All over the world, several hundred thousand men and women cross country athletes compete at the high school level. Only a small percentage of those participants are lucky enough to go through the college recruiting process and eventually earn a scholarship to an NCAA, NAIA, or Junior College institution. To make sure you’re included in that percentage, CCR is here to help with information you can use to separate yourself from other recruits pursuing college cross country scholarships in both indoor and outdoor events.
The only one who can guarantee you a college cross country scholarship are the coaches themselves. Using a recruiting service such as CCR assists the recruitment process through our proven method of working with high school athletes pursuing college cross country but even then there are certain things that CCR cannot control like your physical and academic development. Therefore, to give yourself the best chance of earning a college cross country scholarship means that you, as the athlete, must work hard and do your part to make yourself the best prospect available by also working as hard as you can in the classroom to earn the best grades you can. That doesn’t mean you have to earn perfect marks in all your classes or standardized tests; but in the same way you push yourself in the weight room, on the field, or the cross country to prepare yourself physically, you must bring the same dedication to your studies and trying just as hard to be your best academically.
College cross country recruiting started yesterday, so the sooner you get started the better. CCR recommends beginning at the start of your ninth grade year as there are certain classes athletes need to take in school to be eligible for a college cross country scholarship. In cross country recruiting, as with life, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Involve your family and have a discussion about your goals to earn a college scholarship. Together, you can create a game plan to follow year by year that will help you stay on course. Involving CCR can help your family, as a support system, to refine that plan and providing access to services like having your abilities evaluated by our team of cross country recruiting specialists. Everyday, college cross country coaches are being sent athlete information and film all the time from potential recruits. Having a neutral, objective evaluation done by our team of cross country specialists at CCR provides a layer of validation to your abilities that helps separate you from other college cross country recruits as we have earned the trust of our tremendous network of college cross country coaches that regularly recruit our athletes and seek prospect information from us.
While cross country recruits can research and find a template for an athletic/academic resume that can be emailed to coaches, how does one know that the information they’re providing is what a college cross country coach is looking for? In the same way that CCR performs a comprehensive evaluation on your athletic abilities, our team has a refined process that helps create a comprehensive academic/athletic resume that makes the recruiting process for college cross country coaches a much easier and organized process as our vast network has facilitated access to anything they may need from contact information to film on a potential recruit.
Defining yourself as a college prospect that desires to earn a college cross country scholarship is more than just making a 4-year decision to attend an American University. Choosing a college can be one of the most influential decisions that a person can make in their lifetime athlete or not. CCR wants you to know that academic and social fit with an institution take precedent and that your athletic ability is simply the vehicle to help set you up for the rest of your life if you end up not being part of the even smaller percentage of college cross country athletes that perform professionally. As a member of CCR, we are here to answer any questions that you may have to help you communicate with college coaches and answer any questions you may have throughout the college cross country recruiting process.
The keys to cross country recruiting success are starting early, exposure and commitment. Take the first step today and we'll help guide you through the rest.