General Crew FAQs

When does the Yorktown crew season start?

The spring season starts in late February, for kids involved in state tournament competition, continues through late May. Spring practices are on the Potomac River at Thompson’s Boat Center. Bus transportation to and from the water is provided.

What is winter conditioning?

Winter training (winter conditioning) starts on November 18. During the cold months when the water conditions on the Potomac are not suitable for rowing, athletes prepare for tryouts and the regular season. Athletes row on ergometers (indoor rowing machines), condition, and strength train to prepare for the regular spring season. Winter practices are two hours and take place at YHS.

There is a fee to participate in winter conditioning practices. Winter conditioning is not required, but highly recommended. Students must have an athletic physical on file with YHS prior to participation.

What are “Green Days?”

Green Days are training on the water out of season, typically in December / January; 2 weeks prior to the start of the season for new rowers to get on the water.

Are students from other schools eligible to row at Yorktown?

Yorktown students, Arlington Tech and HB Woodlawn students, and eighth graders that will be attending high school at Yorktown are allowed to participate in winter conditioning and try out for the crew team. Eighth graders are responsible for their own transportation to Yorktown. 

Are there opportunities to row outside of school?

There are opportunities to row all year round, but these programs are not associated with Yorktown High School and are not required.