Entries by Gail

New Recruiting Critical Dates

Recent NCAA Rules have been adopted which change dates for recruiting.  This allows recruits to begin communication with coaches as early as June 15th after sophomore year in high school. Below are specific dates for coach contact and face to face meetings. Correspondence/Private message: 6/15 after sophomore year Incoming/outgoing calls: 6/15 after sophomore year Unofficial/Official […]

Young Recruits

Recruiting of student athletes in middle school and early in high school  is problematic on many levels.   https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2019/05/15/how-young-too-young-recruit-kids-for-college-teams/A24Sn623ZlxSwefNzlAo6J/story.html  

“Walking On” to a college rowing team

Princetonian newspaper explains what it mean to be a  “walk on” as well as  how rosters are created for both Men’s and Women’s heavy/open weight and lightweight teams.   http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2019/04/the-walk-on-contribution

College are tracking students as part of admissions process

The recent Wall Street Journal article “Colleges Mine Data on Their Applicants” (WSJ January 26, 2019 by Douglas Belkin) describes colleges tracking of applicants “demonstrated interest” in a school.  The goal of this tracking is to protect  the schools “yield” or number of students who enroll after being accepted.   This became more important with […]

Being a strong rower and good student is not always enough

Litigation in Boston over Harvard’s admissions process reveals multitude of factors that determine whether a candidate is admitted. “Underwhelming personalities can even undermine the prospects of elite athletes. Exhibit A: the case of a woman who’d been recruited for the Harvard crew team, whose documented lack of “spark or enthusiasm or any particularly compelling or […]

The Power of Teamwork

The sport of rowing best demonstrates the power of teamwork. http://www.worldrowing.com/news/lessons-teamwork-from-rowing

Life lessons learned from rowing

Competitive rowing teaches lessons that are invaluable for all aspects of life.   https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/8-things-competitive-rowing-taught-me-leadership-antonio-stephens/

College acceptance is only one step towards success

Now is the season for early decision and while everyone hopes for a positive decision the reality is that  many different colleges can work very well  for you. http://pennwpadmin.wpengine.com/on-receiving-early-decision-news-good-or-bad/

“What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)”

Eric Hoover writes in a New York Times (Education Life section)  article dated November 1, 2017 “The admissions process is a maddening mishmash of competing objectives, and an attempt to measure the unmeasurable: you.  No, it isn’t fair, and likely never will be.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/education/edlife/what-college-admissions-wants Rower’s Edge can help recruited athletes navigate a different experience but the […]