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There are different categories of rowing programs and the recruiting and eligibility rules can vary amongst the different types of programs. There are approximately 140 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) varsity status women’s rowing programs. These are women’s rowing teams sponsored by the intercollegiate athletics departments at NCAA member institutions. These programs are further divided into NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III programs. A listing of schools that sponsor women’s rowing, separated by division, is available at www.ncaa.org. Most of the recruiting and initial eligibility information in this article relates to NCAA rules. There are varsity status men’s rowing teams as well. However, because the NCAA does not sponsor men’s rowing as a championship sport, NCAA rules have not been written specifically for men’s rowing. Nevertheless, most varsity status men’s programs follow most of the NCAA rules for their recruits. A club sport team, whether it is for women or for men, does not have to follow NCAA rules because it is not a varsity intercollegiate team.
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US ROWING'S GUIDE TO COLLEGE RECRUITING:
Before entering the recruiting “race,” you should seriously evaluate how realistic your college rowing ambitions are. In the spring of sophomore year or fall of junior year, discuss with your coach whether you have or are likely to develop the erg scores, physical attributes and other characteristics that could excite college coaches. If this assessment doesn’t seem promising, you can: a) erg and seat race harder for a place on a faster boat, b) improve your grades and SAT scores so you can row JV or 3V at the school of your choice with less reliance on the recruiting process, or c) consider a college where the rowing is somewhat less competitive, including the emerging Division I club programs. You probably will grow some, which may affect your performance.