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ESSENTIAL PARENT HOW-TO'S: SportsEngine and Communications

Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent:  New to SportsEngine?


IT'S CONFUSING, BUT..... When creating a SportsEngine account to register your student-athlete, you still create the ACCOUNT in your name, with your own information.

Once you’ve registered your athlete, their information will be added as a PROFILE of your account (look for athlete Profiles in the Household section of your Account).

Families need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Whitman Crew experience during each sporting season. With accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  

SportsEngine has created a Guide for Parents and Athletes (below) that will help with frequently asked questions about using SportsEngine from a desktop and via the mobile app (please note, Whitman Crew does not use SportsEngine for scheduling or rsvps to practices. Those communications happen directly between coaches and athletes).


Receiving Copies of Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages from Whitman Crew? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

(PLEASE NOTE: adding a person as a second email does not allow them to participate in messaging through the mobile app. SEE: Adding a Guardian, in the discussion of the Mobile App).

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text message notifications whenever you get an email from Whitman Crew.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.


Sending a Message via Mobile App

Do you need to send a question to your coach or another parent? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

Adding a Second Parent as a 'Guardian' to Send Messages Through the Mobile App  

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add 'Guardians' to an account. Guardians can 1) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 2) participate in team chat.

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At the Spring Registration Meeting on Feb. 25th, Board President Stephanie Proestel gave an overview of Spring 2019 season practice and Spring Break schedules, fees, registration requirements, regattas, volunteering and more.  See below to download a copy of the powerpoint from that presentation.

At the Fall Varsity Whitman Crew Parent Meeting, Board President Stephanie Proestel reviewed expectations for the rowers, parents and coaches and shared details about the fall program.  Please read the handouts linked below. 

Parent Volunteer Requirement

Every active Athlete's family must volunteer a minimum of 10 hours (per athlete) throughout the course of the year. We are an entirely volunteer-driven operation, and active parent participation is essential to our athletes' and Club's success.

Volunteer opportunities are not limited to regatta day support (although those are crucial to our athletes' ability to do what they train for all year long -- race in regattas!).

Your volunteer hours might involve participation as a distribution person for our Annual Wreath, Garland and Candle sale, helping coordinate the end of the year banquet, hosting athlete and parent social events, managing team uniforms and gear stores, posting to social media, taking event photos, fundraising -- and more. Opportunities are many, and varied.

To make it easy we post volunteer opportunities through an online tool called DIBS.

To be a volunteer you simply need a can-do attitude, a willingness to figure things out and access to the internet so you can sign up for an opportunity that best suits your talents and time schedule.

Thank you in advance for your time, talents and support. 

Metro to TBC

If you'd rather have your Rower try a Metro option with a small walk they can get off at Foggy Bottom and follow these directions.

Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station
2301 I St NW
Washington, DC 20037, USA

Walking approximately 0.5 mi - about 11 mins
  1. Head south on 23rd St NW
33 ft
  2. Turn right toward 24th St NW
374 ft
  3. Turn left onto 24th St NW
33 ft
  4. Turn right onto I St NW
115 ft
  5. Turn left onto New Hampshire Ave NW
0.1 mi

At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Virginia Ave NW

Partial restricted usage road
Destination will be on the left

Getting to TBC

If you wish to park in Georgetown, you can drive to the Swedish Embassy at the corner of 30th and K. TBC is a 3-minute walk from there.


Even closer than the Swedish Embassy is the TBC parking lot. Here’s how to get there from Whitman. Note that you cannot drive this route as of 3:45 p.m. weekdays because Rock Creek Parkway closes in this direction during rush hour.

  • Start at Walt Whitman High School, Take WHITTIER BLVD to RIVER RD
  • Left on RIVER RD - going toward the Giant Store - go 1.6 mi
  • Right on LITTLE FALLS PKY - go 0.5 mi
  • Left on MASSACHUSETTS AVE - go 4.7, past the Naval Observatory
  • Right on WATERSIDE DR NW - go 0.2 mi
  • Go about 1.5 miles, looking for the Thompson Boat Center sign on the right. The entrance to the parking lot will be on your right at the first light, at the intersection of Virginia Ave. and Rock Creek Parkway.