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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Crew?  

Crew is an exciting sport involving skill, strength, coordination and endurance.  Since the program at Colgan is relatively new, most participants will be in 8’s consisting of eight rowers with a coxswain, and require incredible team work.   Colgan does however have a small number of experienced rowers who will participate in smaller boats. High school races are typically 1500 meters in length.

What is Colgan Crew?  

Colgan Crew is a co-ed, competitive rowing program that is considered a high school sport at Charles J. Colgan High School.  Because it is not sanctioned by the Virginia High School League (VHSL), it receives its funding via membership fees and fundraising thru its Booster Organization - Colgan Crew Association, Inc.

When is the crew season?  

The official crew season coincides with the high school spring sports calendar (generally beginning in mid-February and running through the end of May). The varsity rowing season may extend into June. The team will be offering winter conditioning to prepare athletes for the official season. Winter conditioning usually starts in November and runs until the official start of the season. Athletes are strongly encouraged to participate in winter conditioning. 

Where does Colgan practice and compete?  

Winter conditioning will be offered at Colgan HS to prepare athletes for the official season. Official crew season practices are held at the Oxford Boathouse located in Lake Ridge Park which is approximately 15-20 minutes travel time from Colgan. Regattas (official competitions) are typically at Sandy Run Regional Park in Fairfax Station. We may also compete on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in the District and travel to one or two meets in Virginia and / or Maryland.

How do the athletes get to The Oxford Boat House?  

We are working on that – Please check back here and or the main page for updates. 

It is our hope this will be We will also provide information via email if you have registered for Colgan Crew via Team notification. 

My parents work and will not be able to help carpool, can I still participate?  

It is very helpful if all parents of students who are not able to drive themselves share driving responsibilities. If you are not able to drive yourself arrangements may be made with a student driver to provide a ride and to have you donate toward the gas. Students whose parents cannot drive during the week may opt to drive to practices and regattas each weekend.  It is our hope this will also be only an issue with “After practice”.  We will keep you updated.  

When and how long is practice?  

Practice usually runs 1 ½ to 2 hrs.  Times are currently under review and will be impacted based on the number of athletes and the number of coaches we are able to hire.  It is possible that we will conduct a split shift for practices.  Please stay tuned for more information.  Weekly commitments vary according to coaching schedules/rower placement/etc. Athletes practice Monday – Friday afternoons including Saturday mornings until regattas start. Regattas usually take place on Saturdays.  

Missed practice?  

Crew is the ultimate team sport and requires ALL athletes for each boat. Missing practice hurts your entire boat. Each athlete is expected to manage his/her academics so that he/she can commit to attending practice with few exceptions. Commitment includes spring break, as Colgan Crew practices most days and expects attendance by all athletes.

How much does Crew cost?  Why is there a cost?  

Crew is sanctioned as a club sport and is not recognized by the Virginia High School League (VHSL).  As a club sport, crew receives a stipend for coach salaries but no funding from PWCS, the county or the state to help support the program beyond the stipends.  Colgan Crew dues for the 2017-2018 are $600 with a target fundraising goal of $400. Additional charges include a one-time expense for the uniform (approx. $150) and optional participation in winter conditioning is $150.  Athletes who qualify for national-level regattas will be expected to pay travel costs. Colgan Crew is one of the least expensive crew teams in the area and can keep participation costs low through successful fundraising and volunteer participation by all student athletes and their parents.  We all PULL TOGETHER!

Is there financial aid available?

This is under review by the Board. 

Am I required to participate in the fund-raising activities?  

Crew dues only cover about 60% of the actual cost of the program.  Colgan Crew encourages full participation by athletes and their families in fundraising to ensure we can meet the remaining financial requirements for the program to succeed.   Crew participates in several forms of fundraising.  Please contact the fundraising coordinator.  Additionally, we promote online fundraisers with Amazon Smile, Benefits and Scrip, as well as 3-5 restaurant fundraisers.  We also hope to bring in several corporate sponsors.  Fundraising is a great opportunity to get connected with the team!  We welcome families to help at any event and express new fundraising ideas.

Can I earn a Varsity Letter?  

Crew is recognized as a varsity sport and athletes can letter.  

Are inexperienced rowers welcomed?  

YES!  Crew is a sport most students have not had an opportunity to try until high school, therefore most athletes come in as “novice” rowers. During the summer and fall some students participate in a “Learn to Row” class offered at both Oxford Boat House and Sandy Run Marina.  This gives students an opportunity to try crew, but it is not required.  

Where can I learn more about Colgan Crew?  

  • Stop by the Colgan Crew booth at back to school night or freshmen orientation events.
  • Watch this site for more open house dates and fall interest meeting dates.
  • Send your e-mail address, name and grade to begin to receive e-mails from Colgan Crew: [email protected]
  • Send questions to [email protected]

 


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13833 Dumfries Road 
Manassas, Virginia 20112
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