Finding a college track and field scholarship can be a difficult process. But learning exactly how the track recruiting process works from a trusted resource like NCSA can make getting a track scholarship easier.
When does the track recruiting process start?
1. Track recruiting can start as early as middle school. It’s never too early to start the track recruiting process. There are less than 1,000 collegiate men’s track programs. That may sound like a lot, but consider that there are nearly 1,800 colleges that offer men’s basketball, and it’s easy to see why schools are selective and why recruiting for track starts early.
NCSA staff member Rachel Hernandez discusses the track recruiting and the importance of maintaining PRs.
How do I get discovered?
2. Third-party evaluations from a trusted neutral source like NCSA. Also, make sure you run in regional and national club meets. Track coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA. If coaches can gain familiarity with you through your online profile on NCSA, they will already know to look for you some of the bigger AAU meets.
How do coaches evaluate track and field prospects?
3. The Internet is your best track recruiting tool. Times and distances are the most important factors in college track recruiting. NCSA provides easy access to your running times, your jumping and throwing distances (if you’re a field athlete), your high school resume, and any videos that you want to show. Showing your skills on the Internet makes track recruiting easier for you and the coaches you want to impress.
Where am I qualified to run track?
4. Less than 2% of the nearly 575,000 student athletes that participate in high school boy’s track and field will compete at the Division I level. The majority of college men’s track athletes aren’t in DI, so set your expectations accordingly. More than 70% of college men’s track programs are at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level. NCSA is an experienced talent evaluator, and can tell you what level you are best suited for.
What is my track and field coach’s role?
5. Your coach can help with your development on the track, but getting a track and field scholarship is your responsibility. Recruiting for college track takes a lot of time. Don’t expect your busy high school or club track coach to be able to dedicate the time the track recruiting process takes. Ultimately, you are responsible for doing the work it takes to earn a track and field scholarship.
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