Entries by Gail

Make Sure You Know Where You Stand

Many high school athletes make incorrect assumptions and then are surprised when they are not accepted at the school where they were being “recruited”. The term “recruited” is used very loosely by many high school rowers and when questioned closely, the high school rower may reveal that the coach did not actually give any indication […]

The 3 Legged Stool of Recruiting

Many coaches communicate with hundreds of student-athletes when recruiting for their teams. They often have limited time to read e-mails and make an initial determination about their interest in a potential recruit.  In order to help the coach determine if you might be a good fit for them, it is important to provide the coach […]

Be Prepared for September 1st

Due to NCAA rule changes, college rowing coaches can now contact rowers starting on September 1st of their junior year. High school rowers should take advantage of this date by doing their homework about individual schools of interest. Summer is a great time to research specific colleges and their rowing programs. College coaches are impressed […]

Learn from other students on campus

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.   http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/education/edlife/advice-for-new-students-from-those-who-know-old-students.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=3&referrer

Testing Optional at GW

George Washington University dropped standardized tests as a requirement for admission beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/28/george-washington-drops-act-or-sat-scores-admissio/

Do Your Homework

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 […]

High school rowing team vs. club

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 […]

Grab every day that you can

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 […]

Spring racing is over

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 […]

Summer rowing programs

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 […]