Entries by Gail

Coaches look at social media

Just like prospective employers, college coaches will look at you on social media.  Inappropriate posts, pictures, tweets and conversations can end possible recruiting.  Participants in collegiate athletic programs represent the  college or university for which they compete and coaches may consider your public personna as part of the recruiting process. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/sports/high-school/2014/09/11/social-media-student-athletes-twitter/15473399/

SAT/ACT tests are best done before senior year

Try to get as much of your testing done as you can during your junior year.  Winter is a great time to take some of the tests since you will be really busy during spring race season.  If you are a sophomore, think about taking an SAT II test in  one of your strong subjects. […]

Winter is a great time to get started

The winter season is a great time to get started with your college search and college rowing recruiting process.  The best place to begin is to  use college websites (including the athletic/rowing page of the school website) and reference books to gain as much information as you can about the schools and rowing programs in […]

Visit schools during down time

  While visiting schools is time consuming, it is critically important to the recruiting process.  We know that it is hard to find the time to make the visits during racing season so we suggest using the non-racing season to make as many visits as you can.  For those of you in the colder climates, […]

Polls are a useful tool

The best way to use the polls is as one of many tools to gather information about rowing programs. Remember that programs can change from year to year with the addition of new recruiting classes as well as any change of  coaching that may occur. We like to look at all the polls listed on […]

Being a woman athlete has positive influence on hiring decisions

Report by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW find that most top women executives played sports in college and that being an athlete may accelerate leadership and career potential. http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/10/research-more-than-half-of-female-execs-were-college-athletes/ http://www.ey.com/GL/en/Newsroom/News-releases/news-female-executives-say-participation-in-sport-helps-accelerate–leadership-and-career-potential

NCAA Recruiting Chart

NCAA Recruiting rules are complicated and can be confusing for a prospect.  Recent rule changes are often misinterpreted by prospect and their parents.  Recruiting rules are different for different sports and are different for D I, D II and D III programs.   The following chart gives a good  outline of the rules that apply […]

Patience is a virtue

  Junior rowers and coxswains often look at more senior members of their teams and lose sight of the hard work and many seasons of rowing/coxing that it takes to get into the most competitive boats on a team.  For rowers and coxswains who are early in their career-be sure to give yourself the time […]

High school rowing is exploding

Crew can be a perfect sport for high school students who have never “found” their sport. Rowing is the ultimate team sport providing strong community for both athletes and their families. http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2014/10/15/more-high-schoolers-get-board-with-rowing/1mSiDny3W2iFW6xaq6y5zN/story.html?s_campaign=8315

Head of Charles video

Check out this video about racing at the Head of the Charles. It is great to understand the course before the race. While Friday’s practice time starts earlier this year (2014) many teams may not have an opportunity to get on the course before the race. This is a great video for both coxswains and […]