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 when high school rowers know about their particular school and ask questions specific to their team.
It is great if potential recruits can visit the college and meet the rowing coach before the junior year but if this is not possible, there are a lot of resources that can help with the research. The websites for Row2k and USRowing are a great way to start. Use Rower’s Edge for news and blogs and follow Rower’s Edge on FB and Twitter. Also-look at the college website with specific attention to the pages dedicated to the rowing team.
The recruiting process can be intense and depending on the time of year, things can happen quickly. Take the time to do as much research as you can so you are prepared.