Women's Gymnastics Recruiting Guide

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson
Cell Phone: 205.394.9909
Office Phone: 205.348.3831
Email: spatterson@ia.ua.edu
Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla
Cell Phone: 205.310.9966
Office Phone: 205.348.0461
Email: braschilla@ia.ua.edu
Assistant Coach: Dana Duckworth
Cell Phone: 205.310.0123
Office Phone: 205.348.8381
Email: dduckworth@ia.ua.edu
Operations Director: Rita Martin
Cell Phone: 205.239.9416
Office Phone: 205.348.3830
Email: rmartin@ia.ua.edu

Prospective Student-Athlete Questionnaire

We ask that all potential Alabama gymnasts follow the following link and fill out the questionnaire.

Prospective Student-Athlete

You become a “prospective student-athlete” when you start ninth-grade classes. Once you start classes for the 9th grade you have 4 years to complete high school without delay.

The Recruiting Process

Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires.
  • You may make calls to the coach at your expense only.
  • A college coach cannot call you, or return your calls.
  • You may receive brochures and material from the University.
  • You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits.
  • College coaches may watch you compete in person, but they may not speak to you face-to-face.

Junior Year

  • You may begin receiving recruiting materials beginning September 1 of your junior year.
  • You may make calls to the coach at your expense.
  • A college coach cannot call you, or return your calls.
  • You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits to the school.
  • College coaches may watch you compete in person, but they may not speak to you face-to-face.

After Your Junior Year

  • A college coach may call you once per week starting July 1 after your junior year.
  • Coaches are allowed to make off-campus contact with you beginning July 15 after your junior year.

Senior Year

  • College coaches may call you once per week beginning August 1. They can also make unlimited calls the day after you sign an NLI, written offer of admission and/or financial aid; OR the day after you are admitted to the college and it receives a financial deposit from you.
  • Off campus contact is allowed but limited to 3 opportunities to speak to or visit you and your parents during your senior year.
  • Official visits are allowed beginning on the opening day of classes your senior year.
  • You may make only one official visit per college and up to a maximum of five official visits to Division I colleges.
  • You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits to the school.

Official visit

Any visit to a college campus by you and your parents paid for by the college. The college may pay all or some of the following expenses:

  • Your transportation to and from the college;
  • Room and meals (three per day) while you are visiting the college; and
  • Reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest.

Before a college may invite you on an official visit, you will have to provide the college with a copy of your high school transcript (Division I only) and ACT, SAT or PLAN score and register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Unofficial visit

Any visit by you and your parents to a college campus paid for by you or your parents. The only expense you may receive from the college is three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest. You may make as many unofficial visits as you like and may take those visits at any time except during a dead [recruiting] period, which are very rare. You can avoid planning your visit during a dead period by simply asking the coach ahead of time.

Steps to Achieving Eligibility

Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Start planning now!
  • Work hard to get the best grades possible.
  • Take classes that match your high school’s List of NCAA Courses. The NCAA Eligibility Center will use only approved core courses to certify your initial eligibility.
  • You can access and print your high school’s List of NCAA Courses at NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • At the beginning of your sophomore year, complete your online registration at www.eligibilitycenter.org.
  • If you fall behind, do not take short cuts. Classes you take must be four-year college preparatory and must meet NCAA requirements.
  • Home School students and/or students taking online (non-traditional) courses either through your home school or high school must verify your courses have been submitted and approved through the NCAA Eligibility Center. Don’t assume that they are even if your Home School or High School is accredited!
  • For more information on Home School, or online (non-traditional) coursework please visit the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Juniors

  • Register to take the ACT, SAT or both on a “National Testing Date” and use the NCAA Eligibility Center code “9999” as a score recipient. Doing this sends your official score directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Continue to take college preparatory courses. Double check to make sure the courses you have taken match your school’s List of NCAA Courses.
  • Ask your high school counselor to send an official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center after completing your junior year. If you have attended more than one high school, the NCAA Eligibility Center will need official transcripts from all high schools attended (The NCAA Eligibility Center does NOT accept faxed or emailed transcripts/test scores). The NCAA Eligibility Center does accept transcripts electronically through Docufide/Parchment, e-Scrip Safe, ConnectEdu, National Transcript Center and Xap.
  • Before registering for classes for your senior year, check with your high school counselor to determine the number of core courses that you need to complete your senior year.

Seniors

  • Take the ACT and/or SAT again, if necessary. The NCAA Eligibility Center will use the best scores from each section of the ACT or SAT to determine your best cumulative score.
  • Continue to take college-preparatory courses.
  • Check the courses you have taken and the courses you plan to take to be sure they are on your school’s List of NCAA Courses.
  • Review your amateurism responses and request final amateurism certification on or after April 1 (for fall enrollees) or October 1 (for spring enrollees).
  • Continue to work hard to get the best grades possible.
  • Graduate on time (in eight academic semesters).
  • After graduation, ask your high school counselor to send your final official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center and our College/University of choice with proof of graduation. The NCAA Eligibility Center accepts transcripts electronically through Docufide/Parchment, e-Scrip Safe, ConnectEdu, National Transcript Center and Xap.
  • An "official" transcript is one that is sealed, notarized, and sent by your school.

Eligibility Requirements

If you want to participate in athletics or receive an athletics scholarship during your first year, you must:

  • Graduate from high school;
  • Complete these 16 core courses:
    • 4 years of English;
    • 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher);
    • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school);
    • 1 extra year of English, math, or natural or physical science;
    • 2 years of social science; and
    • 4 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy);

    Note: Courses with similar content may be deemed duplicative by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

  • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses; and
  • Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course grade-point average and test score sliding scale (for example, a 2.400 core-course grade-point average needs an 860 SAT score).

Time Limitation on Core Courses

  • You must complete the 16 core-course requirement within four consecutive academic years (i.e., eight semesters) from the start of ninth grade.
  • Students graduating early (in less than eight semesters) must still meet core-course requirements.
  • If you graduate on time from high school within four consecutive academic years (i.e., eight semesters) from the start of ninth grade:
    • Prior to full-time collegiate enrollment, you may use one additional core-course unit that was completed within one year after high school graduation but prior to your first full-time collegiate enrollment.
    • You may complete the additional core course at a location other than the high school from which you graduated.
      • You will be required to provide a transcript with grade and credit from this school.
  • If you have taken more than 16 core courses, the NCAA allows you to use your best 16 core courses when calculating your core GPA (as long as you use four English, three math, etc.).
  • FOR 2016 GRADUATES: The NCAA initial eligibility requirements are increasing beginning in 2016. In addition to the current requirements that are stated above, you must complete 10 of your core courses by the completion of your junior year. Seven of those 10 core courses must be in the subject areas of English, math and science. When calculating your final core course GPA after high school graduation, you must use at least 10 of the core courses you completed prior to your senior year in the calculation, even if your grades improved your senior year and you could have replaced some of your lower grades under the old system outlined above.
    • In addition to the core course changes, beginning in 2016 the sliding scale is increased as well. For example, under the old standard, a 2.5 core course GPA required a 820 SAT whereas under the new standard, a 2.3 GPA requires a 1000 SAT.