Selecting a College/University


1)  What kind of school do you want?

            . big, small, public, private, in/out of state, warm/cold climate, urban/rural

            . find school you can live & grow for 4 yrs. not just good coach

2)  Major

            . if not sure, pick a school that has a lot of offerings from which to sample in

              many different disciplines

3)  Narrow down schools

4)  Check out track programs

            . find what their recruiting needs are

            . email coaches & peers

            . post video/stats on the web

5)  Official visits

            .  pester coaches and other athletes with questions

            .  What is it like here? What are practices like?

               What's your philosophy of throwing? What's your philosophy of coaching?

               How's the head coach? How's the food?

               What do you do for fun? Where do you study? What’s it like to travel with the




Scholarships based on athletic ability

DI & DII do

DIII, Ivy league, US military academies does not


DI, II & III Schools:

DII Schools:

DIII Schools:



What college coaches look at

High school marks represent a starting point for the recruitment process. They look at state, regional, and national performance lists and select a band of individuals that match our expectations for athletes who will be successful in our program, and be successful in our schools. We try and take that very large list of students and narrow it down to a short list of students who are interested in our school so that we can then bring in for visits and try and get them as excited about our program as we are. We are well aware that great high school athletes do not always become great college athletes, and some of the best college athletes weren't good in high school (Especially true in the javelin and hammer).











Chronological order of assessment

1: Junior (11th grade) Performances. The DyeStat lists the national and state top performances of each thrower. Constant performances (low variance) throughout the season indicates consistency, increasing performances indicate improvement.

2: Height, weight, lifting maxes, previous years' experience, and other events/sports, per the application of interest form. This information, along with the primary event 11th grade performances, gives an indication of potential. Height cannot increase much, but weight is more adjustable with strength training and conditioning. Potential means that someone with lousy technique, low strength levels, or coming from a HS program with lacking coaching or facilities, may have room for improvement.

So a small thrower with potential may be interesting. However, a small thrower who has lots of experience, from a HS with great facilities and coaching, with great technique and good strength, may not have as much potential.

3: Assessment of technique and body composition through a recruiting videotape, web page, or recruiters' direct observation at state meets. A thrower may be big, but may have high bodyfat. Also looking for desire to throw, good attitude, good sportsmanship.

4: Assessment of attitude, fit with university, team, other throwers and coaches through the campus visit. 5: Most importantly, your level of interest and enthusiasm about throwing and competing, your passion for throwing, and your coachability (ability to listen, understand, and learn new techniques), are all desirable traits of a good recruit.

It is hard for coaches to justify a full scholarship to a jav thrower if this is his only event. So you have to be either great, or you must be willing and able to score in other events. You are more valuable if you can be a legitimate scoring possibility in two events in conference championships. Depending on your size and the needs of the school, you might want to consider also trying the hammer or the #35 weight throw indoors. If you are smaller and quite athletic in other events, you could dabble in the decathlon or other decathlon events. On the other hand, they don't throw jav in HS in all states, so the applicant pool is smaller than that of shot or discus.


Local schools                          Out of State schools

Shippensburg                          Ashland (Ohio)

Kutztown                                Southern Connecticut State

East Stroudsburg                    Delaware

IUP                                         East Carolina