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TJ Crew Jobs (For all TJ Crew Parents)

 

It truly takes a village to run a successful crew program! 

 

Similar to the VASRA jobs on behalf of TJ Crew (see below), the TJ Crew jobs are required of each crew family and are intended to support our crew team, coaches, and parents alike.  Examples of crew jobs include “manning” the food tent during the regatta days, hosting pasta parties for the crew team on Friday nights prior to a regatta, and setting up/ taking down the tents at away regattas. 

 

Each crew family is required to sign up for at least one TJ Crew job during the crew season.  None of the TJ Crew Jobs require specialized training!

 

For Regattas at Sandy Run

For every regatta at Sandy Run,  TJ sets up a food tent at a designated spot, complete with tables of healthy snacks to keep our hungry crew team well-nourished at all times (before and after rowing)!  Typical foods we ask families to bring include bagels or other healthy breads, peanut butter, milk, fruit, cold cuts to make sandwiches with, condiments, granola bars, etc.  In the past, food items were assigned according to the seat number of your rower.  For example, coxswains need to bring in bagels, seat #1 brings fruit, seat #2 brings a jar of peanut butter, etc.  This worked well and we anticipate using the same system for the coming season.  To ensure everyone gets the message, we will post the food requirements per regatta on this website.  TJ Crew Jobs for these days include:

 

ü  Setting up the tent early in the morning

ü  Setting up tables, arranging food items  

ü  Taking two-hour shifts to “man” the food tent throughout the day

ü  Helping with clean-up after the regatta is done.

 

TJ Tailgating - For “Away” Regattas

Imagine that instead of tailgating for a football game, you’re with other crew parents, coaches, and of course, our awesome crew teams – socializing while snacking on freshly cooked burgers, hotdogs, and chicken fajitas, snacks and homemade salads brought in by fellow crew parents!  During away regattas, The TJ Crew Jobs include: 

 

ü  Shopping for food items at Costco

ü  Setting up the TJ tents

ü  Setting up the “buffet” tables

ü  Chopping, slicing food items needed

ü  Wrapping burgers/hotdogs/fajitas

ü  Helping with the clean-up after the regatta is done.

 

Hosting Pasta Parties

Crew teams know that carbohydrates are a main source of energy, and consuming starchy types, such as pasta - before rowing can be beneficial.  Enter crew pasta parties!  Our crew teams typically have pasta parties on the Friday prior to a regatta, at some location usually identified by the kids themselves.  Often, these locations tend to be closer to Sandy Run.  This is certainly a form of volunteering!  

 

Shuttle Bus Coordinator Positions

To decongest traffic going to Sandy Run on regatta days, as well as to provide both parents and rowers an option to attend the regattas without having to pay for parking ($15 per car at Sandy Run) TJ, in coordination with other area schools, hires Fairfax county school buses to serve as shuttle bus from Silverbrook Elementary School to Sandy Run,and back. The AM Shuttle Bus Coordinator’s job involves simply showing up at Silverbrook Elementary School early in the morning to dispatch the bus driver prior to his/her first shuttle trip to the river. The PM Shuttle Bus Coordinator's job is to determine when the last shuttle bus run is needed, and to notify the bus driver of the last trip of the day. This is generally 1 hour after the last race. The PM Shuttle Bus Coordinator then collects the bus driver's log and returns this to TJ's Shuttle Bus Coordinator Liaison. For questions regarding this volunteer job, please contact our Shuttle Bus Coordinator Liaison, Michelle Guo at mguo_6@yahoo.com

 

Bus Chaperoning (Only for Parents of TJ Crew Bus-riders)

To ease transportation after school to crew practice at Sandy Run, the team provides a bus service from TJ to Sandy Run.  One bus typically takes freshmen and other novice (first-time) rowers.  A second bus for returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors may also be planned – but only if there is sufficient demand (in past years, sophomores, juniors and seniors used a combination of student and parent-driven carpools).  Bus service starts on the first day of practice at the river and continue through the end of the practice season in May.  Note that the bus service is one-way only, from TJ to the river. Rowers and their families are responsible for arranging transportation after practice to their homes.  This is usually through carpools formed by parents of rowers who live near each other.
 

Parking Support Positions

Participating schools may sometimes be asked to provide parking support. This entails directing traffic to appropriate parking areas.

 
VASRA Jobs (For all TJ Crew Parents)


The Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) requires each of its member schools, TJ included, to provide volunteers to support the scholastic competitive rowing regattas on the Occoquan Reservoir at Sandy Run Regional Park.  These positions span a wide range of duties from driving referee launches to working at concession stands.  The TJ Crew Volunteer Coordinator is the primary person responsible for ensuring that all roles are filled.

TJ Crew participates in approximately seven VASRA-sponsored regattas per season that require parent volunteers. VASRA assigns schools volunteer positions at each regatta based on the number of students involved in the school’s crew program.  TJ, one of the larger programs, generally contributes from six to ten volunteers for each regatta.  TJ Crew parents are expected to volunteer for at least one position. VASRA fines member schools $50 for each volunteer position that goes unfilled.

Volunteer Signup

Volunteer signups for the 2016 season will be available sometime in February 2016.  Be on the lookout to get the best selection of volunteer slots.

 

Sign up for VASRA volunteerslots at www.signupgenius.com >>

 

Volunteer Positions (details about each volunteer position, safety information, and administrative details are found in the VASRA Volunteer CoordinatorHandbook):


Key Dates

January – VASRA Volunteer Coordinator Meeting (all VASRA member schools receive their assignments for the coming season)
February – TJ Crew Family Night (TJ Crew parents sign up for volunteer positions for the coming season.)
March – Volunteer names due to VASRA
March – Course Set-up (Volunteers set up VASRA’s race course on the Occoquan.)
May – Launch Driver Training (TJ Crew coaches conduct training for parents volunteering to drive launches during the regatta season.)
June – Course Take-down (Volunteers help remove VASRA’s race course at the season’s end.)
 

Questions?

Contact  the TJ Crew Volunteer Coordinator at tjcrewvolcoordinator@gmail.com