In the United States, there are over 1.200 universities offering scholarships to athletes looking to combine sports and study at an university. College Track & Field is divided in three seasons: indoor track season, outdoor track season and cross country for long distance runners. As a Dutch Track & Field athlete, it will be a different experience in the United States.
Track and Field and education in the United States
Track & Field is sports in its purest form. The sport has been practiced ever since the Greeks started doing so 776 years before Christ and forms the base of the Olympics. Although it has been practiced for what seems an eternity, Track & Field is yet to lose any of its shine. Especially in the United States, where athletes are considered legendary and there is an obsession with records and medals. The United States is considered top of the bill with athletic giants such as Brianna Rollins and Grant Holloway.
Everyone sees the glory moments, but they don't see what happens behind the scenes.
Allyson Felix, University of Southern California & 5 Olympic gold medal-winner
An important different is that you are not only performing for yourself, but also for the team and university. Your team usually consists of male and female sprinters, long distance runners, hurdlers, pitchers, jumpers and all-rounders. In general a team has between 40 to 60 athletes in its roster. During the season, you will be taking on other universities at various ‘track meets’. The goal is to obtain as much points as you can for the team. This approach results in an incredible team spirit and high level energy during these tournaments.
Facts and figures
Claim the spotlight in the sports crazy America!
As a student-athlete you are absorbed in the sporting environment on a daily basis. You practice, travel and play games on an elite level. And in between all these sessions and games, you have access to the best facilities and specialists that make sure you maintain and improve your condition levels.
Besides the busy sports schedule, your study is demanding as well. As a student-athlete you will need great discipline for starters. Together with your academic advisors and coaches you will be developing your own schedule, which allows you to perform on the track and in the classroom.
The right match with the university, because each talent is different
Your ambitions might differ from your teammates. Perhaps your ceiling is higher than those around you, while others are already satisfied with living the American way of life. Whatever your reason to go to the United States may be, we will make sure to find the right match, that fits your athletic and academic background.
Close contact with your parents
To find the right match we look at your ambitions and capabilities, as well as what college coaches in the United States are searching for. On a daily basis we are in touch with coaches who are looking to add exciting talent to their roster. We rate universities based on their academic and athletic performance. During this complex process we are close to the action to make sure the right choices are made. Naturally, we will also be in close contact with you and your parents. Due to this diligent and concerned approach KingsTalent has built a strong reputation in the United States, which has led to us receiving more requests from coaches than we could ever live up to!
Are you ready for your next step?
KingsTalent guides you!
Have you made your choice? Then we will follow you closely in the USA. Not literally, of course, but we keep in close contact together and do not want to miss anything of your sporting achievements. In fact, if you want, we will report extensively on your adventures. The contacts with your home front also remain strong. Within a few days you will know whether you qualify for your life-changing experience.