1.) Coaches can't call you until July 1st after your Junior year.
But that doesn't mean you can't contact them! If you find a school, or list of schools, that you are serious about pursuing, you better be emailing them to get in touch. This should happen at some point during your Junior year in high school. Have you thought up a list of good fit schools and programs yet?
2.) This is your time to shine.
Much like job interviews you will experience in the future, impressing coaches with your credentials and presentation is a big deal. Make a good first impression! Important, coaches want to talk to the athletes they will be recruiting and coaching for four years, not their parents. So, parents, please leave all communication with coaches up to the athletes!
3.) What you post on social media could come back to bite you
You have heard this before, but it is important to note: inappropriate posts on social have the chance to hurt your chances in the recruiting process. If you would be embarassed to show your parents, you should not be posting it online. "But I have a private account", you say? This rule still applies. If you've been rowing for a few years, you likely know many other rowers being recruited by, or currently enrolled at, the school's you're interested in. If they can see your Finsta, then coaches have the chance to as well. Are your social accounts ready to be seen by coaches?
4.) Academics come first
While some college rowing coaches may have some opportunity to influence an admissions decision, they cannot "get you in". Certain programs have more pull than others, but no program can push an unqualified student past admissions, no matter how fast the erg score. Your GPA and SAT scores matter just as much as your erg score. How was your last quarter report card? Proud to share it with a coach?
5.) Experience is an indicator of commitment
This is a tough sport, we all know that. You can only pull those long steady state ergs so many times before you start to go numb and want to quit. College coaches are looking for committed athletes who are not afraid to put in the work while in high school. The more strokes you can take, the better your chances of coaches taking your seriously. If you don't row all year for a club team, look into finding opportunities to get on the water during the summer, or train with a group in the off-season. Does your track record of commitment stack up against your competitors?
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