Novice Women's Rowing

Novice Rowing Questionnaire | Contact the Coaches

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why should I try rowing at Minnesota?
• It will help you get in the best shape of your life
• A great opportunity to be a Division I varsity athlete
• Opportunity to compete for Big Ten and NCAA Championships
• 80-90 brand new potential friends!
• Makes our large school feel small and like a tight-knit family
• It looks great on a resumé!

2. I am a little nervous about not knowing anything about rowing. Will I still have a shot at making the team?
OF COURSE! Most of the rowers trying out (about 98%) will have no experience or even really know what rowing is before they step foot on campus! We are looking for good overall athletes that we can teach to be great rowers. Many of our top rowers have had previous experience with swimming, Nordic skiing, volleyball, basketball or have been runners.

3. What do you look for in student-athletes?
We look for someone with the combination of these attributes:
• Height (5'9" or taller generally makes a great rower)
• Athletic Background
• Competitiveness
• Toughness
• Enjoys the team atmosphere

4. How can I prepare for tryouts?
The best thing to do is to get into shape... or get into better shape by the start of school. Running or any other cardiovascular-based exercise, as well as body weight exercises (pushups, squat jumps, or sit-ups), will help you prepare.

5. Does it cost money to join the team?
Women's rowing is a fully-funded NCAA sport. As a student-athlete you will have access to athletic trainers, academic advisors, tutors and athletic facilities at no charge. You'll also receive priority registration after your Fall semester classes. You will also be issued gear to train and compete in at no charge. Transportation, meals and lodging for competitions are also all covered at no cost to you!

6. I have a really difficult major? Are there other rowers in difficult majors and are there support services for athletes?
The answers to those questions are an absolute YES! We have many rowers who are in very difficult majors including Biomedical Engineering and Pre-Med -- quite difficult stuff. Gopher athletes are provided with the academic support that rivals the best in the Big Ten Conference. Each sport is assigned an academic advisor who assists the team's student athletes with academic issues (such as scheduling courses to setting up tutors). There is also a career development area and volunteer opportunities all within the academic center to help you get the most out of your education.

7. Do I need a physical before the tryout?
Yes, you will need a physical that is no older than six months (after March 7, 2017). The following forms are necessary to initiate the medical clearance process. These forms are to be printed and completed (clicking on the name of the form will take you to the form):

Demographics/Insurance Information Form *Please include copies of the insurance cards for health, dental and pharmacy (front and back)
Incoming Health History Questionnaire
Health Services to Minors-Authorization for Treatment of Minors Form (Only if the student-athlete is under the age of 18)

You can fax or mail them into the Coaching Staff. You can fax the documents to the Gopher Rowing Office at 612-625-3311 or mail them to the following address:

Gopher Novice Rowing
Bierman Field Athletic Building 290M
516 15th Ave. S. E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

8. Be ahead of the game before school starts!
1. Proof of physical
• You will need to have proof of physical done by a medical doctor before you can try out.
• Most important – you will need a physical that is no more than six months old.

2. Copy (front and back) of your medical insurance car
• Send the two documents to the coaching staff, bring them to the info meeting (Sept. 4-5) or our first day of tryouts (Thursday, Sept. 7).

Documents need to be turned in first before you can tryout for the team!

9. Info meetings and try outs
Info meetings: Sept. 4 (10am and 2:30pm) and Sept. 5 (2:30pm and 4:45pm) at the University Boathouse (only need to attend one meeting)
Tryouts: Sept. 7-8 (2:30-4:30pm or 4:45-6:45pm) and Sept. 9 (7:30-9:30am or 10-12pm)

10. I made the team!
After you go through tryouts and make the team, official team practice will begin Monday, September 11. We will practice during afternoons (official time TBD) Monday through Friday. No need to attend the same time block each day. Saturday morning's practice will vary depending on football games (you'll always be done in time to cheer for the Gopher football team!)

If you are interested in rowing or have further questions, please email coach Claudia Herpertz at herpertz@umn.edu. Go Gophers!


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