Recruiting 101: Staying Positive When Your Friends Are Getting Recruited

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When it seems like everyone else is getting recruited but you haven't found your "spot" yet, here are some tips for staying positive:

1. Make a commitment to celebrate.


Be happy for others, but also pat yourself on the back for your own accomplishments. If you are a new level 10, it may be that you achieved adding a new skill to an event or you may be proud of yourself for staying calm at your first Showcase. Your reality is going to be different from any other gymnast you see, and that's okay.

2. Never compare your beginning to someone else's middle.


Remember you may just be moving into level 10 whereas others may be in their third year. There is a big difference in consistency and development when you have multiple years of competing level 10 under your belt. It takes time to achieve 10.0 start values on four events. Some gymnasts attain skills much quicker than others. Your strengths may be academics and you might have to work much harder in the gym. Don't make comparisons!  

3. Contentment teaches us that who we are is already enough.


When you come home from a Showcase or High Tech camp having seen gymnasts with more skills, you must remember you are enough. The sport of gymnastics is what you do -- not who you are. You are not just a gymnast, but a sister, friend, and daughter, and this will be true throughout your entire life. Being content is the key.

"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." - Epicurus

Jill has an advising service called JH Consulting which helps parents and gymnasts navigate the college recruiting process. You can contact her for more information by going to the www.jhicksconsulting.com and call for a FREE consultation.

Utah Red Rocks Preview Gives Glimpse Into 2018 Season

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Utah hosted their annual Red Rocks preview at the Huntsman Center on Friday night in front of 5,100 adoring fans on Friday. All 12 Utes on the roster showed at least two events and Co-head Coach Tom Farden was pleased with the performances he saw. Watch routine videos from the exhibition HERE.

Highlights From 2017-2018 NCAA Preseason Previews

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The 2018 NCAA gymnastics season kicks off next month, but fans were treated to a sneak peek at what the top programs are working on in various preview meets this past weekend. 

Ivana Hong Among Five Newly Elected To USA Gymnastics Athletes’ Council

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Complete 2018 NCAA Meet Schedule

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View the complete schedule for 2018 NCAA competitions below.

Head Coach Kristi Ewasko's Contract Not Renewed For SEMO Gymnastics

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Release via SEMO Athletics

2018 Pac-12 Conference Season Preview

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Bylaw Amendments Adopted By USA Gymnastics Board Of Directors

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Led by president and CEO Kerry Perry, USA Gymnastics has made official amendments to their bylaws after the changes were passed by the board of directors on December 9. 

Top 5 NCAA First-Meet Matchups For 2018 Season

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The start of the 2018 NCAA season is right around the corner, with teams and fans eagerly awaiting the first matchups of the year. The first official week of competition begins right after New Year's Day, kicking off on Friday, January 5.

Simone Biles Becomes Honorary Texans Cheerleader

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The sweet, sweet power of Twitter never fails to make dreams come true far and wide. A few weeks ago, Simone Biles let the world know that being an NFL cheerleader would be the most fun. Next thing we all know, it's Miss Biles on the sidelines during Sunday's game! 

Oklahoma No. 1 In 2018 NCAA Coaches Poll

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The results are in from the 2018 NCAA Women's Preseason Coaches Poll, and Oklahoma sits on top with 33 first-place votes.