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 of their position with respect to the “recruiting class” or even indicate any level of coach support for their application. It is essential to direct questions to the coach to fully understand where you stand in the process.

Academics are critical so do not minimize the importance of the academic pre-read. Many high school rowers are hesitant to ask direct questions for fear of getting an answer that they will not like. However, it is better to get the truth-no matter how hard-earlier rather than later in the process. That way you can make adjustments to maximize your options.