INFORMATION FOR ROWERS AND PARENTS
Winter Conditioning generally starts in November. While not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Because of a delayed 20/21 season, winter conditioning will be virtual until February 2021. 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. For the 20/21 season, water season will likely start in April with regattas starting in May. 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. Families will be responsible for transporting the students to Sandy Run this year due to restrictions related to the pandemic.
Until regattas begin in May, training is typically 6 days a week (2-3 hr. sessions). However, due to limitations on the number of people in the park, on-the-water practice days may be reduced for 2021. There will likely be fewer regattas as well.
JMHS Crew Volunteer Requirements
Madison 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):
James Madison 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 (canceled for 2021), 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.
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.