How difficult is it to transfer as a Junior?

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  1. TennisTaxi

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    My son was recently informed that his college tennis coach did not have his contact renewed. He is playing at a lower level D1 school on the east coast and apparently they did not do any recruiting for the next year--he is not happy with the way the school is handling the whole situation and tennis is not a priority for the athletic department.

    He is interested in transferring after this year, as a junior. From what he told me he could not contact other college coaches unless his current school is informed. Is this correct? He has not yet had his athletic scholarship renewed for next year so he is a bit concerned letting them know he is interested in leaving until he has his existing scholarship in hand.

    On the other hand, as a lower level D1 player, does he have any chance at being picked up by another team and being offered scholarship money? Is it even possible to accepted into another school at this late date...meaning do they make exceptions for athletes? He doesn't really care what division he plays in at this point but does need scholarship money to complete school. Would it be easier for him to transfer to another division? In D1 he played #3/#4 singles #1coming his way. in either case, will D3 schools offer merit aid to athletes whi/2 doubles. His grades are not great either so normal merit aid would not be with a not so great GPA?

    If he if he can't get a partial scholarship, I don't know if he would leave where he is at because he would be throwing away a good scholarship so I am just info gathering at this point and don't really know if this feasible to do in a few months.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  3. TennisTaxi

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    treeman10--Thanks for the links!!
     
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    I have to believe the most difficult part is asking the coach for the release. Once that's done, even not knowing the coach or the player, that the chance of returning would be low. It's almost as if you're telling the coach your quitting.

    If you could identify numerous schools that could have openings and be a fit. I will say there are a ton of schools in the South that have excellent programs both DII and NAIA.

    Mid-Major to Low D1 checkout The Southland Conf., Summit, Big South.

    Your best bet may be at DII or NAIA.

    In DII out the GSC, Peachbelt, The SAC, Sunshine State Conf.

    NAIA check out The Sun Conference, Southern States.

    Keep in mind some of the DII and NAIA schools in the above conferences can beat many, many low Mid-Major and Low DI teams.

    This just scratches the surface of possibilities. The best link for all the schools is http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/teams/directory.asp?division=1. Hover over Team Directory to see all the divisions in a drop down.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.
     
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    Thanks for the list of conferences--I will forward this to him. Yep, he is very hesitant to talk to the assistant coach or AD at this point because of the possible ramifications. It is really a Catch 22 for him, he has to make the decision soon but his scholarship renewal hasn't been sent to him yet.

    IMHO, I think a student athlete should have the option under NCAA rules to be able to talk to other schools (without permission) not only if a program is cut...but also if the coach is let go, especially when a coach is a big determining factor in joining a team/attending a school in the first place!
     
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    Can he ask whe he can expect the renewal? That won't hurt anything. If his head coach is gone that changes things. The door is much more open knowing that. If it was my kid, I'd have him ask when the renewal will be delivered, then with that in hand ask for the release. Explaining with the head coach now gone wanting to explore the options should not come as a total shock to the AD and Asst Coach. That is if the Asst is not named the Head in the meantime.

    Just my opinion. I understand the touchy nature of the situation.

    I transferred the summer of my junior year. It was an easy move and went to the school that was my second choice. Freshman and sophomore years I had two different coaches. It was unstable. I think I understand.
     
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    As a start (if he gets permission to seek out other schools), I would think he should look to the schools he has been competing well against and talk to those coaches about his situation.
     
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    ^^^ That would make sense except the only problem is that those schools are most likely in the same conference in which a transfer means redshirting for a year.
     
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