Overview of some of the NCAA rule changes that will affect student athletes. Please note that the rule allowing initial contact by college coach beginning September 1st of a prospect’s junior year is effective starting August 1, 2014.  See NCAA.org for full explanation of all recruiting rules.



How does my time fit with other rowers who are in high school and would like to row in college?  This depends on the particulars of whether you are male, female, lightweight or open weight.  A great place to start would be the results from Crash-B’s or other indoor rowing events that  occur most often during the months of January and February. Take a look at the particular race for your category.  Remember that each indoor rowing event is geographically specific and only attracts a small percentage of the high schools rowers in the country.  There will be a large range of times for each race from very fast to much slower.   Student-athletes are looking to get recruited to all types of schools and rowing programs so times that are attractive to one college rowing coach may not work for another.   Keep your perspective when looking at the results but use them as  motivation to get faster.

Athletes  can be active members of varsity teams as well as sing, dance and act.  Student-athletes find a great match when they combine their sport with their love of the arts.


Official visits offer tremendous value to a potential recruit and can be the time when a recruit decides which school is right match.


Great article in the Yale Daily news explains the details of recruiting caps as well as admissions standards for student athletes.


Recruiting involves analysis of a prospect’s academic and athletic qualifications and there can be wide variation among individual colleges and universities.


Congrats! You have graduated from high school and are going onto row for a collegiate program. You will have to select classes with a very small glimpse of what to expect, live with a complete stranger for the next year, maneuver around unfamiliar places and make a host of new friends all while working out for 20 plus hours a week. Are you ready?

Going into Freshman year as an athlete can be especially daunting, here are some of the things I learned through the years that I wish I had known going into my Freshman year.

1. Everyone is in the same boat with you. All of the first years are just as scared and timid as you are. Be willing to admit that you are struggling with your friends, teammates, coaches and teachers. Most of them will understand and help you where they can.

2. Leave your ego at home. Your fellow freshmen are all the top of their teams too. It was a great accomplishment to be recruited but once you arrive at college your past success doesn’t mean anything. You have to earn your place on the team again. You won’t be the fastest person on the team when you come in and you may never be. To succeed emotionally and physically on the team, you need to accept that and learn from it.

3. Rowing cannot and should not be everything. It is a hard balance. It takes up the majority of your time and emotions. However, rowing cannot dictate your entire college experience. It is a part of it. Find a balance between rowing, school and a social life. You can only do two of those really well.

4. Go to class. The easiest way to do well in a class is to show up. Teachers will remember seeing you and if you need something from them like an extension it is important that they know you actually care about their class.

5. Talk to your teammates. Before you go to school, you can reach out to upper classmen on your team. Most of them are more than willing to give you advice. Ask them about classes and teachers so you can avoid the bad classes and get in some of the best classes with great professors.

6. Don’t be that person. You can be whoever you want when you come into college. You haven’t grown up with these people and they don’t know anything about you. Don’t come across the wrong way. Don’t throw up the first night out or sleep with every person you meet. People will remember.

Above all, embrace the opportunity you have. You have 4 years to row at a great school. You are a member of a select 5% of students out there who are collegiate athletes. No matter your future success in the sport, you are doing something remarkable, special and difficult. Love every painful second of it.

Unigo is a website that is a great resource to get info on colleges from students attending the school. http://www.unigo.com/ Be sure to look at the college website as well to get additional specific information about the college and look at the athletic page of the college website to get specifics about the rowing program.

Kevin Sauer talks about character, erg scores, weight and recruiting at UVA.