Introduction to Rowing


Crew is all about teamwork. Similar to most sports, crew promotes unity and provides a place for students to meet new friends and develop life skills such as self-discipline and hard work. Crew should include a great percentage of the student body as well. It is an extremely inclusive sport where there are no “bench warmers.” When students try out for other team sports, they are competing amongst themselves, not only for a spot on the team, but for playing time as well. Some students have played “their” sport since they were 6 years old. Long Island provides a level playing field for those starting crew because everyone starts with the same experience and at around the same age. High schools with youth football/basketball teams feeding their programs have an experience advantage. Because this is not the case with crew, this is a great team to join to develop competitive skills successfully and quickly.

It’s easy to list the benefits a student may receive from any sport. It is scientifically proven that exercise promotes a healthier lifestyle and ultimately provides a lifetime of benefits. In addition to the personal benefits, crew tremendously helps with college admissions. While scholarships cannot be promised for every rower by every college recruiter, rowing coaches may have serious pull in the admissions departments of universities. It’s clear that colleges and employers are seeking “well-rounded” people. Participation in sports demonstrates that a student can work as a team, employ self-discipline and understands the results of hard work.

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