For the past several seasons, we have made an assessment of each incoming recruiting class and have provided a ranking. This year, the task proved to be especially tough. Today, there is much greater access to information on the athletes, their skill level, level of polish, and of course, their accomplishments, so we cannot rank an athlete merely on her resume alone. The athletes’ college choices also reflect increased parity, making the job of ranking the Top 10 Recruiting Classes quite difficult.
Georgia tops the Women's Preseason Coaches Poll, pulling down 13 first place votes. Utah was 2nd, with six first place votes. Bama was third, but 8 voters rated them #1. Florida, in 4th, and UCLA, in 5th, each pulled down two first place votes. LSU, Stanford, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Oregon State made up places 6 through 10. For the rest of the Top 25, keep on reading...
The college search for athletes has grown more complicated and increasingly competitive, especially during the past 10 years. There are countless components that require attention in developing and executing a successful plan of action, along with several key “players” who make-up the team. Parents can play a significant role in the recruiting process and in my opinion; they should make an active commitment to enthusiastically assist their children from start to finish in what will be a very important life decision.
Have you ever found yourself scratching your head during an introspective moment, in an attempt to figure out how someone or some team grabbed the brass ring before you did? I have! It can be a low and frustrating inner debate, but in most cases the difference between success and failure can be a very fine line and the game changer was simply that… The other guy “found it” and you didn’t. This is a very simple statement to make and the probable solution to a challenge that haunts a lot of us in many areas of our lives, but…
SEMO tops the list of teams in the 2009 Scholastic All America rankings, according to a release from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches, Women. They repeat at winners of the National Academic Team Championships, with a remarkable 14 athletes achieving perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
As prospects navigate the college athletics recruiting process, the level of their “command of confidence” will not only assist them in developing a positive and effective approach to recruiting, it will be “picked up” by the college coaches and assist the prospect in standing above the rest of the pack. Self confidence doesn’t just “appear"; it is a skill that is developed naturally and with experience and can offer student-athletes an effective tool that can be skillfully used in navigating the college recruiting process.
I was a 2 sport athlete in high school and I was pretty good. Not that I was the blue chip kid all the coaches were drooling after, but I was a New York State Champion Gymnast and State runner up in Track and Field. I really did not know much of anything regarding skillful tactics in getting on the radar screen of the college coaches and quite honestly, did not begin the recruiting process until well into my senior year of high school. I’m thankful that both the Track and Field and Gymnastics coaches at Temple were paying attention…
It seems as earlier and earlier the recruiting season begins, the later and later we write this article. In fact, there seems to be four different recruiting seasons for each class: the junior year; summer/fall heading into senior year; the spring of senior year; and finally, early graduation for a January start! Next year, we fear we will be adding a fifth category; the sophomore year.
Earning the right to be a college athlete doesn’t happen over night. It takes time, dedication, training, talent, research and planning. Here are the top ten things you need to know to get started on your quest to earning a top gymnastics college scholarship
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