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FINAL DAYS for Registration, Practice Bus, Winter Conditioning, Tag Days, and more

posted Nov 18, 2019, 7:15 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 7:15 AM ]

Good morning,

In this email (details below):

  1. Final Registration Before Winter Conditioning

  2. Practice Bus Registration Begins 11/21

  3. Mandatory Tag Days — Signups Open

  4. Winter Conditioning

  5. Uniforms

  6. Giving Tuesday

  7. Key Dates

Thank you for participating in the first Tag Day and contributing to the Boathouse Workday Saturday. We had a great turnout for both, and we need to keep up the great participation in Tag Days. See below to sign up. 

1. REMINDER: REGISTER NOW — Winter Conditioning for returning rowers begins Thursday!! Remember, complete the first five steps of registration no later than this Wednesday November 20th to participate in Winter Conditioning and take advantage of last year’s rate. Rowers must complete the full registration process no later than February 20th to participate in on-the-water activities. Everything you need to know about registration and the Crew season — including exactly what forms need to be filled and where to deliver them as well as all the deadlines — are outlined on our website

If you have questions about this process, please contact the W.T. Woodson Crew Membership team at wtwcrewmembership@gmail.com.

2. NEW: PRACTICE BUS SIGN UP - Registration for the daily practice bus begins this Thursday, November 21, 2019. The Woodson Crew Boosters Association coordinates bus transportation between W.T. Woodson High School and Sandy Run Regional Park for on-the-water practices beginning in February. The fee for the bus is on top of regular dues. Last year, every seat on the bus was reserved, so seats are available through this registration process on a first-come, first served basis. Order of registration is based on the date of payment. Registrations are secured by the payment in full, due no later than January 21, 2020 via Paypal. The fee per crew member is $530 for the 2020 season.  The link for bus registration will be sent Thursday morning and will be live on the WTW Crew website.

3. REMINDER: Mandatory Tag Days: All rowers and coxswains — including novices — are required to participate in some part of Tag Days. Returning rowers need to attend four Tag Day shifts and novice rowers must attend three shifts. Walking neighborhoods together helps our athletes spread the word about Crew, raise funds for the season and bond as a team. Please sign up now to participate in at least Tag Days. The next Tag Day is this Saturday, November 23. The remaining dates are: December 7, January 11 and 25, and February 1 and 8. 

Please contact WTW Crew volunteer chair Susan Burger if you have questions about Tag Days at wtwcrewvolunteer@gmail.com  

3. NEW: Spirit Wear Store is Open: Whether you’re a parent cheering in the grandstand or an athlete walking the halls of Woodson, WTW Crew gear is always in style. The store closes 11/24 so order now to get some crew wear in your life by the holidays! Order here

And if you have questions about uniforms — or still want to pick up a uniform from last season, please get in touch with WTW Crew sportswear chair Monica Perry at wtwcrewsportswear@gmail.com to coordinate

4. REMINDER: Winter Conditioning: Returning rowers will start November 21st and new rowers will report for Winter Conditioning on December 3rd. See below a note from Coach Tylander on Winter Conditioning:

We often get questions about if winter conditioning is “really” optional, so I will answer this as plainly as I can.  

Crew is a cardiovascular fitness dominant sport. The demands placed on an athlete during a race are like running up the side of a mountain for a mile and half while chained to seven of your friends. 

While we do not have tryouts, boat selection during the spring is competitive. The level of fitness necessary for the sport cannot be built in the 4-6 weeks between the first day of practice and the meat of racing season when boat lineups must be set. The better the fitness of the athlete, the better chance they have of making a top boat.  

Winter conditioning is not the only way to get in shape; doing a winter sport or having a rigorous researched workout plan that you do are your own are also good options. We have had past captains and rowers who were members of the swim team, played basketball or ran track and were in top boats that medaled at state championships.  

I will not say that winter conditioning is better at getting you into “rowing shape” than playing a winter sport or working out on your own.  I will say that winter conditioning is far superior to doing nothing. The more athletes that work hard on their conditioning, the faster ALL our boats will be.

If you have questions about the more technical aspects of winter conditioning feel free to drop me an email, but be warned we are going to talk about energy pathways, lactate levels, HR zones, and muscle memory.

Here is the Weekly Winter Conditioning Schedule. Returning student-athletes have conditioning beginning on November 21st.  The whole team begins conditioning on Tuesday, December 3rd.


Girls: 3:30-5:30 (2 hr) off ergs by 5:15

Boys: 5:00-7:00 (2 hr)


Boys: 3:30-5:30 (2 hr) off ergs by 5:15

Girls: 5:00-7:00/weight room (2 hr)


Girls: 3:30-5:30 (2 hr) off ergs by 5:15

Boys: 5:00-7:00 (2 hr)


Boys: 3:30-5:30 (2 hr) off ergs by 5:15

Girls: 5:00-7:00/weight room (2 hr)


Full Team 3:30 - 5:30  (2 hr)

5. REMINDER: #GivingTuesday. We are reaching out to Crew Alumni, Friends and Family to join us in a fundraising campaign for #GivingTuesday on December 3rd this year. If you know someone with a connection to crew as a sport or the Woodson Crew team, share our campaign with them

What is #GivingTuesday? We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday where we get lots of great deals. Why not have a holiday for giving back? #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. Learn more at givingtuesday.org


6. REMINDER: Other Key Dates:

  • November 20: Final Day to register at last year’s rate AND opt out of practice bus

  • November 21: Winter Conditioning begins for returning rowers

  • November 21: Practice bus registration opens

  • November 23: Tag Day

  • December 3: Winter Conditioning begins for new rowers

  • December 3: Giving Tuesday, WTW Crew Fundraiser at Noodles & Co.

  • December 4; Crew Board Meeting, 7 PM, C123, W.T. Woodson High School

  • December 7: Tag Day

  • January 11: Tag Day

  • January 25: Tag Day

  • February 1: Tag Day

  • February 6: Parent on-the-water meeting

  • February 8: Tag Day

  • February 24: On the water practice begins