Finding a college track and field scholarship can be a difficult process. But learning from a trusted resource like NCSA exactly how recruiting for women’s track works can make getting a track scholarship easier.
When does the women’s track recruiting process start?
1. Recruiting for women’s track can start as early as middle school. It’s never too early to start the track recruiting process. There are just over 1,000 collegiate women’s track programs. That may sound like a lot, but when you consider that there are nearly 1,800 colleges that offer women’s basketball 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 source like NCSA. And 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, they will already know to look for you some of the bigger AAU meets.
How do coaches evaluate women’s track and field prospects?
3. The Internet is your best women’s 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 (for field athletes), your highlight/skills videos, and your academic resume. 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 3% of the nearly 470,000 student athletes that participate in high school girl’s track and field will compete at the Division I level. The majority of college track athletes aren’t in DI, so set your expectations accordingly. Nearly 70% of college women’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 where you will likely find the most success.
What is my track and field coach’s role?
5. Your coach can help with your development on the track, but getting a scholarship for track and field is your responsibility. Recruiting for college women’s track takes time and dedication. Don’t expect your busy high school or club track coach to have time the women’s track recruiting process takes. You are responsible for doing the work it takes to earn a track and field scholarship.
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