Attending a women’s track camp is a good idea if you’re a high school track recruit. Camp can help high school girl’s runners and field athletes in several ways.
- Instruction provided by experts, like college track coaches and former college track athletes, is a great way to learn better technique and improve your running skills.
- Women’s track camps do provide some exposure to college women’s track programs. But it is very important for high school athletes to realize that they’re not going to be “discovered” at track camp. Coaches already familiar with your track stats might take a closer look at your skills at camp. But if a coach doesn’t know who you are when you show up at camp, it’s a safe bet that they won’t know you when you leave.
- Track camp lets you get a good glimpse of other high school runners and track athletes. This can help you see which skills you need to work on.
- A college women’s track camp can give you a good idea of what campus life is like. You get a chance to live in college dorms, see a school’s athletic facilities and gain some experience that might eventually figure into your decision when you eventually choose a school.
Choosing a Women’s Track Camp
It’s important to spend time researching a camp. But first, decide if you’re going to track camp mainly to work on your technique, or because you hope to gain exposure.
If you decide to attend track camp to improve your technique, find out as much as you can about the coaching staff. How much experience do they have? Do they have a good history of producing talented runners, jumpers, and weights athletes?
If exposure is your goal, go to a women’s track camp at a college that’s already recruiting you. Keep in mind that women’s track coaches don’t really scout at camps, so go to a college where they already know who you are. Find out which track and field coaches will be on the staff, and contact them before camp to let them know you’re coming.
What’s the difference between college women’s track camps and private camps?
College track camps are staffed by college track and field coaches. They can provide a very high level of instruction. But college women’s track camps also offer a recruit the chance to get a feel for the track program she’s considering. Camp lets you check out the campus and athletic facilities, as well as gain familiarity with the women’s track coaching staff.
Private track camps are not associated with college track programs, but they still can offer a high level of teaching. There are dozens of quality private track camps run by former college track athletes, coaches, and even Olympians. And, several focus on specific skills (sprint camp, throws camp, pole vault camp, etc.). If you’re considering a private camp, find out the qualifications of the staff. If you’re hoping to improve your technique these camps can be a great option.
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