Spring 2018 Season – Registration Information

General Information

Spring season begins on Monday, February 26, 2018 and continues until May 6th, 2018 for most rowers (please see the complete Spring Season schedule).   Water practices will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30 to approximately 6:30 pm at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, with roundtrip bus transportation provided to and from Blair High School (estimated arrival at Blair 6:45 pm).  Land practices will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Blair High School (room TBA).  There will also be Saturday morning water practices for which transportation is not provided.  Regattas will also take place on weekends.  PLEASE NOTE: all water and land practices are mandatory.

All returning and new rowers must complete the full Spring Blair Crew Registration process before they will be allowed to practice with the team.

PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL OF THE STEPS IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS.

Information Meetings.

Parents and Rowers are strongly urged to attend the following meetings:

Who When Where
Rowers 3:30 pm, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Blair High School, Room 218
Parents 7:30 pm, Tuesday,, February 20, 2018 Blair High School, Room 218

Registration Timeline

Registration Deadline
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

How to Register

To register for Blair Crew, parents and guardians (for rowers under 18) and all rowers must review and complete the following steps.  Please use the links below to access and complete the requisite registration steps.

  1. Review the Montgomery Blair Crew Rowers and Families Handbook and the Safety Manual.  Novice rowers must also watch the Safety Video, which is available on the website.
  2. Complete and sign the online Blair Crew Release and Waiver of Liability.  THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN FOR ALL ROWERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18.Review the online Blair Crew Rower’s Contract, which sets forth the expectations for team behavior, including no use of alcohol or drugs.  Both parents and rowers must attest that they have read and agree to the contract terms.
  3. Review the Blair Crew Rower’s Contract, which sets forth the expectations for team behavior, including no use of alcohol or drugs.  Both parents and rowers must attest that they have read and agree to the contract terms.
  4. Make sure that the rower has a current USRowing Basic Membership and a current Release of Liability Waiver.  USRowing Memberships are good for 365 days and can be extended for another year beginning three months prior to expiration.  Liability Waivers are good for each calendar year.  No one can participate in regattas without a current USRowing membership and current signed waiver.  For rowers under age 18, a parent or guardian must complete the waiver.  There is a $5.75 fee for joining or renewing.  Rowers should keep a record of their USRowing ID number and password for this and future registrations.

    a. If you are a returning rower, and your membership has been renewed within the last 12 months and will be valid through May, 2018, then your membership is current.  Given that Liability waivers are renewed each calendar year, all rowers will need to complete the 2018 USRowing Liability Waiver.   You can determine whether the membership and waiver status are current, and that you are affiliated with Montgomery Blair High School, by going to the USRowing website, https://membership.usrowing.org, going to Edit Profile under Members on the “Individuals” side of the page, then entering your USRowing ID number and password.  If the membership and waiver are current and the affiliation is correct, skip to step 5.  Otherwise, go to step b.

    b. If you are a returning rower but your membership has not been renewed in the last 12 months and/or your parent or guardian has not executed a 2018 Calendar Year liability waiver, please update your membership and/or waiver by going to the USRowing website, https://membership.usrowing.org.  First, renew the membership if it is not current or will expire during the Spring season.  On the “Individuals” side of the page, under Members, click on Renew/Upgrade, and enter the USRowing ID and password.  If you don’t remember them, use one of the links on the Login screen.  Make sure that you are affiliated with Montgomery Blair High School.  If not, click the Join Organization button, enter “Montgomery Blair High School” as the organization name, and enter “GN7H6” for the club code.  For membership type, select the Basic Membership.  Click on Renew.  On checkout, the site will ask for the $5.75 payment.  Once the membership is current or if it is already current, fill out the waiver.  Under Members, click on Waiver.

    c. New rowers need to join USRowing and sign the waiver.  Go to https://membership.usrowing.org.  On the “Individuals” side of the page, click on Join and fill out the form. For Club or Team Name, enter “Montgomery Blair” and click on the Montgomery Blair High School selection that appears. A pop-up screen will ask for the Club Code. Enter “GN7H6”. For Membership Type, select the Basic Membership. On checkout, the site will ask for the $5.75 payment. Once the membership is complete, fill out the waiver. Under Members, click on Waiver.

  5. Complete all parts of the online Blair Crew Registration Form.
  6. Fee and Payment.  Last, but definitely not least, is the fee.  The registration fee covers all of the rowers’ expenses except uniforms and fees for special regattas (e.g., Stotesbury Cup Regatta). Important note: Rowers who have not paid fees will not be allowed to participate in practices and regattas

    a. Fee. The fee for the Spring season for novices and varsity is $900 per rower.

    b. Financial Assistance.
    Limited financial assistance is available. Please e-mail Carole Giunta at cgiunta1@verizon.net for consideration.

    c. Uniforms.  New rowers who did not purchase uniforms in the Fall 2017 season,  must buy new uniforms at the time of registration.  Uniforms will consist of a release tank, shorts and a red Blair wicking hat.  Please note: rowers will have to purchase a complete uniform consisting of release tank, shorts and wicking hat (if needed).  The cost to purchase all three items is $95, the cost for just the release tank and shorts is $75.  Lost hats will have to be replaced at full cost ($20).  Please indicate uniform sizes on the registration form (Women’s S, M, L, XL and Men’s S, M, L, XL).

    d. Payment Methods. Blair Crew accepts payments through PayPal. 

    e. Payment Options. Blair Crew allows payment for registration in full or installment payments.

    i. Full Payment Option:  $900 + the cost of uniform (either $75 or $95), if applicable, will be  due by the registration deadline of February 21, 2018.  Payment for the uniform must also be made through PayPal at the time of registration.

    ii. Installment Payment Option:  if you choose to pay in installments, you must pay via PayPal and three installments of $300 will be charged automatically in February, March and April.  Please pay the corresponding price for the uniform at the time of registration, if applicable.

    Registration Fee Payment – Please Choose One

    Full Payment Option Installment Payment Option 
    $900 due by the February 21 registration deadline. Three installments of $300 that will be charged automatically in February, March and April.
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    Uniform Fee Payment – Please Choose One

    $75 for release tank and shorts $95 for release tank, shorts & Blair wicking hat
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    f. Refund Policy.  All those who previously participated with Blair Crew in a prior Fall or Spring season are not entitled to refunds, except in exceptional circumstances.  New rowers may obtain a refund of the registration fee minus $25 only if they contact the Registration Coordinator in writing by March 5, 2018.  Rowers who do not get a spot on the team due to oversubscription will get a full refund.

    AND THAT’S IT! You are done– just make sure you have completed all steps!  

Questions? Contact the Registration Coordinator: Liz Prado at gprado124 @gmail.com or 240-338-8977 after 7 pm.   If you have problems with the forms or links please contact Michael Blain at citizenblain@gmail.com.