College – The Next Phase . . .
Many young men spend their entire youth dedicated to the sport of gymnastics. And many athletes and their parents may be asking, what comes next? What are the options available to continue with gymnastics. This portion of the site provides parents and coaches education and resources to assist gymnasts in pursuing a successful collegiate career.
A couple key resources on the Internet regarding college gymnastics:
www.CollegeGymnastics.org – sponsored by the College Gymnastics Association
www.usa-gymnastics.org – USA gymnastics site
Where might I continue my gymnastics in college? If you hope/plan to be a collegiate male gymnast, you options are currently significantly limited compared to the women’s side of the sport. In response to Title IX which mandates comparable number of male and female athletes in the college ranks, collegiate men’s Olympic sports like gymnastics have been cut around the country. What was once a stronghold for the US, men’s collegiate gymnastics is limited. Scholarships for men’s gymnastics are also limited in each program to typically fewer than 7 (total) athletes per year. If you are hoping for your 10 year old to earn a gymnastics scholarship to college, you would be better served by investing in his college fund. Or better yet, investing in the Men’s Collegiate Gymnastics campaigns. Together, we can increase the funding and collegiate opportunities for men’s gymnastics!
If you want to learn more about college recruiting for men’s gymnastics, you may find the information at AthNet helpful: Collegiate Recruiting
You will also need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
Colleges Currently with NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Programs:
COLLEGIATE CLUB TEAM PROGRAMS
The National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs – NAIGC is a useful resource for exploring club programs for both men’s and women’s gymnastics.