Can you play division 1 now for 1 year if you are born 1990 or is it too late?

Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by MaratSafin_fan, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. MaratSafin_fan

    MaratSafin_fan Rookie

    Jan 4, 2007
    I think if I am right that players born 1990 are the oldest age right now in division 1. Can they still search for teams now as freshman or is it too late?
    Is NAIA the only alternative right now?
  2. mmk

    mmk Professional

    Sep 20, 2011
    1 AU from the Sun
    Don't know about tennis, but certainly Division I football has players that don't enroll until they are above that age. For example, Brandon Weeden didn't enroll at OK State until he was 23, and redshirted his first year. Happens with people that go into the military after high school, Mormon (amongst others) missionaries, etc. Heck, in Weeden's case he played pro baseball prior to entering OSU.

    I can't recall from 37 years ago whether there was anything about age when I played DII tennis, just that once you started you could only play for four years.
  3. Clemson_tennis

    Clemson_tennis Legend

    Feb 18, 2011
    San Antonio/Austin
    Anderson University had a 25 year old Freshman a few years ago. thats D2 but I doubt D1 would be much different.
  4. woodrow1029

    woodrow1029 Hall of Fame

    Jan 24, 2012
    I believe for Division 1 you have 5 years from when you graduate high school to use 4 years of eligibility.
  5. tennis_ocd

    tennis_ocd Hall of Fame

    Aug 17, 2011
    I think the subtlety of these rules are beyond a simple forum answer; eligibility could go from no age limit to 20 (if enrolling full-time at 16.) In a sentence (and an entirely unqualified, unaccountable two cents) for D1 the 4 year clock typically starts at 21 (or earlier upon full-time enrollment) assuming a student participated in some type of organized activity with the sport and doesn't have an acceptable exemption - US military service, medical or mission work. My understanding is you could be 40 y.o. if never involved in an organized activity or had a US military career. One needs an expert to determine individual cases.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012

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