College Gym News is thrilled to announce the launch of the College Gym News Recruit Ratings. The system is the first of its kind for collegiate gymnastics and uses a formula that combines competition scores with video analysis.
“This has been a long time coming,” Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Grimsley said. “In an effort to continue to legitimize gymnastics as a ‘real’ sport, we wanted to create a rating system that evaluates recruits just like the big guns in football and basketball.”
The system combines “score points” from a recruit’s recent competition history with “video review points” based on analysis from available videos to come up with a final score out of 25 for each event for a total of 100 to determine a star rating. Elite gymnast ratings are calculated solely on video review. Gymnasts who earn a 5-star classification received at least 78 total points while 4-star recruits have between 63 and 77 points and 3-stars received at least 48.
“The points formula is intended to describe the current level of the gymnast rather than put a limit on her potential,” Data Editor Jenna King said. “A 5-star rating is the equivalent of saying that the gymnast could make multiple lineups at a top-10 program tomorrow. The ‘score points’ part of the equation is heavily weighted by consistency in USAG level 10 competition during the last two years, while the ‘video review points’ are based on qualitative categories that are important in NCAA scoring, including form, technique and difficulty level.”
The system will roughly follow standard recruiting timelines for updates and releases with ratings for the classes of 2021 and 2022 being released at the time of the system’s launch. The class of 2023 will be rated and released right before June 15, 2021, which is the date after which college coaches are allowed to begin contacting rising juniors. Recruits in the class of 2022 will also be re-rated after the 2021 level 10 national championships in May to reflect progress over the 2021 season. Those new ratings will be updated and released in June as well.
The announcement of the College Gym News Recruit Ratings comes in time for the start of the signing period for the class of 2021 on November 11, 2020, which is shaping up to have 14 5-star recruits. Follow College Gym News on Twitter and Instagram to be the first to see each part of this exciting launch as they occur. A full launch schedule is as follows:
- Friday, October 2-Tuesday, October 6: Four to five 5-star recruits released daily for the classes of 2021 and 2022 leading up to launch day on October 8.
- Wednesday, October 7: FAQ goes live, answering every question you could possibly have about the rating system, from “Is rating gymnasts mean?” to reasons why a gymnast may not have a rating. Plus, Instagram Q&A @collegegymnews.
- Thursday, October 8: Launch day! The recruit ratings landing page, which includes our databases, goes live.
- Friday, October 9: Finally, we put all our hard work to good use, analyzing everything from top-rated gymnasts in each class to underrated recruits to keep an eye on in a number of fun features.
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