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Philosophy

The W.T. Woodson (WTW) Crew Program is a club sport affiliated with WTW High School in Fairfax, Virginia. The core philosophy of the WTW Crew Program is teaching student-athletes how to achieve excellence through discipline, hard work, and perseverance. This is done by providing a structured, safe, and comfortable environment for them to interact and learn about the sport. Opportunities are provided for students with a wide range of athletic abilities to become highly trained, competitive, and successful student-athletes. Team members build strength and endurance, develop time-management and self-discipline skills, and gain the confidence that comes with being a student-athlete.

Goals

Rowing is a sport of discipline and teamwork where each student-athlete learns to choreograph their movements in perfect harmony with one another on the water. This sport doesn’t stray from the idea that if you do the work, you will go far and put yourself in a position to perform well. WTW Crew follows a student-athlete centered and coach driven structure. The WTW Crew coaching staff preaches maintaining a competitive environment, one where the rowers want to win races, but realize this intrinsically.

W.T. Woodson Crew Boosters Association, Inc.

The W.T. Woodson Crew Boosters Association is an incorporated, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was established to support the WTW Crew Program. The Association is governed through formal by-laws, which may be found in the Handbook and By-Laws tab. The Association is managed by a Board of Directors made up of five Officers (the Executive Committee) and six Committee Chairpersons. Appendix C contains board member names, positions, and contact information. Members of the Board of Directors are elected by voting members of the Association at the Annual Association Meeting held in late spring. Voting members of the Association include parents or guardians of WTW Crew student-athletes. Non-voting members include, but are not limited to, the WTW coaching staff, Principal, and Director of Student Activities (DSA). Board of Directors responsibilities include, but are not limited to, hiring coaches, fundraising, financial management, logistical support, the purchase and maintenance of program equipment, and, of course, staffing the WTW Crew Cheering Section at regattas. The Board is NOT a supervisory body responsible for the day to day management of the coaching staff, training program, or student-athlete boat assignments. The Board of Directors hosts a monthly board meeting where all members are welcome and encouraged to attend. See the left column tab "Email Updates" for the most current email newsletter.

Season Overview - 3 phases

Fall Crew Experience Days

The WTW Crew Program is authorized up to 12 Fall Crew Experience Days or “Green Days.” These “on-the-water” sessions focus on rowing familiarization, drills, and technique, and will normally be scheduled over two one-week periods in September and October. Participation and registration requirements are detailed in the Handbook. All workouts are voluntary and open to any bona fide WTW High School student. Attendance is taken for liability purposes, but attendance will not affect the selection of spring lineups. There are no associated fees with these fall sessions. Student-athletes in season with another WTW sport should not participate without approval of both coaches and the WTW Director of Student Activities (DSA). See "WTW Crew Experience Days" for additional information on requirements and to register.

Questions about Green Days? See our Green Days FAQ compiled by Coach Tylander.

Winter Conditioning

Winter conditioning practices are normally held each day after school starting in November and continue through mid-February. The purpose of winter conditioning is to build fitness, technical skills, and foster team spirit. Practices consist of ergometer "erg" (rowing machine) training, weight lifting, running and circuit training. Participation and registration requirements are detailed in Section 3 of the Handbook. All conditioning practices are voluntary and open to any bona fide W.T. Woodson High School student. Attendance is taken for liability purposes, but attendance will not affect the selection of spring lineups. History shows that the student-athletes who participate in conditioning practices or other winter sports are best prepared for the competitive season. Our program strongly encourages our student-athletes to stay active outside of the spring racing season. There are no associated fees with the Winter Conditioning practices. Student-athletes in season with another WTW sport should not participate in these out-of-season workouts without approval of both coaches and the DSA.

Spring Racing Season

The Spring Racing or “on-the-water” season officially begins mid-February and runs through the end of May. Participation and registration requirements are detailed in Section 3 of the Handbook. Practice during the spring season is held every day after school and on Saturdays. All practices are held at the WTW Boat House at Sandy Run Regional Park. The practice sessions are primarily held on the water in racing shells but may be supplemented on land with ergometers, running, and circuit training. Coaches and/or team captains supervise the student-athletes when on land; however, only coaches supervise student-athletes on the water. Practice attendance throughout the spring racing season is mandatory. When a student-athlete misses practice their lineup cannot practice on the water. For example, an eight person boat cannot practice with seven rowers. Absences can often be accommodated when a coach is given sufficient advanced notice; however, attendance does play a role in the selection of lineups. If a student-athlete misses practices without providing advanced notice they may be removed from their racing lineup.