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Important Information for Rowers and Parents


Time Commitment
Winter Conditioning generally starts in November. While not mandatory, it is highly recommended. For December-January, coaches will have suggested workouts to help athletes keep in shape prior to the start of formal training. Water training ("in-season" training) usually starts in mid to late February on the Occoquan at Sandy Run. Please check back for updates. Attendance is mandatory for in-season training (see the Attendance Policy).

Transportation to Practice
Winter conditioning is conducted at James Madison High School.  Water training will be held at Sandy Run Regional Park. 

Until regattas begin, training is typically 6 days a week (2-3 hr. sessions). 

Warhawk Crew Volunteer Requirements
Warhawk Crew is a volunteer-run organization. Each family is expected to contribute their time and talents in some way in order to provide the best experience for our rowers.  Here is a summary of the parent volunteer requirements for each Madison Crew family (under normal, non-Covid circumstances):

  • Two days of bus chaperoning (round-trip) during water practice (Feb.-May) at Sandy Run Regional Park on the Occoquan River. 
  • 1-2 Regatta/Sandy Run jobs. These are volunteer jobs assigned to Madison by the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA).
  • Two hospitality donations/jobs
  • Active involvement in one JMCBO committee and participate as necessary. Committees include Hospitality, Operations, Fundraising etc. 
  • Other “All Hands on Deck” requirements for fundraising as well as JMCBO work days at Sandy Run. This includes Mulch Delivery day in March.


Warhawk Crew is a club sport that receives no financial support from Fairfax County Public Schools. It is 100% financed and managed through the James Madison Crew Boosters Organization, Inc. (“JMCBO”), a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. JMCBO is funded through a combination of membership dues, fundraising activities, sponsorships and fees collected for certain activities. 

Active participation of all families in fundraising efforts helps pay for the club's operating expenses such as coaches' pay,  insurance, and regatta fees, as well as capital investments such as boats and engines, and repair and maintenance of these assets. The money earned through fundraising pays for transportation, operational expenses, regatta fees, and all of our capital expenditures (i.e. new boats, oars, motors and all equipment). 

The JCMBO asks that each family raise (or contribute) $700/rower.
Families can easily meet these goals through various fundraising opportunities, including Scrip gift cards available year round, Fall raffle ticket sales, Winter/Spring mulch sales, securing corporate sponsors, making and collecting tax deductible donations and other events.  Make sure to sign up for our email list to receive more information throughout the year.


April 8th Water Meeting Recording

March 11th info meeting recording

Resources and Forms

All forms are now submitted online through the Warhawk Sports website available here.   This is where students can find the VHSL physical form, registration instructions, etc. All of these forms must be completed before the student can participate in crew. 

JCMBO Info and Policies



Regattas / Sandy Run