Join TJ Crew

We're excited that you're interested in joining our team! Follow the instructions below to become a member of the most athletically and academically successful community at TJ.

Step 1: Join Slack

Rowers interested in joining the team should send an email to tjcrewpresident@gmail.com to receive an invite to Slack. Once they've joined Slack, they will be able to see all the communication to and between team members so far.

Step 2: Attend our Recruiting Events

We host a number of events both at TJ and at our rowing facility (Sandy Run Regional Park in Fairfax Station, VA) where we teach interested novices about the sport of rowing and about our team. Attend one of the events listed here to learn more.

Step 3: Attend Winter Conditioning

From mid-November through early February, our team trains after school at TJ in preparation for the spring season. In fall 2020, winter conditioning will likely start in mid-December. Our coach-led winter conditioning sessions take place from 4 PM to 6:15 PM each weekday. Regular attendance for winter conditioning workouts is essential to success in the spring, and is HIGHLY recommended, especially for novice rowers who have never touched an oar. Learn more about winter conditioning here.

Step 4: Register for the Spring Season

Registration for TJ Crew is currently open! Registration fees are as follows and will not be collected until just before water season.

Steps to Register

  1. Complete this Google Form.

  2. Complete the following school paperwork and spring sport registration:

  • Create a family account on the new rSchool Athletic Registration portal.

  • Electronically complete the following:

    • Concussion Education

    • Emergency Care Card

    • Weight Room Waiver

  • Register for Crew under spring sports.

  • Complete the VHSL Pre-Participation Exam Form. (You must use the VHSL form and have it completed after May 1, 2020, in order to be valid for the 2020-21 school year.) Mail it to TJHSST, c/o Heather Murphy, Head Athletic Trainer, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. Do NOT email this form.

  • Complete the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment Form - and mail to TJHSST, c/o Heather Murphy, Head Athletic Trainer, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22312 - or bring it to the first day of any in-person training.

  1. Create/renew your membership with US Rowing and sign the updated liability waiver at usrowing.org. Novices: click “Join Now” (top right banner), “Individual”. Search for Thomas Jefferson High School Crew Boosters, Inc. Our Code is ECUCP. The membership is free, but there is a $9.75 admin fee. Returning athletes can log in and renew. There is a new liability waiver which everyone must acknowledge. Rowers not registered with US Rowing cannot row in regattas.

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Step 5: Arrange Transportation

During the spring season, rowers may need to commute from TJ to the river directly after school. We arrange for a bus to take freshmen to the river for each day of practice, while transportation home is typically organized by parents and rowers. The bus is still TBD for the spring 2021 season. Learn more about transportation options here.

Step 6: Dress for Success

All TJ Crew rowers are required to race in TJ Crew Uniforms (or "uni"s for short). Additionally, we have numerous accessories that almost all team members purchase for their own benefit, including TJ Crew duffel bags, TJ Crew jackets, and TJ Crew hats. TJ Crew rowers performance clothing is made available through our online store with Boathouse or from our spirit wear clothing reps - see what's available for sale now.


Step 7: Become a Part of Our Family

During the Spring season, we host events at which novices can become a part of the TJ Crew Community. For example, on the Friday evenings before regattas, we host pasta parties, where a TJ Crew family near the river hosts all of our rowers for a pasta dinner.