Do College players have to pay for strings and stringing?

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  1. drgchen

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    For NCAA college players, do they have to pay for the strings and the stringing labor, or are they sponsored? Is there an allowance for the strings or how often they can get new strings?

    I often hear about various colleges using a particular brand of string, I wonder is that just because it is free, and the other strings need to be purchased, or if there is actually a reason the string is preferred. Some I have tried have been very mediocre compared to say luxilon, gut, or other premium multi.

    I've heard of players packages where they give you x number of racquets and or a bag/apparel for a discount but if they provide strings can you use a new stringjob every ball change like federer/nadal, or is there some limit to how often you can get luxilon strung per match?
     
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  2. Clemson_tennis

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    D1 players usually don't. I know at Clemson each player chooses their own strings.
     
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  3. floridatennisdude

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    Like all equipment deals, this will vary by school. The Oregon, Texas, Ohio State, and Floridas of the world get huge Nike allowances in the tens of thousands of dollars annually for clothes. Those are highly visible programs that Nike wants the swoosh all over.

    Same rules of economics is going to apply to tennis equipment. I don't know if any string companies give away their stuff in exchange for stencils or banners. But I bet there are deals cut in tit for tat agreements.

    That being said, a school is going to make sure the athletes have adequate equipment to compete. Strings are part of what is required so schools will buy reels of whatever a player needs and string it often enough that they have every necessary tool to be successful.
     
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  4. TennisTaxi

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    My son is at a lower level D1 private university and they have a string sponsor although he prefers a different brand, he will use it but on occasion pays for his own strings. I don't know about everyone on his team but he strings his own racquets...the school does have a stringing machine.
     
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  5. jaggy

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    I have heard that it is common for the coach to get a reasonable budget to string and some contract it and some do it themselves freeing up the money for other things. Varies by school I guess
     
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    We had a cheap team string. School had one machine. I paid a teammate $5 a racket. He used his own machine in his room and cranked the tunes and drank some brews.
     
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  7. Clemson_tennis

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    Each player for Virginia gets all their rackets restrung after each practice.
     
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  8. Overdrive

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    That sounds a little excessive, but their play styles probably cause the racquets to lose tension rather quickly.

    What racquet does Jenkins use? I'm not trying to emulate him, I'm just curious.

    P.S. He's an excellent player. I hope he does well in the future when he turns pro.
     
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  9. Overdrive

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    I hope none of the players on my team know how to string. I can make some money from stringing. :cool:
     
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    Doesn't sound excessive to me at all. I played my college tennis prior to the poly era; we all used synthetic gut. After every match or practice coach would have a stack of rackets to give to the stringer because we'd break strings so often. Not a lot of price difference between the lower end poly's today vs higher end synthetics in the 90's/2000's.
     
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  11. andfor

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    I played college tennis in the mid-80's Kevlar was new. Prince had a Kevlar/Prince Synthetic Hybrid. Saved big $$$'s. We would even patch the cross strings for practices to save a few bucks.
     
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    Yep free stringing here (Low D1 private Univ). The stringer is actually on student work hours funded by the school.
     
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    ah yes I remember Pro Blend quite well. Coach wouldn't let us near that stuff for the sake of saving our elbows/shoulders.
     
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  14. andfor

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    The memory of the pain is coming back now! Ha ha
     
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  15. Overdrive

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    That sounds like a pain in the butt for the stringer! But I guess he loves his job.
     
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  16. goran_ace

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    Probably a little annoying, but also a nice problem to have! I don't know many independent stringers who complain about having too much business.
     
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  17. Overdrive

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    Yes, that's true.

    I hope none of my teammates know how to string a racquet! I received a crank machine for free, and I just need to get some tools and a reel or string and I'm ready to go!
     
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    Or the money he makes from it. I'm starting to string for the club team at my school now, and I don't mind taking 4-6 rackets back home with me if a few of us hit for a couple hours at a time.
     
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  19. Towerofpower205

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    the top d3 schools get free string
     
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  20. josofo

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    i played 1 year of division 3 community college tennis.

    they wrote me a check for my restrings.

    usually bought us mcdonalds and gave us 55 bucks per diem (if i can remember) for year end regional tournament.
     
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  21. Overdrive

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    That's true.

    How long does it take you to string a racquet (average)?
     
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    25 minutes? It depends on the string pattern, head size, strings that I'm using, etc. Once I get a new crank machine it should go down to about 20 minutes, however, as in my experience with them, cranks are noticeably faster than drop weights.
     
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  23. Overdrive

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    How long have you been stringing?

    I think I already stated that I received a crank for free, but I have not bought any tools.

    What is in your toolbox?
     
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    5, almost 6 years. I just use the tools that came with my gamma stringer.
     
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  25. azn_lefty_roddick_jr

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    This. I am paid in this way at my school.

    Our own players don't have to pay for strings or stringing. When we visit other sites, or when visiting teams come to our school, coaches pay the stringers by the racquet ($15 is standard rate, though I've heard as much as $22 at Cal, IIRC).

    Here, I guess you can say we're sponsored, but also not at the same time... We don't have a formal endorsement from the brand we use, but we know a guy, who knows a guy, who can get our preferred string for cheaper than retail. I guess that kind of counts as a preferred rate. :)

    Racquets are strictly restrung when they break, though I make allowances to make sure every player has at least one freshly-strung racquet before a match. Surprised to hear that Virginia gets all racquets restrung on a regular basis.

    I'm pretty sure the top schools are sponsored by the popular string brands. I see tons of Solinco products when teams visit our school, and I know they have a huge presence in college tennis. Also prevalent are Genesis, Tecnifibre, and Babolat.

    In our case, we stick with two strings, most importantly because it simplifies things when we need to restring at home or away, or pack for travel. We would have only one team string, but one player is particularly picky about his stuff, hence why we have two. UNC had a backpack with 8+ different strings, which was a nightmare for me when they visited us (also, one player played with synthetic gut, which just blew my mind :shock:).

    In regards to player packages, they only give a certain number of individual sets, not a lifetime supply. We consider the strings they give in the package to be more like samples, and toss them onto a shelf for later use by the coaches or players in the off-season.

    Hope this helps, and forgive me if I haven't been clear in my explanation... It's almost 5 am here, but I came across this topic and found it intriguing!
     
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  26. BIGJ98

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    azn_lefty_roddick_jr ,
    What college do you go to and what strings do you use?
     
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  27. azn_lefty_roddick_jr

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    Texas Christian; Topspin Cyber Blue and RPM Blast. :)
     
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  28. Overdrive

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    TCU is D1 correct?

    I could be nosy and look you up? :p
     
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  29. azn_lefty_roddick_jr

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    Yessir, D1!

    You could certainly look me up (if you know where to look), but I'm nothing special. I'd be more than happy to answer any question I can though!
     
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  30. Overdrive

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    Blake Wiggins?

    I see you're sponsored by Nike.
     
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  31. azn_lefty_roddick_jr

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    Haha, I wish I was as good as he were! :)

    Yes, all of our sports' uniforms are sponsored by Nike, with large help from our awesome football team, I bet!
     
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  32. Overdrive

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    Oh no wonder!

    I guess you must be a freshman then.
     
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  33. azn_lefty_roddick_jr

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    Still a little off, I think you're thinking too hard. I'm not a player. I'm a work-study student who's entering his fifth year at TCU. :)
     
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  34. Overdrive

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    Oh okay, no wonder!
     
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  35. DakotaM

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    I play D3 and we get free strings and stringing, however the strings that we can get for free aren't the strings I like so I have to buy my own.
     
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  36. lightthestorm

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    Lucky you... I don't have my own machine which means I have take it to my club's pro shop 2-3 times a month... tiresome.
     
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  37. Overdrive

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    Save your money and get a Klippermate. :)
     
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