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
  • 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
  • Work hard in the classroom
  • D1 coaches can start communicating with recruits via phone, email and private messages starting on June 15 after sophomore year 
  Junior Year
  • D1 — unofficial and official visits are allowed starting August 1 before 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 (limited to 5 D1 programs, 1 per school)
  • Follow-up with coaches that show the most interest
  • Begin applying to schools
  • Apply for financial aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1
  • Finish your academic career strong
  • Sign and commit to a school and program — the D1/D2 Signing Period is between November 13, 2019 — August 1, 2020
  • Adhere to a summer training program


Good luck at the next level!

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