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How to Win a Track and Field Scholarship

by Nov 20, 20200 comments

Collegiate Athletics

Athletics is one of the most exciting sports at collegiate level, as all the athletes across the different events come together as one sporting program looking to make their mark either on the track or on the field. We have had some amazing success with recruiting scholarships for Track and Field athletes, and sprinters, long jumpers and long-distance runners have all received phenomenal opportunities in the past few years. We would love for you to be the next star!

If you want to give yourself the best chance at getting a scholarship to compete at the college level, you will need to reach specific distances and times. These requirements can be found on our Athletics page right here

Earning yourself a track and field scholarship takes hard work and dedication. Your biggest hurdle, however, is yourself – you have to be able to put in the work for just those extra few centimeters, or shaving 10 seconds off your time. 

Kayla van der Bergh, Aspire Atlantic alumna

Hard Work and Dedication Pays Off

There is one student-athlete that has shown us – and the athletics community – that with his drive and determination to succeed, he could create a once in a lifetime opportunity for himself. In 2019 Jack was running some really good times and had good Division 2 options available to him. In January 2020, Jack asked me what he needed to do in order to get some interest from Division 1 college coaches. Jack had a fire in his eyes and he looked at me with such determination and told me, I’m going to run those D1 times! We had set out some targets for Jack to meet by the end of the athletic season in April but Jack only needed 6 weeks with his coach to reach his 400m Division 1 goal, a new PB of 47.16!

Soon after that Jack had some amazing interest from coaches across the States, but one university and athletics program stuck out for him: the University of Michigan. Jack has recently just signed with Michigan and will be joining them in Fall 2021. Hard work can really pay off and Jack is the perfect example of this. 

Matt Nortje, Aspire Atlantic alumnus

5 Tips to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Scholarship

  • Get a formal coach
    • Working with a dedicated coach can take you from being competitive to obtaining results and PB’s on a regular basis
  • Set yourself monthly goals and seasonal goals every year
    • You have to set yourself achievable goals in order to achieve your dreams
  • Create a great resume
    • Make sure to include your PB’s as well as your placings at specific events throughout the season
  • Record your competitions and training sessions
    • Coaches love to see how you compete under pressure as well as how you train 
  • Supportive Circle
    • Make sure to surround yourself with family and friends that have a positive impact on you and your dreams of studying overseas

Whether you want to achieve Division 1 or Division 2 standards, if you put yourself in the right frame of mind, with the right people to support you, you can do it. Aspire Atlantic is here to help you, your parents and your coaches through the entire recruitment process. If you want to be the next track and field athlete to earn a scholarship to a college in the USA, contact us for a free evaluation right away. 

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