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  • Going From Winter to Spring Means Staying Safe, Focused, and Motivated

    March 16, 2015

    While every club's situation is different, there are standard safety steps that must be taken to ensure all athletes, regardless of age or experience level, have a smooth and successful transition to competition on the water.

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    Ed Moran,

  • Safety Guidelines, Cold-Water Protocols and Best Practices

    March 02, 2015

    Spring is coming! After a long winter of erging, rowers across the country are excited to get back on the water. But before doing so, everyone – athletes, coaches and administrators – should make sure that their cold-water safety protocols are in place and being practiced.

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    Willie Black,

  • Cold Weather Rowing Tips

    January 19, 2015

    When the weather turns cold, rowers in northern states are forced to head indoors, but there are many clubs that have year-round opportunities to be on the water. Most rowing on the water above the mid-Atlantic in the east and Texas in the Midwest stops when the fall racing season is over, but there are some clubs and rowers that have developed procedures to allow for cold-water rowing. USRowing’s Safety Committee advocates caution, but we know that there will be those who want to row until the ice stops them.

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    USRowing Safety Committee

  • January Safety Feature

    December 30, 2014

    The care of blisters has always been a combination of science and mythology. Blisters can be formed on the water or on the erg and if left untreated, they can take a long time to heal and/or get infected. We are fortunate to have people in the rowing community who can help us with the care of blisters and dispel some of the myths and bad practices.

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    Willie Black,

  • Video: How to Create a SafeSport Policy

    November 27, 2014

    The clock is ticking for USRowing member organizations to adopt an athlete safety program by December 31, 2014. Join USRowing and the United States Olympic Committee in the SafeSport campaign to protect athletes across the country. If your organization already has a policy in place, fantastic! As long as it meets the minimum components, your current policy may be used. If you organization doesn’t have a policy in place or your current policy needs some revision, USRowing has numerous resources, including policy guidelines, a SafeSport guidebook, access to background checks and free SafeSport training, available to help you through the process. Click here for more information.

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    Allison Frederick,

  • Safety, Preparation and Opportunity

    November 13, 2014

    I am among the nearly 450,000 viewers who watched the video-gone-viral of the crashes and clashes at this past weekend’s Snowflake Regatta. We can probably all agree that boats and oars striking one another is part of the racing experience that we are striving to eradicate. This video demonstrates how things can go wrong and result in a bad outcome. It also provides our sport an opportunity to learn from the experience and improve the level of rowing and competition in the U.S.

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    Glenn Merry, USRowing CEO

  • Winter Rowing Wisdom

    October 30, 2014

    When the weather turns cold, many rowers bid a sad goodbye to their oars, but a rugged few insist on staying on the water, no matter the date or the temperature. USRowing always wants rowers to err on the side of caution (and spend some time on the erg), but we know there will always be those who want to row as long as there is water.

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  • Developing a SafeSport Policy that Fits Your Club

    October 13, 2014

    The December deadline to have a SafeSport policy in place for all USRowing member organizations is quickly approaching, and one question facing many clubs is how to create a policy that best serves the program’s needs and falls within the specified guidelines set out by both USRowing and the United States Olympic Committee.

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    Ed Moran,

  • On-the-Water Safety Guidelines

    September 30, 2014

    What are the recommended safety guidelines for coach-to-athlete ratios? This is a question we are often asked. The answer is, it depends on the circumstances and the people. There are many factors to consider.

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  • Trailer Safety Feature

    August 01, 2014

    It’s the beginning of August, the summer club season is just wrapping up. If you used your trailer this summer or if it has been sitting since the end of the season last May or June, now is a great time to give your trailer and pulling vehicle a safety/maintenance check.

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