D1 College in the South?

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  1. Cameron

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    I just read serveitup911's whole paper, that was long but really good. He was very diligent and organized in his college search. I think I have already messed some things up. I already emailed some coaches even though this is not a good time to do it because they are so busy. It is going to be hard and I am going to have to be diligent also. It helps that he is really really good at tennis and really smart too!
     
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  2. beernutz

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    They are definitely D1 (I work there). There are many more than 9 players: http://www.usajaguars.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8300&&SPID=3264&SPSID=38508 and http://www.usajaguars.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8300&&SPID=3255&SPSID=38451

    They are very competitive in the Sun Belt Conference and have been top 15 ranked as recently as a couple of years ago.
     
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  3. Nanshiki

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    Hmmm... and here the coach says they have six players.

    Don't think I'm going to be hitting with them any time soon though :D
     
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  4. beernutz

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    I have a friend of a friend on the team who I can ask for a status report.
     
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  5. chigui

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    Hi Cameron,
    I see that you are very interested in a D1 school in the south, but one thing I want to say is that coaches look first at results when they are selecting their prospects. So, what you need to do is to select a few schools you are interested in, and find out what levels they are recruiting to make sure they are in accordance with your ability (please be realistic). And the most important thing is to work hard everyday in your tennis, and try to improve you results. The better results you have, the better chances you get to choose your desired school.
    Don't forget that D2 schools can also be a good fit and with less time commitment from their athletes.

    Good luck with your search. I'm sure you will do fine.

    ps: Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard.
     
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  6. Cameron

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    Thanks for this. When I look at a college, I look at the team's roster and then I look up the players on tennisrecruiting.net to see if I am anywhere near their level. I think I have found a few good schools that have teams near my level. I am being realistic about it too, I definitely want to have a playing position. I am not closed to DII schools either, it is just that I am pretty sure the scholarships aren't as good. I have some natural talent, but I always work as hard as I can! One thing is for sure, hard work can take you very far! Thanks for all your help! :)
     
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  7. BigBUBBA

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    If you are interested in D2, try Washburn in Kansas...good school, and I have friends there and they are ranked very high in D2 and have a good coach.
     
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  8. Nanshiki

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    Ask the friend of a friend if they can be bothered to hit with a decent 4.0 or do the crap players have to pay? LOL
     
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    How about Middle TN? The coach seams cool!
     
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    Most college teams (trying to win and succeed) will try to recruit 4 to 6 new players a year...period. Things change...but each coach is looking to amp things up to improve and make his players work harder, so they are always improving.

    The mis-conception that JR players and parents have is that everyone is on scholarship. As I have "educated" in some of my other posts...a D1 team that's fully funded (few and far between) has 4.5 scholarships on the guys team and 8 on the girls side...the numbers are 4.5 and 6 respectively in D2.

    With that information, realize...you may have 3 foreigners with full scholarships on the team. That means you may have 5 or 6 others splitting 1.5 scholarships on a guys team, etc.

    FIND A SCHOOL THAT FITS YOU ACADEMICALLY, SPIRITUALLY, SOCIALLY, AND ATHLETICALLY...AND DON'T BE SO FULL OF PRIDE THAT YOU MISS SOMETHING AWESOME!!!

    I am not making a statement about this young lady at all...this is a generalized statement to all the hungry young players...too many are missing out on a great college tennis experience because they think it's scholarship or bust.
     
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    I liked some of the advice you gave this player, but where did you get the above comment?

    D2 is still scholarship tennis. If the program is a winning program or pushing, then they will have a coach demanding that they "bust it". They still represent the school and coach and are "getting something".
     
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  12. duketennisgal

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    I've known some people at DII schools that have an even tougher practice/match/workout schedule than others that I know at DI schools. It all depends on the competitiveness of the program and the coaches philosophies.

    It is extremely difficult to get a full scholarship to any school, especially if you are an American. From my experience the foreign players receive the scholarships first as Coach Carter stated, then the others split what is left. Getting a full ride just for playing tennis is near impossible, you are going to need some other form of aid, be it an academic scholarship, grant or even student loan.

    Don't give up though, there are a lot of schools out there looking for good players. Look at all kinds of schools, not just DI schools, you may be suprised at what you find.
     
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    I can speak to the financial side of playing college tennis as I was NOT on a tennis scholarship when I got there. I did have a swimming scholarship but left the team to play tennis instead.

    All of my schooling was paid for through a combination of grants, academic scholarships, and a student loan. I actually didn't receive any athletic scholarship money until my junior year.

    My advice on the financing side is that you need to go into the whole process not expecting ANY athletic scholarship funds and looking into other types of grants and scholarships. Student loans are last resort and are usually seen as a necessary evil.
     
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  14. Cameron

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    I guess that I was way off on the scholarship side of college tennis. I am still kind of confused about it. I always thought that DI colleges for women had around 8 full scholarships to give out. The reason that I thought this is because I live right next to Samford and they had 2 full leftover scholarships that were not used for the women. The men only had around 4.5 or something. I don't know if all this is right, but it is what my coach told me. If anyone could straighten me out on this, I would be appreciative. Thanks!
     
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    You're right about the scholarships for D1 tennis, 4.5 for men and 8 for women is the maximum. Bottom line is that some schools may have funding for the max number of scholarships other may not. Your best bet is to ask the coach about how many total scholarships they have available and how many scholarships they plan to give out to this years recruiting class. Also ask about what their assessment is of your ability and where they see you fitting in on their team. If you are talking this much to a coach and they have not offered a scholarship ask them if they are considering extending one to you. If not, what do you have to do in the short term to earn one, etc.?

    You are now experiencing what a job interview is like. :) Good luck.
     
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  16. Cameron

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    Thanks, that is good information. I am not talking to any one coach very much, just e-mailing some. I am only a junior, so the coaches are recruiting for 2009, not 2010 right now. I will ask them how many scholarships they have. Thanks!
     
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  17. Undrayon

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    Arkansas is a GREAT school. I live in Texas but all my family grew up there. The school is quickly rising in rank (overall) due to all the money contributed by Wal-Mart.

    I'm on a restricted computer (somehow let's me on here?) but I'm pretty sure the University of Texas at Arlington has a solid women's team.
     
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  18. JLyon

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    UTA does have a solid women's team, but a large majority are Czech or Eastern European going years back when Christian Wassmer was the coach.

    I would recommend looking at SFA in Nacogdoches, Coach Arrant is a great coach to play for, Sam houston is another smaller D1 school that is competitve in the Southland Conference.
    UCA, UALR, Arkansas State all have good teams as well.
     
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  19. andfor

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    Good interview for those considering college tennis with Florida women's coach Roland Thornqvist on www.tennisrecruiting.net. Lot's of good points to consider no matter your level of play.
     
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