WHAT IS VASRA?
The Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) is comprised of representatives from 39 area high school crew programs, and has the express purpose of fostering spring high school regattas at Sandy Run including the Virginia State Championships. VASRA provides an important forum for high school rowing programs to work together to coordinate interscholastic rowing competition.
As a VASRA member school, Oakton Crew contributes volunteer efforts every season, and in return we gain from all the hard work of the organization as a whole, such as set-up and maintenance of safe regatta courses, provision of referees and fully-staffed races, official timed results for every regatta with awards for top teams, and orchestration of an army of volunteers for the many tasks that comprise race day on the river.
What do you need to know about VASRA?
All Oakton Crew families are required to sign up for at least one VASRA Service shift each season; available one-day tasks include helping to run a concession stand at a regatta, helping maintain a dock on a VASRA Work Day, or working at any one of the dozens of opportunities that VASRA makes available on race days.
- To sign up for a role at a particular race, see the VASRA entry on our signups page and select the date you're available to serve.
- To learn more about the VASRA positions commonly assigned to Oakton, visit our VASRA Service page; for more detailed information on all roles, check out the full job descriptions in the VASRA Volunteers' Handbook.
- To find out more about VASRA's mission and history, visit their website.
- UPCOMING VASRA DATES: VASRA CALENDAR
To get more involved, please contact our Volunteer VP, and ask about our Parent Rep opening — Oakton Crew needs a parent to act as our VASRA representative, to keep the club informed of work assignments and changes, and to make sure we are pulling our weight in the organization. This role is a great opportunity to meet parents from other teams, and to play an important and consistent role for Oakton Crew.
VASRA runs a very useful Twitter feed, @vasraresults, that you can follow during a regatta to get up-to-the-minute updates on race results. VASRA also operates @vasraparking, which can be helpful on stressful regatta mornings.