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, VA during the team's first season in 2012. Upon starting his undergrad, Imran joined the rowing team at Arizona State University. And while in school, he began coaching juniors and masters classes on the... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST

5:15pm EST

DE&I Panel with Arshay Cooper
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION HERE.

Join author and speaker, Arshay Cooper, and a talented group of panelists with extensive experience in the world of diversity and inclusion in our sport.

Moderators
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Arshay Cooper

Award-winning author and activist, Motivational speaker
ARSHAY COOPER is a Rower, Benjamin Franklin award-winning author, A Golden Oar recipient for his contributions to the sport of rowing, motivational speaker, and activist, particularly around issues of accessibility for low-income families.Arshay grew up on the West Side of Chicago... Read More →

Speakers
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Jessica Smith

Coach, Riverside Boat Club
Mother, wife, teacher, and coach. She is currently teaching middle school science during the academic year in Falcon, Colorado while coaching masters rowing at Riverside Boat Club in Boston during the summers. Jessica rowed and raced at the national level at Riverside in the late... Read More →
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Richard Butler

Co-Chair DEI Committee, Consultant
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Tymir Green-Ellis

Assistant Coach, Philadelphia City Rowing
My name is Tymir Green-Ellis and I recently graduated from Johnson & Wales University - Providence Campus as a Health Science Major. I began rowing in 2017 as a novice walk-on and became captain in 2019 during my senior year. I’m currently an assistant coach at Philadelphia City... Read More →
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Kadee Sylla

Coach, USD
My name is Kadee Sylla and I am a first year coach at the University of San Diego. I rowed at USD for 5 years and was captain for 3. I also enjoyed being president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), USD's Student Athlete Representative (STAR), and 2019 U23 member during... Read More →
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Denise Aquino

Founder and Co-Host, Rowing in Color Podcast
Denise Aquino has 15 years of experience within the field of athletics as an athlete, coach, program director, podcaster, and diversity and inclusion educator. As founder of the new podcast, Rowing in Color, she is committed to creating a platform that amplifies the voices of color... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 5:15pm - 6:30pm EST

7:00pm EST

Coastal Rowing Happy Hour
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.

Join us for a rollicking, heart pounding presentation of the new Olympic sport of Coastal Rowing. You will watch videos of both beach sprint and open water endurance races and learn why this new sport is growing in popularity around the globe.

Speakers
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Jim Dietz

Olympian, esteemed Coach, former Vice Chair of USRowing, and co-Founder of All-American Rowing Camp, All-American Rowing Camps
Jim is one of the sports true legends. He started rowing on Long Island Sound at the age of 16 and quickly rose into a national standout and rowed in his first Olympics in the summer of 1972. Since then Jim has been to 6 Olympics as a rower or coach, numerous World-Championships and... Read More →
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Bob Ernst

Longtime University of Washington rowing coach, Four-time Olympic rowing coach
Bob is one of the USA’s most accomplished rowing coaches. He served as both the men's and women's rowing coach at the University of Washington during a 42-year association with the school. He was a four-time coach of U.S. Olympic women's rowing teams, from 1976 to 1988; in 1984... Read More →
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Alice Henderson

Referee, US PR2 Coach, coastal enthusiasts, Lake Casitas TV
Alice started rowing in 1982, for both University of Washington and TeamUSA, followed by a successful career as a high school and collegiate coach. From coach to referee to helping to start new programs. In her almost 40 years of rowing experience the role she has enjoyed the most... Read More →
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Sharon Wienbar

Corporate Board Director/Masters Rower/USRowing Coastal Committee Member, USRowing Coastal Committee
Sharon Wienbar has extensive Board governance experience in public and private companies. She currently serves on the boards of Resideo Technologies, Inc (NYSE: REZI), where she chairs the Compensation Committee, Covetrus, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVET), and Colfax Corp (NYSE: CFX.) She served... Read More →
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Hannah Wayment-Steele

Coastal Rower, BIAC
Hannah, rowing for BIAC, placed an impressive 9th in the WC1x and 7th in the WC2x  at the FISA Coastal World Championships in 2019 in Hong Kong.  She played DIII volleyball in college in southern California, blissfully unaware of oars or ergs, and only got hooked on rowing after... Read More →

Sponsors
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Coastal Rowing USA

Owner, Coastal Rowing USA
Coastal Rowing USA is an authorized dealer for LiteBoats in the US. Liteboat coastal rowing shells are designed by the renowned naval architect, Sam Manuard and are handcrafted in a state of the art manufacturing facility in Chambray, France. Their modern design combined with lightweight... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
 
Sunday, December 13
 

10:00am EST

USRowing Domestic Update
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.

Susan Smith, USRowing’s Chief Domestic Officer, will join us to give us an update on USRowing events and plans for 2021.

Speakers
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Susan Smith

Chief Domestic Officer, USRowing
Looking forward to this week's virtual programming and participating with all of you! We have such an exciting line-up of speakers...virtually :) something for everyone in the rowing community. The only way it could be better is if we could actually meet in person but that's out for... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am EST

11:00am EST

Referee Committee Meeting
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.
  • Welcome
  • Update on committee initiatives
  • IOP Updates including progress made by the "deep dive" group
  • RefCorps Updates
  • Referee College 2021 Goals
  • Service Milestone Recognition

Speakers
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Lyn Wylder

Chair, USRowing Referee Committee
Atlanta Rowing Club 1985-2003Learn to row program graduate – 1985Competed in numerous master’s racesServed on Board of Directors 1993-1997Treasurer 1996-1997Head of the Chattahoochee Regatta Organizing Committee 1992-1997Station L Rowing Club (Portland, OR) 2003-currentCompeted... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm EST

2:00pm EST

Insurance in the Age of Covid
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.

Rachel Kelley will return and update the corps on the current state of insurance for registered regattas.  We'll start with an overview of which regattas are covered, what that coverage provides, and how it's modified for Covid.

Speakers
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Assured Partners

Sales Executive, Assured Partners
The insurance industry is filled with multinational conglomerates focused solely on improving their balance sheets. But AssuredPartners is not one of them. Our focus is on relationships. On forging rock solid partnerships with successful regional and local firms who are as fervent... Read More →
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Howard Meisner

Northeast Regional Coordinator, USRowing Referee Committee


Sunday December 13, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

3:00pm EST

What's My Assignment?
WATCH THE RECORDING FOR THIS SESSION HERE.

A panel of experienced chief referees discusses how they make assignments for a regatta.

Speakers
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Howard Meisner

Northeast Regional Coordinator, USRowing Referee Committee
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Melissa Chun

USRowing Referee
Melissa Chun joined the USRowing Referee Corp. in 2012 as a way to support athletes and give back to the rowing community. Ms. Chun started her rowing career 19 years ago as a coxswain for her high school team at Serra Notre Dame and Mercy in San Mateo, Calif., before being recruited... Read More →
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Paul Phillips

USRowing Referee, phillips.p@verizon.net
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Lloyd McDonald

USRowing Referee


Sunday December 13, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
 
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