Collegiate Track & Field/Cross CountryAthletic life beyond high school
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.
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
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?
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
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 FastWeb.org Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
How to get Recruited BeRecruited.com NCSA.com Prospective Student-Athlete forms Contact coaches directly Be prepared to be bombarded with contact
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
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.
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.
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