Info about YVCC track and field, recruiting, scholarship eligibility, NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA rankings. Athletics program data follows where available. If you are a college sports fan, a long list of college and university team schedules, individual player stats, and the latest game results, can be found in the table below. If you are a player, on the other hand, you may compete either at the intercollegiate level for competitive sports, or simply play intramural sports on campus. Sports camps offer athletes a great way to train, and to work on specific skills with real college coaches during the off-season.
If you are thinking about playing college sports, attend a summer sports camp on the college campus, if it is offered. Not only will the coaching staff get a chance to see live play, but you can check out the feel of the campus over a longer period. While college sports websites can provide information and stats for track and field,
it's best to double-check with the athletic department for the complete track and field schedule. Not all recruiting is done like NCAA Division I football and basketball. NAIA college coaches have less rules on when they are allowed to talk with recruits, and NJCAA scouts may show up at your high school games without any notice. College coaches at different division levels have different recruiting practices. Colleges that are eager to recruit star freshman athletes may urge student-athletes to apply via early decision. Students who are considering applying via early decision should be aware of the rules and obligations that this commitment entails.
Athletic Training Exercises
Practice the basics, over and over, especially targeting skills related to your position. Become a super-specialist, and you'll always find your place on the team. Always maintain a positive attitude, especially when you're in pain, or losing a game. Believe you'll be successful, and then go out and make it happen. Push yourself, work hard, and you'll improve as a player. Find a position you really like to play, not just settle for what you're good at. Over the long haul, you'll have a better career. In the weight room, don't be fooled by players who are always pumping iron. It takes a lot more than big muscles to succeed in college sports. You need to develop muscle strength along a natural range of motion. Good, old-fashioned push-ups, with a clap in the air every other rep, will do wonders to increase your chest and triceps. Chin-ups will increase your biceps, and pull-downs will bring out your lats.
Track stars have revealed the secret to developing running speed. By taking deep breaths, and building up the supply of oxygen in your blood, you can prevent muscle cramps. As lactic acid builds up, and muscle fatigue sets in, untrained players think they've reached their limit. Track stars, and well-coached basketball teams, train by sprinting short distances, over and over. It's not fun, but it works. After a few months of training, the lungs begin to process oxygen more efficiently, and players find that they can run long distances non-stop, or sprint for a longer period of time.