Women’s Rowing Timeline

Collegiate rowing recruitment is competitive. Coaches will be carefully evaluating your skills. Start with joining a rowing club and contacting coaches. Stay persistent in improving your skills, develop a game plan and show coaches your development in skills tapes in earning your spot on the water. 
 

Freshman Year

  • Research two to three schools each week
  • Build a list of 15 to 25 prospective colleges
  • Create a highlight video
  • Begin rowing for a club
  • Attend rowing camps to improve your skills
  • Introduce yourself to coaches and build relationships by making phone calls, letters and emails
  • Start making unofficial college visits
  • Start developing an excellent academic record

Sophomore Year

  • Add to your highlight video
  • Continue to compete in club crew
  • Keep researching prospective schools
  • Increase the communication level with college coaches
  • Continue making unofficial visits
  • Work hard in the classroom

Junior Year

  • Keep adding to your highlight video
  • Follow up with coaches at the schools you’re interested in to find out where you stand
  • Respond to every coach that you hear from
  • Fill out college questionnaires
  • Make more unofficial visits
  • Narrow your list of prospective schools
  • Concentrate on maintaining good grades
  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

Senior Year

  • Make official visits
  • Follow-up with coaches that show the most interest
  • Begin applying to schools
  • Apply for financial aid (FAFSA) beginning January 1
  • Finish your academic career strong
  • Sign and commit to a college rowing program
  • Adhere to a summer training program

 

Good luck at the next level!

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