how to qualify for d1, d2 or d3 without usta ranking

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  1. timm

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    hi guys
    i was wondering without a national or section ranking, how can i get noticed by recruiters of college for their teams? itf ranking? local ranking in my country?
    thanks
     
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  2. ayyhwang

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    sometimes if you contact the coach you can schedule a tryout or hitting session i think
     
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  3. brownbearfalling

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    some d1 schools have fairly open tryouts. but the school that i know of has never taken anyone from the tryouts. The best way is to get other credentials like winning the high school state tournament.
     
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  4. brownbearfalling

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    you can also start at a community college for a few years and then improve to later play at a university.

    In all seriousness with out tournament experience you are highly unlikely to make it on a university team
     
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  5. JLyon

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    actually it is against NCAA rules to have a tryout while on a recruiting visit to a school. Many schools do hold Walk-on tryouts but it is hard to make the team in many instances.
    JUCO might be best way to go to get experience and more publicity.
     
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  6. Kal-El 34

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    you don't have to have any USTA ranking to play anywhere. Make a video of a match or a couple matches and send them out. Let the coach see how you play and if he likes you enough, you will get some contact from him
     
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  7. eeytennis

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    For many D3 schools you don't even need a ranking...however one definitely helps. You want to contact the coach first and set up a meeting with them, and maybe they can come watch you play sometime. Usually the higher level D1 schools would want to see a top 300 ranking in the country (USA) and top 20 section ranking. There are lower level D1 schools though, and D2 and D3 as well.
     
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  8. levels

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    I am a college coach for a D-3 school. Sometimes it is hard to get noticed without a ranking. At the same time, at least for me and my school, the academic fit is also important. I am at a school that is top tier in academics and compete in a very competitive D-3 conference.

    Research schools that fit both your academic and athletic criteria. Contact the coach and see what happens.

    Good luck!
     
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  9. dunno

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    Send 'em a video.
     
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  10. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    ^^^

    There are many schools, send them a video, do your research, take a good SAT and do your research.
     
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  11. Tikiman53

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    This is kind of a dumb question, but let's say you didn't make it onto the team of the college you're in; is it possible to play for a community college while you are attending another school? The thing is, I'm hoping to get into a really good school for academics, perhaps even an Ivy League if I get good enough grades and a high enough SAT. But don't those schools have strong tennis teams that are hard to get onto?
     
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  12. Joeyg

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    You can play junior college tennis while attending a 4 year school. As long as you take enough units (either in class or online) you are eligible to play. However, you are using eligibility while playing juco. I have had many players attend Cal and still play for us at Chabot.
     
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  13. andfor

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    Very interesting and I never thought of it. 12 hours would be the minimum to do this, right Joey? Could the athlete be taking for example 6 hours at Cal and 6 at Chabot and be eligible to play tennis or would the 12 hours have to be at the school where you plan to play?
     
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  14. Tikiman53

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    Wait, so let's say you go to the school you want for your academic purposes, but you do not make their team, you can just go to a community college or a junior college and play for them? Would you have to enroll in some courses in the community college or junior college you play for? And I am not too familiar what exactly a junior college is. And would a junior college or community college be in D3, D2, D1 or some other league type of deal?

    Thanks
     
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  15. Coach Carter

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    where ever you PLAY...you will have to be a "full-time" student (usually 12 hours of classes)...that's why it's unlikely that you could attend 2 schools at 1 time
     
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