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Being Recruited for College Sports: Where Do I Start?

I'm interested in being recruited for college sports (track & field to be specific). How do I even begin the recruiting process? Should I reach out to college coaches directly or is there a better way to go about it?

7 months ago

Starting the recruiting process for college sports can be an exciting journey. For track & field, here's a step-by-step guide to help you along the way:

1. Assess your ability: Evaluate your performance compared to collegiate athletes to determine which level of competition (NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, or NJCAA) might be the best fit for you. You can look up performance standards for college track & field teams on their respective websites to get a gauge of where you stand.

2. Compile a list of schools: In addition to competition level, consider factors such as academics, location, size, and team atmosphere. Make an initial list of schools you’re interested in, both athletically and academically. As you research, expand or shrink your list based on new information.

3. Create a highlight video and athletic resume: Your highlight video should showcase your best races, jumps, or throws, while your athletic resume should include your personal records (PRs), event placements, and any awards or accolades you’ve received.

4. Register with the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center: This will ensure you’re eligible to compete at the collegiate level. The NCAA Eligibility Center requires you to create a certification account, submit transcripts, and provide standardized test scores (if applicable). NAIA has a similar process through their own Eligibility Center.

5. Reach out to college coaches: You can begin reaching out to college coaches as early as your sophomore year. Send a personalized email to each coach on your list, introducing yourself and expressing interest in their program. Include your athletic resume and highlight video as attachments. Remember to be respectful and professional, and always proofread your emails before sending.

6. Keep communication lines open: If a college coach responds, be prompt and professional with your reply. Keep them updated on your progress by sending them new PRs, highlight videos, or achievements throughout the seasons.

7. Attend track & field camps or showcases: Participating in these events can help you get noticed by college coaches and improve your skills. Research camps hosted by colleges on your list, or regional showcases featuring multiple coaches.

8. Make official and unofficial visits to schools: Schedule visits to campuses to meet with coaches, tour facilities, and experience the college atmosphere. An official visit is funded by the college, while an unofficial visit requires you to cover your own expenses.

9. Apply to your target schools: Even if you've been in contact with a coach, you'll still need to apply to the college through their standard admissions process.

10. Sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI): If you're offered a scholarship or spot on a collegiate team, you'll sign an NLI to officially accept the offer and commit to the school.

Following these steps will put you on the path to being recruited for college track & field. Good luck, and don't hesitate to reach out to your high school coach or athletic director for guidance and support throughout the process.

7 months ago

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