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Meeting

Please join us for our 1st annual All Club Meeting! The meeting will be held at our member Melissa’s house (address provided upon a YES RSVP). The meeting will be a potluck as it is from 6-8 pm on a Monday. Board members will bring entrees, please as members bring appetizers or desserts. The board has news to share and are excited about your feedback.

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Pictures

What a wonderful world we are given in this opportunity to be on the water. Naturally we want to capture each special moment. And we as a group love sharing in that joy.

Please note that taking photos is only safe when the boat is set and all members are still. Using your phone in the boat in a non-emergency situation and while the boat is still moving is prohibited and dangerous. Please refrain from putting yourself and other rowers in a difficult situation. Thank you!

Practice Notice – and Schedule

Greeting fellow rowers,

Lots of emails tonight regarding fall rowing. I will be sending out a google doodle poll for everyone to fill out but I want to give you some brief instructions prior to sending the poll.

  • The poll will denote your availability but this does not necessarily mean you will get to row just because you are available. There are only so many numeric configurations I can put together with the current boats we have available to us, BUT I will attempt to get everybody at least 3 rows per week.
  • There are 3 options for availability YES, NO and (YES). The first two are hopefully obvious but the second (YES) indicates that you are available only if you are truly needed i.e you would really rather sleep that day but if 1 more body is needed to fill a boat then you can and will row.
  • Rowing practices are at 5:15 AM Mon, Tue, Thurs  and Fri and 6:00 AM Saturday. No scheduled club rows on Wed or Sun.
  • The doodle is for the entire month of September so you can fill out your availability for the entire month or week by week. The link remains active. Explicit instructions on finding subs is contained in the Loveland rowing email you will already have received.
  • Remember to hit save ( lower right hand corner of the poll) after you enter your information or else all of your entries will disappear.
  • This Saturday is our first 0600 Saturday practice. Please fill out your availability for the next coming week by 10pm of Saturday September 3rd. I will have the weeks boating to you by 5pm ( probably earlier) of Sunday the 4th.
  • IMPORTANT If you have your own life jacket (PFD) at home could you please bring it to practice. We only have 8 PFDs and technically need one for every boated person We will get more PFDs but if you have your own then you could take it back and forth to practice with you.

See you on the water

– Morgan

Practice Changes

Happy September Rowers!
First of all, thank you all for bringing your passion to the water time and time again. The Loveland Rowing community has grown into a fantastic group, comprised of about 50% experienced rowers and 50% novice. This brings a lot of challenges and the board is working hard to address the varied needs and issues that arise. As our structure becomes stronger, we will have more consistency. Patience and willingness to work together is integral to our success, we need each other to grow and flourish.
Our club is a young, all-volunteer organization – your input is important, as well as your participation. Board meetings are open, everyone is welcome to attend (board meeting schedule is on the website calendar). At present, the minutes are available upon request, with a longer term plan to have them posted on a secure site. For now, please alert lovelandrowing@gmail.com if you would like copies of minutes.
 
Additionally, please save the date for our First Annual Members Meeting! The annual meeting will be a potluck, held on September 19th from 6-8. Please come and share your thoughts and food! Location is to be determined. The board will review our structure, our progress and plans for the future.
PRACTICE CHANGES:
There is a change in our practice procedure. Practices will be open to everyone based on their availability, and we will no longer be using Rosterbot.
Process: Morgan as Head Coach will send out a doodle poll. Deadline to enter availability for the next week’s practices is Saturday night, line ups will be posted Sunday night. Morgan will set boat line-ups focusing on opportunity for skill building, guidance, fitness and fun. The priorities of listening to coaches and keeping safety in mind at all times still remain protocol.
Cancellation policy: (If you cannot make a practice, do not give your availability for that day)
  • Cancelling more than 24 hours before practice – alert Morgan and she will revise line-ups
  • Cancelling within less that 24 hours, you must find your own sub. A sub list will be provided
  • Sub List – The board will send out an email asking for contact information for those who want to be on the sub list. If you do not want your information shared or do not want to be a sub, do not sign up for the sub list
Boat additions/news:
SWEEP – We now have sweep oars, so are not limited to the quads for practice, we can use the 8+
COXING – The 8 must be coxed, which will need to be a shared duty – a requirement for anyone who wishes to row in a sweep boat, just like bowing for sculls. However, not everyone knows how to cox; like rowing, it is a learned skill. For now, Morgan will rotate people through the cox seat, using a variety of methods to bring everyone up to speed.
SCULLING – We have a new/used single. The single is a challenge for new rowers as it is balanced differently but is an exciting opportunity. Rowing the single requires that you have bow experience (are ‘bow certified’). Morgan may put you into the single during a practice when you can receive personalized coaching and learn how to bow and manage the boat.
We have about a month and a half left on the water so let’s take advantage of it!
Club communication is improving, every month a newsletter is published via email, facebook and the website. The calendar with board meeting dates is published on the website, as is our safety policy. Loveland Rowing email is monitored diligently and is the right venue for all concerns and communications to the board. Please reach out at all times – we are listening.
Thank you again for your wonderful selves,
Annelies and the Loveland Rowing Board.
PS – Please note that your current coaching team is; Morgan (Head Coach), Julie, Dana, and Robbin – with Walter and Annelies as sub-coaches

Captain Jack’s Coaching Corner

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Welcome Loveland rowers to my coaching corner. I’m Captain JA Jack long time rowing coach and former Olympian. Can’t wait to see the live stream rowing footage from the Rio Olympics. Hope you’ll take a chance to watch some of those races and look at the bundling of power, grace and unity that defines both the sport and the athletes. Each Newsletter I’ll be bringing you little tidbits of coaching wisdom that I’ve gleaned over the years. I also encourage you to contact your own coaches with questions that I might help them answer to both improve your rowing and increase your love for the sport. Rowing is AWESOME or as we like to say in the old country OARSOME!

Today’s coaching tip center’s on how we work with each other and with the boat to make it MOVE.Henry Ford said it well in his oft quoted words ……….

                                              Coming together is a beginning;
                                               keeping together is progress

                                               working together is success. 

The boat is a place where we abandon our own egos and sit as one. We are not four, or two, or eight people in the boat but each an equal portion striving to forge ONE unit together with the boat. Focus on your OWN rowing, striving to make each stroke better than the last and being aware of how your actions affect the movement and harmony of the ENTIRE boat. Now let’s get out on the water and row.

National Learn to Row Day

Have you ever wanted to try rowing? Join us at our brand NEW site at Mussel Beach in Boyd Lake State Park for a taste of rowing on the water and on the rowing machines. Our members will walk you through the basics of the rowing stroke on land, teach you basic boat terminology, and then get you on the water in a boat with an experienced rower.

  • National Learn to Row Day at Loveland Rowing
  • June 4th
  • 9:00am-12:00pm (come and go)
  • Ages 12- adult
  • Mussel Beach at Boyd Lake State Park
  • FREE!!!

(All participants must sign a liability and swimming waiver. Minors must have a parent signature. Interested rowers should be able to sit/stand from the ground on their own, lift 30 pounds, and be able to swim.)

 

LVR Training with Marlene Royle

We are excited to announce that Loveland Rowing will be following a training plan crafted specifically for our club by Marlene Royle. Marlene is an expert in developing training plans for masters (adult) athletes.

All LVR members will receive this customized land, water, and strength training plan with additional core strength and flexibility components as part of their annual dues.

Many rowers elect to workout together at our land training location, but with this plan each individual has the option to follow the plan at his/her own convenience and location.

Rowers who follow Marlene’s plan will be prepared to race in October at the Pumpkinhead (Head of the Colorado) Regatta and in February at the Denver Indoor Rowing Championships.

 

Congrats, LTR Class of 2016!

This weekend, four brave souls from Loveland, Fort Collins, and Windsor stepped out on faith and into the gym… to learn to row- on land! They learned basic technique (which is really rather complicated), handled a ‘boat’, watched some amazing video footage, raced each other for a short piece, and prepared to be rowers on the water in June. Several experienced rowers mentored and shared experiences.

We are proud to introduce our first learn to row session in the Loveland Class of 2016! (You can learn too- check out our upcoming classes.)

LTR !