I am currently a freshman at a UK university and have dreams of running in the NCAA. Does anyone know if it is possible to transfer from a UK university to an NCAA school? What times would I need to run in the 400m, 800m and 1500m to get recruited? Does running for the university this year impact my eligibility?
I have signed many athletes from the UK out of their equivalent to our HS and several after they attended 1 year at a UK University. With that being said, you might be surprised at how different one USA University is compared to another in terms of competitiveness.
I would look at the Universities top 2 athletes in your events (400/800/1500 ) and if you are running times similar or better reach out to that event coach and there maybe possible scholarship dollars for you. Also, look at those athletes classifications (Fr, So, Jr or Sr) as you may be talented to run for the University but if they are predominately 1st or 2nd year athletes there maybe no scholarship money available (USA Universities have a set scholarship allotment for T&F and it various from University to University)
In terms of eligibility, the athletes I had who ran in the BUCS races lost 1 year eligibility for that sport. If they ran for their club they did not lose a year. It kinda sucked because most of the Uni teams had no coach and it was a bunch of athletes who threw on a Uni singlet just to run 1 or maybe 2 races to represent their Uni in the BUCS races.
What are your personal bests? How long have you been training seriously? What does your training look like (high mileage, moderate, low etc)? What are your grades like? A combination of the 4 play a role in how coaches will look at you.
As far as I’m aware for D1 your 5 year clock starts as soon as you graduate high school (please correct me if I’m wrong!) so even if you don’t go to college you’ll still lose a year of D1 eligibility for every year you’re removed from finishing your A-Levels. For D2 you have 10 semesters to compete, so if you do a 3 year undergraduate in the UK you’ll have burned 6 semesters and have 4semesters (aka 2 years) left to use to run XC & Track
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