Full Time Tennis Program?

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  1. Amir

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    I go to Lifetime Tennis (RCS) in atl Georgia and they offer a full time program; which is pretty much going to academy at 8am then leaving at 5:30. It's online schooling. 4 hours school & 5 1/2 hours tennis. I've asked everyone and I know this is my call but should I do it (on a technical standpoint). I have gotten 1st in level 5s & haven't gotten past the first round in level 4s. I would be joining my junior year and senior year. It would cost 30k$ for both years (15k$ a year). I really want to get better and play at college level and this is probably my only way because I started in 9th grade. Should I do the full time academy risking my education and money? Thanks
     
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  2. NickC

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    It's up to you. How good are you?
     
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  3. Amir

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    Decent IMO
     
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    Define "decent". What are your USTA results like? ITF results? What are you like physically? How big can you serve? What kind of game do you play?
     
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    it sounds fishy, is the online schooling accredited ? What is their track record ? Have you talked to current students, or grads ?
     
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    Great point!

    It is worth doing some research as well before you make up your mind. What was the level of these players before they went to the academy? What kind of collegiate program did they play at? Were they recruited, or walk-ons? How long had they been playing for? What were their grades like in high school? What was their tournament record before the academy? How good are the other players at the academy? What level are they competing at? What do you want to accomplish through tennis? With tennis? Do you want to go to college TO play tennis or do you want to go to college AND play tennis? Where are you academically right now? Where do you want to go to school (this is broad - academic wise, weather wise, location wise, etc...)? I have a feeling some of these programs just try to get kids spots at "Bumblefu*k State" or "Middle-of-Nowhere Tech" or even "This-is-the-last-place-on-earth-that-you'd-want-to-spend-4-years-at College" where the academics aren't amazing and the tennis isn't that good either.

    Lastly, think of the best player in your area in your age group. Can you get a game off him? If not......


    And don't ever risk your education unless you are CERTAIN you'll "make it" in your desired field regardless of your academic record or lack thereof.
     
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  7. Amir

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    The online school is fully accredited and last years gradutes went to schools like Yale, LSU, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt etc. I've talked to some of them and they are really dumb, mostly because they don't do their work. Some of them however work hard and are pretty smart
     
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    Most All of the players that went their have been recruited with scholar ships. It's pretty legitimate. They all started when they were young though. Which worries me. I talked to the coaches and they said I'll have to get over my pride because ill be playing with kids who are 11 &12. The best player there is walker who is 1 in Georgia (in my age group) and 7th nationally. I can't get a game off of him yet. They also have half day which is when I go to school and I leave at 1 and go the academy and play from 1:30-5:30
     
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    There is your answer.....if you are going to be competing with kids who have yet to even hit puberty and expect that in two years you'll be able to hang with kids who are getting recruited to (and getting scholarships to) schools like LSU, Yale, Vandy and GA Tech....

    Oh well.

    Think of it this way....you're close to a few good college teams. Go check out Savannah State's program...watch one of their matches...look at the guys, do you think that with two years' training you'd be able to hang with those guys, or even beat some of them? (they are the best D2 program out there, and have whipped some D1 programs, but are a long shot away from the quality at the top D1 programs). Or better yet, if you're in the ATL, go check out a men's match from GA Tech or UGA....you have to see these guys play first hand to realize just how good they are. Do you think you could make it to that level in 2 years?

    Don't be afraid to dream and work your ass off to realize that dream, but don't forget to be grounded in reality and be realistic about what you can and cannot do with tennis.

    Further, take my school for example, Arizona. We have a kid who can't even crack the lineup on a regular basis who was a top 10 ITF junior who trained full year round at Bolleteri's place in Florida (Nick himself said he expected massive things from him). And our team sucks in comparison to the top dogs in our conference. I was thinking of walking on when I first came out here and then realized that the club team could compete with the men's team. So I watched the club team play....and they are disgustingly good. I was a decent player back in the day and still am (minus a shoulder injury) and when I cared enough to really go after the ball I could crack 115 on my serve...not bad for a kid who'd been playing seriously since the 7th grade and wasn't very tall. But nowhere near good enough.
     
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    If your family can afford it and you think you will enjoy it do it man. You either get better or you spend half you day doing something you want to do.

    Worse case you dont get nmuch better and dont get a scholarship to play tennis at a big school. Life goes on.

    If it was me Id take the chance, but I will say it sounds like something you better be 100% committed to.
     
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    just give up you can prob play for div 3
     
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  12. Amir

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    I've watched a couple of UGA's matches and they are really good. You make sense, I need to be realistic which is exactly what my parents said. Thanks for the advice. I don't think I'm going to do the full time program. I'm probably going to do the part time program and go to a near by highschool. I think I might be able to get into a d3/2 school in two years if I do devote most all of my time outside of school to do so. Thanks
     
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  13. sureshs

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    What is your opinion about the online schools? Are they really up to the mark?
     
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    I was at first like that but after I received advice from the other students there, I might not. They didnt discourage, they just made me realize the reality of it.
     
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    I'm not just gonna give up. I'm still gonna play competitively and train so I can play at a college that has a good educational program.
     
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    I think online schools are different for each person. Some are self driven and others aren't. I personally am. I like the idea of pacing myself. The curriculum can be very difficult or a breeze but this depends on which online school you choose.
     
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  17. tenniscasey

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    Don't forget, NCAA D3 programs don't give scholarships for athletics.
     
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  18. sureshs

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    So the academy doesn't choose/recommend the school for you?

    What about science labs? Usually, at least 2 years of a lab-based science course is required for a diploma. Or do they just issue a GED certificate?
     
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    That's what my coaches said. And that d1 only has 4 1/2 for each men's team and even less for d2
     
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  20. Amir

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    I'm pretty sure it's not a GED. You pretty much just stay there with your laptop and do the work your online school (that you signed up for) gives to you. There are 2 tutors there to help if you need it.
     
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    What about labs?
     
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