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When to start the recruiting process?

One of the most frequent questions I hear from parents is, “When is the right time to get started with the recruiting process.”

When your daughter is a Level 9 or a freshman in high school, whichever comes first, this is the right time to get started with the process. This is when you will start working on the four phases of recruiting!

Parents then say, “But my daughter is young and not even in high school yet.”

It’s not too early to get started in the process if your daughter is a Level 9 gymnast. There are many things to do in preparation for communicating with coaches including research, education, attending the right summer/fall camps, building your video platform and setting both academic and gymnastics goals to work toward.

And, the most common phrase I hear from parents who are clients of JH Consulting is, “I wish we would have started earlier.” Once parents work with an advisor, they realize there are many things they could have done earlier in the process to help their daughter’s future in the sport of collegiate gymnastics. Of course, starting early is not a guarantee to success, but it sure helps in the overall process and can make a difference in your daughter’s gymnastics journey.

One thing is clear, skills drive recruiting! However, there are so many talented gymnasts with excellent skills, so anything to separate your daughter from the others may give her a bit of a competitive edge.

If you are interested in getting started with the recruiting process, email me at or go to the website and click “get started” to fill out a form.

Luan Peszek is an advisor for JH Consulting. JHC helps families navigate the recruiting process from start to finish with a proven track record of placing over 80% of their clients to college teams in both artistic gymnasts and Acrobatics & Tumbling. If you would like more information go to or email Luan at


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