You want to understand the complexities of the recruiting process

Every family has questions about the recruiting process. If you feel anxious or lost in this process, that’s fine. We understand how complicated, and potentially stressful, the recruiting process can be. Even Jay and Patrick have to stay on top of the rule changes each year, and they have close to twenty years of experience as college coaches.

How do you educate yourself? If you’ve read the Recruiting Guide you know that Distance Running Recruiting provides clear, concise information.

To fully understand the process you need the Essential Recruiting Resource - nine hours of audio that will empower you to navigate the recruiting process successfully.

This investment is risk-free, as we have a seven-day money-back guarantee.

The Essential Recruiting Resource is a tremendous value at $77.

By understanding the recruiting process you can confidently contact college coaches, and find a great fit for your daughter or son.

Unfortunately many families go through the recruiting process uninformed and their daughter or son ends up discontented with some aspects of their school or team.

Your family can have a different experience, so long as you’re educated about the recruiting process.

Get our nine-hour Essential Recruiting Resource to fully understand the recruiting process and find a great fit for your daughter or son.

Here’s what’s included in the nine-hour Essential Recruiting Resource.

We spend two sections going in depth with each of the ten points in our Recruiting Guide.

  1. Determine the most important factors in choosing a school

    1. Education

    2. Team environment: Coaching, Resource, History of success

    3. Location

    4. Cost

  1. Have a sense of where your athletic and academic abilities place you

  2. Prepare to be recruited

    1. Develop a timeline with parents and coaches

    2. Talk to other athletes at your school or former graduates about what their recruiting processes were like so that you have some basis for comparison

  3. KISS - “Keep It Simple, Stupid” with the email to the coaches

    1. Name, HS, PR, Test Scores, GPA, class rank, HS coach contact info, intended major

    2. NCAA ID if you have it

    3. Don’t tell your story in the first email

  4. Have athletes like you developed in the program(s) you’re looking at?

    1. Do your due diligence and go through their roster. See who had similar HS PRs and see if they’re running faster now

  5. Official Visits

  6. FAFSA - Free application for Federal Student Aid

    1. Understand FAFSA

    2. Many schools offer pre-financial aid read

    3. Aid/Scholarship structure of a given school in a given division in a given conference

  7. Scheduling your official visit

  8. NLI - National Letter of Intent

  9. Don’t over-think it - Make a decision


In the next two sections we cover four athletic factors every family needs to consider.

  1. Coaching

    1. Coaching Success

      Team vs. Individual

      1. Recruiting success is different from coaching success.

      2. Are there people with your profile on the team that are successful?

    2. Head Coach ~ Distance Coach

    3. Goals of the Head Coach

    4. Is it the same coach for men and women?

    5. How many asst. coaches are there? How do they support the head coach?

  2. Program

    1. Percent of Scholarships in Distance

    2. Policy on Scholarship Increases

    3. Budget of Program

    4. Program Goals

      1. Win Conference XC vs. Make NCAA

      2. Score Points in Conference in Track vs. Qualify for NCAA

    5. Meet Schedule / Competitive Opportunities / Travel Team Policy

    6. Policy or Philosophy on redshirting

    7. Policy on Transferring

  3. Team

    1. Training Partners

    2. People in your event group succeeding

    3. Time of day you train / Average practice day

    4. Athletes in different majors succeeding

    5. Socially how does the team stack up

  4. Facilities, Equipment, & Support Staff

    1. What are the training venues

      1. Outdoor Track

      2. Indoor Track

      3. Cross Country Course

      4. Soft Surfaces

      5. Hills

    2. Shoes / Equipment

    3. Sports Medicine / Athletic Trainers / Injury Policy / Insurance

    4. Academic Supports

    5. Strength & Conditioning Coach / Facilities / Locker rooms

Because we want to give you examples of how the process plays out, we’ve come up with two hypothetical athletes with defined criteria. So GPA, class rank and test scores, the annual family income, the state the athlete is from, as well as their PRs from their freshman, sophomore and junior year of track. We came up with both a hypothetical female and male as their options will be different.

Next, we cover the recruiting rules, including when and how coaches can contact a student, the difference between official and unofficial visits, and signing dates for the National Letter of Intent.

It’s important to have an idea about what students need to do each year in this process, so we carefully walk you through the sophomore, junior, and senior year for distance runners who want to run in college. These three sections combine for over ninety minutes of content.

Official visits are covered next, followed by the rules for NCAA Division III schools.

For so many students the Division III experience can be a great way to be part of a team with other like minded athletes. For many athletes the opportunity to run on the varsity in cross country and make the travel roster in track are very good, and in most cases Division III athletes will get an exceptional education.

The Essential Recruiting Resource ends with over forty-five minutes devoted to terminology, then ends with a Q&A with some of the most common questions we receive regarding the recruiting process.

The Essential Recruiting Resource is a nine hour resource that will help clarify, and in many ways simplify, the recruiting process. There is no reason families should feel lost or anxious in the recruiting process. Let us help you find a great fit - academically, athletically and financially -  for your daughter or son.