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Summer Green Days, Sept Board Meeting, Other Key Dates, USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll, Resources

posted Aug 21, 2017, 4:51 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster

  1. Summer Green Days 
  2. September Board Meeting 
  3. Other Key Dates (including Sign Up Genius for Swim Tests) 
  4. USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll 
  5. Resources 

The Road to the Medal Stand
Remember when you felt the thrill of making Finals and/or putting that medal ribbon around your neck at “States”, or the thrill of hearing you made it out of time trials and into semi-finals at The Stotesbury Cup, the largest regatta in the United States, and qualifying to race at the prestigious Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s national championships? Well, the road to return and the medal stand begins now. Congratulate yourself on a great summer, perhaps time at the beach, a good tan, and a good rest. If you have an erg, dust it off and begin doing long easy pieces. If you don’t have an erg, break out your running shoes and begin jogging, increasing your distance and pace a little each day. Throw in a circuit every day or two. You should have new good running shoes to begin the season. Check out the nutrition tips we have provided and review your diet. Be ready for winter conditioning which is tentatively scheduled to begin 13 November. This year could be a banner year for Woodson. We have the potential to exceed the outstanding performance of the last two season! Pull for Woodson!

1. REMINDER: Summer Green Days continue this week. Green Days are out of season opportunities for coaches to instruct their student athletes. WTW Crew will conduct the first set of Green Days for the 2017-2018 season in August. Additional Green Days will be scheduled in September and October.

Summer Green Days for returning athletes are scheduled for:
  • August 22 & 24 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • August 26 – 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Inadvertently two Sign-Up Genius sites were created for this event. We have eliminated the wrong one. Please ensure if attending that you are correctly showing up on this Sign-Up Genius link.

If you have not already signed up and are able to participate in any of the Summer Green Days, please sign up through this Sign-Up Genius link.

The following items are required to participate in Green Days:
  • VHSL Physical dated after May 1, 2017 and turned into the WTW Athletic Trainer, Ms. Fickes (C-158) 
  • Emergency Care Form (Already on file for returning rowers) 
  • WTW Crew Swim Test (Already on file for returning rowers) 
  • US Rowing Waiver (Already on file for returning rowers) 
2. NEW: September Board Meeting. The 6 September Board Meeting, like all board meetings, is a General Association Meeting open to general, associate, honorary, and auxiliary WTW Crew Boosters Association members. The first 30 minutes of the meeting will cover two agenda items: amendments to By-Laws and changes to volunteer requirements. Here is the link to the suggested amendments to the by-laws for review. A report on recommended changes to volunteer requirements will be in next week email for review.

3. NEW: Other Key Dates:
4. REMINDER: Seniors, here is the 2017-18 USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll application information. Applications will be accepted from June 23, 2017 – September 8, 2017. All nominations must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 8, 2017. Candidates will be selected based on their ranking of the academic criteria. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee selection for either Honorable Mention or Honor Roll. In the past, approximately 40-50% of the nominees earned an award.

5. NEW: Resources:
Inside the important role parents play in the recruiting process.

Parents have an essential role in their child’s recruiting process, but find it hard identifying where exactly they fit in. A successful recruiting effort is a joint endeavor: the student leads and the parents support and advise, mostly behind the scenes. Providing mature, adult perspective is valuable parental support. Keep the big picture in mind and demonstrate a healthy commitment to the process-not just the result. This begins early by focusing on the values of competitive rowing itself, not thinking about getting something like an athletic scholarship or Ivy admit. Parents can also help by encouraging and facilitating their child’s participation in multiple sports. Even if they want to, do not let young athletes only row. Similarly, parents should not push their child to specialize. Doing any single sport four seasons a year as a developing teenage is rarely a good idea. At a concrete level, parents can accompany their child on unofficial visits to colleges. Beside the anticipated benefit of seeing colleges, these trips can be incredibly rewarding experience when parents begin seeing their child as a young adult and together confront the reality of their soon leaving home.

Scholarship or not, college is expensive. Parents should educate their child regarding what is financially realistic. The money talk should occur early; before an athlete gets fixated on one college or one type of college. In the same vain, parents can also help their child see the broader picture of college life beyond rowing and life after college. They are likely the only ones thinking about the return on investment of a particular school and course of study. Parents must let the athlete communicate with the college coaches. When a parent contacts a coach because “my son is too busy,” the coach will immediately, think he won’t be able to handle rowing and studying at that institution. Parent should become involved if the discussion turns to scholarships, financial aid, or admissions support, but otherwise leave it in the student’s hands. Frequently parents say, “It’s their choice. We want to leave it up to him or her.” This is as dangerous as dictating to a child where to enroll. For most recruited rowers, selecting a college is the first significant consequential decision of their lives. Parents should voice their opinions and offer advice. They know their child better than anyone and are best position to offer counsel. Finally, parents have the life experience and maturity to better manage expectations than most teenagers. If mom and dad remember that the application is accepted or denied, not their child, then everyone is more likely to feel satisfied rather than disappointed when all is said and done.

Bill Manning: Men’s Heavyweight Crew, Harvard University

WTW Crew July Summer Update

posted Jul 20, 2017, 7:37 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 8:43 AM ]

  1. Summer Communications Plan 
  2. 2017-2018 Captains and Board of Directors 
  3. Alumni Row Reminder 
  4. Late Summer/Fall Green Days 
  5. Summer Health and Fitness Tips 
  6. US Scholastic Honor Roll 
  7. College Information 

1. This is your July WTW Crew email and we will resume weekly emails on Monday, 7 August. We hope everyone is having a happy and healthy summer and look forward to seeing you on the water again soon! Congratulations again to our graduating seniors and we hope to see you at the alumni row in August. For anyone no longer wanting to receive WTW Crew emails, please contact the Vice President for Communications at wtwcrewcommunications@gmail.com

2. As a reminder, the 2017-2018 Team Captains are:
  • Haley Cole 
  • Ethan Kutia 
  • Colin McCarthy 
  • Sam Muras 
  • Reagan Smith 
And our new Board Members for 2017-2018 season are:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE BOARD:
President:Brian Boyle
Vice President-Team Liaison/Activities:Jami Shawley
Vice President-Communications:Amy Pepper
Treasurer:Allison Kim
Secretary:Carolyn Hutcheson

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
Membership:Beth Mailand
Fundraising:Rebecca Phalan
Volunteer:Kim Sandino
Equipment/Logistics:Paul Kutia
Uniforms / Spirit Clothing:Babette Korn
VASRA Representative:Pamela Sprouse

3. UPDATE: Alumni Row on 12 August. For the 1st time since at least the turn of the decade, the WTW Crew will have an alumni row event on 12 August 2017. As we close the 30th anniversary of our great program, our intent is to reach out to our alumni and provide an opportunity for them to bond, relax, enjoy some rowing, and rekindle their glory years of “Row for Woodson”.

Location: Boat House # 1 Sandy Run Regional Park
Time:        9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Schedule:
9:00 a.m.:                     Arrive & turn in required paperwork (liability waiver)
9-11:00 a.m.:                ROW
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch, camaraderie
1:00 p.m.:                     Depart

Invites will go out soon to our alumni with all the details plus a Sign-Up Genius link to confirm attendance.

4. UPDATE: Green Days. Green Days are out of season opportunities for coaches to instruct their student athletes. WTW Crew will conduct the first set of Green Days for the 2017-2018 season in August. Additional Green Days will be scheduled in September and October.

Summer Green Days are scheduled for:
  • August 15 & 17 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • August 19 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 
  • August 22 & 24 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • August 26 – 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 
To participate in any of the Summer Green Days, please sign up through this Sign-Up Genius link.

The following items are required to participate in Green Days:
  • VHSL Physical dated after May 1, 2017 and turned into the WTW Athletic Trainer, Ms. Fickes (C-158) http://www.vhsl.org/doc/upload/smac-ppe-2017-181.pdf
  • Emergency Care Form (Already on file for returning rowers) 
  • WTW Crew Swim Test (Already on file for returning rowers) 
  • US Rowing Waiver (Already on file for returning rowers) 

5. REMINDER: Summer Health and Fitness Tips. Coach Fitz has provided the summer workout plan for the women. Fall workout plans will be provided soon. In last month’s email, we provided the following information on USRowing nutritionist suggestions for your consideration.
  • Good nutrition is essential to any sport, but the energy demands of rowing make the types of food and their amounts important. Pay attention to the food breakdown of meals and snacks, choosing wholesome foods most of the time (90%), and Fun Foods occasionally (10%) as follows: 
    • Lean protein sources (lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and eggs) 
    • Low fat dairy/non-dairy sources (lower fat or skim milk, soy milk, low fat yogurt, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and cheeses) 
    • Fruit (fresh, frozen, dried and 100% juices) 
    • Vegetables (fresh, frozen, and low sodium canned) 
    • Whole grains (cold and hot cereals, pasta, rice, bread/bagels/rolls, and crackers) 
    • Healthy fats (plant oils such as olive, canola, safflower; avocado; nuts and seeds; fatty fish) 
    • Fun Foods (candy, cookies, ice cream, chips and French fries) 
  • One of the easiest ways to ensure a balanced and healthy meal is to divide your plate as follows: ¼ protein, ¼ grains, ¼ fruit, ¼ vegetables, with milk on the side and petite portions of healthy fats. 
  • Food timing, or when the rower eats, is just as important. Make sure the rower is getting enough nutrition by following a schedule with eating, aiming to eat meals and snacks every 3-4 hours. Skipping or delaying meals can translate to inadequate nutrition and reduced performance. 
  • Bottom Line: Young rowers are unique because they are still growing—which is a calorie demand in its own right. Coupled with rowing, energy and nutrient needs are a prime concern for proper growth, minimizing fatigue, and optimal performance. 
6. NEW: Seniors, here is the 2017-18 US Rowing Scholastic Honor Roll application information. Applications will be accepted from June 23, 2017 – September 8, 2017. All nominations must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 8, 2017. Candidates will be selected based on their ranking of the academic criteria. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee selection for either Honorable Mention or Honor Roll. In the past, approximately 40-50% of the nominees earned an award.

7. NEW: We will be updating our Camps/Rowing Programs/College Information page on our website, but here is some recent information Coach Tylander has received on college rowing. Ithaca College has a 50-year-old Division III varsity team for men and women. Their women compete for NCAA championships. They won titles in 2004 and 2005, have appeared in 13 DIII championship regattas, and finished fourth in the 2017 event. Their men compete at the National Invitational Rowing Championship, where they medaled in two events in 2015, and have competed at the IRA. Uniquely, they also have a fall varsity sculling program for women; one of only two of its kind in the country.

Here are links of interest:

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