College Track Scholarship FAQs

What can I expect my first day of college track practice?

High school and collegiate practices are significantly different from high school. You might be intimidated at times, but remember to take it a practice at a time. Communicate with your coaches and reach out to upperclassmen. After awhile, you’ll adjust and do well.

How many coaches should I be contacting during my track recruiting?

Have a list of top 25 schools. Then make three categories: reach, match and lower. Reach are schools you may not qualify for the team or compete right away, but you have ability to improve and contribute in the future. Match are schools where you are qualified for the team based on standards, you’ll probably be able to contribute to the team right away. Lower are schools you are a potential star in the program and conference. If you aren’t hearing back from schools, understand the rules and regulations. Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t heard from a coach, but try to reach out to them.

What is some advice on scheduling an official visit for track?

Work on scheduling your first trip in the fall of your Senior year. You want to make sure its not interfering with your season. Some colleges may ask you to pay your expenses on an official visit due to budget constraints at times. Continue to communicate with coaches and express your level of seriousness and interest in their program.

What divisions should I be targeting for track recruiting?

Target all the divisions. The level of training, funding and commitment expected from student athletes vary by divisions. Division I and some Division II programs tend to have a high commitment level. Keep all your options open at each division level.

Will I be able to commit to a school before April of my senior year?

Be proactive in creating your athletic profile and reaching out to coaches. Coaches need your PRs to evaluate you. If you are willing to put in the work that includes having your athletic profile ready and building relationships with coaches will help you reach the next step in committing to an athletic program.

When does recruiting begin for track and cross country?

Coaches are looking to see your progress. Recruiting starts early. Consistency and seeing you reach your PRs are important to collegiate coaches. For high jumpers and sprinters, you want to aim to reach your highest PRs around sophomore year. For distance runners, coaches are watching your strides and consistency in your PRs.

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