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  • 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, allison@usrowing.org

  • 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, ed@usrowing.org

  • 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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  • USRowing Safety Video is Online and Free

    July 01, 2014

    USRowing has posted the USRowing Safety Video online. It can be accessed from the USRowing YouTube channel or from the USRowing Safety section of our website. We hope this will allow for better access to view this important safety information.

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  • Heating Up: May Safety Feature

    May 06, 2014

    It’s May and it’s heating up. Regattas are underway, and many of us are rowing several times a week. Some of us, like Mad Dogs and Englishmen, do go out in the mid-day sun. Our advice? Don’t.

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    Casey Baker USRowing Safety Committee Member, Southeast Region

  • April Safety Feature: Regatta Practice and Warm-up Areas

    March 28, 2014

    Welcome to the Danger Zone. Crews were warming up for the finals at the USRowing Youth National Championships, and one boat was not where it was supposed to be. Even though it was an experienced crew, it collided with another boat.

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  • Keeping an Eye on Safety

    March 12, 2014

    Spring is right around the corner and rowers across the country are returning to the water. In rowing, like any other outdoor sport, it’s important to keep your eyes protected. This goes for coaches, too!

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    Allison Frederick, allison@usrowing.org

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