2019 Annual Convention Coming Back to Philadelphia

Mark your calendars now for the 2019 USRowing Annual Convention, returning to Philadelphia on December 5-8! With record-breaking attendance when last held in Philadelphia in 2015, this year’s convention promises to be bigger and better than ever. Standard registration opens September 1st, so make sure you lock in your plans now.

From coaching development and our administrator’s track to masters and junior programming to our new coxswains track and exhibitor hall featuring the sport’s most innovative companies, this year’s Annual Convention provides an opportunity for everyone in the rowing community to share ideas and learn from fellow rowing enthusiasts.

And with added breaks and social time, you’ll get even more opportunities to catch up with old friends and new, as well as make professional connections with fellow coaches, administrators, and other members of the rowing community.

Once again co-hosted by the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia, the convention is a chance to celebrate the sport we love, while honoring some of the truly remarkable members of the rowing community. This year’s convention will feature the Legends of Philadelphia Rowing, the Rock the Row 2.0 Progressive Party on Boathouse Row – a huge hit the last time we were in Philadelphia, and the USRowing Annual Awards Reception.


Specific programming will be announced in the coming weeks. This year’s convention will feature:

  • Rock the Row 2.0 Progressive Party on Boathouse Row
    P-A-R-T-Y! Join us for a “Passport to Boathouse Row” on Saturday, December 7. Organized by the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia and its member clubs, the party will be THE spot to be on Saturday evening. The historic rowing clubs of Boathouse Row will be open for tours with drinks, food, dancing, and special guests all along the way.
  • Comprehensive Coaches Programming
    • Coaches Conference Reboot – This year’s convention will see a more extensive list speakers and topics than in previous years. It will also see the addition of several tracks concerning more in-depth looks into specific topics. These include the Coxswain Track, Health & Wellness Track, College Coaching Track and Coaches’ Track. The Coxswain, Health & Wellness, and College Track will each have six breakout sessions specific to that track. Taking place Saturday and Sunday, speakers will include Mary Whipple, Pete Cipollone, Chris Kerber, Jesse Foglia, Kevin Sauer, Liz Fusco and Mark Nowak, along with many others. The Coaches’ track will cover 30 different topics designed to help all levels of coaching from Ethan Curren speaking about coaching novices to Tom Terhaar speaking about transitions. Speakers will include Kris Korzeniowski, Mike Teti, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Bryan Volpenhein, Sandy Armstrong, and Casey Galvanek, to name a few.
    • Level 2 Coaching Certification (updated)
      This blended course including online learning and face-to-face discussion will train assistant and head coaches at the college and high school levels. This comprehensive, foundational course conveys critical knowledge that coaches of all levels should know about racing, rowing technique, selection, club organization and more. 
    • The new Level 3 Coaching Certification (by invitation only)
      Designed to create knowledgeable, independent-thinking coaches who are equipped with the vision to lead programs at every level from youth to the national team, as well as to run multi-purpose programs for outreach, adaptive, youth and masters athletes. This course will produce coaches with a wide range of knowledge, encourage curiosity and cultivate them to become future mentors and coaching educators.
    • CRCA Coaches Track
      The CRCA is holding its annual coaching conference as part of the USRowing Annual Convention. Any coach is welcome to register.
    • IRA and ACRA Coaches Meeting
      New this year coaches from the Intercollegiate Rowing Association and the American Collegiate Rowing Association will meet to plan for the 2020 calendar year.
  • Special Referee Programming
    This referee programming welcomes all referees and candidate referees to join clinicians for educational sessions, engage in discussions about the future of the program, and get to know each other through roundtables and a great quiz event. This year’s programming includes the Referee College themed ‘The Start, The Race, The Finish’, an Insurance 101, our ‘Red Flag, White Flag’ team quiz and much more!
  • Business of Rowing 2.0 for Rowing Administrators
    Designed to help head coaches, executive directors, program administrators, board presidents, and others who lead the 1400+ rowing organizations in the U.S. This year’s Business of Rowing includes great topics/discussions such as Choosing the Right Board, Fundraising 101 panel talk, Investing in Your Coaching Staff, Safety Essentials presented by the USRowing Safety Committee, Running a Club: Recruiting, Communication, Social Media, Advertising panel talk; Running a Club: Policies, Employee/Member Expectations & Handbooks, SafeSport panel talk. Business of Rowing 2.0 is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
  • America Rows Diversity & Inclusion Track
    This year’s America Rows programming on Friday will include topics on cultural humanity, starting an inclusive rowing program, roundtable discussions on adaptive rowing, rigging, safety, and rowing as rehab. Outreach directors, adaptive coaches and volunteers, and club administrators are encouraged to attend and participate.
  • Introducing our new “Summit Talks”
    Also on Friday, we will offer the brand new Summit Talks as opportunities for anyone attending the convention to listen/speak to a variety of 30,000-foot topics. We are hoping to encourage more engagement and include more coaches as we look into what we want the future to be for our sport. This year’s topics will include: Long Term Athlete Development (Why? How?); Lightweight 411 (the new protocols, why, what, when); establish Regional Stewards Councils and create All-American status for  junior athletes (discuss the YNC, rules, future, etc.); Indoor Rowing (a look at how the CRI, Pocock, Saratoga, and Chicago models are reaching out to thousands of athletes through local middle schools); and the Olympic Development Program (a chance to unveil the program, what it entails, and how it will positively impact our sport moving forward).
  • Special Women’s Programming
    New this year, this exclusive women in rowing programming starts off with Olympic Beginnings opening remarks from Olympic medalist and IOC Vic President Anita DeFrantz, followed by a viewing of Kiss the Joy – The Story of Joan Van Blum introduced by filmmaker Jean Krauss, presentations and roundtable discussions on The Women of the Row – Working Together to Drive Women’s Rowing, an introduction of 1976 Women’s Olympic 8+, and more including networking and social opportunities.
  • Masters Track
    The Master’s Track will be hosted Saturday with talks concerning healthy habits to training and rigging. Jim Dietz, Charles Huthmaker will be speaking on various “nuts & bolts” topics, with convention favorite USRowing High Performance Dietician Liz Fusco & orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician Dr. Jo Hannifan presenting on the wellness aspects of being an older athlete.
  • Junior Day
    Junior Day is back and better than ever!! Taking place on Saturday, Junior Day will feature: Recruiting 101 presented by Princeton University Assistant Coach Bill Manning, Signs of Overtraining by USRowing team physician Dr. Kate Ackerman, Team Culture by Gonzaga College High School Head Coach Andy Bacas, and more. Watch this space for new speakers and activities!
  • Coxswains Track
    This year’s “Best Coxswain Track Ever” will feature six talks, four on Saturday and two on Sunday, featuring three-time Olympian Mary Whipple, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Pete Cipollone, renowned coxswain and coach Laura Simon, and more to be announced shortly.
  • Annual Awards Reception
    Plan to join us Friday evening in celebrating the year in rowing and recognizing the people and organizations that have made 2019 another banner year for the sport of rowing.
  • And More including
    • Celebrating the “Legends of Philadelphia Rowing”
    • Rowing Industry Trade Association (RITA) Meeting

The convention will be held at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel, just minutes from historic Boathouse Row. Click here to reserve your room. The deadline to register and receive the group hotel rate is November 15, 2019. Hotel rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • General Pass – $495 (Does not provide access to Coaching Certification sessions)
  • Coaches Conference – $395
  • Level 3 Coaching Certification – $400
  • Level 2 Coaching Certification – $375
  • Business of Rowing – $225
  • CRCA Collegiate Coaches Conference – $195
  • Masters Track – $95
  • Junior Day – $95
  • Referee Pass – $50

Bundle and Save!

  • Business of Rowing 2.0 + Coaches Conference ($100 off)
    • Save $100 when adding the new Business of Rowing 2.0 to your Coaches Conference registration.
  •  2019 CRCA and Coaches Conference ($100 off)
    • Save $100 when adding the Coaches Conference to your CRCA Collegiate Coaches Conference registration.
  • 2019 Level 2 & Coaches Conference ($100 off)
      • Save $100 when adding the Coaches Conference to your Level 2 Certification registration.


Standard registration opens September 1 and runs through November 15. Register early before prices go up during late registration.

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