What You Need to Do in Women’s Rowing


Five Things You Need to Do as a Women’s Rowing Recruit

There are plenty of steps you can take to make the recruiting process easier. NCSA can help make sure that you do every little thing that you can to separate yourself from other women’s crew recruits.


1. Develop your game plan and get evaluated by a third party. Recruiting for women’s crew is different than it is for most other sports. There are less than 150 colleges that have rowing programs, and crew coaches don’t have the budgets to see a lot of recruits in person. They rely heavily on stats and evaluations from a trusted third-party resource like NCSA. Because NCSA is a neutral evaluator we provide honest answers about your skill level, and we help you set realistic goals.


2. Post your academic/athletic resume online. Easy access to your rowing history, statistics, academic information and highlight videos makes the job much easier for college women’s crew coaches. NCSA has the largest digital platform available to student-athletes, making you visible to hundreds of crew coaches and women’s rowing programs.


3. Create a winning highlight video.

A well-crafted highlight video effectively illustrates your rowing technique. The video should show the entire crew to highlight how well you follow others. An overhead view from a bridge or elsewhere is also recommended if you can get one. Make sure to show the boat at both low speed and at race speed.


4. Contact a few dozen realistic rowing programs. Women’s rowing programs exist at fewer than 150 colleges, but it’s still important to begin with a large list of potential schools to help ensure that the perfect fit rises to the top when the rowing recruiting process ends. Using NCSA’s digital space makes it extremely easy to get your information to dozens of prospective colleges and women’s crew coaches.


5. Realize that it’s not a four-year decision. It’s a 40-year decision. Selecting a college is one of life’s most important decisions. Be sure to make an educated decision, not only as a women’s rowing recruit, but also as a student-athlete. Input from NCSA can help match you up with a school that’s a good fit for you during the four years that you are there.


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