USRowing Men's & Women's Under 19 Olympic Development Camp

Saratoga Rowing Association is proud to host the 2020 USRowing Northeast Olympic Development Program from June 22n to July 19th, 2020.  The USRowing Youth Olympic Development Program was formed in 2019 to identify a pool of top youth athletes in several age groups, support developing future national team members, provide opportunities for skill acquisition and enhance the age-appropriate development of rowers and coxswains at all levels. 

Coaches and Staff

The 2020 USRowing Northeast ODP will be led by Camp Director Emanuel Valentin (518-490-9715, usrowing.ne.odp@gmail.com).  Coach Valentin coaches for Saratoga Rowing Association, working with the ARION U23 Men's team.  In 2018, Coach Valentin led the Senior Men's Lightweight Quad to an 11th place finish at the 2018 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The rest of the coaching staff will be announced over the next few weeks!

Application

Application to the 2020 Under-19 Olympic Development Program will be accepted through 1 of two methods:

  1. Attending a USRowing U19 National Team ID Camps
  2. Complete the U19 Submission Form

Those interested in attending the program who have not completed one of the two applications will be kindly instructed to first complete that first.

Arrival Information

Information regarding Arrival is still being determined.  Please keep an eye out for more information.

Items to Bring

What to Bring
Plan on rowing a lot. The below lists are what you’ll need as well as what is permitted (or not):
You will also be able to lock items up if you need to. We are in a very safe location.

Essential

  • Bedding for Full-Size Bed
  • Spending Money – for movies, snacks, etc. You will have an opportunity to go to an ATM. This spending money is up to you if and how much you need.
  • Sunscreen
  • Bath Towels
  • Running Shoes
  • Rowing Clothes (anticipate 12 sessions per week)
  • Rain Gear
  • Notepad/Pen
  • Nalgene or other type of Water Bottles (more than one is a good idea)
  • Day Pack or small Duffle
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coxswains – Tape Recorder (if you don’t have one, purchase one before arriving. They are very helpful and you’ll be able to use them after the camp as well).
  • Coxswains – Cox Box – if you don’t have your own, please try and borrow one from your program. Let us know if you are unable to bring one as we should be able to provide one.
  • Coxswains- Tools

Permitted (But not Required)

  • Televisions
  • Laptop Computers (wireless is available in the dorm)
  • Video Game Systems
  • Movies
  • Heart Rate Monitor (highly encouraged)
  • Team Shirts to trade (very popular item in previous years – the guys enjoyed trading shirts with guys from other programs across the country)

Prohibited

  • Fireworks
  • Candles
  • Knives or Weapons
  • Bicycles
  • Hot Plates
  • Pornographic material

And a general rule is; if you have questions about it, please feel free to ask!

Housing for Residents

Athlete housing accommodation is still being finalized.  Check back for more information.

Food & Accomodations

3 Meals a day plus snacks will be provided by Revolution Cafe.  SRA is committed to cultivating an inclusive environment for all, including those with allergies and special dietary needs.  Those with questions regarding dietary needs should reach out to Camp Director Emanuel Valentin at usrowing.ne.odp@gmail.com

Orientation

A brief orientation session will be held explaining Sports Camp rules and regulations.  All campers must comply with the rules.  Any serious violations or abuses will result in immediate dismissal from camp without refund.

Important for Parents

Each camper will be invited through the USRowing invite process to each of its camps - Selection, High Performance, and ODP. We invite parents to come to a session on a limited basis and through prearrangements only.

Sending Mail

Mailing information is still being finalized.  Please check back for more details.

Health and Insurance

Costs for the treatment of injuries and hospitalization for illnesses or injuries during the Camp will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian of the participant.

Transportation

While at camp, athletes will be transported to and from camp in vans by assistant coaches and interns.  

Traveling to Florida, athletes will depart from Albany International Airport and fly directly to Tampa Bay, Florida.  From Tampa Bay, they'll drive an additional 45 minutes to Sarasota, Florida.

The race course is within walking distance from the hotels.

Day at a Glance

7am: Wake Up & Breakfast

7:30: Depart for Practice 1

8:30-11am: Practice #1

11am-12pm: Luch

12-1pm: Video Review

1-2pm: Down Time

2pm: Depart for Practice 2

2:30-4:30pm: Practice 2

4:30pm: Return to Dorms

5pm-6pm: Dinner

6pm: Down Time

9pm: Lights Out

Previous Coaches

  Sarah Tinsley

Sarah Tinsley is currently the SRA Men's Head Coach.  With previous stops at USC, North Park University, Washington University at St. Louis, and Artemis Rowing.  Coach Tinsley was named the 2019 New York State Coach of the Year, leading the SRA men's lightweight 8+ to a 3rd place finish at Youth Nationals and leading the USA U19 Men's Double to a 16th place finish at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

  Eric Gehrke

Coach Eric has been coaching for 11 years with experiences ranging from being an assistant at the University of Southern California, starting a club from scratch at Nashville Rowing, coaching the freshmen at his alma mater Gonzaga College High School, and working within the Junior National Team system at all levels. He is a native of Washington, DC, brings his dogs Phin & Boone everywhere, and is now the Men'sHead Coach at George Washington Unversity

  Larry Gluckman

With five decades in the sport of rowing, Larry has touched nearly every part of the sport. Beginning at Northeastern University under coach Ernie Arlett, Larry rowed in collegiate crews, at the club level at Vesper Boat Club, and on several elite teams including the 1976 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team. His college coaching career had stops at Columbia University, Northeastern University, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Trinity College. At the elite level, Larry coached at the Pan American Games, the Olympic Games, and the World Rowing Championships at the senior and U-23 levels. His crews have garnered national and international medals. 

Larry has had summer coaching stints at the Craftsbury Sculling Center, Black Bear Sculling Camp, Navy Crew Camp, and the Northeast Rowing Camp. Recently, under the direction of Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer, Larry started the Small Boat Training Center at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. SBTC was created to improve single, double, and pair rowing amongst college-age rowing athletes. During his tenure at SBTC eight crews represented the United States at the U-23 World Rowing Championships. Many of the alumni of this program have moved on to Craftsbury's Green Team for senior level rowing athletes.

For close to 12 years, Larry was the "coach" at Concept2 working in marketing, product development, and human resources. He has become a staple at many of the rowing conferences lecturing on coaching and crew development. He is known for his "free speed" lectures.

Larry lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with Sara his wife of over 40 years. They have three adult daughters.

  Mike Wenker

Entering his eighth season at the helm of the Dayton women's rowing program in 2017, Michael Wenker has established the Flyers as a national competitor.

Wenker earned the 2011 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year after leading Dayton's Varsity 8 to the conference championship. At the 2011 A-10 Championship, Dayton's Varsity 8 not only won but set a conference record winning the event by 12.25 seconds, eclipsing the previous mark of 12.0 seconds. The Flyers finished with a time of 7:52.20.

The Dayton Women's Varsity 8 was voted the week's Crew of the Week on Row2k.com for their winning their first ever Atlantic 10 Championship.

Three Dayton Flyer earned spots on the 2011 Atlantic 10 Women's Rowing All-Academic team, the most selections in the conference. In addition, UD had two A-10 All-Conference selections as well.

Prior to his arrival at UD, Wenker was an assistant coach for two seasons at the West Virginia University.

Wenker is the fifth head coach in the program's history since being moved to varsity status.

A native of Cincinnati, Wenker previously served as assistant coach for the men’s and women’s rowing programs at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. There, he assisted with all aspects of the program.

Wenker acted as the varsity women’s coach for the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club from 2000-07, after working with the novice squad in 2000. As head coach, Wenker led the team to three gold medals at the USRowing Youth Invitational from 2002-03 and 35 gold medals at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships from 2000-07.

After graduating college, Wenker was assistant coach of the Saratoga Rowing Association, where he instructed new athletes in the fundamentals of rowing. He completed his bachelor’s degree in economics from Skidmore College in 1998.