Important SCRC Information and Announcements
Hello SCRC Members,
As club registration continues, there are a number of important pieces of information that must be understood by all club members. This note will cover the following subjects:
- Site Cleanup and Boat Move
- SafeSport Training Required for All Adult Members
- Masters Rowing Committee Creation and Call for Volunteers
Site Cleanup and Boat Move
We will be moving back on to the SCRC boat site soon. In preparation for the move we will be spreading a new layer of wood chips across the site over the upcoming weeks. On March 26th, we will be holding a site cleanup day. This will be preparing the site for the arrival of the boats. Since the ground should be prepared by that date, work should go quite fast. On April 2nd, we will be bringing boats and equipment back to the site from winter storage. Both events will require club member participation and will likely start at 8 AM. A note will follow with specifics as the dates near.
To date, we have had just over 40 registrations paid–youth and masters combined. This is approximately a quarter of registrations we had last year, so many of you have still not signed up. The registration deadline is end of day February 28th. No rowing will be allowed without dues first being paid. Racking of private boats is prioritized for returning members but spaces will be assigned to those members that are registered on March 1st.
Registration, as with prior years, is done via Regatta Central. Here’s the link:
SafeSport Training Required for All Adult Members
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an organization created by Congress to protect athletes. The Center has been “authorized by to help abuse prevention, education, and accountability take root in every sport, on every court. Dedicated solely to ending sexual, physical, and emotional abuse on behalf of athletes everywhere.”
As mentioned in prior club communication, USRowing, of which SCRC is a member, is requiring all adult club members take their SafeSport online training. All adult members (over 18) must take the Adult Athlete Training course (30 min). Please ensure you choose the correct course.
As there have been some technical problems for folks trying to take it in the past few weeks, updated instructions are below:
Go through the USRowing portal (which requires a current USRowing membership). To access the SafeSport training, log into your individual USRowing account at https://membership.usrowing.org/individual/login
and click on the SafeSport tab on the left-hand side. It will prompt you to see the required courses to take: if you have already been SafeSport certified – go to the course titled NGB1 refresher course (30 min), if this is your first time through go to the course titled Adult Athlete Training (30 min) click on enroll and start the course, note that you might get a pop-up telling you to refresh your next page. Click ‘continue’. Once you are on the next page, should you see a 401 error message, click refresh on your Internet browser. Once you do, you should see your SafeSport course.
Rowing clubs will be subject to an audit procedure during the year and no athlete will be allowed to participate in regattas without first having completed SafeSport training. Swan Creek Rowing Club requires that all members complete the training by April 15th. Further, no member is allowed to row without having first completed SafeSport training.
See you on the water,
SCRC Safe Sport Committee
Masters Rowing Committee Creation and Call for Volunteers
A meeting was held in January to gather input on the Masters rowing program, in addition to input that has been gathered through discussions over the last few months and last season. The board has voted to create a Masters Rowing Committee. The objective of this committee is to enhance the structure, training, and race coordination of the men’s and women’s teams and support the growth of the club. A standing committee is being created with the goal of addressing the following:
- Define and lead annual coach identification process and responsibilities
- Develop new Masters rower integration process
- Evaluate the need for a paid Director of Master’s Rowing, job description, cost, and Masters program fee structure should it be created
- Training schedule development, in coordination with coaches/Director
- Liaise with the Board of Directors
- Serve as a issues resolution source for Masters teams
The first committee meeting will be held in March (virtually) date/time TBD.