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Thank You, Parent Meeting Slides, Registration, Volunteers, Fundraisers, Winter Conditioning Prep

posted Oct 23, 2017, 4:20 AM by WTW Crew Webmaster   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 4:28 AM ]
  1. Thank You 
  2. Parent Interest Meeting Slides 
  3. Registration is Open 
  4. Volunteer Opportunities (including Sign Up Genius) 
  5. Fundraisers 
  6. Preparing for Winter Conditioning 

1. Thank you to our parent volunteers at the Homecoming game concession stand and for your support during the Homecoming Parade.

2. Parent Interest Meeting. The slides are posted on our website. For details on each slide, please open the slides using Google Slides. Even if you attended the meeting, there are a few updates added to the slides (in bold) and the notes pages provide the detail that Brian Boyle and Coach Bryan Tylander provided verbally.

3. REMINDER: Don’t forget to register! Here are the nine steps required for registration:
Winter Conditioning - Rowers need to complete numbers 1 to 5 by November 16, 2017 in order to start winter conditioning.
For rowers participating in Winter Conditioning, the Emergency Care Form and Field Trip License and Vehicle Insurance Forms, along with initial payments made by check, need to be mailed or hand delivered by November 16, 2017 to: 

1. Online Registration - Ronin Registration – This is the online registration service the WTW Crew Team uses. During registration you will provide relevant data and select how you wish to pay your dues.

2. VHSL Physical Form - Your physical must be dated May 1, 2017 or later and needs to be on the correct form (Revised February 2017). Submit completed physicals directly to the Athletic Trainer, Ms. Fickes, in Room C158. Please make a copy of your physical before submitting it. It may take up to 5 business days for the Athletic Trainer to review your physical and reflect its clearance on the compliance report.

3. Online Concussion Training - There are two different training programs, one for parents and one for student-athletes. Both the student-athlete and one parent must complete their respective training. Allow at least 5 business days for training to be reflected on the athletic trainer’s compliance report. Because the FCPS online program has had a few ‘glitches’ in the past, we request you complete the training ASAP. To increase your chances of the online training working the first time, please follow this guidance from FCPS: "Due to circumstances beyond our control the online verification program is not compatible with Internet Explorer nor Chrome. Please use Firefox or Safari to complete the program. We are sorry for the inconvenience." If your student-athlete cannot get the FCPS Concussion Training to work at home, please have them attempt to do the training at WTW on a school computer. Once the parent and the rower have completed the training, please notify membership at wtwcrewmembership@gmail.com.

4. Student Emergency Care Form - An ECF needs to be completed every year. Please complete this form online before printing. Illegible forms will not be accepted. (New rowers – If you submitted a typed copy of this form during Green Days, you do not need to submit another one at this time.)

5. Field Trip Driver’s License and Vehicle Insurance Information Forms -
  • Student Form - Use this form if your rower has a driver’s license and plans to drive to practice and/or local regattas. 
  • Parent Form - Parents/guardians living locally need to complete this form. 
Before On-the-Water Practice - Complete items 1-5 under Winter Conditioning Requirements PLUS:

6. Swim Test - Every rower is required to pass a swim test certified by WTW Crew prior to participating in on-the-water practices. Passage of this test is required only once. The next time this test is administered will be in January 2018. Specific details will be provided through the weekly email update.

7. US Rowing Membership - US Rowing memberships are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. Your dues cover the cost of your US Rowing membership. WTW Crew Team purchases/renews memberships for registered rowers. No action on your part is required.

8. US Rowing Waiver - After the team purchases/renews your US Rowing Membership in January 2018, you will receive notice to sign your rowing waiver. Although memberships are good for 365 days from the date of purchase, the US Rowing waiver expires every December 31st. If you are 18 or older, you may sign your own waiver. If you are under 18, your parent must sign the waiver.

9. FCPS Participation Policy - The coaching staff will talk about and distribute the participation policy form on the first day of practice. Please read, sign (both parent and student athlete) and return to the respective coach.

The previous nine registration requirements, including full payment of dues, must be completed and submitted by February 19, 2018 to participate in on-the-water activities.

4. REMINDER: Volunteer Opportunities.
  • October 28, 9-11am- Erg/Slide Returns at WTW High School Erg Shed in the Senior parking lot area. We are looking for 2 adults and 2 student-athletes to receive rented ergs and slides being returned, check for serviceability and cleanliness, replace batteries and store ergs. If you are available, please sign-up here. Student-athletes who rented ergs and slides must ensure the equipment is clean prior to turn-in. 
  • November 4 - Thank you to all signed-up to help with the set-up, running, and breakdown of the Craft Show. If you can also consider donating baked goods, muffins, bagels or allowing us to borrow extension cords and power strips, please sign-up here. If the drop off times of these items don’t work for you, please contact Lesley and alternative arrangements can be made. We also still have a few volunteer positions available. 
  • November 11, 9am-noon - WTW Boathouse Workday at WTW Crew Boathouse, Sandy Run Regional Park. We are looking for 3 adults and 12 student-athletes to prepare the equipment and boathouse for the winter. If you are available, please sign-up here.
5. REMINDER: Fundraising.
  • Now is a great time to buy gift cards or certificates for yourself or someone else AND raise money for the team. The Scrip anniversary celebration is now through October 31, 2017. Scrip is offering a new set of 24-hour flash bonuses from different retailers each day. We will tweet out the daily specials or you can visit the Scrip site for more details. 
  • Help us advertise for the Craft Show. We encourage you to share the information on their neighborhood websites, newsletters, Facebook pages, with friends, coworkers, and family. It is a significant fundraiser and we cannot do it without their help to get the word out to the community. Here are two fundraiser flyers (craft show banner and craft show image) for you to use. 
  • Craft Show Fundraiser. A craft show vendor is making WTW Crew oars (seen in the picture below) into hat/coat racks for now only $45 each and will donate $5 from sale of each one to the team! If you are interested in pre-ordering, please contact Lesley Kowalski, Craft Show Chair, at lesleytkowalski@gmail.com
WTW Crew Oar hat/coat rack

6. NEW: The Road to the Medal Stand, Part III

24 Days until Winter Conditioning and the next phase of preparation to return to the medal stand! Summer activities are over and we’re getting into the swing of the school year and it’s attendant activities. If you have an erg, dust it off and begin doing long easy pieces focusing on good technique, if you don’t, 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. (Remember, you should have new real, good running shoes to begin the season.) Check out the nutrition tips we previously provided (also on the Resources page of our website) and review your diet. Returning rowers begin November 16, 2017. Novices begin on November 27, 2017. The first few days will be a relatively gradual reintroduction into warm-up runs, circuits, and pieces. For novices the early part of winter conditioning will be dedicated to conditioning and introducing the technique of the rowing stroke. Metric testing will follow the second week. Although winter conditioning is voluntary, please keep your coach informed in a timely fashion if you will be unable to attend on any given day. This is very helpful to the coaches for planning.

Pull for Woodson!