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WT Woodson Crew Green Days FAQ

Complied by Coach Tylander
  1. What is a Green Day? 
  2. Why don’t you just call Green Days practices? 
  3. Are Green Days mandatory? 
  4. Should I participate in Green Days? 
  5. What do I need to do before I can to participate in a Green Day? 
  6. When and where do I take a swim test? 
  7. How do I sign up for a Green Days? 
  8. Do I have to pay for Green Days? 
  9. Why are there two signup sessions? 
  10. Where are Green Days held? 
  11. Is there a bus to Sandy Run after school? 
  12. Can I sign up for both Green Day sessions? 

1. What is a Green Day?

    Short answer – An optional out-of-season session. Rowing is a spring sport.

    Long Answer – For a many years the VHSL (Virginia High School League) forbid any out-of-season meetings between athletic teams and coaches. Recently the VHSL lifted this restriction, but put in place a rule forbidding out-of-season coaches to hold any type of gathering with their team for a little over a week at the start of each season (fall, winter, spring). This is to make sure that coaches do not interfere with tryouts for the current season. These days are coded in red on the calendar and are referred to as “Red Days”. Fairfax County Schools (FCPS) then decided to allow some out-of-season contact between coaches and athletes. They have set in place guidelines for the number of meetings and type of activities that can be performed. These restrictions are designed to protect the student athlete and keep the emphasis on education. These limited days in which out-of-season coaches can meet with athletes are referred to as, “Green Days.” It has nothing to do with the punk band from the 90s.

2. Why don’t you just call Green Days practices?

    Because I was told specifically by the Director of Student Activities to never do this.

3. Are Green Days mandatory?

    No! They are completely voluntary. By rule they cannot be tied to tryouts or line-ups in the spring. The vast majority of high school students who join crew have never rowed before. We use the fall Green Days as an opportunity to introduce prospective team members to the sport and teach them the basics of rowing. Because crew is a club sport, there is a cost associated with it. Green Days allow students and parents to learn about crew before they make a monetary and time investment.

4. Should I participate in Green Days?

    Yes! Rowing is the greatest sport in the world and more rowing is always better (OK, we may a little biased). In all seriousness it is great opportunity to find out what rowing is all about. If you have any interest in rowing, Green Days are a great way to see if that interest is warranted.

5. What do I need to do before I can to participate in a Green Day?

    In order to participate in a Green Day an athlete must have a valid VHSL physical on file with the school. In order for it to be updated in the database it should be turned in to Ms. Fickes (C-158), the trainer, at least 3 business days before the Green Days start. You must also have an Student Emergency Care Form on file with team. You must have a current US Rowing membership and complete the US Rowing Waiver (online)- use Club Code DURXS to register or renew as an Individual Rower, then sign. Finally, you must pass a swim test supervised by the team.

6. When and where do I take a swim test?

    TO BE ANNOUNCED

7. How do I sign up for a green days?

    PLEASE CHECK BACK IN EARLY SEPTEMBER TO SIGN UP.

8. Do I have to pay for Green Days?

    No, they are completely free (Also by FCPS rule, coaches, are considered “volunteers”, and cannot be paid. Coaches love this rule).

9. Why are there two signup sessions?

    Unlike most sports we are not teaching you how to get better or how to compete at the high school level. We are teaching you how row from scratch. It goes much smoother if we can take a group and go step by step from the beginning. So we have two starting dates, then encourage the athletes to make as many of the green days of their session they can (remember they are completely voluntary).

10. Where are Green Days held?

    Green Days are held in the same place we hold practices in the spring, Sandy Run Regional Park, Boathouse 1 10450 Van Thompson Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.

11. Is there a bus to Sandy Run after school?

    Unfortunately, no. Crew is not subsidized by FCPS (you will hear more about this if you decide to join the team) so we do not have access to the school buses. In the spring we have an optional charter bus that you can buy a seat on, but we do not have the numbers to make this work in the fall.

12. Can I sign up for both Green Day sessions?

    Yes! As I said in question 3, rowing is the greatest sport in the world and more rowing is always better. Just remember it goes more smoothly for all involved if you try to show up to all the sessions you sign up for.

Got general rowing questions? Try this: http:/www.usrowing.org/rowing-101/