College Recruiting

There are plenty of opportunities for Yorktown athletes looking to row in college, running the gamut from top tier Division 1 schools to the smaller, but still highly competitive Division III programs.

For interested athletes, the best place to start is with your head coach. He or she can give you a good rundown of the programs, and where you might fit in.  After that, there is a great deal of information available on the web.

US Rowing has a comprehensive web site (usrowing.org), which includes a couple of great articles that are must reads both for prospective college rowers and their parents. The first explains the basic rules of recruiting; it is available here basic rules of recruiting.

The second article is more of a "how-to" from a parent that has been through the process. It is extremely informative.

Beyond that, there is a great deal of information on the NCAA eligibility web site. For high school rowers that do end up competing in college, this is the site where your paperwork is filed and so forth so you will need to establish an account.

In addition to the web, interested rowers should talk with their older teammates about the process; nothing beats a little personal information about what to look for, and what to avoid.

The same advice applies to parents. If your rower is thinking about competing in college, talking to the coaches and/or a parent that has been through the process already can provide invaluable insight.

Good luck to all.