What’s better than four days in the middle of December on the beach in sunny San Diego? Not much, except all that plus hanging out at a spa with friends, enjoying good food and drink, and hobnobbing with the “movers and shakers” of rowing, all while celebrating the sport we love! If that sounds good to you, then you won’t want to miss this year’s convention!
Join USRowing and the folks from the San Diego Crew Classic for the 2018 USRowing Annual Convention December 6-9 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa in the Mission Bay area of San Diego. This year’s convention-goers get a program jammed packed with training and technique gems that are guaranteed to make you and your crews faster but also the opportunity to relax in one of the country’s most picturesque venues – Mission Bay, California!
Registration is has been extended! The standard deadline is now November 25, 2018. Check out the “Bundle & Save” discounts and savings thanks to our event partners!
“San Diego is a beautiful place for this year’s convention, and the venue is ideal. The hotel is right on the water, and we will look to take every advantage of that location. We’re expecting a truly remarkable and memorable event for next year’s convention.”
AJ Dominique III, USRowing Senior Events Manager
“The 2018 USRowing Annual Convention will once again be a meeting of the minds for all in the United States rowing community. There’s no better place to relax, strengthen your rowing knowledge and pick up tricks of the trade than San Diego in December!”
Susan Smith, USRowing Chief Domestic Officer
Advanced Coaches Conference
Star-studded line-up of speakers this year!
Back by popular demand the Advanced Coaches Conference (ACC) returns, continuing to provide leading edge insights and speakers that coaches have come to expect. The program will run Saturday and Sunday featuring group general sessions and a variety of breakout speakers.
This year’s slate of speakers include U.S. national team coaches Tom Terhaar and Mike Teti, University of Washington Women’s Head Coach Yasmin Farooq, USOC Senior Physiologist of Athlete Performance Services Michael Shannon, legendary coach and Senior Men’s Head Coach for Rowing Canada Aviron Dick Tonks, three-time Olympian Mary Whipple Murray, and that’s just for starters!
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Limited Time Offer: Special Discount for Junior Coaches! Junior coaches can receive a 20% discount for the Advanced Coaches Conference thanks to our partners at Shimano. Click the “Registration” link for details.
CRCA Collegiate Coaches Conference
Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association
USRowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association are partnering once again to bring the CRCA Collegiate Coaches Conference to the USRowing Annual Convention. College coaches, both CRCA members and non-members, are invited to attend this track of programming.
Level 2 Coaching Certification
When only the best will do
Complete the coursework and test required to earn your Level 2 Coaching Certification. The standard bearer for quality coaching, USRowing coaching certification is the credential that head coaches and administrators want their coaches to have. Level 2 is designed to train assistant and head coaches at the high school and collegiate levels.
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Business of Rowing 2.0
Presented by - RegattaCentral
This year’s program returns with a new, more robust programming schedule. Business of Rowing 2.0 is designed to bring the entire administrative side of the sport under one program, incorporating the former America Rows Forum and Regatta Management tracks while expanding the offerings to topics applicable to any administrator.
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Come one, come all
This year’s program welcomes all referees, including current candidates and prospective candidates, kicking off on Friday with the annual December Meetings of the Regional Coordinators and the Referee Committee. Topics on current issues and future plans will be discussed and voted on. The meeting is open to the public, and welcomes all referees to attend.
Licensed referees can look forward to the (Chief) Referee College programming on Saturday and a session with staff of Nielsen-Kellerman, who will be showing their latest technology and products. Candidates can attend a ‘Candidate Clinic’ on Sunday, and complete their first two observations at this year’s Winter Classic regatta.
Breakfast with champions and more!
Juniors start off the day with a panel of World Champions and Olympians and hear how they started their rowing careers, the in’s and out’s, and the successes and challenges that made them the champions they are today! U.S. National Team nutritionist shows how (and what) elite athletes “eat for speed.” In College Recruiting 101, juniors learn from Princeton University coach Bill Manning about the different types of rowing programs, the pros & cons of each, and how to match their collegiate (rowing) goals to the right school. And for those athletes with elite rowing aspirations, junior national team coaches lay out “The Path to the National Team.”
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Making Masters Faster!
Join us for a day of programming focused on the unique needs of the Masters rowing community. Learn about the basic foundation of recovery while preparing one of the National Team’s favorite snacks. Discover how small adjustments in your equipment can help you row more efficiently. Explore the relationship between stroke length, power, and rating as well as other “tricks of the trade” to make your boat go forward…faster!
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Happy Hour hosted by ZLAC Rowing Club & WeCOACH
Attendees will be invited to visit the ZLAC Clubhouse to experience and learn about the history of the oldest women’s rowing club in the world. Don’t miss this chance to experience one of rowing’s truly historic settings. ZLAC members will be on hand to teach about the history of women’s rowing, and the clubhouse will serve as a wonderful setting to celebrate the achievements of women in the sport.
Fiesta! & USRowing Annual Awards Reception
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Meet our Host
From its modest beginnings over four decades ago, the San Diego Crew Classic has matured into the largest regatta in the world held for primarily eight-oared rowing shells. The regatta provides a venue for high school junior programs, collegiate teams, masters clubs, and even Olympic-level competition. San Diegans can be proud of the strong influence the regatta has had nationally on the sport of rowing. Click the logo to learn more about this year’s event.