Tryouts for 2019 Crew will take place the week of February 18, and involve a timed 2K on an erg and a swim test. Both are mandatory and provide an opportunity for the coaches to review individual endurance skills in order to place athletes in boat positions. All athletic paperwork required by LCPS must be turned in to the LCHS athletic director prior to the start of tryouts.
There is a 2-step process to tryout for LCHS Crew. Please follow the instructions below to sign-up.
Step 1 – Register online. This is REQUIRED for participation. Please visit:
Important Dates: Jan 2 thru Feb 27 - Winter Conditioning
Feb 18 - Erg Tryouts, LCHS Gym, Group A -- 6:15 to 7:45am
Feb 20 - Erg Tryouts, LCHS Gym, Group B -- 6:15 to 7:45am
Feb 21 - Swim Test, Ida Lee, Group A -- 7:00 to 8:00pm
Feb 22 - Swim Test, Ida Lee, Group B -- 5:30 to 6:30pm
Feb 24 - Team Workday @ Algonkian -- 9:00am
Feb 27 - LCHS Spring Sports Meeting & Team Meeting -- 7:00pm
Mar 1 - Practice @ Algonkian -- 4:30 to 5:30pm
Mar 2 - Dock Installation -- 9:00am
Week of March 4 - Morning Practices Begin @ Algonkian
TBD May - End of Year Banquet
Tentative Regatta Schedule - these dates may change.
All regattas are held at Sandy Run Regional Park, Occoquan Reservoir 10450 Van Thompson Road Fairfax Station, VA22039
3/23 (only 8s)
March 30 Regatta @ Occoquan. All day event.
April 6 Regatta @ Occoquan. All day event.
April 13 Regatta @ Occoquan. All day event.
April 15-17 Spring Break Practice (no practice April 18-20)
April 27 Regatta @ Occoquan. All day event.
May 4 Regatta @ Occoquan. All day event. (VASRA Championships – Day 1)
May 11 Regatta @ Occoquan. All day event. (VASRA Championships – Day 2)
May 17 Stotesbury Cup (Philadelphia)
What is Crew?
Crew (or rowing) is a sport involving skill, strength, coordination, and endurance. There are few better ways to learn the value of teamwork than participating in crew. Every oar-stroke from every rower affects a boat’s success, and rowers strive for perfect synchronization. Most of our rowers are in 4 (rower) boats and 8 (rower) boats, each with a coxswain. Each “boat” trains in preparation for races, called regattas. High school regattas are typically 1500 meters in length and take place on the Occoquan Reservoir at Sandy Run Regional Park in Fairfax Station, VA, and occasionally the Potomac River in Georgetown.
What is LCHS Crew?
LCHS Crew is a co-ed, competitive rowing program that is considered a Tier III high school sport in Loudoun County Public Schools. Tier III sports are not sanctioned by the Virginia High School League (VHSL), and receive no financial sponsorship from LCPS or Loudoun County High School. All financial support for LCHS Crew comes from rower fees, donations, and fundraising efforts. LCHS Crew averages between 25 and 30 rowers during the season. LCHS Crew (Booster) Club is an IRS 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization and is a member of the Virginia Area Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) and US Rowing.
VASRA is the association of crew booster clubs of over 35 member schools from Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland, and functions as the crew athletic conference, providing oversight of scholastic rowing in the Washington metropolitan area. VASRA organizes and operates competitive rowing events for its member schools on the Occoquan Reservoir and the Potomac River. (See www.VASRA.org for further information.)
VASRA interacts with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the US Rowing Association, and the Scholastic Rowing Association of America to promote scholastic rowing on a local and national level. VASRA works jointly with the Crew Coaches’ Association to advise the Crew Council, which is composed of the principals or the athletic directors of high schools with rowing programs, and governs the rules and regulations of scholastic rowing in the Washington metropolitan area. VHSL regulations and similar regulations of Maryland and DC also bind crew. Regattas are run according to the US Rowing Rules of Racing with rules and regulations specific to local crew programs established by the Crew Council.
When is the crew season?
Crew is a spring sport and coincides with the high school spring sports calendar (generally beginning in mid-February and running through the end of May). LCHS Crew will be offering winter conditioning to prepare athletes for the official season. Winter conditioning usually starts in early January and runs until the official start of the season. Athletes are strongly encouraged to participate in winter conditioning.
Where does LCHS Crew practice and compete?
Official crew season practices are held on the Potomac River at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling beginning the end of February or the first week in March. Regattas (official competitions) are typically on the Occoquan Reservoir at Sandy Run Regional Park in Fairfax Station. We may also compete in a post-season event, the Stotesbury Cup Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Additionally, a fee-based winter conditioning will be offered at OneLife Fitness beginning in January 2019 to prepare athletes for the official season.
What is a regatta?
A regatta is a rowing competition comprised of multiple schools. VASRA regattas primarily take place on the Occoquan Reservoir at Sandy Run Regional Park. They are typically all-day events, running from 4 to 8 hours in length, with various events/races occurring throughout the day. VASRA provides regatta officials, facilities, equipment, and manages the regattas. High school crew programs provide parent volunteers to staff a variety of essential positions needed to run the regatta: launch drivers, finish line timers, fee collectors, starting line personnel, dock traffic controllers, and food concession personnel. Parent volunteers are absolutely critical to the success of each regatta. Regattas, while lengthy, are exciting and enjoyable events, allowing rowers and their families an opportunity to see the results of their hard work. Additionally, LCHS Crew hosts a hospitality/tailgate tent for the team and their families, allowing an opportunity for socializing and resting between races.
What is the expected level of commitment?
Expectations of our athletes are the same as with any high school sport – success is a direct result of an athlete’s level of commitment and self-discipline. Even though crew is considered a spring sport, it requires year-round effort to maintain the physical conditioning necessary to remain competitive as a team. Participation in LCHS Crew goes beyond the individual rower or coxswain. Its success relies on participation from the family, as well as hard work and dedication from the coaches and athletes.
LCHS Crew will implement and follow the rules and regulations of the LCPS Student Athletics Handbook. Our coaches expect 100% participation: no unexcused absences. The nature of this sport requires considerable logistical coordination of equipment – boats, oars, rigging, launches, etc., – and athletes are expected to participate before, during (in particular on practice days/regatta days), and after the regular season to properly care for and store our equipment. Additionally, there are volunteer responsibilities at VASRA regattas that are required of all families.
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 via group chat (athletes only) to provide a ride and to have you donate toward gas. Students whose parents cannot drive during the week may opt to drive to practices and regattas each weekend.
When and how long is practice?
Athletes practice Monday through Friday mornings before school. Practice usually runs 1 to 1½ hrs.
What happens if I miss 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 excused absences.
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 no funding from LCHS, the county or the state to help support the program. LCHS Crew dues for 2018-2019 are $775 with a target fundraising goal of $300 per rower. Additional charges include an optional participation in winter conditioning of $200-250 depending the number of participants. Athletes who qualify for national-level regattas (Stotesbury) will be expected to pay travel costs. LCHS Crew is one of the least expensive teams in the area. We can keep participation costs manageable through successful fundraising and volunteer participation by all student athletes and their parents.
Most of the expense of crew is attributable to the equipment and maintenance costs. A new 8person shell (boat) costs between $30,000 and $40,000, while a used boat can range in costs between $5,000 - $10,000. Each new oar is $500. All of our equipment requires maintenance and ultimately needs to be replaced periodically. There are also fees for boat storage, regattas, insurance, equipment maintenance, US Rowing membership, coaches salaries, and administrative expenses.
Is there financial aid available?
This is under review by the LCHS Crew Club Board.
Am I required to participate in the fund-raising activities?
LCHS Crew is a self-funded sport as no financial assistance or support is provided by LCPS. LCHS Crew requires fundraising to support the team, primarily for the purchase and maintenance of equipment. The fees are set to cover the costs of coaches, US Rowing memberships, regattas entrance fees, uniforms, program administration and operation. Full participation by athletes and their families in fundraising is needed to ensure the Team can meet the financial requirements for the program to succeed. LCHS Crew participates in several forms of fundraising, including business sponsorships and a friends and family campaign. Additionally, we sell wreaths during November, have carwashes during the Spring/Summer, are planning an “Erg-a-thon” and at least 5 restaurant fundraisers. 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 welcome?
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. Off-season rowing to learn or build skill levels is offered during the summer and fall through “Learn to Row” programs offered at Algonkian by LCHS, Miles Makes Champions (MMC), and Loudoun Rowing. Is there a body height or size requirement for rowing?
No. Rowing is a very serious sport and takes a lot of dedication. You do need strength, endurance, and technique, all of which you will develop through the program. For rowers, height is an advantage, but cannot replace strength and technique. There are lightweight competitions for smaller rowers. Each boat has four or eight rowers and the coxswain. The coxswain commands the boat and gives instructions to the crew.
What is a coxswain?
A coxswain is the leader of a rowing shell. During a race, the coxswain is also a commander and tactician. Coxswains are usually small and light. The best coxswains are smart, light, verbal, and confident. If you are interested in coxing, please contact the coaches.
What do I bring to practice?
LCHS practices and competes in harsh weather conditions. Weather can change quickly, so always be prepared for heat, sun, wind, rain, or cold.
Here is a list of clothing and equipment all athletes should have with them:
• Water bottle
• Crocs/Boots/Running shoes
• Nylon or synthetic shorts or warm-up pants. Athletes must wear form-fitting shorts or pants. Loose or baggy shorts or pants are not allowed, as they may get caught in the boat slides.
• Short-sleeve or long-sleeve shirt made from technical fabric such as Under Armour or COOLMAX. These fabrics keep you warmer and drier by wicking moisture away from skin.
• Polar fleece jacket or sweatshirt
• Knit hat (not a baseball cap) during cold weather
• Sunglasses (or a baseball cap or visor for warmer weather) to protect your eyes from the glare reflecting off the water.
• Rain gear
• EXTRA CLOTHES. It is likely that you will get wet while out rowing. Water splashes, and occasionally the wake from a motor launch can splash over the gunwale of the boat, leaving you drenched. It's a necessity to have warm, dry changes of clothes.
• Head lamp for dark mornings Important: Don't wear anything in the boat that you can't afford to lose. Crew is hard on clothes. Sliding seats tear clothes, and the slides can leave grease stains.