you are a girl in high school and want another college scholarship option,
consider the sport of rowing. The National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) has made women's rowing, along with scholarships and program
funding a priority. Here is what you need to know.
On September 14, 2011 the
Three Rivers Rowing Association in
Washington's Landing, Pittsburgh, will host their 6th annual
Recruiting Night. Executive Director Rick Brown, who first arranged this
annual event 6 years ago, says "Our
College Recruiting Night is a great
opportunity for colleges to meet our athletes, as well as, provide our
athletes an opportunity to learn more about the colleges' programs and
College scholarships for rowing? Yes, says Brown, who has watched the
sport of rowing blossom over the last 10-15 years. In fact, for student
athletes who are also pursuing a college education, rowing has provided a
tremendous opportunity to both participate in competitive sports and pay
Why rowing has gained popularity.
Why has rowing gained such popularity over the last 2 decades? Gregory
Butera writing in the 1997 American Rower's Almanac offered these
suggestions: the basics are easy to pick up, rowing crews can accommodate
many athletes, there are plenty of opportunities for women to compete, and the sport
of rowing can be for all ages and athletic abilities. Another reason
rowing has gained popularity is the fact it has provided many scholarship
opportunities for females; options that didn't exist in the past.
Scholarships for women athletes.
Title IX was enacted by Congress in 1972
with an intent to create equality between males and females within the
realm of academics. However, one may argue that its greatest impact has been on
high school and collegiate sports. In order to comply with the commonly
accepted interpretations of
Title IX, many colleges have actively
promoted rowing as a way of balancing the availability of athletic
scholarships to women. Butera wrote, "These equity rules require a balance
in number of opportunities for male and female athletes in financial
support of sports programs. The NCAA has made only women's crew, an
intercollegiate sport complete with scholarships and funding." For
example, women are generally not going to try out for or compete on a college
football team. That means there is one less opportunity for them to receive
an athletic scholarship. Rowing scholarships for females provide balance.
Three Rivers Rowing Association, Brown
says that College Recruiting Night also creates an awareness about
scholarship opportunities among student athletes that may not have fully
understood how they work. In his experience parents of rowers seem to be more aware of the
scholarships than the students. At this event students and their parents
talk directly to college representatives about their specific questions.
How to get involved.
New seasons for rowing begin in the fall with the start of school and
there are programs for all ages. At Three Rivers Rowing Association, the
Junior Rowing program, for example, offers 13-18 year olds the change to
participate in a competitive sport within the supportive environment of a
nationally recognized rowing club.
do students earn scholarships?
Scholarship awards are performance based. As with all team sports, team
results factor into a recruiting college's criteria. Additionally, there
are individual tests that are completed on ergometer rowing machines,
which provide a good indication of an individual's overall rowing fitness.
Make no mistake. Rowing is a highly competitive sport and student athletes
are expected to follow a practice schedule. Three Rivers Rowing
Association says, "Rowers will be grouped together according to skill
level and coached accordingly. Rowers will earn seats in racing boats.
Priority is to field the fastest boats possible in all categories."
Whether working toward
scholarship offers, fitness goals, or winning races,
rowing typically requires up to 5 days of practice for 2-3 hour sessions
Three Rivers Rowing Association has a
great relationship with many college coaches; many of whom will travel to
the Association's location in order to participate in practices of the
U.S. Rowing Junior National Development Team. The involvement of these
coaches further enhances the access student athletes at the club will have
to programs that provide scholarships.
Three Rivers Rowing Association's Executive Director also notes that
rowing looks good on any college application as an extracurricular
activity. For students competing for a spot in their college of choice,
their success in rowing makes them a more attractive candidate. Their
involvement in the sport demonstrates highly prized work traits colleges
are eager to see in their freshmen.
Three Rivers Rowing Association.
Three Rivers Rowing Association was
founded in 1984 and was named the 2010
USRowing Club of the Year, chosen out
of 1,100 USRowing member organizations. You can learn more about their
club at threeriversrowing.org.
More info on College Recruiting Night.
For: High School Seniors with Rowing Experience,
(only seniors will be allowed to attend because of recruiting rules)
Parents (of seniors) and High School
When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Three Rivers Rowing Association,
Lambert Boathouse at Washington's Landing
College Recruiting Night
Three Rivers Rowing Association