Understand Team Expectations

Rowing teams have different levels of performance both among divisions as well as within Division I, II, or III. Likewise, individual coaches have a wide range of expectations of their athletes based both upon their expertise as well as their determination about what works best for their individual team.

Some teams expect individuals to cross train throughout the year and may specify additional land workouts on a regular basis. Other teams may not expect additional workouts beyond practice time. Training while off campus during school breaks also varies widely. All coaches will want their athletes to stay in shape during vacation times so that when they return to campus, they do not have a lot of “catching up” to do.

Ask college coaches about their expectations when you are visiting college campuses and meeting with coaches. Do not hesitate to ask specific questions. The more you understand about the details of a program, the more prepared you will be when you join the team.