A positive attitude is very important throughout the rowing recruiting process and a negative attitude will be noticed by a college coach and may be cause for concern. Coaches are aware that one person’s attitude can influence others on the team-both positively and negatively. Be the person who will be a positive influence on others. It will serve you well.
Now is a great time to visit colleges and meet with rowing coaches. Parents may or may not be with you when you meet with coaches. Some coaches like to meet prospects with their parents while others want to meet the prospect alone. Coaches will be watching as you interact with your parents and many believe that the way you act towards your parents will be the same way that you may act towards them and towards the members of your team. We understand that there are times when you may be frustrated by your parents-but expressing this frustration in front of a college coach is not a good idea. Parents probably are not as familiar with rowing as you are and may ask questions that seem obvious to both you and the coach. It is important that through this process, your parents understand what is happening. Parents want to be part of their son’s or daughter’s search for a college that is a good match-so allow them get the information that they need.