Division 1 experience

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  1. ranman123

    ranman123 New User

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    I'll be playing at Illinois State University next year. I was wondering what to expect? What's it like going to practice day one with strangers that in a few weeks will be your teammates? Just, what can I expect to happen or what should I know you wish you would have? Thanks
     
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  2. chris-swede

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    it is like a new club in europe i think
    be open for everything
    new mates
    new coaches
    new training
    trying to adapt everything
     
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  3. merlebo02

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    these will be your team mates for the next couple of years, do your best to get alone with everyone, if not your life could be miserable!! Put in the extra effort as teammates will not respect you for a half hearted effort!!! Have a good attitude and respect for others and you are golden!!!

    A good coach will also have some team bonding exercises that should have you guys gelling in no time!!!


    Enjoy the experience!!!
     
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    I am friends with one of the players there and he is a really cool guy and likes his team. You will have a great time!
     
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    It doesn't matter if you are a 5-star freshman who was recruited to play #1 right away or if you're a no-star walk on who just hopes to make the travel roster, you haven't done anything yet and you're going to have to earn the trust and respect of your teammates. Work hard, don't argue, don't complain, and above all respect the seniors/leaders of the team. I wouldn't be worried about getting hardcore hazed but be prepared to do stuff like carrying bags or cleaning up, or public embarrassment stunts. Don't whine about it, just do it. If you show that it doesn't bother you guys will leave you alone. Be humble and honest. One way to make enemies right away is by being arrogant or whiney. I spent a lot of my freshman year asking for rides from upper classmen and being a hitting partner for them to whoop on, but if you work hard they'll respect you for it and after you've sweat and bled together these guys will be your brothers for life
     
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  6. ranman123

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    tennisbuck who's the guy you know? What a small world.
     
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  7. JW10S

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    All this is pretty much true. I played on scholarship for an NCAA National Championship team. When I got there I was 1 of only 2 freshman on the team (we both made the starting line up). The 1st day of practice the coach took me and the other freshman aside and said, 'Look, I know you guys were hot shots where you came from, you wouldn't be here otherwise, but you're nothing here, everyone's good, everyone was a hot shot. You're going to have to prove yourselves to me and the other players. We don't care what you DID, we only care what you DO. Get it?' We both swallowed hard and said yes. While some would call that tough love I think it was best for us. We worked our tails off, earned spots in the starting line-up, and the respect of the coach and our teammates. Just expect to have to earn what you get and you will be fine. College tennis is a GREAT experience.
     
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