Looking for new ways to connect with your child, TCW parents, and the world of rowing?
Look no further than Alexandria Crew Boosters’ volunteer opportunities. Crew is a wonderful family activity of participation, support, early mornings, and cheering TC boats to the finish line. You will have fun working side-by-side with other parents.
The regatta season is successful and safe when every booster club does their part. Jobs are assigned based on the number of rowers each school sends to a regatta. This year TCW will row in several VASRA (Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association) regattas.
VASRA Regatta Volunteers
The Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) is a non-profit organization that promotes scholastic rowing in Virginia. They provide the venues, organization, resources, and oversight for scholastic competitive rowing regattas on the Occoquan Reservoir, Sandy Run Regional Park, VA, and on the Potomac River at Alexandria, VA and in cooperation with the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association ("WMIRA"), on the Potomac River in Georgetown, DC and on the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. As members, we are required to fill jobs at all the VASRA-sponsored regattas in which we participate. These roles ensure that we follow guidelines for regatta structure, safety, fairness, and consistency in our competitive events. Volunteering for VASRA roles keep you as close the action as you can be without actually rowing.
The following positions must be filled at each regatta. Please rest assured, that training will be provided and is required in some cases.
Launch Boat Driver to Regatta Judge/Referee. Experienced boat drivers needed for this role.
Safety Driver keeps watch of the course and attempt to keep canoes, etc. out of the way of a race. You may need to pick up large pieces of debris in the shells’ way, and watch for capsized shells.
Concessions Sales involves selling food, T-shirts or programs as determined by the Concession Manager.
The Dock Master Assistant helps the Dock Master by keeping the coaches dock free and clear of articles and keeping general flow of dock unobstructed.
Finish Line Timer Helper assists the Finish Line Officials in the smooth operation of all finish line area responsibilities.
Set-Up Helper assists the Launch Set-Up Driver to move racecourse equipment, facilities, and people up and down the racecourse, before the start of the regatta.
Stakeboat Holders help align the shells to be in proper position for the start at the starting platform while ensuring that shells are not damaged as they back up into lanes.
Regatta Days- Food
Crew Boosters prepares and serves meals for the rowers at out-of-town regattas. We provide a communal space to TC Williams rowers and their families as well as nutritious food so that our athletes can perform their best and enjoy themselves. The following roles require many volunteers to support this goal. Volunteering for these positions build a strong parent and rowing community.
Coordinate with Food Team to assist with shopping at Costco, Restaurant Depot, and grocery stores to buy food for regatta the week prior to Regatta.
Parent Food Prep Party
Host a weekly Food Prep Party at your home to prepare food for each regatta, prepare food for regatta, wash and cut fruit/veggies, slice muffins, make salads, pack food bins & coolers, etc.
Regatta Food Prep/Serve and Clean up.
Set-Up Food & Cook Tents; Help prepare, cook, and serve breakfast/lunch. Wash cooking utensils, pots & pans, and serving items. Pack clean items into bins for use at next Regatta. Pack food for rowers' trip home; Break down Food & Cook Tents, Load chuck wagon, trailers, and/or cars for return trip home.
Regatta Food Trailer
Pull trailer to and from travel regattas to Dee Campbell Boathouse upon return. Preparations for the departing driver includes filling water cubes, ensuring that propane tanks are filled, and securing a spot at the Regatta venue. Vehicle needs a Class 3 ball hitch.
Take pictures/videos of races, boat setup, tent escapades. Coordinate pictures with Communications Coordinator after the event.
Regatta Social Media
Post pictures/race updates to Twitter and Instagram.
Regatta Central Information
Table Serve as the central point contact for Regatta information and Parent Volunteers. Maintain a whiteboard with race schedule and results, check in volunteers and serve as liaison for all aspects of Regatta organization.
Regatta Site Lead
AM & PM Serve as the lead for all onsite activities, including site set-up and break down, meal scheduling, volunteer assignments, chuck wagon loading, etc. One person for morning setup and one for afternoon breakdown.
Deputy Regatta Site Lead AM & PM
Serve as a “shadow” and assistant to the Regatta Site Lead and responsible for all onsite activities, including site set-up and break down, meal scheduling, volunteer assignments, chuck wagon loading, etc. One person for morning setup and one for afternoon breakdown.
General Volunteer Opportunities
Mid Atlantic Erg Sprints
TC Williams Athletic Boosters
You may sign up now online.