Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by Alexio92, Jun 29, 2008.
Top Division 1 :
Division 1 :
Division 2 :
and how does it all work/how do you apply etc
depends on where and what schools. D2 tennis schools in florida and the sunshine state conference are the equivalent to ivy league schools with a couple player exceptions.
If youre good enough, these higher divison schools will be applying for you, especially the top division one. However, there are some smaller D1+2 that could have beginners, another who play 3.5 league during the summer, or even one that is aspiring to be pro. So, look around and ask the coach of whatever college youre looking at!
^ If you have NOT done so already- Take a look at TENNIS RECRUITING Some portions you would pay for- some are free, as an inticement to use their services.
Look for your name- Good, bad, or indifferent, you will be there unless you really shouldn't be thinking about tennis.
Very helpful- Even the free information
Today they spelled out what you should be doing by High School grade level; Like registering for NCAA clearinghouse ($50.00) and taking your SAT/ACTs.
Application/ rulebook for NCAA clearinghouse are free- Your councilors or coaches (LIKE A FOOTBALL COACH) should have a stack- or EMAIL NCAA to send you one.
The (latest)advise from Dallis Oliver (head of TENNIS RECRUITING) is to look for a school you like, THEN look at their roster.
You will have to face the some facts-like 10 thousand guys and 200 full open/paid spots per season.
ASU just dropped a very sucessful Mens program in like, one day- out on the street go @15 talented guys- right to the curb.
Thats the reality. Bottom line is tennis is a for profit industry, I hope no one has been blowing too much smoke up your skirt about your abilities, while taking too much money from you and your folks.
Coaches get paid to win, don't win- no job, Period.
They would sooner give scholarships to those who will help them win - They will look at top 50 in the nation, If they can't get any of them, then they go foreign, period.
Too bad you are not a Title IX girl.
Don't forget tennis is a minor sport, Coaches dice up remaining scholarships once they land a top 50 player(s) or their load of foreigners they can afford to give the full rides-
You? You will have to put in like 30 hours a week for, maybe 1/4 scholarship-maybe just books- maybe just walk on; So choose your school for everything, not just tennis, then let the chips fall where they may.
Check out www.tennisrecruiting.net
There seems to be some useful information there.
I think you have to market yourself as best as possible first. It's all going to come down to results to be honest and there's no set standard on what will get you onto a D1/D2 team as each team's competitive requirements will have some variation.
The one problem with me and that site is that I live in the uk, so I dont come up on that site.
Recently, I was talking with a Top Ten D1 tennis coach and he said that a lot of the foreign players are found by a recommendation by a player/players already on their roster. The old, "I have a friend that was pretty good" deal.
Do you know of ANY players that you've played that are currently playing in the USA? Call them. Tell 'em you're willing to travel to America to play.
Go to a tennis academy and some of them have like a week in the summer when alot of college coaches check out people.
Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, CA, has it.
Manfred is right. Unless you are absolutely 100% that you are gonna go pro, don't pick a college just for tennis. Get an education and earn money with a more realistic(although not as fun) job
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