Division 3 Player but question

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  1. braedenM

    braedenM New User

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    I am more than likely a NAIA or Division 3 player, but i have been told that i can play D2. I feel like i am playing my best tennis of my life right now and i should film me for coaches, but i am leaving tennis for a month. My coach says train when i get back, what do you think?
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    I am now a junior(going into junior year)
     
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  2. andfor

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    Your story is unclear. It sounds like you are in college don't play college tennis but want to. Or you might be playing DIII tennis but looking to transfer. Or you are a junior in High School and looking to play college tennis. Which one is it?
     
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  3. braedenM

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    Sorry for the confusion, im in high school and looking to play division 3 and NAIA. I need to film a highlight video for a coach.
     
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  4. andfor

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    I don't want to seem too short with you, but H.S. players coming here looking for advice to play college tennis has been discussed a number of times. I'll sum it up for you. Practice as much as you can. If you can get some coaching as well, all the better. More important, you need to play as many matches as you can. Play for your H.S. team. USTA tournaments is the best way to get noticed and build a playing history. If you can make a film great. Make a tennis resume and list your tennis and academic accomplishments. Send your tennis cover letter to as many coaches as you can. Call them. You can call them as much as you want, they just can't call you back until after July 1 going into your senior year. Most of coaches emails and phone numbers can be found on their team web pages if you look. Many coaches can be reached on Facebook as well. Friend them. Be proactive with your recruiting process. Don't wait for coaches to call you.

    Post your video here if you're open to critique. Don't want to scare you but some of the posters can be brutally honest, but then most have the intent to help.

    Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
     
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  5. lightthestorm

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    how many stars and whats your rank in your state and/or country?
     
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    What level would you rate yourself if you had to self-rate for USTA tennis league ?
     
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    Do you know what league/conference you want to play in?

    I have 2 kids that played D 3 and the level of play between conferences, schools within the conference and individual players on the ladder can vary dramatically.

    You are only a junior so you have time to gather a lot of info. Most D 3 conferences and a lot of individual schools have web sites. You should be able to find video of play in that conference on those web sites. You can flip through the rosters and stats and history of the team for the past 5 years or so.

    I would strongly encourage you to visit schools in your conference of choice and most importantly attend matches. Often if you feel confident you can introduce yourself to the coach and have a chat.

    More importantly, you can see the dynamics and varying skill levels in the matches and see where and if you fit.

    D 3 tennis can be an awesome experience.... I encourage you on your quest.
     
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  8. braedenM

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    I would rate myself a 3.0 or 3.5. It is a estimate, but who knows. I do like a couple of schools, Wisconsin Lutheran, Drew U, Pacfic Lutheran... I have researched alot of schools and i know which ones i can and cannot play on. Thanks for the advice though! Ill use it and keep everyone updated!
     
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  9. LeeD

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    Would think you are at least a 4-4.5, if college tennis is in your aspirations.
    Most 3's are beginners, less than a year of tennis.
    Most 3.5's are 2 years thru a hundred years of tennis, a basic decent playground player.
    If you are good enough to need to set up matches and practices ahead of time, you are at least 4-4.5 level.
     
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    I completely agree with everything mentioned above. Sending at least an email out to the schools you are interested in is very important. These rules are spot on for D1, but D3 coaches are allowed to call a player as early as the freshman year. Also, if you have the means to make a recruiting video do it. The video should be between 5-15 minutes of unedited point play with a wide angle so the coach can see as much of the court as possible. The points should be competitive, and don't do just a video of highlights or drills because coaches don't care what your strokes look like - they want to see how affective they are. Good Luck!
     
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    3.5 can play at the bottom of the ladder on most D 3 programs.....again, can't emphasize enough you need to research, talk to coaches and take road trips to view matches to find a fit.

    A 3.5 with reliable ability to hit the ball in can be invaluable on a D 3 team even as a practice player....and skill will increase dramatically with daily play and coaching. In other words, you won't be a 3.5 for long. USTA ratings mean very little to most D 3 coaches, neither of my kids were ever asked a USTA rating question, the coaches wanted to know where they played in their HS ladder and what their record was. Both were strongly recommended by their HS coaches based on competitive drive and personality (easy to coach, didn't give HS staff any lip)Of course my son's serve gunned at 125+ didn't hurt him either :)

    Keep in mind most D 3 teams have 1 or 2 players who have D 1 ability and for whatever reason decide or need to settle for D 3 action. You cannot judge your ability to fit in for example by viewing the No 1 singles, no 2 singles, or no 1 doubles action. You need to see matches down the ladder.....I would recommend not even watching 1,2 singles or 1 dubs when you take your visit, walk down the line and focus on the other matches, probably 5/6 singles and 3 doubles. It is critical that you take the road trips and watch matches there will not be a lot of video of 5/6 singles on most D 3 web sites....but believe me those points count the same as the glamour matches, coaches want to win those too, I have seen many D 3 matches where the 1/2 singles and 1 doubles matches are won with ease and the overall match is lost 3-6 or 4-5.

    A 3.5 would at best slide into the 5 or 6 slot or 3 dubs ( 9 points are at stake in a D 3 match assume your high school matches have 7 points) but you will play your way into the school's ladder by winning ladder matches.....I have seen many better players beaten out of a D 3 lower ladder spot by a fierce, scrambling, annoying 3.5!!

    If teams have extra players (most D 3 coaches like 8-12 players on the squad) exhibition matches are played if a court opens up. So even if you do not make the team's ladder you will likely be playing scored matches. If you are a friendly, agreeable kid and you can hit the ball in between the lines very few D 3 coaches wouldn't keep you around.

    Do not be discouraged, keep playing and remember the one who hit's the most practice balls usually succeeds!
     
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  12. hrstrat57

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    If I recall correctly Drew is a very strong D 3 program, dunno about the others you list.
    Check out the NCAC ( Ohio ) too a lot of great D 3 schools.
     
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  13. braedenM

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    I personally dont know than maybe im a 4.0 or 4.5? All i know is i can win and compete with the states top talent. I am making a recruiting video later this year. Also yes Drew is a strong d3 program. Thanks for all the input everyone!!
     
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  14. tennisnj

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    Get the attention of the Drew head coach who frequently posts on here. Tennisjon is his user name. See what he has to say.
     
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    Do a search for teams you are interested in on Tennis Recruiting .net. It will show most of the incoming players as well as those recruited from previous years. Some DIII's get 2 and 3 star players each year. Others don't even get 1-stars. That will give you a feel for the likelihood of making the team.
     
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    First figure out what kind of education you want, and how good a school you can get into academically. Unless you think you can make a living at tennis, get a useful education.
     
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  17. braedenM

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    I know, all the schools i am interested in have a great education for me.
     
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    You have to sit down and ask yourself some questions before getting all into which school and what division...

    • Why do I want to play college tennis at all?
    • What's the motivation?
    • What's the short-term gain?
    • What's the long-term gain?
    • Are there other alternatives?
    • How will it affect my studies?
    • How will it affect my girlfriend or friends in general?

    I'm certain you'd be able to find a reasonable person to hit with while in college outside the team which means you can do it without all the commitment to a team.
     
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