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USRowing Level II Coaching Clinic

  • 19 Feb 2011
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • GVSU Kirkhof Center, Allendale, MI


  • Please register by contacting Willie Black at or 317-450-3229.

UPDATE: The date of this clinic has changed! It will now take place on Saturday, February 19, 2011. Otherwise, all other details remain the same. We apologize for any inconvenience!

The Grand Rapids Rowing Association is pleased to partner with USRowing and GVSU Rowing to offer a Level II (Foundation Level) Coaching Clinic on Saturday, February 19, 2011.

Click to register for this workshop

Level II was developed to help the coach who has one or two years of experience and has coached a boat for a season, done basic rigging, and developed a basic training program. Currently, more than 1,000 coaches are Level II certified.

The curriculum for the USRowing Coaching Education Program is based upon the National Standards for Athletic Coaches. These standards are a result of a consensus facilitated by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), in collaboration with many other organizations such as American Sport Education Program (ASEP), Program for Athletic Coaches Education (PACE), and the Youth Sport Institute at Michigan State University.


In essence, the curriculum of this program progressively outlines the standards that rowing coaches should be aware of, be able to apply, and be able master. To assist in the presentation of the material, each level is divided into four quadrants, which are separated into nine specific knowledge areas.


Quadrant 1: Safety

1. Risk Management

2. Injury Prevention, Management, and Care


Quadrant 2: Learning

3. Athlete Growth, Development, and Learning

4. Social/Psychological Aspects of Coaching


Quadrant 3: Teaching

5. Teaching

6. Administration and Professional Development of the Coach


Quadrant 4: Speed

7. Training, Conditioning, and Nutrition

8. Skills, Tactics, and Strategies

9. Equipment


The USRowing Coaching Education Program is the only coaching education program for rowing coaches officially recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and by USRowing.


To receive certification in the Foundation Level (Level II), the successful participant must attend the clinic, receive a passing grade on the written examination, and be a current individual member of USRowing (join/renew by clicking here). 


The coach will also need to be CPR, First Aid, and Boating Safety certified to receive a coaching certificate.


We are pleased to have John Bancheri, Head Coach of Grand Valley State University Rowing, as clinician. Coach Bancheri has coached at the Penn Athletic Club, Wichita State, University of Charleston, and Marietta College. In 2009, he was selected as the American Collegiate Rowing Association's Coach of the Year, and was also named as the 2002 Dad Vail Coach of the Year.


First Aid/CPR: The USOC/Red Cross First Aid for Coaches course is now available online and at Red Cross Chapter offices. The course was developed for coaches and other people working with athletes.   CPR is a mixed course, meaning you can do most of the course online but must visit your local chapter office to do a short practical on a CPR dummy.


Boating Safety: Many states offer a boating safety course through the Department of Natural Resources or similar department and some are now requiring it. You can link to or or call (1-800-336-BOAT) to see what is required for your state. (Michigan: or (Michigan:

offer online courses that cover very basic boating safety issues, but be aware these courses may not be recognized as an official state boating license.

To maintain certification at each level, the coach must complete a specific number of continuing education credits in the three years following the completion of the course. We recommend that all coaches find mentor coaches from which they can learn advanced coaching techniques.


This clinic will be hosted at GVSU's Kirkhof Center (click for a map) in Allendale, MI.


For more information about the USRowing Coaching Education Program and/or to register, please contact Willie Black at or (317)-450-3229.

Links to the USRowing Coaching Program site



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