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Lightweights, Boathouse Workday, Spirit Wear Store Open, Parent Social, Volunteers, etc.

posted Feb 11, 2019, 6:45 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Feb 11, 2019, 6:45 AM ]

  1. Lightweight Testing this week 
  2. Boathouse Workday this Saturday 
  3. Spirit Wear Store Open until February 24th 
  4. Parent Social on February 22nd 
  5. Optional Coxswain Clinic on February 24th 
  6. VASRA Volunteer Opportunities 
  7. Scrip 
  8. Volunteer Opportunity 
  9. Save the Dates 
Thank you to all who were able to join us for the Parent On-the-Water Meeting last Thursday. Here is the link to the slides presented. If you were not able to attend, you are encouraged to review the slides to prepare for the competitive season ahead.

We took possession of our new Vespoli VHP53 boat last week. We can’t wait to get it rigged up and on the water!



We had a great trip to the USNA. Approximately 40 rowers attended the field trip and enjoyed the chance to workout at the exceptional Navy Crew training facility including the indoor rowing tank, “The Great 8”. Photos from the day are posted on our team photo share site here

1. REMINDER: Lightweight Testing This Week. Any boy under 155 lb and any girl under 135 lb is strongly encouraged to go through the lightweight (lwt) testing protocol to determine if they can safely and healthily row in a lightweight boat. Going through the testing protocol does not mean you will row in a lwt boat, but missing the testing means you can not be considered for one. This will take place during winter conditioning on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, Feb 12th 3:30 -- Girls 
  • Wednesday, Feb 13th 3:30 -- Boys 
  • Thursday, Feb 14th -- Make-up 
One of the key components of the testing protocol is hydration, so athletes that plan on getting tested should drink LOTS of fluids in the 48 hours before they test. If you have any questions about what the testing entails feel free to contact Coach Tylander at btylander@gmail.com

2. UPDATE: WTW Crew Boathouse Workday this Saturday, February 16th at Sandy Run Regional Park, 10450 Van Thompson Rd, Fairfax Station. To volunteer, please sign-up here. We have added some more specific roles for individuals with the following:
  • carpentry skills 
  • experience applying/removing paint/decals with a heat gun 
  • experience with small watercraft electrics 
When you get to Sandy Run, please go to Boathouse #1 to meet the other WTW Crew volunteers.

3. NEW: Spirit Wear Store Open. Woodson Crew Spirit Wear Store is available and orders must be placed by midnight, February 24th. Click on the link above to access the site. Items ordered will be available for distribution before the first regatta on March 23rd.

This is optional spirit wear; none of the items from this site are required to be purchased. Rowers and coxswains will find many useful items and parents are also encouraged to order items for themselves (hats, polos, T-shirt’s, fleece). Wearing Spirit Wear to regattas is a great way to identify other Woodson fans to cheer with.

If you have questions, please email Babette Korn at babskorn@gmail.com.

4. REMINDER: Parent Social on February 22nd from 7:30-10:30pm. Please come enjoy this relaxed social gathering before Regatta season kicks in! It's a great opportunity to meet and connect with Coaches and other Crew Parents (both seasoned and new!). Adults only. This is a heavy appetizer & dessert, BYO-adult beverage event! Please sign-up here.

5. NEW: Optional VASRA Coxswain Clinic. There is a coxswain clinic being offered for a nominal $15 fee on February 24th from noon to 4pm at South County High School by Laura Simon. Laura has a wealth of rowing knowledge gained over her extensive career in the sport. She spent six years on the UMass women's staff and is currently coaching at Yale. She has experience with USRowing both as a competitor and coach of the Youth Olympics, High Performance and Coxswains. To register for this event, please click here. Please be advised that experienced junior and senior coxswains are asked to provide a five (5) minute recording for critique.

6. NEW: VASRA Volunteer Positions. We are required to provide volunteers for various VASRA (Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association) jobs before and during the Regattas we participate in at Sandy Run (aka Occoquan). We are fortunate this year to have many new families and ask at this time that each family sign up for one VASRA volunteer slot. If we do need to impose our 2nd volunteer requirement, the team will be informed. There are several dates, times, and locations within the park. (Please note: shifts with no ending times go until the work is done) Some jobs require a level of physical fitness or skill. Please please PLEASE check this link before you sign up to make sure you know what you are signing up for. All shifts on this signup below take place at regattas held at Sandy Run, 10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station. Please sign-up here.

7. REMINDER: Scrip. Valentine’s Day is this week. Scrip can help and is a great way to support team fundraising at the same time. Email wtwcrewfundraising@gmail.com to sign up for E-Scrip where you can purchase E-gift cards. Scrop gives great rebates to the team. Some examples of the rebates the team gets (at no extra charge to you) are: Maggiano's - 16%, Mortons -10%, SpaFinder-17%. and See's Candies - 20%.

8. REMINDER: Volunteer Opportunity. Shadow to Board Treasurer - Our current treasurer, Allison Kim, is the parent of a senior. Therefore, the role of treasurer for the board of directors will be open next year. She has done an outstanding job in the role for two years and will set the next treasurer up for success. Because of the importance of this role, we are looking for someone to shadow Allison for the remainder of this year and then take over next year. (after official election at the annual meeting in June.) A shadow in this role will earn 50% of the volunteer credits this year = 1 VASRA commitment, 2 team commitments.

If you have skills as a bookkeeper or experience with accounting and are interested in learning more about the position, please email board president, Mary Claire Boucher, at wtw.crew.president@gmail.com. Full description of the Treasurer's role can be found on page 5 of our by-laws, available on our website http://www.wtwcrew.org/home/new-to-crew/by-laws.

9. SAVE THE DATES (through March):
  • February 16--Deadline for all registration paperwork and 3rd dues installment payment 
  • February 16--WTW Crew Boathouse workday (sign-up here) and tour of Sandy Run 
  • February 18--Holiday 
  • February 19--On the Water Practice Begins! ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY! 
  • February 22 (7:30-10:30pm)--Parent Social. Sign-up here
  • February 23--VASRA Workday (sign-up here
  • February 28–Restaurant Fundraiser at Tropical Smoothie Cafe from 3-8pm (more info soon) 
  • March 2--VASRA Workday (sign-up here
  • March 6 (7-9pm)--Woodson Crew Boosters Board Meeting, WT Woodson, room C-123 
  • March 9--VASRA Workday (sign-up here
  • March 13 (7-9pm)--Parent Away Regatta Meeting in WT Woodson Cafeteria B 
  • March 15--Team Pictures at the river - athletes need their uniform. If you received a photo order form at the Parent On-the-Water Meeting, you can pre-order online or send in the order form and check with your student-athlete on March 15th. We discovered the ID # on the forms handed out at the On-the-Water meeting last week is not working. We have contacted the company and are awaiting a new ID # which we will share once received. Forms will also be available at the Parent Social on February 22nd as well as at the Parent Away Regatta Meeting on March 13th. 
  • March 16--VASRA Workday (one slot left, sign-up here
  • March 20--Launch Driver Training (more information coming soon) 
  • March 22--Pasta Dinner (more information coming soon) 
  • March 23--Polar Bear Regatta 
  • March 30--St. Andrews Regatta

Parent On-the-Water Meeting Tonight and USNA Field Trip Saturday

posted Feb 7, 2019, 4:12 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Feb 7, 2019, 4:12 AM ]

Only 12 more days until we are on the water!!!

Join us tonight (Thursday, February 7) is the Parent On-the-Water Meeting from 7-9pm in WT Woodson Cafeteria B.
We will share important information for novice and returning parents alike. Board representatives, coaches, and team captains will be on hand to answer questions. There is a lot of important information to share and we look forward to seeing you tonight.

The U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip is this Saturday, February 9th. All participating rowers must meet at the main front door of Woodson at 9:45am. IMPORTANT UPDATE: All participants (student-athletes and parent chaperones) MUST bring a photo ID for entry into the Naval Academy. Also rowers need to wear appropriate workout clothing and your winter conditioning t-shirt. You should bring snacks, water, and a bagged lunch for the day. Return time to Woodson is expected to be at 6:30 pm, but students will be in touch with parents to coordinate pick ups within 30 minutes of returning.

Chipotle Fundraiser, USNA Field Trip, Parent On-the-Water Meeting, Footwear, Lightweights, etc.

posted Feb 4, 2019, 4:42 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Feb 4, 2019, 4:42 AM ]

  1. Restaurant Fundraiser Today 
  2. U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip Payments Due Today 
  3. Parent On-the-Water Meeting February 7 
  4. Proper Footwear/Shoes 
  5. Lightweight Testing 
  6. Boathouse Workday 
  7. Scrip 
  8. Volunteer Opportunity 
  9. Save the Dates 
1. REMINDER: Restaurant Fundraiser today, Monday, February 4. Although today is a student holiday, winter conditioning will be at the regular time and Chipotle restaurant (9506 Main Street, Fairfax) fundraiser is 4-8pm. Please come out, support the team, and invite friends! We must meet the $300 threshold to receive the fundraiser donation from Chipotle. Here is the link to the flyer. Please ensure you bring the flyer with you.

2. REMINDER: U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland is this Saturday, February 9th. The cost is $30 per rower, cash or checks made out to WT Woodson Crew Boosters can be brought to practice or payment is also available via PayPal here. Payments must be made no later than today, Monday, February 4th.

Due to the large number of novices this year, we do not have enough uni-suits to loan for the Naval Academy trip, therefore the decision was made to use the winter conditioning t-shirts for that purpose. Everyone going to the Naval Academy must wear their winter conditioning t-shirts over their boat-ready workout wear. These will be distributed at conditioning today.

All rowers participating in the Saturday Naval Academy Field Trip must meet at the main front door of Woodson at 9:45am. Be sure to bring snacks, water, and a bagged lunch for the day. Return time to Woodson is expected to be at 6:30 pm, but students will be in touch with parents to coordinate pick ups within 30 minutes of returning.

3. REMINDER: Parent On-the-Water Meeting on this Thursday, February 7th from 7-9pm in WT Woodson Cafeteria B. Winter conditioning is nearly over. Join us to learn what to expect from crew once the competitive regatta season starts. We will share important information for novice and returning parents alike. Board representatives, coaches, and team captains will be on hand to answer questions. Membership will have blank Parent/Student Driver forms and help parents sign USRowing Waivers that night.

4. NEW: Proper Footwear. As we approach the competitive season and conduct more strenuous workouts, it is important to ensure that your rower has proper footwear. Improper, old, or worn-out athletic shoes can put undue strain on hips, ankles, and knees. Workouts at the boathouse, ashore and on-the-water, include running (hills, long runs, circuits, ergs, power pieces). Athletic shoes that are more than six months old and have been used regularly for activities or other sports may be worn out. If your rower needs recommendations regarding footwear, they may consult with their coach.

5. NEW: Lightweight Testing. Any boy under 155 lb and any girl under 135 lb is strongly encouraged to go through the lightweight testing protocol to determine if they can safely and healthily row in a lightweight boat. Going through the testing protocol does not mean you will row in a lwt boat, but missing the testing means you can not be considered for one. This will take place during winter conditioning on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, Feb 12th 3:30 -- Girls 
  • Wednesday, Feb 13th 3:30 -- Boys 
  • Thursday, Feb 14th -- Make-up 
One of the key components of the testing protocol is hydration, so athletes that plan on getting tested should drink LOTS of fluids in the 48 hours before they test. If you have any questions about what the testing entails feel free to contact Coach Tylander at btylander@gmail.com

6. NEW: WTW Crew Boathouse Workday February 16th at Sandy Run Regional Park, 10450 Van Thompson Rd, Fairfax Station. To volunteer, please sign-up here. When you get to Sandy Run, please go to Boathouse #1 to meet the other WTW Crew volunteers.

7. NEW: Scrip. Are you ready for Valentines Day? Scrip can help and is a great way to support team fundraising at the same time. Email wtwcrewfundraising@gmail.com to sign up for E-Scrip for E-gift cards which give great rebates to the team: Maggiano's - 16%, Mortons -10%, SpaFinder-17%. And See's Candies - 20% on a physical gift card.

8. REMINDER: Volunteer Opportunity. Shadow to Board Treasurer - Our current treasurer, Allison Kim, is the parent of a senior. Therefore, the role of treasurer for the board of directors will be open next year. She has done an outstanding job in the role for two years and will set the next treasurer up for success. Because of the importance of this role, we are looking for someone to shadow Allison for the remainder of this year and then take over next year. (after official election at the annual meeting in June.) A shadow in this role will earn 50% of the volunteer credits this year = 1 VASRA commitment, 2 team commitments.

If you have skills as a bookkeeper or experience with accounting and are interested in learning more about the position, please email board president, Mary Claire Boucher, at wtw.crew.president@gmail.com. Full description of the Treasurer's role can be found on page 5 of our by-laws.

9. SAVE THE DATES (through March):
  • February 4--student holiday, but winter conditioning will be at the regular time and Chipotle restaurant (9506 Main Street, Fairfax) fundraiser 4-8pm. Please come out, support the team, and invite friends! We must meet the $300 threshold to receive the fundraiser donation from Chipotle. Here is the link to the flyer
  • February 6 (7-9pm)--Woodson Crew Boosters Board Meeting, WT Woodson, room C-123 
  • February 7 (7-9pm)--Parent On-the-Water Meeting in WT Woodson Cafeteria B 
  • February 9--USNA Field Trip 
  • February 16--Deadline for all registration paperwork and 3rd dues installment payment 
  • February 16--WTW Crew Boathouse workday (sign-up here) and tour of Sandy Run 
  • February 18--Holiday 
  • February 19--On the Water Practice Begins! ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY! 
  • February 22 (7:30-10:30pm)--Parent Social. Sign-up here
  • February 23--VASRA Workday (sign-up here
  • March 2--VASRA Workday (sign-up here
  • March 6 (7-9pm)--Woodson Crew Boosters Board Meeting, WT Woodson, room C-123 
  • March 9--VASRA Workday (sign-up here
  • March 13 (7-9pm)--Parent Away Regatta Meeting in WT Woodson Cafeteria B 
  • March 15--Team Pictures at the river - athletes need their uniform 
  • March 16--VASRA Workday (one slot left, sign-up here
  • March 20--Launch Driver Training (more information coming soon) 
  • March 22--Pasta Dinner (more information coming soon) 
  • March 23--Polar Bear Regatta 
  • March 30--St. Andrews Regatta

USNA Field Trip Deadline, Tag Day, Erg Sprints, Swim Test, Restaurant Fundraiser

posted Jan 31, 2019, 4:21 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Jan 31, 2019, 4:22 AM ]

  1. U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip Registration Deadline Today 
  2. Tag Day Saturday 
  3. Erg Sprints Saturday 
  4. Swim Test Sunday 
  5. Monday Restaurant Fundraiser 

1. DEADLINE REMINDER: U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland is Saturday, February 9th. Registration for this event must be done on Sign-up Genius no later than TODAY Thursday, January 31, 2019.

The cost is $30 per rower, cash or checks made out to WT Woodson Crew Boosters can be brought to practice or payment is also available via PAYPAL here. Payments must be made no later than Monday, February 4th.

Send check payments and FCPS Permission Form to:
Lesley Kowalski
Vice President for Student Activities
W.T. Woodson Crew Boosters
8306 Chapel Lake Ct., Annandale, VA 22003

2. SATURDAY REMINDER: Our Last Tag Day of the season is this Saturday, February 2nd. Sign-up here. The forecast looks good for Saturday with a high of 46, but still be sure to dress appropriately and with layers.

3. SATURDAY REMINDER: Erg Sprints. Please come join us to cheer on our teammates who will be rowing at the indoor Erg Sprints this Saturday, February 2nd. We have 11 entries in the Junior 2K events and Junior Women’s 500M Sprint. Most of these events are currently scheduled between 11am and 2pm with the last event at 3:40pm. The event is held at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302.

4. SUNDAY REMINDER: Our Last Swim Test of the season is this Sunday, February 3 from 2-3pm. The swim test will now be held at Oak Marr Rec Center, 3200 Jermantown Rd, Oakton, VA 22124.

5. MONDAY REMINDER: Monday, February 4 is a student holiday, but winter conditioning will be at the regular time and Chipotle restaurant (9506 Main Street, Fairfax) fundraiser 4-8pm. Please come out, support the team, and invite friends! We must meet the $300 threshold to receive the fundraiser donation from Chipotle. Here is the link to the flyer.

Parent On-the-Water Meeting, Slack, USNA Field Trip, Tag Day, Boathouse Workday, USRowing Waivers

posted Jan 28, 2019, 5:25 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 5:25 AM ]

  • Parent On-the-Water Meeting February 7 
  • Slack 
  • U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip 
  • One Tag Day Left 
  • Boathouse Workday 
  • USRowing Waivers 
  • Volunteer Opportunity 
  • Yard Sale 
  • Save the Dates 
This weekend we celebrated the first WT Woodson rower to be inducted into the WT Woodson Athletic Hall of Fame. Katie Kazimer, class of 2005! Congratulations Katie! Katie was unable to attend the ceremony as she is a Naval Officer currently serving in Okinawa, but her parents, Ellen and Bob, received the award on her behalf. We are hoping to host a reception for her later in the Spring when she returns to the U.S. Plans and details will be shared as they develop.

1. SAVE THE DATE: Parent On-the-Water Meeting on February 7th from 7-9pm in WT Woodson Cafeteria B. Winter conditioning is nearly over. Join us to learn what to expect from crew once the competitive regatta season starts. We will share important information for novice and returning parents alike. Board representatives, coaches, and team captains will be on hand to answer questions.

2. REMINDER: Slack. One last reminder to parents/guardians to sign-up for the Slack wt-woodson-crew account. Check your email for an invite link you can click on and join from the link. The intent is for this Slack space to only be used by parents/guardians since the coach and student-athletes are using a separate Slack space.

3. REMINDER: U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland is Saturday, February 9th. Registration for this event must be done on Sign-up Genius no later than this Thursday, January 31, 2019.

The cost is $30 per rower, cash or checks made out to WT Woodson Crew Boosters can be brought to practice or payment is also available via PAYPAL here. Payments must be made no later than Monday, February 4th.

Send check payments and FCPS Permission Form to:
Lesley Kowalski
Vice President for Student Activities
W.T. Woodson Crew Boosters
8306 Chapel Lake Ct., Annandale, VA 22003

4. REMINDER: Last Tag Day is Saturday, February 2nd. We still have a few student-athlete slots available for anyone who hasn’t signed up yet. Once in Sign-up Genius, scroll down to the appropriate date(s) and shift(s). Sign-up here

5. NEW: WTW Crew Boathouse Workday February 16th at Sandy Run Regional Park, 10450 Van Thompson Rd, Fairfax Station. To volunteer, please sign-up here. When you get to Sandy Run, please go to Boathouse #1 to meet the other WTW Crew volunteers.

6. NEW: USRowing Memberships and Waivers: WTW Crew has paid Basic USRowing membership renewal fees for all returning student-athletes whose memberships were due to expire during the spring regatta season. It has also paid membership fees for novice and freshman student-athletes who are registered in Ronin. Due to multiple power outages in Mantua last week, notices were not provided last week. Your student-athlete will receive more information about how to complete the USRowing Waiver this Monday at practice. Please sign the waiver as soon as possible. Parents need to sign if the student-athlete is under 18. Student-athletes over 18 can sign for themselves. Many 9th grade parents submitted signed copies of the USRowing waiver during Green Days in the fall, but this step is still needed now that their student-athlete’s membership is active. If you are participating in ERG sprints please do this immediately.

7. REMINDER: Volunteer Opportunity. Shadow to Board Treasurer - Our current treasurer, Allison Kim, is the parent of a senior. Therefore, the role of treasurer for the board of directors will be open next year. She has done an outstanding job in the role for two years and will set the next treasurer up for success. Because of the importance of this role, we are looking for someone to shadow Allison for the remainder of this year and then take over next year. (after official election at the annual meeting in June.) A shadow in this role will earn 50% of the volunteer credits this year = 1 VASRA commitment, 2 team commitments.

If you have skills as a bookkeeper or experience with accounting and are interested in learning more about the position, please email board president, Mary Claire Boucher, at wtw.crew.president@gmail.com. Full description of the Treasurer's role can be found on page 5 of our by-laws

8. REMINDER: WTW Crew Yard Sale. We’ve got a shiny new boat to pay for so we are bringing back the Rummage Sale on April 28th (May 5th is our rain date). So if you have any athletic gear/clothing/books/games/tools/kitchenware you no longer want that still has some life left in it and set it aside for the crew team. Shifts for volunteer credit will be available. Stay tuned for more details!

9. SAVE THE DATES (through March):
  • February 2--Erg Sprints and Tag Day
  • February 3 (2-3pm)--Last swim test (Location TBD, student-athlete signed-up will be notified) 
  • February 4--student holiday, but winter conditioning will be at the regular time and Chipotle restaurant (9506 Main Street, Fairfax) fundraiser 4-8pm. Please come out, support the team, and invite friends! We must meet the $300 threshold to receive the fundraiser donation from Chipotle. Here is the link to the flyer
  • February 6 (7-9pm)--Woodson Crew Boosters Board Meeting, WT Woodson, room C-123 
  • February 7 (7-9pm)--Parent On-the-Water Meeting in WT Woodson Cafeteria B 
  • February 9--USNA Field Trip 
  • February 16--Deadline for all registration paperwork and 3rd dues installment payment 
  • February 16--WTW Crew Boathouse workday (sign-up here) and tour of Sandy Run 
  • February 18--Holiday 
  • February 19--On the Water Practice Begins! 
  • February 22 (7:30-10:30pm)--Parent Social. Sign-up here
  • February 23--VASRA Workday (sign-up here
  • March 2--VASRA Workday (sign-up here
  • March 6 (7-9pm)--Woodson Crew Boosters Board Meeting, WT Woodson, room C-123 
  • March 9--VASRA Workday (sign-up here
  • March 13 (7-9pm)--Parent Away Regatta Meeting in WT Woodson Cafeteria B 
  • March 15--Team Pictures at the river - athletes need their uniform 
  • March 16--VASRA Workday (one slot left, sign-up here
  • March 20--Launch Driver Training (more information coming soon) 
  • March 22--Pasta Dinner (more information coming soon) 
  • March 23--Polar Bear Regatta 
  • March 30--St. Andrews Regatta

Restaurant Fundraiser, Conditioning Tomorrow, Tag Day, Team Store, Volunteer, Slack, Field Trip

posted Jan 24, 2019, 4:32 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Jan 24, 2019, 4:32 AM ]

  1. Restaurant Fundraiser Today 
  2. Winter Conditioning Tomorrow 
  3. Tag Day Saturday 
  4. Team Store Open Until January 27 
  5. Volunteer Opportunity 
  6. Slack 
  7. U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip 

Thank you to Jenn Ros for stepping up to volunteer as the new women's team membership chair for the remainder of the year! All membership questions for both men’s and women’s teams can be sent to wtwcrewmembership@gmail.com.

1. REMINDER: Restaurant Fundraiser at Coyote Grille TODAY, January 24th. Please join us at the Coyote Grille (10266 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030) to support the team today, Thursday, January 24, anytime between 11am and 9pm. Print out the attached flyer and present it to your server to ensure that 15% of the cost of your meal or carry-out will be included in the WT Woodson Crew Team fundraiser.

2. REMINDER: There is Winter Conditioning tomorrow, Friday at the regularly scheduled time during the Teacher Workday.

3. REMINDER: Tag Day This Saturday, January 26th (morning and afternoon shift). We still have a few student-athlete slots available for anyone who hasn’t signed up yet. Once in Sign-up Genius, scroll down to the appropriate date(s) and shift(s). Sign-up here.

4. REMINDER: Team Uniform Store Is Open. Here is the link to the Team Store. You can use your own credit card to order required team uniform items as well as training gear. Everyone MUST get their order in by midnight (PST) on January 27, 2019. If you miss the store closing date, you will need to order your uniform as an individual, directly from JL. For individual orders, pricing and shipping will be different than a team purchase.

If you are new to the team, you are required to purchase both a unisuit and a long-sleeved tech shirt. The tech shirt is unisex even though it is categorized as a “men’s shirt” on the website.

If you are a returning rower, no need to order unless your uniform no longer fits, is damaged, or is missing!

Please refer to the sizing guidelines at the top of the Team Store page. If you are in-between sizes, go up a size. Coach Tylander recommends freshmen, male rowers go up a size, especially if they are between sizes. Please be careful that you order a unisuit for the appropriate gender; a male uni fits very differently than one made for a female.

The Team Store also has optional gear like compression shorts, sports bras, hats, and splash jackets.

If you have any questions please contact our team order administrator:
Babette Korn
Email: gwkorn@yahoo.com
Phone: 703-568-3985
Planned delivery for Team Order: March 9, 2019

5. NEW: VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Shadow to Board Treasurer - Our current treasurer, Allison Kim, is the parent of a senior. Therefore, the role of treasurer for the board of directors will be open next year. She has done an outstanding job in the role for two years and will set the next treasurer up for success. Because of the importance of this role, we are looking for someone to shadow Allison for the remainder of this year and then take over next year. (after official election at the annual meeting in June.) A shadow in this role will earn 50% of the volunteer credits this year = 1 VASRA commitment, 2 team commitments.

If you have skills as a bookkeeper or experience with accounting and are interested in learning more about the position, please email board president, Mary Claire Boucher, at wtw.crew.president@gmail.com. Full description of the treasurer's role can be found on page 5 of our by-laws.

6. REMINDER: Slack. Slack is a communications tool combining the best elements of text messaging and email. We are using Slack for coach and athlete communications and a separate Slack space for parent/guardian urgent communications.

Parent/Guardian Slack: We were unable to send Slack invites from the Slack wt-woodson-crew account directly to all parents/guardians as the system limits the number of pending invites at one time. All parents/guardians with last names beginning with A-O and emails registered in our system should have received email invites to sign up in the system. For those we were not able to send an invite to from the Slack wt-woodson-crew account, there is an invite link in your email that you can click on and join from the link. The intent is for this Slack space to only be used by parents/guardians since the coach and student-athletes are using a separate Slack space.

Here is a link to an easy to use Slack guide.

Coach/Athlete Slack: Your student-athlete’s coach or team captains have likely reached out to your student-athlete to sign up for Slack. Student-Athletes have a separate Slack account so that they may communicate practice, training, and regatta information.

We sent specific emails to parents/guardians of student-athletes under the age of 16 to obtain consent. Thank you to parents/guardians who already responded. If you have not responded to the consent request, please do so as soon as possible so we know who we can include on the Coach/Athlete Slack. If a parent/guardian decides not have their child on Slack, we encourage them to sign up for the parent Slack, keep an eye on Twitter, the weekly emails, and all of our other means of communication. Your athlete may also keep in touch with their team captain via text to receive timely practice related information.

7. REMINDER: U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday, February 9th. Registration for this event must be done on Sign-up Genius no later than next Thursday, January 31, 2019.

The cost is $30 per rower, cash or checks made out to WT Woodson Crew Boosters can be brought to practice or payment is also available via PAYPAL here. Payments must be made no later than Monday, February 4th.

Send check payments and FCPS Permission Form to:
Lesley Kowalski
Vice President for Student Activities
W.T. Woodson Crew Boosters
8306 Chapel Lake Dr, Annandale, VA 22003

Fundraiser, Team Store, Slack, USNA Field Trip, Tag Days, Boathouse Workday, USRowing Waivers, etc.

posted Jan 22, 2019, 5:10 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 5:11 AM ]

  1. Restaurant Fundraiser This Thursday 
  2. Team Store Open Until January 27 
  3. Slack 
  4. U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip 
  5. Two Tag Days Left 
  6. Boathouse & VASRA Workdays 
  7. USRowing Waivers 
  8. Yard Sale 
  9. Save the Dates 

As a reminder to parents, we are missing some parent driver forms in registration materials. We require these for emergency purposes in case parents need to pick up students other than their own from practice or regattas. This topic will be covered and we will have hard copy forms available at the February 7th Parent On-The-Water Meeting as well.

We would also like to announce that the practice bus is now full and we are not accepting any more sign-ups.

1. NEW: Restaurant Fundraiser at Coyote Grille on January 24th (this Thursday). Please join us at the Coyote Grille (10266 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030) to support the team on Thursday, January 24, anytime between 11am and 9pm. Print out the attached flyer and present it to your server to ensure that 15% of the cost of your meal or carry-out will be included in the WT Woodson Crew Team fundraiser.

2. REMINDER: Here is the link to the Team Store. You can use your own credit card to order required team uniform items as well as training gear. Everyone MUST get their order in by midnight (PST) on January 27, 2019. If you miss the store closing date, you will need to order your uniform as an individual, directly from JL. For individual orders, pricing and shipping will be different than a team purchase.

If you are new to the team, you are required to purchase both a unisuit and a tech shirt (these are unisex sizes even though they are listed on the site as “men’s”).

If you are a returning rower, no need to order unless your uniform no longer fits, is damaged, or is missing!

Please refer to the sizing guidelines at the top of the Team Store page. If you are in-between sizes, go up a size. Coach Tylander recommends freshmen, male rowers go up a size, especially if they are between sizes. Please be careful that you order a unisuit for the appropriate gender; a male uni fits very differently than one made for a female.

The Team Store also has optional gear like compression shorts, sports bras, hats, and splash jackets.

If you have any questions please contact our team order administrator:
Babette Korn
Email: gwkorn@yahoo.com
Phone: 703-568-3985
Planned delivery for Team Order: March 9, 2019

3. REMINDER: Slack. Slack is a communications tool combining the best elements of text messaging and email. We are using Slack for coach and athlete communications and a separate Slack space for parent/guardian urgent communications.

Parent/Guardian Slack: We were unable to send Slack invites from the Slack wt-woodson-crew account directly to all parents/guardians as the system limits the number of pending invites at one time. All parents/guardians with last names beginning with A-O and emails registered in our system should have received email invites to sign up in the system. For those we were not able to send an invite to from the Slack wt-woodson-crew account, the email version of this message contains an invite link you can click on and join from the link. The intent is for this Slack space to only be used by parents/guardians since the coach and student-athletes are using a separate Slack space.

Here is a link to an easy to use Slack guide.

Coach/Athlete Slack: Your student-athlete’s coach or team captains have likely reached out to your student-athlete to sign up for Slack. Student-Athletes have a separate Slack account so that they may communicate practice, training, and regatta information.

We sent specific emails to parents/guardians of student-athletes under the age of 16 to obtain consent. Thank you to parents/guardians who already responded. If you have not responded to the consent request, please do so as soon as possible so we know who we can include on the Coach/Athlete Slack. If a parent/guardian decides not have their child on Slack, we encourage them to sign up for the parent Slack, keep an eye on Twitter, the weekly emails, and all of our other means of communication. Your athlete may also keep in touch with their team captain via text to receive timely practice related information.

4. REMINDER: U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday, February 9th. Registration for this event must be done on Sign-up Genius no later than next Thursday, January 31, 2019.

The cost is $30 per rower, cash or checks made out to WT Woodson Crew Boosters can be brought to practice or payment is also available via PAYPAL here. Payments must be made no later than Monday, February 4th.

Send check payments and FCPS Permission Form to:
Lesley Kowalski
Vice President for Student Activities
W.T. Woodson Crew Boosters
8306 Chapel Lake Dr, Annandale, VA 22003

5. REMINDER: Two Tag Days Left. Our last two Tag Days are January 26th (morning and afternoon shift) and February 2nd. We still have a few student-athlete slots available for anyone who hasn’t signed up yet. Once in Sign-up Genius, scroll down to the appropriate date(s) and shift(s). Sign-up here.

6. NEW: WTW Crew and VASRA Workdays on February 16th. Two opportunities to help make the spring regatta season a success: WTW Crew and Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) are both holding workdays Saturday, February 16th.

All shifts take place at Sandy Run Regional Park, 10450 Van Thompson Rd, Fairfax Station.

To volunteer for the WTW Crew Boathouse Workday, please sign-up here. When you get to Sandy Run, please go to Boathouse #1 to meet the other WTW Crew volunteers.

To volunteer for the VASRA Workday, please sign-up here. The VASRA shifts satisfy a VASRA obligation towards your family's volunteer requirements! When you get there, check in with a VASRA member and they will direct you to your specific area and job(s) for the day. More VASRA shifts will be available once the season gets underway!

7. NEW: USRowing Memberships and Waivers: WTW Crew has paid Basic USRowing membership renewal fees for all returning student-athletes whose memberships were due to expire during the spring regatta season. It has also paid membership fees for novice and freshman student-athletes who are registered in Ronin. Your student-athlete will receive more information about how to complete the USRowing Waiver this week at practice. Please sign the waiver as soon as possible. Parents need to sign if the student-athlete is under 18. Student-athletes over 18 can sign for themselves. Many 9th grade parents submitted signed copies of the USRowing waiver during Green Days in the fall, but this step is still needed now that their student-athlete’s membership is active.

8. REMINDER: WTW Crew Yard Sale. We’ve got a shiny new boat to pay for so we are bringing back the Rummage Sale on April 28th (May 5th is our rain date). So if you have any athletic gear/clothing/books/games/tools/kitchenware you no longer want that still has some life left in it and set it aside for the crew team. Shifts for volunteer credit will be available. Stay tuned for more details!

9. SAVE THE DATES (through February):
  • January 25--student holiday, but winter conditioning will be at the regular time 
  • January 26--Tag Day
  • February 2--Erg Sprints and Tag Day
  • February 3 (2-3pm)--Last swim test
  • February 4--student holiday, but winter conditioning will be at the regular time and Chipotle restaurant fundraiser 
  • February 6 (7-9pm)--Woodson Crew Boosters Board Meeting, WT Woodson, room C-123 
  • February 7 (7-9pm)--Parent On-the-Water Meeting in WT Woodson Cafeteria B 
  • February 9--USNA Field Trip 
  • February 16--Deadline for all registration paperwork and 3rd dues installment payment 
  • February 16--WTW Crew Boathouse workday (sign-up here) and tour of Sandy Run and VASRA Workday (sign-up here
  • February 19--On the Water Practice Begins! 
  • February 22 (7-10pm)--Parent Social. Sign-up here
  • February 23--VASRA Workday

No Winter Conditioning Tomorrow, Slack Update, Uniform Store, DEADLINE: Practice Bus Registration

posted Jan 18, 2019, 4:41 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Jan 18, 2019, 4:48 AM ]

  1. No Winter Conditioning Tomorrow 
  2. Slack Update: Parent Space and Student-Athlete Space 
  3. Uniform Store Opens Tomorrow - Deadline Jan 28 
  4. DEADLINE: Practice Bus Registration 

1. NEW: No Winter Conditioning Tomorrow, Friday (January 18th). Instead, it is an opportunity for student-athletes to work on their homework and ensure their grades are in order before the end of the quarter so that their eligibility to compete is not affected as we approach regatta season.

2. UPDATES: Slack. Slack is a communications tool combining the best elements of text messaging and email. We are using Slack for coach and athlete communications and a separate Slack space for parent/guardian urgent communications.

Parent / Guardian Slack: In addition to push notifications for team related information such as weather cancellations, Slack creates a space for parents to be able to coordinate carpools, and other team related logistics.

We were unable to send Slack invites from the Slack wt-woodson-crew account directly to all parents/guardians as the system limits the number of pending invites at one time. All parents/guardians with last names beginning with A-O and emails registered in our system should have received email invites to sign up in the system.

For those we were not able to send an invite to from the Slack wt-woodson-crew account, see your email for an invite link you can click on and join from the link. The intent is for this Slack space to only be used by parents/guardians since the coach and student-athletes are using a separate Slack space.


Here is a link to an easy to use Slack guide.

Coach / Athlete Slack: Your athlete’s coach or team captains have likely reached out to your athlete to sign up for Slack. Athletes have a separate Slack account so that they may communicate practice, training, and regatta information. In regards to the coach and student-athlete Slack space, it was brought to our attention that Slack has Customer-specific Supplements related to Education Professional use (Section IV) which we want to highlight for parents/guardians. It states:

“If Customer is a school or educator in the United States and wants its students, who are over the age of 13, to use the Services, Customer is responsible for complying with the U.S. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). This means Customer must notify those students’ parents/guardians of the personally identifiable information that it will collect and share with us and obtain parental/guardian consent before its students sign up or use the Services. When obtaining such consent, Customer should provide parents/guardians with a copy of our Privacy Policy.”

As such, we are sharing this and the link above to the Slack Privacy Policy with you all and have sent specific emails to parents/guardians of student-athletes under the age of 16 to obtain consent.

If a parent/guardian decides not have their child on Slack, we encourage them to sign up for the parent Slack, keep an eye on Twitter, the weekly emails, and all of our other means of communication. Your athlete may also keep in touch with their team captain via text to receive timely practice related information.

3. NEW: Uniform Store Opens Tomorrow! We will send the link out tomorrow. If you are new to the team, you are required to purchase both a uni-suit and a tech shirt. If you are a returning rower, no need to order unless your uniform no longer fits, is damaged, or is missing! Please refer to the sizing guidelines on the website. If you are in-between sizes, go up a size. Coach Tylander recommends freshmen, male rowers go up a size, especially if they are between sizes. Please be careful that you order a uni-suit for the appropriate gender; a male uni fits very differently than one made for a female. The page will open with Woodson Crew specific uniforms as well as optional gear like compression shorts, sports bras, and splash jackets. The store will be open from January 18th until midnight January 28th.

4. REMINDER: Don’t Miss the Bus! It is the final days to sign up for the practice bus. Practice Bus registration is due no later than this Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Parents of new rowers, take some advice from seasoned parents - the bus is much more than a "nice to have" it is a huge help in getting your students to and from the river!

To register and for more information including bus schedules, visit Practice Bus Information on our website. Please make your check for $500 payable to WTW Crew Boosters and mail it (or drop off) to the WTW Crew Booster Vice President by the January 19th deadline. Payment by PayPal is also an option for the 2018-2019 season. Please go to the following link (Practice Bus Information) and select “Add to Cart” at the top of the page and follow the PayPal instructions if this is your preferred payment method.

**Impacted by the government shutdown? Send an email to wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com to let them know you want a spot on the bus and payment can be made later.**

Practice Bus, Uniform Store, Slack Accounts, Volunteer Position, USNA Field Trip, Tag Days, Etc.

posted Jan 14, 2019, 7:09 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 7:19 PM ]

  1. Practice Bus Registration 
  2. Uniform Store Opens Soon 
  3. Slack Accounts 
  4. Open Volunteer Position - Women’s Membership Chair 
  5. U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip 
  6. Two Tag Days Left 
  7. Erg Sprints 
  8. Yard Sale 
  9. Save the Dates (including a few sign-ups) 

Thank you to all of those that braved the cold weather at Saturday’s Tag Day. We also want to give special thanks to parents that have recently raised a hand to take on open volunteer roles. We are pleased to announce Laly Kassa and Anne Miller as our practice bus coordinators and Kim and Brian Myers as our new away regatta food coordinators. These are very important roles to the team and we thank them for stepping up!

1. URGENT REMINDER: Don’t Miss the Bus! This is the last week to sign-up. Practice Bus registration and payment is due no later than this coming Saturday, January 19, 2019.

To register and for more information including bus schedules, visit Practice Bus Information on our website. Please make your check for $500 payable to WTW Crew Boosters and mail it (or drop off) to the WTW Crew Booster Vice President by the January 19th deadline. Payment by PayPal is also an option for the 2018-2019 season. Please go to the following link (Practice Bus Information) and select “Add to Cart” at the top of the page and follow the PayPal instructions if this is your preferred payment method.

**If your family financial situation is being affected by the government shut down, please return the bus agreement form declaring your intent to utilize the bus and request an extended payment deadline when sending the form to the Vice President of Activities.**

Send all Practice Bus check payments and Bus Agreements (found at top of page on website link above) to:
Lesley Kowalski
Vice President for Student Activities
W.T. Woodson Crew Boosters
8306 Chapel Lake Ct, Annandale, VA 22003

For those paying by PayPal, the Bus Transportation Agreement can be scanned and sent via email to wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com. Please use subject line BUS PAYMENT COMPLETE for (Athlete first and last name). If you have further questions regarding Practice Bus registration, please email wtwcrewactivities@gmail.com.

Every rider’s parents/guardians must sign-up to chaperone ONE day per each athlete. Sign Up for ONE slot per athlete BEFORE February 19; and please fill the days prior to Spring Break before signing up for any of the slots after Spring Break. After initial sign ups we will reach out to parents to fill-in as needed. Sign-up here for Practice Bus Chaperone volunteer slots. For more information on chaperoning, you can find Practice Bus Chaperone Duties here. If you have further questions on the bus chaperone duties, please contact Laly Kassa, our Chaperone Coordinator at 703-403-4357 or via email at lalykassa@yahoo.com

2. NEW: Uniform Store Opens Soon! The WT Woodson Rowing Team store will open soon and we will send a separate email with details once the link is active. All student-athletes are required to have a uni and long-sleeved coolmax shirt. If you are a returning student-athlete and your uni and shirt are in good shape and still fit, you do not need to order. New student-athletes will need to order.

3. NEW: Slack. Our Coaches are already using Slack, a communications tool combining the best elements of text messaging and email, to communicate with the student-athletes. We will now be using it for the broader W.T. Woodson family to send urgent messages such as practice or activity cancellations. Later today (Monday) each parent email in our system will receive an invitation to join the W.T. Woodson Crew on Slack. Here is a link to an easy to use guide.

4. NEW: Open Volunteer Role - Membership Co-Chair: Women's Team. The role of Membership Chair for the women's team is open and we are looking for a parent volunteer to fill this role for the remainder of the year (and hopefully next). Membership Chairperson is responsible for actively planning, promoting, and engaging in the recruitment of new athletes. The Chairperson of the Membership Committee sits as a member of the Board of Directors and assists female athletes and their parents with all registration requirements, maintains the team roster, and manages our online registration system, Ronin. Serving in this capacity fulfills 2 VASRA volunteer commitments, and 3 team volunteer commitments. This is an excellent way to get to know the athletes, their parents, and our coaching staff. It is an ideal time to take on this role as you have a Membership Co-Chair on the men's team to help you learn the ropes. If you are interested in taking on this role, please email wtw.crew.president@gmail.com.

5. REMINDER: U.S. Naval Academy Field Trip to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday, February 9th. Registration for this event must be done on Sign-up Genius by Thursday, January 31, 2019.

The cost is $30 per rower, cash or checks made out to WT Woodson Crew Boosters can be brought to practice or payment is also available via PAYPAL here. Payments must be made no later than Monday, February 4th.

Send check payments and FCPS Permission Form to:
Lesley Kowalski
Vice President for Student Activities
W.T. Woodson Crew Boosters
8306 Chapel Lake Ct, Annandale, VA 22003

Uniform will be uni suits with team gear. If you are a new rower, unis and available team gear will be provided. If unis do not arrive, alternate uniform will be proscribed.

6. REMINDER: Two Tag Days Left. Our last two Tag Days are January 26th (morning and afternoon shift) and February 2nd. We still have student-athlete slots available for anyone who hasn’t signed up yet. Once in Sign-up Genius, scroll down to the appropriate date(s) and shift(s). Sign-up here.

7. REMINDER: Erg Sprints. Registration closes on January 20th. They welcome athletes of all ages and levels who want to compete. http://ergsprints.com. This is an excellent event if you intend to row in college. College coaches will be on-site! Athletes should talk to their coaches about what events to enter and then register. Coaches have shared a survey on Slack for athletes competing at the Erg Sprints. Fill that out so we know when you’re competing and can cheer you on.

8. NEW: WTW Crew Yard Sale. We’ve got a shiny new boat to pay for so we are bringing back the Rummage Sale on April 28th (May 5th is our rain date). So on the next rainy afternoon or snow day (like today), please pull together a box or bag of athletic gear/clothing/books/games/tools/kitchenware that still has some life left in it and set it aside for the crew team. Shifts for volunteer credit will be available. Stay tuned for more details!

9. SAVE THE DATES:
  • January 18 - 3 hour early release from school, but winter conditioning will be at the regular time 
  • January 19 - Registration deadline for practice bus. Deadline for 2nd dues installment payment. 
  • January 21 - holiday and no winter conditioning 
  • January 25 - student holiday, but winter conditioning will be at the regular time 
  • January 26 Tag Day
  • February 2 - Erg Sprints and Tag Day
  • February 3 (2-3pm) - Last swim test at Audrey Moore Rec Center Pool 
  • February 4 - student holiday, but winter conditioning will be at the regular time 
  • February 6 (7-9pm) - Woodson Crew Boosters Board Meeting, WT Woodson, room C-123 
  • February 7 (7-9pm) - Parent On-the-Water Meeting in WT Woodson Cafeteria B 
  • February 9 - USNA Field Trip 
  • February 16 - Deadline for all registration paperwork and 3rd dues installment payment 
  • February 16 - Boathouse workday (sign-up here) and tour of Sandy Run 
  • February 19 - On the Water Practice Begins! 
  • February 22 (7-10pm) - Parent Social. Sign-up here
Please see the WTW Crew Training and Conditioning manual. This is an excellent form of reference for technique, references, and nutrition.

Winter Conditioning Today (Wednesday), Tag Day and Swim Tests this Weekend

posted Jan 9, 2019, 5:02 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Jan 9, 2019, 5:03 AM ]

Here are a few updates for the rest of this week.

1. NEW: Winter Conditioning Update. Due to issues with the availability of both cafeterias A&B today (Wednesday) and that Thursday will be a 4K metrics test day for the girls, girls will not have winter conditioning today and should use it as a “Homework Day” and a day of rest in preparation for the test. Friday conditioning/Yoga for girls will be held as normally scheduled.

The boys team will be at their normal time today (Wednesday), but should bring clothing for running outside.

2. REMINDER: Next Tag Day is this Saturday. Tag Days have been going very well and we look forward to another successful Tag Day this Saturday, January 12th from 8:30am-noon. We still have one adult driver slot and a few student-athlete slots available for anyone who hasn’t signed up yet. Once in Sign-up Genius, scroll down to the January 12th date.

Sign-up here.

3. REMINDER: Swim Tests. The final swim tests of the season are this Saturday and Sunday, January 12th & 13th from 2-3pm at the Audrey Moore Pool, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale. The swim test is required for new rowers/coxswains. Sign-up here, including one parent volunteer.

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