Track Recruiting

What Questions Should I Ask On My Official Visit?


Official Visit


Plain and simple, your official visits will determine where you attend school and which team you compete for. I would suggest that you compile a specific list of questions based on what is most important to you that goes well beyond topics such as available athletic scholarship money, admissions spots, coaching philosophy and program goals.

Identify various factors that will have a significant impact on the quality of your overall experience. Below you will find a series of potential questions to ask that will help you do so.


How much time is required to commute back and forth to and from training sites?

When does the track team actually have access to the facility they are showing you - particularly shared indoor turf fields that the football team also uses?

How often do you run from campus and how often to you travel to trails?



Is there an athletic trainer assigned specifically to the team?

Do you have access to the training room on the weekends, even after early Sunday morning long runs?

What type of preventive measures are used - ice baths, NormaTec, etc?

Does the school have easy access to an Altra G and/or an underwater treadmill?

Do they offer adequate support with physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists?



Are study hall hours required of all student-athletes?

What type of access is there to tutors?

What type of walk-in support is provided?

Do athletes get preferential treatment when enrolling for classes?



What time of the day do you practice?

Is there an athletic trainer on-site during practice?

Are nutritional needs adequately addressed on site - water and post workout recovery foods/drinks?



How many training shoes will you receive throughout the course of the year?

How often are spikes replaced?

What will your training kit consist of?

Will you receive adequate warm/cold weather and rain gear?



Who goes?

What criteria are used to determine travel squads?

Are there alternative meets if you don't make the travel team?



Is there a full-time staff member in the area of professional development specifically within the athletic department?

How supportive are the alumni in helping athletes find internships?

Will someone assist you in creating a resume and letter of application?

What are they doing to assist you with finding a job upon graduation?



What does a typical Saturday night consist of?

Does the team party and drink?

Do team members live together?

Where does the majority of the team live - residence halls or off-campus?

What is the food like - are there adequate healthy food options?


For more information concerning NCAA Rules and Regulations in regard to Official Visits – CLICK HERE 





Below you will find the general track and field recruiting standards NCAA I Power 5 Schools are using to determine how much scholarship money to offer a current prospect. Most schools have three standards that they adhere to:

1. WALK-ON -  For more information on NCAA I Walk-On Standards (CLICK HERE

2. PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP -  For more information on NCAA I Partial Scholarship Standards (CLICK HERE)


Below you will find the performances that are needed to get a full-ride to an NCAA I school. 


EVENT       MEN / WOMEN                          

100m         10.35       11.50                

200m         21.00      23.50                         

400m        46.90      53.00                          

800m         1:49        2:07                              

1600m        4:04      4:47                           

3200m        8:50        10:30                         

110HH      13.65       13.50                   

300IH          36.50      41.80             

400IH          51.50       58.50                           

PV               17'          13' 3"               

LJ                25'           20'           

TJ                51'          41' 6'                         

HJ                7'             6'                        

SP              63'            50'             

Dis             200'           170'         

Jav            225'            160'        

Ham          225'            185'     






Three Reasons Why To Consider A Public Ivy – College Track and Field Recruiting

College Track and Field Recruiting

Public Ivy League Schools

track and field scholarships




Are you an Ivy League type-student? If so, when considering where to attend college and compete athletically, most of you will be encouraged to pursue Ivy League institutions or other notable high-end private academic universities such as Duke, Stanford, MIT, and John’s Hopkins. 

However, as you begin to create a list of potential schools and programs, you may want to consider casting your net a bit wider. Are there any public schools out there that can match the caliber of top private schools? Yes, and here are three reasons to consider “Public Ivy League” schools:

1. Affordability

Public Ivy schools are potentially significantly more cost-effective based on your family’s financial situation. According to Laura Staffaroni of PrepScholars, the median price for tuition of the top Public Ivy Schools is under $14,000/year for in-state students.

Additionally, not only do “Public Ivies” have some of the most competitive cross country and track and field programs in the nation, they also give out athletic scholarships and while this is true for some top private schools such as Stanford and Duke it is not the case for any Ivy League colleges or NCAA III institutions like MIT and Chicago.

2. Acceptance Rates

Although, “Public Ivy League” schools are still difficult to get into there is no doubt that top-tier private schools and Ivy League universities are significantly more selective. Average acceptance rates at the nation’s top five private schools are approximately 6-7% compared to an acceptance rate of around 25%at the top 5 public universities.


3. Enrollment Size

Are you looking for more of a big school feel or experience? According to Laura Stafforoni, the median undergraduate population for an Ivy League institution is around 6,400 students, while for a Public Ivy it's closer to 25,000 students.

If you want to apply to an academically rigorous, fairly selective, and well-known public school, you should absolutely consider applying to a Public Ivy. It makes great financial sense to apply to a Public Ivy in your state, and while Public Ivies can get more expensive for out-of-state students, they're still usually cheaper than a private college or university.

Here is a brief list of schools/programs you may want to consider as you are compiling your list:

Most Selective Academically and Competitive Athletically: UCLA, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Michigan, UC-Berkley

Other of Note: William & Mary, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Vermont, Washington, Florida, Penn State, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue, and Texas.

For further information on Public Ivies see: