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Information for Athletes

Academic All-American

Recognizing and rewarding academic achievement in junior gymnasts is paramount to the success of the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program. Encouraging a high level of academic achievement in our young athletes is as important as encouraging their athletic achievement. In order to be eligible for the USA Gymnastics Academic All-American Recognition award, you must be a current USA Gymnastics student athlete in grades 9-12 with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Home schooled athletes are also eligible. Athletes do not have to qualify to Junior Olympic Nationals to be eligible. The applicants GPA must be certified by the school counselor and should appear on the application, in all cases, converted to a 4.0 scale. A home schooled athlete must have his GPA confirmed by an accredited independent organization or school system that is responsible for oversight and certification of that athlete’s home school studies. In the absence of such confirmation, no Academic All-American Award may be granted (JOPC 9/13/13). The required application and certification must be submitted to the USA Gymnastics Men’s Program Manager by February 15, with a $20.00 per gymnast processing fee. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Academic All-American applications are to be completed online. After an application is submitted, the applicant will receive an email confirming the online submission.

Recruiting Timeline and NCAA Eligibility

Grade 9

  • Ask your counselor for a list of your high school’s NCAA core courses to make sure you take the right classes.

Grade 10

Grade 11

  • Check with your counselor to make sure you will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA core courses.
  • Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
  • At the end of the year, ask your counselor to upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Grade 12

  • Finish your last NCAA core courses.
  • Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary, and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
  • Complete all academic and amateurism questions in your NCAA Eligibility Center account at eligibilitycenter.org.
  • After you graduate, ask your counselor to submit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Division I academic eligibility

To be eligible to compete in NCAA sports during your first year at a Division I school, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve your core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.

NCAA Recruiting Timeline and Information

Athletes hoping to participate in NCAA, NAIGC, or other gymnastics opportunities in college should take a look at the information in this link. The early bird gets the recruiting trip.

Senior Bio's

All high school senior gymnasts should submit a biographical paragraph.

These bio's must be submitted prior to March 5th, in order for the bio to be included in the Regional Championships Brochure.  

As a reminder, all athletes 18 years of age and older must complete the Safe Sport certification prior to competition.  

The senior bio should include the following information:

1.  First and last name

2.  Gymnastics club

3.  High school

4.  Parents' first  and last names

5.  Coaches' names

6.  A short paragraph that describes your experiences in gymnastics, at your gym, and as a member of Region 6.  Be sure to mention the people who have made a particularly strong impact on you.  If you plan on attending college, what are your plans regarding your major and participation in gymnastics.  Perhaps include a few shout outs to family and friends.  

7.  These submissions should be between 50 and 100 words, spell checked and edited.