It is a process. Start early, start building relationships with college coaches.
(PRWEB) March 29, 2012
AthleticScholarships.com, a premiere college athletic scholarship and recruitment information portal, has just released Division I women's cross country recruiting guidelines. The recruiting guidelines highlight what college cross country recruiters and coaches consider to be the ideal stats for high level recruits.
It is important for athletes and their parents to understand that evaluating potential recruits is not an exact science and competition in Division I women's cross country is high. The guidelines were created to help student athletes better prepare themselves for the recruitment process and also elevate their odds of getting recruited by a Division I women's cross country team.
NCSA Senior Educational Speaker and recruiting expert Charlie Adams had this advice, " I think what families struggle with the most is they don't understand you need to start early. It's like retirement. It is a process. Start early, start building relationships with college coaches." Adams himself has been through the collegiate cross country recruiting process with his son who now runs in college. Adams also stresses that it's about more than just playing. Getting cross country scholarships to pay for an education is one of the most, if not the most, important factor, and the educational programs should be considered when talking to colleges.
Division I Women's Cross Country Recruiting Stats for High Level Players
High School Experience:
- Varsity Starter 4 years
- Team Captain and MVP
- Meet of Champions High Finish or Qualifier
- State Champion or High State Finisher
- All-State, All-Conference, All Region recognition/honors, etc.
- USATF Association Championships (State JO's)
- USATF Regional Championships (Regional JO's)
- AAU Nationals
- USATF National Junior Olympic Outdoor Cross Country Championships
- USATF National Club Cross Country Championships
Division I Cross Country Recruit Stats - Tier 1 Upper Level / Tier 2 Mid to Lower Level
5,000M (5k) Tier 1: Recruit - 18:30
5,000M (5k) Tier 1: Roster - 19:00
5,000M (5k) Tier 2: Recruit - 18:50
5,000M (5k) Tier 2: Roster - 20:30
10,000M Tier 1: Recruit - 38:32
10,000M Tier 1: Roster - 39:34
10,000M Tier 2: Recruit - 39:14
10,000M Tier 2: Roster - 42:42
Preferred Grades for Division I Women's Cross Country Recruits
- 3.0 GPA
- ACT score of 24 or higher
- SAT score of 1000 out of a possible 1600
To get more recruiting stats for women's cross country or men's cross country recruiting, please visit: AthleticScholarships.com
AthleticScholarships.com is a leading provider of college athletic scholarship statistics and recruitment information. The organization helps student athletes identify opportunities and make connections with recruiters across the country by gathering stats on a wide variety of men's and women's sports and delivering the information in an easily searchable format that allows users to search by sport, state, division and school.