We're about to start the 2017 season, and it's time for us to release our annual Ranking of Recruiting Classes.  We wait until January to release this ranking because the recruiting calendar now extends year round, and we're seeing an increasing number of teams get mid-year additions.  And once again, we're seeing some of the negative unfortunate consequences of early recruiting:  gymnasts are not signing to their original classes, some choose not to matriculate or other life changes intrude (including, unfortunately, injury).  This year's ranking has seen all of that and more, as places shifted with each new late signing…
Teams have been hard at work all Fall, as they prepare for the upcoming season.  Many teams have held public intrasquads, while others are getting ready for public demonstrations and practice meets in early December.  Here's a collection of what some of the teams have been up to:
Check out uur gallery of 2017-2018 recruits!  These gymnasts signed in the Fall of 2016 for the start of school in the Fall of 2017. 
The college search for athletes has grown complicated and increasingly competitive, especially during the past 10 years. There are countless components that require keen attention in developing and executing a successful plan of action, and with the high stakes competition for athletic scholarships, the walk-on prospective student-athlete is opening up greater opportunity on the college recruiting front.
What are some of the characteristics that make up "The Ideal College Gymnastics Recruits"?  Here are five: 
The college search for athletes has grown 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 that “run the offense.”
I was talking with one of my clients about her decision to go to a Division III gymnastics team and this is what made her decision easy.
The synergy between social media and college recruiting continues to grow in popularity and is evolving into the primary tool of communication between prospects and college coaches. Student-athletes can offer coaches with instantaneous updates about college recruitment, and if used prudently, these high tech platforms can help streamline evaluations significantly and help college coaches recruit better.
We've passed the mid-point of the season and we're approaching the final stretch.  With March we see a mad dash to secure coveted Regional Seeds and qualifying spots.  The National Rankings have now switched to the Regional Qualifying Score or RQS.  The RQS is computed by taking a team's top three away meet scores and assembling the next highest three scores (home or away).  The high is discarded and the results are averaged.  The Top 36 teams qualify to the Regionals, and the Top 18 are seeded and distributed among the six Regional sites (more on this later). 
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