Please note the registration deadlines so we can have the best possible opportunity to plan for how many athletes we will have this season. Athletes who do not have the four items complete must still come to tryouts as planned but will only be allowed to watch, per the rules of WA.
Complete the WA registration requirements by 8/19. This includes:
Register online through Family ID
Have a physical on file with WA dated within 13 months of 3/18
New athletes must bring a copy of their physical to the first day of practice
Returning athletes should check the Google Doc to see if their physical is expired and bring one to the first day of practice as necessary
Complete the free online concussion course
Athletes-- complete this Google Form by 8/19: https://forms.gle/Bc2MZL6SAXUR8Ne37
Complete a swim test at a local pool with a certified lifeguard. This is required before an athlete will be allowed on the water. Signed forms should be given to the head coach. Electronic copies are acceptable.
Swim tests can be completed at nearly any local public pool, gym, or YMCA where a lifeguard is present. Call ahead to ask about schedule availability. Cost is generally $5.
Athletes who are certified lifeguards themselves may provide a copy of their certificate
Have a Basic USRowing membership ($9.75, non-refundable if an athlete does not continue) and sign the USRowing waiver
Follow instructions at http://www.usrowing.org/sign-a-waiver/ (our club is Westford Academy Crew and the code is W5V6Y, all caps)
All returning athletes from the previous season will be automatically renewed once they are registered. They will still be required to sign the USRowing waiver and will receive an email regarding that.
Only a current basic membership is required for tryouts. Athletes do NOT need higher at this time.
Season Fees and Financial Assistance:
The season fee to train and compete with WA Crew is $1000. This covers our equipment purchase and maintenance costs, our coaching staff, race fees, team gear and supplies for the erg room/boathouse/food trailer, a sizable portion of the meals on our race days, the end of season banquet and awards, etc. Team members also participate in several seasonal fundraisers to supplement this.
We know that our sport carries a much higher cost than other school teams, but please know that we do not want cost to be a barrier for athlete participation. The season fee is what our program costs to run, but we love rowing and want to share our sport with anyone who wants to join and contribute to our team. We are happy to work with families to offer payment plans to spread the cost, and financial assistance and/or extra fundraising opportunities for any who might need it. Please contact the WA athletic director firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
Season fees or arrangements for payment plans with the head coach are due by Tuesday 9/3. Families of athletes selected for the team will receive an email regarding this. Checks should be made to Westford Public Schools and brought to practice; please do not drop off any season payments to the office at WA. Sibling discounts are 20% off from each additional sibling (first athlete full, second athlete 80%, third athlete 60%, etc).
Other Season Costs/Commitments:
Other season costs are designed to be as limited as possible outside of the program registration fee. Athletes will need appropriate workout clothes and shoes, as well as a reusable water bottle. Novices will be provided with a racing shirt for the season but will be required to purchase their own spandex shorts for racing. Varsity athletes should expect to purchase a racing unisuit (~$100). Other spirit gear is optional. All information on team gear will be distributed to registered athletes.
Athletes will be responsible for getting themselves to and from daily practices and races. We can help connect families for carpools as necessary. We will usually ask families to provide small potluck side dishes or beverages for races to supplement at the food table.
Our final race of the fall season, the Head of the Fish, is in Saratoga Springs, NY. Most youth racing is on Sunday beginning very early in the AM-- arrival times may be as early as 6:30 or 7 AM at the race course. It is recommended that families arrange to stay overnight in the area on Saturday night. There are several hotels affiliated with the event, or families may choose Air BnB’s, friends/family, etc. Accommodations are not arranged by the team.
Finally, our team does require fundraising and some extra volunteer work to make things run! We take part in several seasonal fundraisers each season and try to make it as easy and accessible as possible to avoid situations where families feel they need to contribute money their athlete was not able to fundraise. We also ask involvement of our parents throughout the season at our races and team events. Our team is big and race days are long; parents help coordinate and run our food table to help keep our team properly fueled for race day. If you have time or other talents you can offer (through fundraising, graphic design, or something else entirely), please reach out and let us know!
If you have any questions on the above information, please email Head Coach Julie at email@example.com