Iowa Novice Rowing Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Does it matter that I have ZERO experience?
Absolutely not! About 90 percent of our team had no experience prior to their first year at Iowa. Non-experienced first year rowers are called "novice" and spend their first year learning the sport and adapting to the physical demands of being a rower. If you have a strong work ethic and enjoy pushing your limits, you could have a very successful future as an Iowa rower! What we ask is that you show up with a willingness to learn and work hard.
Q: What is the time commitment?
In the early fall novice will practice Monday-Friday and every other Saturday. Novice practice times are 7:30-9:00 a.m., 3:30-5:00 p.m., and 5:30-7:00 p.m. You pick whatever time fits into your class schedule. This is absolutely manageable because we will help equip you with the necessary tools to reach your goals athletically and academically.
Q: What about my grades?
As a student-athlete, we prioritize you being a student first and an athlete second. Being a varsity athlete presents you with a long list of benefits and advantages that will help you balance your life here at Iowa. To list a few:
Q: What is practice like?
In the fall we will start at a slow pace as you learn the basics of rowing, as well as build a strong aerobic base. Each day will build on the next and we will do quite a bit of running, general conditioning and strengthening to prepare your body for the demands of training and competing at the Division I level. There will be opportunities to compete and prove yourself at practice very early so get excited! We will primarily train on the ergometer (indoor rowing machine), rowing tanks and on the water in boats. In the winter we will be indoors and will begin strength training with our strength coach. The spring is our championship season and we will be back on the water and racing during that time.
Q: Is there a chance that I could earn a scholarship?
Yes! If you have a successful first season there is a good possibility that you may earn a scholarship. This is dependent on your current performance and future potential.
Q: How should I prepare for tryouts?
Make sure you are aerobically fit when you show up on campus this fall. Keep doing whatever you have been to stay in shape this summer or previously in high school. The more physically fit you are the better. However, be prepared to get into the best shape of your life once we get started!