Universities and colleges award track and field scholarships to talented track and field athletes. These scholarships allow athletes to participate in collegiate, intercollegiate matches, and national championships.

Track and field Scholarships – When is the best time to go to the USA?

The best time to begin recruiting and go to the USA for a track and field scholarship is right after graduation from high school or up to two years after. Only athletes ages 18 – 24 can compete within the NCAA college leagues. Athletes older than 24 may compete in the NAIA. Coaches are increasingly committing to recruit younger athletes as this gives coaches a longer period of time to work with the athlete. For international athletes, it is possible to go to the USA for one, two, three or four years. The amount of time an international athlete spends in the USA depends on the degree they wish to receive and their eligibility.

We recommend going to the USA as early as possible, this gives athletes the best chance of gaining a scholarship and turning professional after college.

Track and field scholarships – How good do you have to be?

Track and field scholarships can be achieved if an athlete competes at the right level. For high performing track and field athletes the chances to receive a full scholarship to compete in Division I are relatively high if you know who to contact.

In order for athletes to gain the most opportunities from their profile and thus receive higher scholarship offers, it is important that they try to participate in national tournaments prior to starting college recruiting in the USA. Competing in national tournaments and competitive meets shows college coaches the athlete is ready to compete at a higher level.

If an athlete is competing at the national level they have a greater chance of receiving a full (100%) track and field scholarship. Coaches also look at an athlete’s potential, it’s a vital aspect of the sport, as coaches know from experience that even moderate athletic performance can be boosted immensely with their intensive training methods. A college recruitment coach will look at a sport CV , videos, and our staffs advice regarding the athletes ability.

To find out whether you have what is takes to obtain a track and field scholarship and therefore be placed in a college team, please complete our free application form, so our team can evaluate your potential as a possible future 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.

American TRACK AND FIELD Facilities


Track and field training on a track and field scholarships program
If you gain a track and field scholarship, practice schedules will be made at the college coaches discretion following NCAA practice regulations. A college track and field athlete should expect to practice at least 5 days a week, 3-5 hours a day. Practices may consist of training as well as additional strength and conditioning. This higher level of training received from competing on a college 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, 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 track and field season
The track and field season always begins in spring. If you are looking to join a track and field college team you need to be signed to the college team around a year before.

Track and field National Championships

Women: NCAA I+II: June
Men: NCAA I+II: May