If you are a cross country athlete looking to gain an athletic scholarship, this section will help you understand what cross country scholarships consist of.

Universities and colleges award cross-country scholarships to talented cross country athletes. These scholarships enable the receiving athlete to participate in collegiate, intercollegiate meets, and national championships. If you are a male or female athlete you are able to gain a cross country scholarship.

For international athlete the best time to go to the USA on a athletic scholarship is right after graduation from high school. Athletes may leave for the USA up to two years after high school graduation but only athletes between the ages of 18 – 24 may compete within college leagues. Athletes older than 24 may compete in the NAIA. Coaches are increasingly committing to younger athletes as this gives them the opportunity to work with the athletes for a longer period of time. It is also possible to go to the USA for one to four years depending on if you wish to seek a bachelor’s degree. We would recommend going to the USA as early as possible because this will give you the best chance of gaining a cross country scholarship and potentially turning professional after college.

Cross-country scholarships – How good do you have to be?

Athletic cross-country scholarships can be achieved if you are at the right level. For good cross country athletes on the level of the Division I the chances to receive a full scholarship are relatively high if you know who to contact.

In order to gain the most opportunities from your profile and thus receive higher scholarship offers, it is important that you try to participate in national tournaments prior to starting the recruiting process. Participating in these types of tournaments will show college coaches that you are capable of competing at a high level.

If you are competing at a national level then you have a greater chance of receiving a 100% athletic scholarship. Coaches will also look at an athlete’s potential, it’s a vital aspect, as coaches know from experience that even moderate athletic performance can be boosted immensely with proper training methods and competing at a higher level. A college recruitment coach will look at a sport CV or the athlete, photographs, video and our staffs advice regarding the athletes ability.

To find out whether you have what is takes to obtain a cross country scholarship and therefore be placed on a college team, please complete our free application form.

The team can evaluate your potential as a prospective college athlete. If the team, believes you have a chance you will be invited to join our program. A sports consultant will go through everything you need to know about the sports scholarship process.

Cross Country Facilities


Cross country training while on a cross country scholarship program

If you gain a cross country scholarship, practice schedules will be made at the college coaches discretion following NCAA practice regulations. A college cross country athlete should expect to practice at least 5 days a week, 3-5 hours a day. Practices may consist of cross country training as well as additional strength and conditioning training. This higher level of training received from competing on a college cross country team allows athletes to reach past previously attained levels of fitness and performance. If you feel you are currently lacking strength in muscle and size fret not as Athletes USA works with industry leading sports nutrition brands that supply our athletes with sports nutrition products approved by the NCAA as well as information on how to reach your true potential in the gym.

The cross country season

The cross country season always begins in winter (Fall Term/ August). If you are looking to join a college cross country team you need to be signed to the college team around a year before.

National Championships

NCAA I+II: November

NAIA: November

NCAA I+II: November
NAIA: November