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Building Healthy Rowers: Success at the 2016 Saratoga Coaches Conference

by Sarah Marshall, smarshall@usrowing.org | Jan 18, 2016
In the past year, junior rowing has seen tremendous growth across the country as USRowing events such as Youth and Club Nationals saw record numbers as new athletes pick up the sport. The 2016 Saratoga American Junior Coaching Conference took the time this year to focus on how to properly and safely incorporate eager new rowers.

In the past year, junior rowing has seen tremendous growth across the country as USRowing events like youth and club nationals saw record numbers with rowing's growing popularity. The 2016 Saratoga American Junior Coaching Conference took the time this year to focus on how to properly and safely incorporate eager new rowers.

Over the weekend, 150 junior coaches attended conference hosted by Saratoga RowingJR Rowing Coaches Conferance Association. For the past four years, the conference has seen increased attendance with sold out crowds and various knowledgeable speakers discussing a wide range of topics.

“I had an amazing experience at the conference,” said head coach of the Belleville Crew Joanne Victorio. “This was my first time attending and definitely will not be my last. It is great that there is a conference focused on junior rowing and so thankful that Chris Chase continues to support it with the education of high school coaches. The conference topics were so relative and I am very eager to take what I learned back to my program.”

While a variety of topics were discussed, the conference held a definite focus as coaches learned and discussed how to build healthy rowers, both in body and mind. Discussions on injury prevention and screening, rest and nutrition specifically for junior athletes, mental training and toughness and the incorporation of yoga into coaches training plan through ROWGA all offered new and unique opportunities for coaches to learn something not only new, but different.

“As a relatively new club, it was very helpful to hear perspectives of those that have been around for ages,” said head coach Dave Ferris of Arch City Rowing Club, Inc. “The presentations drove home the fact that all teams, old and new, face the same challenges. The discussion on injury avoidance provided some ideas that we will incorporate into our program.”

Besides learning about the safer side of rowing, coaches also learned from some of the top junior coaches in the country.

Peter Wells, the head coach at Williams College, opened the conference as the keynote speaker discussing his exploration of what makes the “great” coaches GREAT. Wells has been researching this topic with a vast variety of coaches from Duke’s Coach K to the Patriot’s Bill Belicheck as Wells searches for a “formula for excellence”.

From there the weekend was filled with presentations from rowing’s great suck as Florida Rowing Center’s Larry Gluckman, USRowing’s Junior National Team Development Coach Steve Hargis and Director of Coaching Education Kris Korzienowski and many more.

Most importantly, the weekend served as an opportunity for coaches from across the country to meet, network and talk about the upcoming year for their crews.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet the east coast coaches,” said head coach of the Palo Alto Rowing Club Lynn Gardner. “What an awesome atmosphere of working together towards one common goal. Everyone was eager to participate and share their ideas and favorite coaching tips. I learned a few new things and some new ways of saying the same old things to my rowers. The conference was well organized and well run. I'll be sending some of my coaches next year.”

Seven other coaches joined Gardner, Victorio and Ferris at the convention as USRowing scholarship winners. After being nominated by their crews by social media, each scholarship winner was offered free conference registration, meals that were provided at the conference and a discount toward lodging. 

For a detailed list of speakers and topics at this year's conference, click here.

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