I played sports in high school but I am nervous about learning something new. Is that normal?Absolutely. Whether you're nervous about being good at a new sport or managing your time as a college student, let us assure you that we have the resources and know-how to help you be successful. We will teach you and equip you with what you need to reach your goals, from fitness training and rowing boats to time management skills and resources. What you must provide us with in order to be a successful rower or coxswain is the desire to learn and the will to compete.
How will you decide who makes the team?We hold a tryout when school begins in the Fall. During tryouts, you will learn how to row in a boat as well as on our ergometers (rowing machines.) We will also run a variety of circuits and activities to determine your athletic ability. We are looking for overall athletic ability and a positive attitude
Are there different positions on the team?Yes. There are port and starboard positions for the rowers. There is also the coxswain position who sits in the stern (and sometimes the bow) of the boat. The coxswain is responsible for steering, calling commands, assisting with technique, executing the race plan, and providing motivation for the rowers during racing and practices.
Who does the rowing team compete against, and where?As a member of the Big Ten Conference, IU Rowing is in the heart of the nation's top competitive rowing programs, including Ohio State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Purdue, Iowa, and Michigan State. Notre Dame, Louisville, Clemson, Cal, Oklahoma, and other fast crews from the East and West coasts are also competitors the Hoosiers regularly race. Check out the 2012-2013 race schedule for more details.
In what season does Rowing compete?We train and compete in both the fall and spring seasons. Similar to cross-country and track seasons, races in the fall are longer, usually about 3 miles in length (5,000 - 6,000 meters). We begin training for the fall season in September and race in October and November. The spring season is our championship season, which runs March through May. We begin training in January. Racing distance in the spring is shorter, but more intense: about 1 � miles (2,000 meters).
What are the benefits of being a Division I Varsity Athlete at IU?In exchange for your hard work and dedication to team excellence, IU Rowing will provide you with a valuable support system of friends and professionals. Once on the team, you will be afforded the same benefits to which every other IU varsity athlete has access:
How much will it cost to be on the rowing team?As an intercollegiate student-athlete at IU, almost all of your costs associated with rowing will be covered by the Athletics Department. The only fees we cannot cover are initial fees associated with sport physicals and registration with the NCAA (a one-time payment.) We will cover the costs of uniforms, meals and hotel expenses for team travel, Adidas team gear, and other expenses related to being a student-athlete.