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Last Weekend, Winter Conditioning, Lwt Protocol Testing, On-the-Water Meeting, USRowing Waiver

posted Feb 13, 2017, 8:05 AM by W. T. Woodson Crew   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 8:05 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster ]
  1. Swim Test 
  2. Thank You 
  3. Last Week of Winter Conditioning 
  4. Lightweight Protocol Testing 
  5. On-the-Water Meeting and Details 
  6. USRowing Waiver 
  7. NEW: Additional Information 
  8. Reminders 

1. Our apologies to those students and parents who went to Oak Marr Rec Center on Saturday for the swim test and were unable to complete the test. We are working out arrangements to administer the test at a convenient time for the rowers and parents.

2. Thank you to all of those who participated in the Tag Day on Saturday and supported our fundraiser at Banyan Tree last Thursday.

  • Monday, Wednesday: Ladies 3:30-5:15pm, Gentlemen 4:45-6:30pm 
  • Tuesday, Thursday: Gentlemen 3:30-5:15pm, Ladies 4:45-6:30pm 
  • Friday: All team 3:30-5:30pm 
4. This Wednesday, 15 February at 4 pm any boy under 155 lbs should be at Ms. Fickes office to undergo the lightweight (Lwt) protocol testing. On Thursday, 16 February at 4 pm any girl under 135 lbs the girls will do the same. If an athlete does not go through this they can not row in Lwt events this year. Students should contact Ms. Fickes if they have questions.

5. We look forward to seeing you at the Crew Parent On-The-Water Meeting on Wednesday, 15 February at 7pm in the WT Woodson cafeteria B. We will discuss details of On-the-Water and Spring Break practices, as well as bus service to Sandy Run Park. A link to the slides is attached.
Parents and student-athletes are encouraged to attend.
On-the-Water practice begins on Tuesday, 21 February.

Here is the planned schedule:
Standard Weekday Practice: 4:00-6:30pm
Bus departs Woodson at 3:30pm; arrives at Sandy Run at 4:00pm; departs Sandy Run at 6:30pm; and arrives at Woodson at 7:00pm.

Saturday Practices: 8:30-11:00am

Fridays during Regatta Weeks (which begin the week of 24 March):
Practice 4:00-5:30pm
Bus departs Woodson at 3:30pm; arrives at Sandy Run at 4:00pm; departs Sandy Run at 5:30pm; and arrives at Woodson at 6:00pm.
Team Regatta Dinners: 7:00-9:00pm

Spring Break:
10 April no practice
11-14 April practice: 8:30-11:30am and 12:30-2:15pm
Bus departs Woodson at 8:00am and returns to Woodson at 2:45pm
Saturday, normal practice times listed above
17 April practice: 9:00-12:00pm
Bus departs Woodson at 8:30am and returns to Woodson at 12:30pm

The bus is not available on the following days so student-athletes will need to carpool.
23, 24, 29 March; 5 May and 12 May

Students driving to practice or regattas need to submit the Driver’s License and Vehicle Information Sheet. This is a FCPS requirement. Forms are not required for adult drivers. Fill in "Repeated Trip" explanation in right column with “To/From Crew Practices and Regattas.” School Principal Approval signature is not required. You may bring the form to the Parents’ Meeting on 15 February or mail/drop off the forms to: 

WTW Crew Membership, c/o 8623 Hepplewhite Ct., Annandale, VA 22003 

The cost for bus riders is $450 which includes Spring Break. Space is limited. Registrations accepted on first-come-first-serve basis. In previous years, bus filled up and riders were turned away. Payment and Bus Registration Agreement form is due in full by 17 February to the WTW Treasurer. Payments can be made at the On-the-Water meeting on 15 February.

In order for WTW Crew Boosters to provide bus transportation to practices, each trip to and from the river must have a parent chaperone. Every bus rider family must chaperone at least one time per rower. Sign up: Practice Bus Sign Up Genius.

6. US ROWING WAIVER – Rowing waivers expire every December 31st. Although most rowers/parents have signed a waiver for 2017, as of Sunday the 12th seventeen rowers still had not signed the waiver for this year. Either Coach Fitz or membership contacted these rowers and/or their parents individually over the weekend to remind them to sign the waiver. If you are uncertain whether your rower’s waiver is signed for 2017, please contact membership at wtwcrewmembership@gmail.com Rowers are not allowed on the water to practice until the waiver is signed.

  • NEW: The CCI Woodson Spirit Wear site is open now until midnight on 6 March. We are hoping for delivery before the Polar Bear Regatta. There is a new white ‘Hey Woodson’ t-shirt being offered and this is the only way to purchase this shirt. Unfortunately the UnderArmour hoodie and pants are not currently available for purchase because the company has discontinued that style and a new one will be offered in the fall. The uniforms and splash jackets ordered from JL Racing should be delivered to rowers on Tuesday, 21 February at the river. If you have NOT ordered a new uni, please contact Tu’lann von Christierson immediately at tulannvonc@cox.net
  • This Saturday, 18 February we have a Boathouse Workday from 9-11 am. You will receive a $50 fundraising credit for each shift. Please join us in preparing for the spring season and Sign Up: Boathouse Workday Sign-Up
  • We currently have three board positions open. 
    • Vice President for Team Liaison and Activities (VPTLA) - This position is an executive board position and fulfills $300 in volunteer credit; 2 VASRA jobs, 1 tag day, and 2 service shifts 
    • Fundraising Chairperson - This position is a committee board position and fulfills $250 in volunteer credit; 2 VASRA jobs, 1 tag day, and 2 service shifts 
    • Equipment/Logistics Chairperson (E/L) - This position is a committee board position and fulfills $250 in volunteer credit; 2 VASRA jobs, 1 tag day, and 2 service shifts 
    • Please let any board member know if you are interested in one of these opportunities. These positions are a great way to get involved, fulfill volunteer obligations, and participate in your child's sport. More information is also available in the Handbook - W.T. Woodson Crew. Learn more about other volunteer opportunities here: Fundraising & Service Requirements - W.T. Woodson Crew
  • The 9th Seat Coxswain Clinic series is bringing a new 2-day clinic format to Washington DC at Georgetown University 25-26 February. Mary Whipple along with special guest, Zach Vlahos will be teaching you everything they learned in the coxswain seat from their years on the National Team and at the London Olympics. The 2-day format will include three workshops that will bring an interactive experience where coxswains will learn from their peers and from Mary and Zach. Pick and choose between the workshops or attend all three! Register through Regatta Central or for more information visit The 9th Seat Coxswain Clinic Series site.