Advice on Starting a Team?

Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by SirBlend12, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. SirBlend12

    SirBlend12 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2008
    Messages:
    415
    I'm going to a very small DII school that currently does not have a tennis team. In the last 2 years they are rapidly adding Varsity teams that were Club or intramural sports, and tennis has still not made the switch. The thing is that about 4 years ago they went from being DIII to DII and previously had tennis as Varsity, but at the switch, more than half of all the teams became only Intramural or club. Is there any kind of way to help start a team back up? I was planning on talking to the Athletic Director, but beyond that, I'm not sure what to do.
     
  2. dork2tennisstud

    dork2tennisstud Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2006
    Messages:
    102
    Talking to your AD is probably your best best. I'll be awfully impressed if you pull it off. Good luck.

    Now as far as starting a college club team goes, I can help anyone with that.

    Where do you go to school? Do you have a club team already? I think you'd be surprised by the high level of play around the country.
     
  3. SirBlend12

    SirBlend12 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2008
    Messages:
    415
    Lake Erie College. It's about 20 mins outside of Cleveland OH. Like I said, they are adding teams back, and I heard tennis might be the next one. they do have it intramural, and I think there might be a club team, as well.
     
  4. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2004
    Messages:
    12,740
    Location:
    USA
    That's a tough call.
     
  5. dork2tennisstud

    dork2tennisstud Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2006
    Messages:
    102
    If you end up getting a club team together (like a travelling intramural all-star team), there are a few other college club teams out that direction. Michigan and Miami's teams are at least as good as an elite D-3 team.

    Michigan - ctofficers@umich.edu

    Miami of Ohio - shultzkr@muohio.edu

    West Virginia - Brandyn.Fisher@mail.wvu.edu

    Ohio State has a team, too, but I can't find their contact address right now.
     
  6. dcipulli

    dcipulli New User

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    Messages:
    3
    Location:
    Tucuman, Argentina
    The most important thing that athletic departments wants to see is numbers. That being said, if you can show how many more students the school would get if the were to add a tennis team you would have a decent chance at getting them to hear you out.
     
  7. Dave Mc

    Dave Mc Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    122
  8. dizneeland

    dizneeland New User

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2007
    Messages:
    28
    There are plenty of teams to play in the GLIAC, but I think a lot of them have dropped tennis, or at least men's tennis--Gannon, Mercyhurst, Hillsdale, etc.

    You're going to have to contend with Title IX, too.
     
  9. SirBlend12

    SirBlend12 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2008
    Messages:
    415
    Wow. Thanks. I didn't quite expect anyone to have that much info. I'll see if I can't figure something out.
     

Share This Page