College is a new and exciting experience-take advantage of students who are on campus.  They probably had the  questions and concerns that you have.

George Washington University dropped standardized tests as a requirement for admission beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.

Just because a coach sends an e-mail to you, don’t let your head get turned.

You need to make sure that the school and rowing program is right for you.  Do your homework and gather as much information as you can about the college and the rowing program as you go through the process of trying to figure out what will work for you.  You can certainly do a lot of this work from home but the best way to learn about a rowing program is to visit the school and talk to the coach.  Don’t be shy about approaching a coach to learn about the rowing program.  Coaches want to talk to high school rowers and coxswains.  Just be ready to ask questions so that you come out with good solid information.

Options for high school rowers include both high school teams and club teams.  It makes sense to look at the particular teams in your location to determine which might be the best match for the individual high school athlete.  Many times, school and club teams have rules about who can row for them. This issue can occur when a rower would like to row with a club rather than with their school.  There is no correlation between recruiting and whether a high school rower was a member of a school or club team.  High school rowers from both school and club teams are recruited to all levels of college rowing programs.  College coaches look at erg scores, water performance and academics in determining their interest in a potential recruit.

Now that school is over and summer is here, it is a great time to start thinking about your recruiting and making visits to colleges.  We know that for those of you who are racing this summer, it is a very busy time.  You probably will not have large blocks of free time until late into the summer.

For rising juniors, this is Ok because you still have plenty of time to make your visits.  However, you should think about where you are geographically this summer (whether at a rowing camp, working at home or on vacation with your family) and try to visit schools that are in the area.  This is “information gathering” time for you and you should take every opportunity to start this when you have time.  As you know, junior year is going to be crazy busy.

For rising seniors, you should get moving now to visit schools in which you are interested.  If you are rowing for the summer, take any available day to visit schools.  Some summer rowing programs have practice either once a day or if twice a day, there are many hours between the practices.  Think about whether you can make a visit during those hours between practices.  Also-many rowing programs give 1 day off from rowing.  Use that day as effectively as possible.  Maybe traveling after practice (the day before) and visiting a college on your “off-day” would work for you.

You will want to visit the schools that you really like more than once if possible -so getting the 1st visits in this summer will really help you later in the process.


High school rowers and coxswains who are juniors and who have finished their spring race season should e-mail the college coaches at schools of interest with the results of their spring races.  Don’t assume that college coaches follow your races or know your results unless  you tell them.  Now that the spring season is over for many high school rowers and coxswains, it is a good time to think about visiting colleges and meeting coaches.  Many college coaches will be available to meet with you throughout the summer.  Don’t leave these visits for next  fall.  Senior fall is a really busy time with school, rowing, official visits and filling out college applications.  The more you can get done during the summer the better.


Summer rowing can be great fun and is a terrific opportunity to get lots of “miles” on the water.  There are a variety of rowing camps that offer summer experience.  Every rower and coxswain should think about the program that best works for them.  There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to summer rowing.

Some camps are week long programs with intensive individual coaching.  Many of these camps are sponsored and/or run by  college and university rowing programs.  Attending these programs gives high school athletes a chance to experience a taste of  life in a college rowing program. Student athletes may be housed in the college dorms which is another experience that can be eye-opening for a high school athlete.

Rowing in large summer regattas can be a great way to get seen by college coaches since summer is the time that many college coaches travel to regattas to look for potential recruits who are rising seniors.  Now is the time to think about your summer plans.  So-do your homework, chose a program and have a great time.


There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding rowing and recruiting.

We are hearing from some parents who heard (from who -they do not know)  that just because their son or daughter is a member of a rowing team in high school, that this will mean that they will get recruited and/or make it easier for them to gain admission to college. It is true that if you are a rower or coxswain and a college coach is interested in you, that this can translate into support for your application.  This is what recruiting is all about.  But-you have to row or cox at  a level which makes you interesting to the coach.  Just being on the team does not do this.  So-when you are looking into various colleges you need to understand what level of performance the coach is looking for.  Finding this out while you are looking at schools will help make your search more realistic and help you not waste precious time.



We know that this time of year is as stressful on you as it is on your kids. It is an emotional roller coaster for all.  We understand what you are going through-since we went through it with our 5 kids as well as with many of our clients.

You know that your kids are stressed out and you want to help in any way that you can.  Try to think about what can make your kid’s life easier.  They are being pulled in many different directions with school, racing, testing, and social life.  Explain to them that they have to ease up socially in order to accomplish what they want.  Remind them of their goals-to do as well in school and on the water as possible.  There will be plenty of time for socializing when school and racing ends.  Also-remind them that being on a rowing team is social.  Try to help them be efficient  with their time.  There is no down-time so help them to stay as productive as possible.  We know that these are hard things to do and you may get push back from the kids-be as supportive as you can and understand that they are stressed out.


Junior spring is one of the toughest seasons for rowers/coxswains.  You need to stay on top of your schoolwork since your grades and test scores are an important part of your college application.  Race performance is also important since this is what will get the attention of the college coaches. While you can take  some time for yourself during this tough season, your social life takes a distance 3rd to school and crew.

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