Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the questions we see a lot from potential rowers and coxswains. If you have a question that is not addressed below, feel free to email us at uahrowing@yahoo.com.

DOES UAH OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ROWING?

No, we are a club sport

HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?

None, in fact the majority of past students have no experience with this sport.

HOW ATHLETIC DO I NEED TO BE?

Past experience playing other sports is a plus, however, not having an athletic background is OK. After all, most people have never participated in this sport and we train them to be rowers anyway..

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

In the fall, we will start bringing in students to teach them basic technique. There will be a grace period for students to see if they would like to do this. No one is ever "cut" from our team. After the grace period is over, usually around the middle of September, you will be considered a part of the team.

WHO CAN I EXPECT TO COMPETE AGAINST?

We compete against club and varsity teams from all over the southeast; Auburn University, University of Alabama, Berry College, University of Central Florida, University of Charleston, Clemson University, Duke University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Emory University, University of Florida, Florida Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, University of Georgia, Jacksonville University, University of Louisville, LSU, N.C. State University, Marietta College, Murray State University, University of North Carolina, Northwestern State University (LA), Nova Southeastern University, Purdue University, Rollins College, University of Tampa, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Texas, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, Washington University, Virgina Tech, Wake Forest University.

WHEN DO I COMPETE?

Rowing is a year round sport divided into two seasons. The fall season starts in October and ends in November. These races are against the clock over a distance of 5000 meters. The spring season starts in March and ends in May. These races are sprint races over a distance of 2000 meters against as many as six schools at one time. I'm not in good enough shape for crew. While crew is most certainly challenging, eventually with enough work and training, rowers get to where they need to be in terms of conditioning. We have people of every level of competitiveness, ranging from just along for the social aspect, to very competitive types. I'm not sure if I have enough time for crew. Practice times may vary from boat to boat, and we will do our best to work with your schedule. If in doubt, it would be worth giving the team a try. As mentioned earlier, many members have jobs, are involved in other organizations, and have full course loads.

HOW LONG ARE THESE BOATS ANYWAY?

A two person boat can be about 30 feet. An eight person boat can be as long as 60 feet.

WHO STEERS THE BOAT?

The coxswain or "cox" for short steers the boat. These individuals generally weigh less than 130 lbs to keep the boat competitive.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN?

First, you’ll get the chance to compete against rowing programs from across the nation at nationally competitive regattas. Second, you will get in terrific shape. Finally, and most importantly, you’ll have an incredible time and make wonderful friends. Rowing is awesome!