Gymnastics in the United States is really for the happy few, the crème de la crème. The ones that only have one goal in mind, which is a gold medal at the Olympics. To become a gymnastics student-athlete in the United States, you need to have extraordinary talent and incredible motivation to maximize your potential. The bar to become a gymnastics student-athlete in the United States is very high, as only 63 universities offer gymnastics in combination with study.
Being a gymnast means having the strength to hold on and the courage to let go
- Simone Biles, University of the People & 4 gold medal-winner
The structure of gymnastics in the United States
The gymnastics college season runs from January to April. There are 15 meets in total, which means you will practice less and more game time. The college association only allows 20 hours of practice a week. In comparison, professional gymnasts which perform in the Olympics typically practice 40 hours for one run. With women’s gymnastics in the NCAA, the traditional 10-system is used. Gymnasts start with a 10.0 and work their way down. A 9.95 is therefore still a near perfect store.
Facts and figures
28perfect 10'sJenny Hansen, University of Kentucky
15558fans recordUniversity of Utah
144Olympic medalsUniversity of Michigan
Perfect combination between gymnastics and study
As a student-athlete you are absorbed in the sporting environment on a daily basis. You practice, travel and play games on an elite level. And in between all these sessions and games, you have access to the best facilities and specialists that make sure you maintain and improve your condition levels.
Besides the busy sports schedule, your study is demanding as well. As a student-athlete you will need great discipline for starters. Together with your academic advisors and coaches you will be developing your own schedule, which allows you to perform on the pitch and in the classroom.
The right match with the university, because each talent is different
Your ambitions might differ from your teammates. Perhaps your ceiling is higher than those around you, while others are already satisfied with living the American way of life. Whatever your reason to go to the United States may be, we will make sure to find the right match, that fits your athletic and academic background.
Close contact with your parents
To find the right match we look at your ambitions and capabilities, as well as what college coaches in the United States are searching for. On a daily basis we are in touch with coaches who are looking to add exciting talent to their roster. We rate universities based on their academic and athletic performance. During this complex process we are close to the action to make sure the right choices are made. Naturally, we will also be in close contact with you and your parents. Due to this diligent and concerned approach KingsTalent has built a strong reputation in the United States, which has led to us receiving more requests from coaches than we could ever live up to!
Are you ready for your next step? KingsTalent guides you!
Have you made your choice? Then we will follow you closely in the USA. Not literally, of course, but we keep in close contact together and do not want to miss anything of your sporting achievements. In fact, if you want, we will report extensively on your adventures. The contacts with your home front also remain strong. Within a few days you will know whether you qualify for your life-changing experience.