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Saratoga Juniors Coaching Conference

January 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - January 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am UTC+0

The 2021 Saratoga Juniors Coaching Conference will not be taking place this year. Join our mailing list to learn about all our Summer offerings, including our coaching internship

Saratoga Juniors Coaches Conference

Saratoga Junior's Coaches Conference

New in 2020: An Athlete's Seminar hosted by Olympians Lindsay Shoop & Anna Goodale. This course will run from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Lunch is BYO for an hour in the middle and the cost is $75. Coaches & Administrators must do the registration of the Junior.  Topics include/not limited to:

  • Dynamic Warm-Up & Functional Movement to help stay Injury-Free
  • Nutrition
  • Proper Lifting Form (Dead Lift, Squats, Row/Bench Pulls)
  • Effective Technique - Erg drills
  • Things I Wish I had learned/done in HS as an athlete
  • Keeping Logs and Mental Preparation (fancy logbooks provided)

Talks are approximately 45'-1 Hour each. Limit of 40 athletes - and may be broken into 2 groups for certain topics. Have athletic gear, as some talks are hands-on/kinetic.

Key Note Speaker & Main Track: Trevor Ragan & Professional Development

  • Growth Mindset - Saturday Key Note @ 8:00am
  • Resilience
  • Fear
  • Leadership & Culture Sunday Key Note @ 8am

Talks Concerning Technique:

Talks Concerning Training:

Talks Concerning Free Speed Topics:

Talks for Coaches (Misc):

  • Matt Hopkins: "Lesson on Speed for Club Coaches from a Scholastic Coach"
  • Sarah Tinsley: "Coaching a Boat to Junior Worlds: Dreams, Lessons, Reflections"
  • Steve McCarthy- "The First 100 Days as a New Head Coach: What Did/Didn't Go As Planned"
  • Bill Manning- "College Recruiting: How Can Coaches Best Serve Their Athletes"
  • Rick Brown: "Balancing Coaching & Life"
  • Catherine Starr: "Evolving As a Coach as Life Changes Us"
  • Rick Brown: "Creating a Team From Scratch: Lessons Learned"

This year should be a lot of fun. Having Al Morrow join us is awesome. He Coached Canada's National Team from 1980 until 2018. His 25 medals at Worlds/Olympics sure brought a lot of wisdom with them. Richard Hull, a Brit coaching on the West Coast, actually rowed in the 1987 Boat Race (the famous/infamous one). He along with Jeremy, Casey, Manny, and Steve all just became the first class to go through the new Level 3 Coaching Certification. The Coaches for the Women's 8+ & 4+ (how the hell..?) and the Men's 8+ at the Charles will be joining us to talk about RA Rye's Training & Technique Philosophy. Peter Sharis will be here to talk about his Training Program. Of all the Coaches of the past few years, his crews have probably been the most dominant at Youths. Six straight years for the W4x, two for the 2x, 5 straight at the Charles in the 2x, and Henley Champions last year. Gordon Getsinger will join us to talk about Training & Technique at Saugatuck. All his W8+ has done is win Youths for 5 straight years. Casey has coached 7 boats to the World Championships (Senior, u23, and Junior) in the past 5 years. In all, 15 presenters have coached and/or rowed at World Championships. So, if you want to come hear about going faster, this year looks pretty solid.

There are some great topics this year about Coaching, as a Profession. If you research Trevor Ragan, he has a load of interesting talks. After reading Mindset, but Carol Dweck, Mr. Ragan launched a series of Ted Talks, Seminars, etc about reaching your potential. For young Coaches interested in running their own Club someday, we have talks about being a Head Coach, Starting A Club From Scratch, and Taking Over a New Program. For experienced Coaches, we have talks on how to balance life with rowing (this right here). We also have some very practical talks about Recruiting with Bill Manning, Functional Movement with Lindsay Shoop, and designing Efficient Practice Plans with Steve McCarthy - just to name a few.

In addition to the Athlete's Seminar & all the Topics/Speakers, we will have open discussions on Friday at the Washington Inn. The topic for the "Summit Talk" is Long Term Athlete Development and the American Development Model. The goal is to bring together as many Coaches as possible to brainstorm the various ways we can make Rowing safer, and healthier, for our athletes. The USOC is considering a Grant right now for us to design & set-up our own ADM for Rowing. I'd love to have everyone join us and provide input.

Some reminders:

  1. Reserve Rooms quickly at Longfellows.
  2. Food is included in all Full (no Jrs) Registrations and the cost is $325.
  3. Registration is on streamlinerowing.com
  4. Every Coach from your Club after 5 is free (except for food cost which is $135)
  5. We will only take 150 people. Last year was too big IMHO.
  6. USRowing will be doing some give-a-way registrations too. They are the major sponsor of the Conference.

Looking forward to seeing everyone. Hope your Holidays are awesome.


January 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
January 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am
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500 Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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(518) 587-0108


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