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Running in College


2013 Presentation of what it takes to run track & field and cross country in college. Designed for high school athletes.

2013 Presentation of what it takes to run track & field and cross country in college. Designed for high school athletes.

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  • 1. Collegiate Track & Field/Cross CountryAthletic life beyond high school
  • 2. Disclaimer The NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA, and NCCAA rulebookschange frequently. Some of the details of thispresentation may change. This presentation is designedto give you an overview of what it takes to become acollegiate track & field/cross country athlete and tofamiliarize yourself with this process.
  • 3. Preview Divisions (NCAA I,II,III; NAIA, NJCAA, NCCAA) Athletic Scholarship Information Recruiting Services (BeRecruited, NCSA, Forms) NCAA Eligibility Center Official/Unofficial Visit How to Choose How to Commit Life of a college student-athlete Benefits
  • 4. Athletic Scholarship Info “I’m being recruited by X school, so I must be gettingscholarship” NCAA Division I 18 (Female) 12.6 (Male) NCAA Division II 12.6 (Female) 12.6(Male) NCAA Division III0 (Female) 0 (Male) NAIA 12 (Female) 12 (Male) NJCCAA 30 (Combined M&F) Fully Funded?
  • 5. Divisional BreakdownNCAA Division IAlabama State UniversityAlabama A&M UniversityAuburn UniversityJacksonville State UniversitySamford UniversityTroy UniversityUniversity of AlabamaUABUniversity of South AlabamaNCAA Division IIMiles CollegeStillman CollegeTuskegee UniversityUniversity of MontevalloUniversity of Alabama at HuntsvilleUniversity of North AlabamaUniversity of West AlabamaNCAA Division IIIBirmingham Southern CollegeHuntingdon CollegeNAIAAUMFaulkner UniversitySpring Hill CollegeTalladega CollegeUniversity of Mobile
  • 6. Financial Aid Academic Scholarship ACT > 25 SAT > 1200 GPA > 3.0 Amounts vary Foundational Scholarships Based on school Interview based Leadership positions Amounts vary Government Grants FAFSA (Pell Grant) Outside sources Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
  • 7. How to get Recruited Prospective Student-Athlete forms Contact coaches directly Be prepared to be bombarded with contact
  • 8. Links
  • 9. Official Visit vs. Unofficial Visit Official Visits – SR’s Only Paid for by the institution $ Room $ Meals $Transportation $ Entertainment Limited to one per institution Allowed five total NCAA Division I OV’s Unofficial Visits – All ages Paid for by the PSA Entertainment provided by institution Unlimited
  • 10. Recruiting Terminology Dead Period Quiet Period Contact Evaluation In-Home Visit Red Shirting Camp/Clinic Incidental Contact National Letter of Intent (NLI) National Signing Day
  • 11. Moving Forward… Apply for admission (SR) Transcripts & Test Scores (SR) NCAA Eligibility Center (JR/SR) Tour Campus (FR/SO/JR/SR) Apply for Housing***(SR) Attend Camp (FR/SO/JR)
  • 12. Pros & Cons – NCAA Division I Practice outfits and athletic equipment Team strength and conditioning coach State-of-the art training and game facilities Top-notch competition Larger class sizes Athletic time commitment Strong pressure to perform athletically Traveling cross-country
  • 13. Pros & Cons – NCAA Division II Student-to-teacher ratio Less pressure to perform athletically Less cross-country travel Less support for program Athletic time commitment Lack of facilitiesStack Magazine “Divisional Breakdown” – Jan/Feb 2009
  • 14. Pros & Cons – NCAA Division III Student-to-teacher ratio Games played in immediate region Easier to play two sports Minimal summer commitment Lack of fan support for program No athletic aid available Lack of facilitiesStack Magazine “Divisional Breakdown” – Jan/Feb 2009
  • 15. Pros & Cons - NAIA Student-to-teacher ratio // Coaches have fewer recruiting restrictions // Less pressure to perform athletically // Transferring between schools is easy Lack of facilities // Coaches may be faculty members as well // Athletic time commitmentStack Magazine “Divisional Breakdown” – Jan/Feb 2009
  • 16. Pros & Cons – NJCAA I,II,III Better opportunity to play right away Chance to improve GPA to get admitted to a four-yearcollege NJCAA Division I programs can offer full athletic scholarships NJCAA Division II programs can only offer tuition, fees andbooks NJCAA Division III programs cannot offer athletic aid Lack of facilities
  • 17. Where do I belong? “If I woke up tomorrow and couldn’t run anymore,would I be happy here?” ACADEMICS!! Do they have your major? Or a major that will prepare me for professional school? Honors programs? Will I get admitted? Athletics Travel opportunities Top 10 in XC Can I score at their championship meets
  • 18. Committing and Signing Verbal Commitment Notify other schools National Letter of Intent (NLI) Housing Deposit Signing Day!!! Final Amateurism FAFSA Contact Team/Other Signees MOST Recruiting restrictions lifted Physicals/Shots/Orientation/Summer Training
  • 19. Am I Good Enough? Target school conference results Current roster WALK ON!! Prove yourself Top 10% = more failure 11-20% have the most success Examples…
  • 20. Life of a Collegiate Track&Field/XC Student-Athlete Advantage of having a team. Traveling Mentors Academic Resources The bigger the school, the less you stand out. New definition of “good”. Time management New coaching style (good or bad) Training is more demanding.
  • 21. Personal Advice Enjoy every minute. Be patient in your training. Buy in with what your coach is doing. Be a leader. Be a team player. Be humble. Learn to fail. Learn to succeed. Push your limits. Know your limits.
  • 22. …Since I have a Captive Audience…