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On the Water Meeting, Crew Practice Bus, Naval Academy Trip, Spirit Wear, USRowing Waivers, and more

posted Feb 5, 2018, 4:30 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 5:53 AM ]
  1. On-the-Water Meeting 
  2. Crew Practice Bus 
  3. Naval Academy Rowing Field Trip 
  4. Spirit Wear 
  5. USRowing Membership Waivers 
  6. Parent Volunteer Positions 
  7. Save the Date: Boathouse Workday 
  8. Registration Reminder 
  9. Tag Days 

1. NEW: We enjoyed meeting new parents, catching up with returning parents and talking with the coaches at a great Parent Social last week. This week we are hosting the On-the-Water Parent Meeting to review what to expect once the student-athletes are on the water. We hope you can join us this Thursday (February 8th) from 7-9pm at WTW High School Cafeteria B.
     NOTE: If you have any Craft Show yard signs, we would greatly appreciate it if you could bring them back at the On-the-Water Parent Meeting. Thank you!

Once our Spring Season/On-the-Water practices start, student-athlete attendance is important. As a reminder, we do have practice during Spring Break as well. Please see pages 14-15 of the Handbook for further details.

2. REMINDER: Crew Practice Bus. In only two weeks the team will be on the water! Will your rower/coxswain be riding the practice shuttle bus?

We are trying to gauge interest / commitment for the incredibly convenient and safe crew practice bus that will run for 43 days (Mondays thru Thursdays) of on-the-water practice. It leaves Woodson from the Whitacre Road side of school at 3:30pm and returns with tired hungry rowers/coxswains at 7pm.

There is also an opportunity to enjoy the same convenience during Spring Break (which may be a separate charge, depending on how this survey turns out)! So on this sign-up, please respond in BOTH sections no later than Tuesday February 6th.

The number of interested bus riders will determine both the cost (the more bus riders we have, the cheaper it will be) and the number of times each family has to chaperone it. Once you’ve signed up, look for an email on February 7th with final information about cost and deadlines!

If the bus reaches capacity- priority is by sign-up-- first come, first served. Don’t miss out!

3. REMINDER: Naval Academy Rowing Field Trip will be Saturday, February 10th in Annapolis. This is an optional training opportunity, but is always in high demand and gets rave reviews every year. Sign-up here. Parent permission form and payment of $30.00 due no later than Thursday, February 8th (cash or check made out to WT Woodson Crew-bring to practice February 8th). Mrs. Boyle will be at practice to collect the money and forms. Uniform is unis, current or previous design. Transportation is one FCPS bus; capacity 45 students. Returning rowers please bring clean older/extra unis to share with new rowers. New Rowers- please annotate uni size in the comments of the Sign-Up genius if you will need to borrow a uni. Two parent chaperones are needed to ride the bus to the event, stay the day and ride the bus back (also on the Genius). Bus departs WT Woodson Door 1 at 10:00am and returns at approximately 6:30pm. Bring snacks, unis, water bottle, travel clothes, and cash if desired for the US Naval Academy gift shop.

4. NEW: Spirit Wear. All back-ordered Spirit Wear has arrived. Please contact Babette Korn (703-568-3985) and text an approximate date/time when you would like to pick up your order. Unclaimed Spirit Wear will also be available at the On-the-Water Parent Meeting. Also, the CCI store is now OPEN to order Spirit Wear if you missed the first time or if you want to order additional items. Click here to access the store.

The site states it opens on February 9th, but it is open and the store will be open until midnight on March 4th. Contact Babette Korn at babskorn@gmail.com if you have questions about Spirit Wear or Uniforms.

5. REMINDER: USRowing Waivers - Have you signed your rowing waiver yet? If your coach gave you a slip of paper with information about signing the USRowing waiver at practice last week, you need to log into your USRowing account and sign the waiver. Remember all waivers must be signed prior to getting on the water. If your waiver isn’t signed, you won’t be able to row.

6. HELP NEEDED: Parent Volunteer Positions. If you are interested in what the various volunteer positions entail, here is the link to the By-Laws and Board and Committee position descriptions can be found on pages 4-6. We have also attached a document that describes most volunteer positions throughout the year.
We have a few more board and committee positions that are (or will be) vacant and we are still looking for parent/guardians to fill. The positions are:
  • River Rat - This is a VASRA local organizing committee (LOC) position that our team MUST fill during the home regattas. River Rats are the parent volunteers who make sure that VASRA has one of the best, fully buoyed, race courses in America. No special skills are required other than a love of water and a desire to see our kids rowing under the best conditions possible.
    Pre- and Post-season, river rats set-up and take-down the course (VASRA will have parent volunteers to assist) and equipment maintenance as needed
    During Home Regattas, river rats: 
    • Arrive early to ensure a safe course for the regatta– i.e. remove any debris and setup odds and ends for use during the regatta
      NOTE: Since you are expected to arrive early and be at the home regattas, you will receive a parking pass for the regattas (so you don’t have to pay for parking or ride the bus) and you will have a VASRA badge which gives you free lunch and coffee/water during the regatta 
    • Putting into place the start docks, start tower as well as the aligner’s platform
    • Depart once all equipment has been stowed away which means you have time to watch your child race
    • Course maintenance and safety patrol as required
  • Craft Show Vendor Coordinator - The responsibilities for this job are complete for this season, but vendor coordination begins in the spring for next year’s event. The Craft Show is held in early November every year, so this is a great volunteer position for someone who wants to complete their volunteer duties early.
  • Fundraising Chair - Most of the responsibilities for this job are wrapping up for this season, but we would like to train someone who will be able to lead fundraising next year. Credit will be given for this season as well.
  • Pre-Regatta Dinner/RAFT Coordinator - Coordinates food sign-up for parents for home pre-regatta dinners which includes food sign-ups for the Regatta Athlete Food Tent (RAFT). 
If you are interested in any of these positions or want more information on them, please contact our President, Brian Boyle, at wtw.crew.president@gmail.com.

7. REMINDER: WTW Boathouse Workday at WTW Crew Boathouse, Sandy Run Regional Park on February 19th from 9 - 11am. We are looking for three (3) adults and 12 student-athletes to prepare the equipment and boathouse for the winter. If you are available, please sign-up here.

8. REMINDER: Ronin Registration and Dues Payments - This is a reminder that all rowers/coxswains need to be registered in Ronin Racing and their dues paid in full by February 16, 2018. For Ronin Racing Click Here.

9. NEW: Tag Days. We had a great turnout on Saturday and we cleared just over $3000.00. One more shift to go -- to be scheduled after the athletes get on the water. Five student-athletes decided to do more than their requirement and participated in another Tag Day shift. Congratulations to Colin McCarthy (AM) and Reid Rizk (PM) for winning the Chipotle gift certificate. We are offering another Chipotle gift certificate ($10.00) for the last tag day shift. Rowers/Coxswains who have exceeded their requirement qualify for their name to be drawn out of a hat for the certificate. Once Tag Days are complete, all of those who did extra shifts will have their name put in a hat to receive a donated $50.00 gift certificate.

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