The Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) provides the venues, organization, resources, and oversight for scholastic competitive rowing regattas on the Occoquan Reservoir, Sandy Run Regional Park, VA, on the Potomac River at Alexandria, VA, and in cooperation with the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Rowing Association ("WMIRA"), on the Potomac River in Georgetown, DC and on the Anacostia River in Washington, DC.
VASRA functions as an athletic conference since rowing is considered a club sport in many of the participating high schools and, therefore, is not officially administered by those schools. As such, all activities directly sponsor and support scholastic competitive rowing and provide the venue to 1) stage competitive rowing events, 2) ensure regatta structure, safety, fairness, and consistency, 3) ensure overall program oversight, and 4) facilitate communication among member crew booster support organizations.VASRA and NCASRA
On July 1, 2008 the National Capital Scholastic Rowing Association ("NCASRA") became VASRA. The change reflected the decreased number of member schools outside of Virginia participating in scholastic rowing while the number of Virginia schools had increased. There are also differences in the state governance of scholastic sports and VASRA abides by Virginia High School League regulations. This is the fourth name for the association and signals a return to the in-state emphasis of the charter established by the original five schools in 1979. (The original name was the "Northern Virginia Rowing Association." “Scholastic” was added in 1986.)