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So You’re Interested in Crew?

Do you want to become a rower, a coxswain, or maybe both? It doesn’t matter what high school grade you’re in because anyone is welcome to join as a novice. We have athletes with experience in other sports, a rowing background, or have joined crew as their first sport.

Take a look at our crew website for highlight videos, answers to frequently asked questions, and more. Contact WTWCrewMembership@gmail.com with questions.

What is Crew?

Crew is a co-ed Varsity Letter Spring sport with athletic opportunities throughout the year. Rowing is a sport where athletes learn to row in racing shells that can hold four to eight rowers and a coxswain who commands and steers the racing shell. No experience is required; there are no tryouts,only a desire to learn is needed.

Crew is a very physical sport. Training is done after school 5 days a week and many Saturdays. Practice takes place at Sandy Run Regional Park, about a 20 minute drive from WT Woodson. Transportation is available via parent/student carpools, or chartered bus (additional cost).

Our coaches are dedicated and nurture everyone to become a great athlete. A typical practice will consist of a brief meeting with the coach and their crews to discuss the workout and line-ups, 75-90 minutes on the water, and after putting the equipment away another brief meeting with the coach.. Spring practice is considered mandatory.

Our History

WT Woodson Crew was established in 1986, and is a member of the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA), one of the most prestigious high school rowing organizations in the country. Our team’s members are some of the best male and female scholar-athletes in Virginia.

We are a varsity sport sanctioned by WT Woodson High School and VHSL. Our rowers have earned the following championships:
  • 3 Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Champions
  • 1 Stotesbury Regatta Champion
  • 26 Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) State Champions
  • 60+ VASRA Championship Medals
Our team is supported by a not-for-profit organization that relies on parent booster volunteers and student-athletes to keep our rowing program successful. Our fundraising activities include corporate and alumni sponsorship, special events and door-to-door tag days. Contributions of time, money, equipment or expertise are always welcome.

The Crew Year

WT Woodson Crew provides opportunities for students with a wide range of athletic abilities to become highly trained, competitive, and successful student-athletes.
  • on-the-water orientation (Green Days) in the Fall for new rowers
  • Optional winter conditioning that starts in November
  • Official Spring Season begins around the third week in February, weather permitting
  • Regattas are every Saturday, starting late March
  • 7-8 VASRA Regattas; 2-3 away Championship Regattas
Regattas are held on weekends during the spring season at Sandy Run Regional Park where our boathouse is located. There are also 2-3 away regattas, including Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, and Nationals.

Those involved in fall and winter sports are still able to participate in crew as long as the coaches are informed. However, come late winter and early spring, athletes are expected to participate as fully as possible.

Financial Obligations

WT Woodson Crew is not financially supported by Fairfax County Public Schools. Our booster club works diligently to keep student cost to a minimum. Students pay Membership Dues and Fundraise to cover team’s costs for their rowing each year. The money is paid over a schedule and is not due all at once.

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