Things to Know About Women’s Rowing Recruiting

Finding a college women’s rowing scholarship can be difficult. Women’s crew is available at less than 150 schools, and that’s why learning how the women’s rowing recruiting process works from a trusted resource like NCSA is extremely important.


When does the women’s crew recruiting process start?

1. The recruiting process starts in early high school. Since women’s crew programs aren’t very common, the competition for crew scholarships is extremely high. Colleges are selective and that’s why recruiting for rowing starts early.


How do I get discovered?

2. Third-party evaluations from a trusted source like NCSA as well as by posting your statistics with NCSA. Introduce yourself to prospective women’s crew coaches with a simple email. Learn facts about the college and coach you’re contacting so that you sound informed. Once they know that you are interested, coaches can identify you as a prospect using the online tools provided by a trusted neutral resource like NCSA.


How do crew coaches evaluate prospects?

3. The Internet is your best recruiting tool. NCSA provides easy access to your statistics, your highlight videos, and your high school resume. Showing your skills on the Internet makes the women’s rowing recruiting process easier for you and the college crew coaches you hope to impress.


Where am I qualified to row?

4. Unlike other sports that exist at several levels, the majority of college women’s crew programs are at the NCAA Division I level. Women’s college crew exists mainly at the Division I level. And women’s rowing programs tend to be at schools with high academic reputations. In order to claim a Division I scholarship you’ve got to be sure that you’ve got both athletic skills and are have a solid academic record.


What is my coach’s role?

5. Your high school or club women’s rowing coach can help with your development in the pool, but getting a crew scholarship is your responsibility. Your high school or club coach is probably too busy to be able to dedicate the time that the recruiting process requires. You may not be the only one on your team trying to earn a rowing scholarship, and asking your coach to manage the recruiting process for several athletes at once is just too much to ask.


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