Medicine Hat Bulldogs Track & Field Club
Medicine Hat, AB

 

 

Provincial Championship Division II Club of the Year 2014 & 2017

 

           

 

  
 

 

 

University / College Recruitment

  


Things to Know About Track Recruiting:

Finding a college or university track and field scholarship can be a difficult process. But learning how recruiting works can make getting a track scholarship easier.

 

When does the individual track recruiting process start?

Recruiting for track can start as early as middle school. It’s never too early to start the track recruiting process. There are thousands of track programs and that is why recruiting for needs to start early.

 

Things to Do as a Track Recruit:   

  1. Develop your recruiting game plan and get evaluated by a third party. College / university track coaches don’t have the budgets to travel and see a lot of potential recruits in person, so they rely heavily on times and evaluations provided by athletes and coaches.
  2. Post your athletic and academic resumes online. Track recruits need to provide coaches with easy and organized access to times, statistics, academic information and track videos.
  3. Get in touch with at least 25 college / university track programs. Begin with a large list of potential schools to help ensure that the perfect fit rises to the top when the track recruiting process ends.
  4. Selecting a college / university is an extremely important decision. Do your research and make an educated choice, not only as a track recruit, but also as a student.
  5. Create an informative highlight video that shows your skills.  Because track and field is about turning in the best times and distances, your statistics are what interest coaches the most.   
  • Sprinters: Feature your starts and show complete races to illustrate your form.
  • Distance Runners: Show your starts and highlight your ability to be aggressive, to gain position, and to kick at the end of the race. Include two to three complete races.
  • Cross-Country Runners: Feature complete runs if you can. Cross - country can be difficult to film, so also include footage of 1,200 and 2,000 - meter runs if you have them.
  • Jumpers: Choose several jumps that show your best form.
  • Weights: Use footage that proves you’ve got excellent technique and form.

  

Checklist for Athletes:

Regardless of your athletic ability or academic standing, you can dramatically increase your chances of being recruited by being prepared and polished. Here’s a checklist of important tasks that you’ll need to undertake at various points in the recruiting process, beginning freshman year of high school.

 

Academic:   

  • Begin SAT / ACT test preparation
  • Apply to all colleges / universities you are interested in attending

 

Athletic:   

  • Join a club or team outside of your high school that will provide more competition and better coaching

 

Post-Secondary Tools:

Athletics Canada Post Secondary Opportunities 

  NCAA Student/Athletic Eligibility