Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the West Potomac Crew Club?
A: West Potomac Crew Club is a Virginia High School League (VHSL) sponsored interscholastic club. Club sports in Fairfax County do not receive financial aid from the school or the county. The club promotes, supports, and operates the rowing program at West Potomac High School (WPHS).
Q: I have never rowed before. Can I still participate in crew?
A: Absolutely! Most students who join the team have no previous rowing experience.
Q: Do I have to try out for the team?
A: While we hope we can accept all interested and motivated students, the team size IS limited to 80 participants. Coaches will know by mid-February if we need to have tryouts for the 2015 team.
Q: Must parents do anything other than pay the bills?
A: Yes. To make it possible for our athletes to row, every family must participate in fundraising, regatta, and operations activities. The club has instituted a volunteer obligation policy, available at the fees/volunteer tab (left sidebar).
Q: Where does the team practice?
A: Winter conditioning is held at the school. Participation is not required, but strongly encouraged, unless participating in another winter sport. During the spring season, WP Crew currently rows at National Harbor. Other rowing site options are being explored to allow more water time for practice.
Q: What time are practices?
A: Winter conditioning is held Monday through Thursday from 4:15-5:45PM. Spring practices are held Monday through Friday from 4-6:45PM and Saturday mornings. Exact times will be posted early 2018. Note that coaches recommend that rowers attend every day of winter conditioning, but compliance is not mandatory. Coaches, however, require rowers to participate in every spring practice unless otherwise pre-planned and approved by rower's coach.
Q: Sounds good! What is required to sign up?
A: All forms are found at the forms tab or can be downloaded from the registration link. Forms to be completed:
- VHSL physical form dated May 1, 2017 or later
- Emergency Care Card
- Weight Room Authorization
- Communicable Disease Form
- Off Campus Running Permission
- Students & their parent(s)/guardian(s) must take a short online tutorial about concussions.
- Students must pass a minimum of 5 classes in the preceding semester (ending June 2015).
- Parent or guardian MUST agree to Volunteer Policy during online registration.
Q: When are the forms and fees due?
A: To participate in winter conditioning, forms & first payment of $255 are due by November 22, with remaining balance of $520 due February 12. For those athletes not participating in winter conditioning, forms & full payment of $775 are due by February 16. Prior to spring season, rowers much purchase the US Rowing membership ($7.75 annually) and sign the required waiver.
All forms are to be printed, filled out and submitted to the Student Activities office before an athlete can participate in winter conditioning or Spring practice.
Click here to register and download. THIS LINK WILL BE LIVE WHEN REGISTRATION OPENS on November 2, 2017
Q: I still have questions, who can answer them?
A: Contact Booster President Debra Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sheri Lapan at email@example.com. For questions about the forms or the payment schedule, contact Brent Breining (firstname.lastname@example.org).