Here’s what you need to know!
Fall and Spring Season Practice dates and times: Monday-Friday, 3:30 – 6:00pm and Saturday mornings (times to be announced).
Regattas: Saturday and/or Sunday
Seasons: Crew is offered in the fall and the spring sports seasons. You are not required to do both. There is a separate registration process for each season. We also offer a winter training program and various summer programs. During the winter, we encourage you to attend winter training in order to stay fit.
This program is not required. During the summer, we offer a variety of sweep and sculling programs, subject to enrollment. Full details will be posted on the website.
Fall season starts with the other school sports late in August, and ends the first week of November.
The spring season starts on the third Monday of March and ends just after Memorial Day weekend, except for boats qualifying for nationals, who continue to row until mid-June. The calendar is on the website, wwcrew.org, under races/race schedule and calendar.
April Vacation Practices: If you plan to row in the spring, please note that we hold practices during April vacation, in keeping with the varsity sport requirements of both Wayland and Weston High Schools. This applies to varsity AND novice rowers. This week is an important time for training. The first weekend, juniors are allowed to miss practice in order to visit colleges but are required to be back at practice on Tuesday afternoon. Any regattas scheduled for this first weekend are OPTIONAL. Please note that attendance Tuesday through Saturday may affect placement in boats.
Location: Wayland Town Beach (http://wwcrew.org/about/boathouse )
Bus Transportation: During the fall and spring seasons, a parent-organized buses to practice from the High Schools is available (for a fee); information is sent at the beginning of each season.
Carpools: The roster will be distributed for the purpose of setting up carpools.
Registration: Registration is online through FamilyID. There is a button on the home page of the website, wwcrew.org that takes you to the start of the process. You also need to register with your high school, also through FamilyID. See the registration and uniform page on the website.
Registration Limits: Team size is limited by our equipment and coaching resources, safety considerations, and our state and town permits. To the extent possible, Wayland-Weston Crew will not cut rowers from our program. However, if enrollment exceeds resources, the first two weeks of practice in each season will serve as a try-out period. Any participant who is unable to continue in the program due to these restrictions after the try-out period will be refunded.
Evaluation criteria include, among other things, a positive attitude, full participation in workouts, and the ability to pick up the fundamentals of the rowing stroke.
WWCrew Participation Fee: The WWCrew fee is provided upon registration on Family ID. This fee includes participation Fee, equipment maintenance fee, and Town Beach Usage Fee which goes to the Wayland Park and Rec. Dept. Our fees cover only our operating costs, including coaches’ salaries, regatta fees, gas for coaches’ launches, and local travel expenses. We offer a $50.00 sibling discount off the participation fee for the second child in the program.
Refunds will be given within the first two weeks due to injury, membership limits, or if a student decides the sport is not for him/her.
Scholarships: It is the policy of Wayland-Weston Crew not to exclude anyone due to financial reasons. We recognize that crew is an expensive sport, and in keeping with our mission, we wish to provide the opportunity to participate to all who are interested. Full or partial scholarships are available.
Please contact the Adam Schayowitz for confidential, partial or full fee waivers. We do not ask you for personal financial information. Please do consider the following: Other sports at Wayland High School require a $250 activity fee. Also, we must pay the Town of Wayland $40/rower regardless of the fees collected. Covering this amount of the fee, if possible, is very helpful to your child’s team.
Donations to the scholarship fund are welcomed (see registration form; donations are tax-deductible).
Late Registration Fee: There is a $50 LATE REGISTRATION FEE for all returning participants. There are no guaranteed spots for those registering late. Novices may sign up after the deadline for returning rowers; there are no late fees for new members.
Cancellation of practice: We practice in all types of weather except active lightning storms or other extreme conditions. Because our weather changes rapidly, rowers should assume practice will be held regardless of the weather and they should dress appropriately, unless they are told by a member of the coaching staff that practice has been cancelled.
Parent Volunteers: Each family is expected to help out with the food tent at regattas one weekend during the season. Specific details will be available from the parent coordinator at the beginning of the season.
We welcome your ideas and participation! Wayland-Weston Rowing Association is an all-volunteer organization, and we need your help to make this team a success. It only works because of what you do, from organizing fundraisers to ordering uniforms to chaperoning buses to running the food tent on race day, and on and on. There are so many different ways to help, and it is a fun way to meet other parents and learn more about your rower’s new passion. Please fill out the parent volunteer form included in this packet.
Work Party Participation: Athletes: the success of your team depends on more than just showing up to practice. The maintenance and care of our equipment, our boathouse, and our home course are essential. Therefore, each team member is expected to dedicate a minimum of five hours of participation per season to these activities.
Communication: We use email extensively for communication. We construct lists for parents and rowers for each squad, for all rowers, and for all parents. These lists are to be used only for crew-related information. Hotmail users (and possibly others) may need to turn off junk mail detection.
High School Clearance : In addition to completing our registration forms, each participant must complete his or her school clearance process. Please check your school’s website for requirements but do not pay a fee to your school. You complete your high school clearance process through FamilyID; please note this is a separate registration process from our FamilyID registration. Your child’s physical exam must be up to date, which is within the past 13 months. If it expires during the season, you must update it (this is new).
You must be cleared by your high school before you can participate in practice. If you are not cleared, we have to send you home from practice.
Note: You will not be permitted to take part in any on-water or off-water activity with Wayland-Weston Crew until you are cleared by your high school and the following forms, including your payment, have been completed and received by WWRA.
TYPICAL SCHEDULE FOR THE YEAR
- Late August, First day of practice
- Mid-September, Fall Fundraiser (Ergathon, pancake breakfast, and learn to row sessions)
- Late Sept/early Oct, Textile River Regatta, Lowell, MA
- Early Oct, Head of the Housatonic, Derby, CT
- Early/mid-Oct, NH Championships, Hooksett, NH
- Mid/late Oct, Head of the Charles, Cambridge, MA
- Late Oct, MA Public School Rowing Assn State Championships, Worcester, MA
- Late Oct/early Nov, Last day of practice
- Nov-Dec, 3x/week, 3:30-6:00pm
- Jan-Mar, 4x/week, 3:30-6:00pm
- Feb or Mar, Spring Fundraiser
- Third Monday in March, First day of practice
- mid and late April weekends, Sat or Sun, various dual meets, home and away
- late April, Sat and Sun, Saratoga Invitational, Saratoga, NY
- early May, Sat, Lowell Novice Invitational, Lowell, MA (novice only)
- early May, Sun, Wayland-Weston Invitational, Lake Cochituate, Wayland, MA (varsity only)
- early/mid-May, Sat and Sun, Lowell Invitational, Lowell, MA
- mid/late-May, Sat and Sun, Northeast Regionals, Lowell, MA
- late May, MA Public School Rowing Assn State Championships, Lowell or Worcester, MA
- Tuesday following State Champs, last day of practice
- mid-June, USRowing National Championships (qualifying required)
Summer programs, June-August
- Junior sweep rowing and sculling, novice or experienced, by the week
- The full schedule will be posted and updated on our website