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We have found that student athletes who manage the recruiting process the best are realistic about their goals. These students create a “deep” list with respect to both academics and athletics. At Rower’s Edge, we believe that academics “trump” (no pun intended) athletics and that student athletes often find it helpful to search for the academic match and “layer” the rowing team onto the academics. This is not to say that the recruit is less invested in athletics than academics but rather to note that when a recruit is happy academically, they will more often succeed athletically. Often we will have a client who is a very strong student and less strong rower. At that point, it is important to give thought to the strategy for school choice. Our experience is that most often, this type of student will not choose a less academically competitive school even if offered a recruiting spot. Likewise, a very strong rower who is less strong academically should think about where they will succeed academically so that they will be able to have a fulfilling college rowing experience. Giving thought to the strategy for the recruiting process will result in a more efficient and productive search with little wasted time and effort. We are happy to “reach for the stars” and evaluate any school with every client. We continually re-evaluate whether the client is moving forward in the way that works best for them and will change course mid-stream if necessary. It is important to be patient with the recruiting process since it takes time to figure out where you will have the best college experience.
The decision to transfer school can be complicated. Athletes may transfer schools but must follow guidelines which may result in not competing for a period of time.
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The recruiting process can be a very exciting time but can also be intimidating and stressful. High school athletes are trying to meet the highest personal standards in both athletics and academics. Erg scores, water performance, standardized tests and strong grades are all important. In most cases, there are ups and downs for every recruit – from disappointing erg scores and races to lower than expected grades on a high school test or transcript. While it is important to do your best, it is equally important not to create unrealistic pressure. Remember that you are not expected to be perfect (you are in high school). The challenge is to do your very best and to find the optimal “match” in both academic and athletics.
A very important factor in the process is that the recruit must “own” each step. Parents are obviously active participants and we at Rower’s Edge welcome as much communication as parents desire. However, the student athlete must take charge and do the work at each step along the way. Just as parents cannot row the boat, so they should not do the recruiting work for their child. This is important from the college coach perspective since coaches want to communicate and develop a relationship directly with the recruit. Recruiting takes time and effort and the most successful recruits take ownership of each step including important strategic decisions along the way.
Even Olympian rowers move between weight classes. A weight classification can have a big impact on your “non-rowing” life. For high school rowers the issue can be especially complicated since many high school rowers are still growing and training increases as they progress through the ranks of their high school teams.
Now that the Fall season is over, it is important to have a plan for the winter with realistic goals for where you want to be when the spring season starts.
For most high school rowers and coxswains, the winter season is a less time consuming season so it is a great time to focus on things that may have taken a “back seat” in the fall. Standardized testing is important and winter is a great time to “knock off” some of the testing required for your college application. Winter is also a great time to do research on which colleges might be of interest to you and even make a visit to see how the campus feels. Winter training is the time to work hard on the erg so that when spring comes you are as strong and fast as you can be.
It is important thing to stay healthy and strong during the winter. Focus on healthy eating and getting as much sleep as you can. A productive winter season can be a great starting point for a successful spring.
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 which you are interested. Think about where you want to go to school, how far from home, whether you like an urban campus or a campus further away from a city and what size school appeals to you.
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, winter training is beginning and it is a great time to visit schools. Be sure when you visit, that you take the time to meet with the rowing coach. Meeting the coach gives you an opportunity to ask questions about the school and the program. It also gives the coach a chance to get to know you. A face to face meeting with the coach will be a huge benefit when you continue your communication with the coach through e-mail or phone.
Remember-your time will be very limited once the spring racing season starts, so try to get as much done now as you can. We know that your non-athlete friends (and many high school guidance counselors) will not understand why you are starting so early-but trust us, now is the time to do it.
Indoor rowing is popular with non-rowers for its full body workout. Rowing “studios” are popping up in throughout the US and are the latest addition to the boutique fitness market.
Just as employers see posts/tweets created by employees so too do both high school and college coaches. With the continued rise of social media, student athletes at both the high school and college levels must understand that anything they post/tweet or otherwise place in the social media sphere is accessible by their coach, athletic director or others in positions of authority. Inappropriate tweets/posts can result in suspension from a team, the end of recruitment or withdrawal of an offer of admission and/or financial support.
You have worked so hard in high school. Now is the time to maximize options for your college rowing career.
Photo Credit: Kawakahi Amina, D’09