new youtube video - possible college

Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by WinningIsLife, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. WinningIsLife

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOEib63abfQ

    I would like to know what everyone thinks? I am just 16 but am thinking of starting college in august.

    I'm really interested in any advice or thoughts about how I play?
    What sort of uni would I be looking at ?
     
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  2. TennisProdigy

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    Looking good, good footwork, nice overall game.
     
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    I can't believe you managed to book the courts on what looks like a relatively sunny day.

    Nice strokes, btw
     
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  4. WinningIsLife

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    haha i didnt. I train at sanchez quite often. So I assume a coach organized that i had a court :p
     
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    Nice! Very scoopy volleys but good overall.
     
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  6. USERNAME

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    I think you would have no problems finding a team, personally though I might wait on college if tennis is gonna be a big part of it. Get bigger, get stronger, and get faster. Your young and can most likely still improve the physical and mental strength and fitness even more, college tennis at the D1 level is like another sport when compared to juniors. The players are bigger, faster and in many cases relentless. Only if your itf ranking is great would I say go to a college team. You are clearly an amazing player though.
     
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    I am a college coach at Drew University in Madison, NJ. I really like the strokes and footwork. Good spin off the forehand. Our first singles on the women's side played junior US Open qualies and was highly ranked. Check us out. We have strong academics and went to nationals last year in tennis.
     
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    Hi Alicia,

    Thanks for posting your video, you have a solid technique and a nice overall game. I have several questions for you? You said you are 16, and you're from Scotland, and I assume you are applying to colleges for next fall?

    Are you looking for a college in the US or in the UK? I am asking because it is normal to go to college at 16-17 in the UK, but usually 1-2 years later in the US. Your game might improve a lot in just one year...

    Are you strong academically? If you are strong, then you might have a chance a some of the top Div 1 universities.

    Looking forward to your reply.
     
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  9. WinningIsLife

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    tennisjon - I will take a look.

    I am definately going to the US for college as it is a much better level than UK. I would really like to give myself all the chances I can to improve to the best level possible - yes it would probably be for next fall. I know I may be a little younger than the average person but that doesn't bother me.

    I am very strong academically - I've always had nearly all A's and have worked very hard. As you mention, I'd really like to try and get into a top division one school - I think It would be such a difference to me and my game. Considering I don't have a coach at all right now and havent for about a year, I think I need something like a top school to really help improve me.
     
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    If you're a straight A student, then I strongly recommend you apply to Stanford because they take only straight A students, and because they have the best tennis program in the US (some may disagree, but you cannot argue with so many NCAA titles). They are consistantly ranked #1, and they have great facilities, and the best weather all year. Only problem is that it may be a little late to enroll for this fall.... If I was you, I would check with the admissions department, and with the women's tennis coach ASAP.

    Have you considered them already?
     
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    Fedace - I suppose I play doubles to a decent standard - nothing spectacular though as you can see from my volleys. My serve and groundstrokes are very solid though. I just win more good singles matches and it comes more naturally.

    However I would learn so much from college about doubles.



    I had considered them obviously as they are so highly ranked although I had assumed at being number one they would have been at such high a level that I would have been overlooked?

    Meh. I will definately contact them. I hope I'm not too late. It really just depends on whether the coach is interested or not.
     
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    Not only. They won't take a very good player unless they are also very strong academically. If you are very strong academically, you have a better chance than a lot of stronger players.
     
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  14. WinningIsLife

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    Ok. Well I gave them an email and a few other places :)
     
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    Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
     
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    ...you dont apply to stanford for tennis, they hand pick you. LOL just cuz shes a straight A student you think she should apply to stanford? there are many "straight A' students, it depends what level coursework they take that matters.

    how many British A levels/IB/Ap courses have you taken?
     
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    With strong academics, you can get a great academic package. That opens up a lot of options for you. At Drew our men's and women's teams over the past year have had players from China, England, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Israel, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and of course, the US. We are able to get a lot of international students because they are valued here and are able to get good academic packages, just like Americans.
     
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    Even if tennis scolarships are hard to come by (which is more true of boys than girls), if you have the grades a school can set you up with an academic scholarship to get them on your team.
    Don't know the reason you don't have a coach, but if you have the financial resources (I know this is a big if) you might think about taking another year to train for tennis before going to college. You aren't that big and your game is not fully there yet. You could improve a lot in the next year.

    (Plus, you are too good a player to be foot-faulting)
     
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  19. WinningIsLife

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    I just don't have a coach as where we live there really isnt a large amount of options. :/ No one seems interested to be honest.

    I believe we do have the financial options as we are very well off. So I am thinking about taking another year and just playing itf's and 10k's and stuff and hopefully getting results good enough to get in a top 20 ranked uni.

    So thats an option. Im not 100% sure yet though, depends on the type of offers I would get this year I suppose.

    Hopefully i can improve a lot though but it's hard just coaching myself.. Footfaulting is such a bad habit and I've tried so many times to stop but it's very difficult.
     
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    wow your game is awesome. check out ranked d1 schools for sure.

    if i may offer some advice for the serve:
    bring your right foot directly behind your front foot, and push up off it more. also tuck in your left arm while hitting rather than letting it come down.

    as for the volley:
    keep the racket in front more and use your feet to get depth as opposed to swinging/ using your hands so much

    also i agree with the others who say wait a year if you can. you can only improve given another year of practice right?

    good luck, you should do really well in college tennis
     
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  21. Soufiane Moudfir

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    division 3 dont really worth at all cause they dont give schoolarships ...go for a division 1 or 2 girl
     
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    Yes, they do. They just package the student-athlete differently. It does not follow the spirit of the rules, but it is legal.

    And Drew has a beautiful facility, both outdoor and indoor, with the advantage of small classes and abundant access to professors.
     
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    how do they package them differently? academic aid is academic aid, no?

    i've heard stories of kids going d3, doing poor in school, and getting "academic aid"

    is this really legal?
     
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  24. WinningIsLife

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    Upping my old vid :)
     
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  25. MethodTennis

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    having viewed some of your results on the lta I am sceptical of your ability. No denying you have some great results and number one in your county but also some weaker results too?

    the results show a massive improvement between u16 and u18s though :)

    EDIT:
    by sceptical I mean of the people here telling you to look to apply late for D this year.
     
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    There are different types of aid available for students. Academic aid, need-based aid, and athletic aid are the most common. At a school like Drew, less than 5% of the students pay full price for the school. The average person will get well over $10,000 in aid. We can not offer athletic aid since we are a D3 school. The academic and need based aids are independent of athletics as well. Students demonstrating good grades, rankings, and/or SATs can qualify for thousands of dollars in aid. Also, for people who have financial need, there is money available for them. Its all part of your financial aid package. Some of these packages may require you to work on campus a certain number of hours per week or to maintain a certain GPA in order to keep receiving the grants.

    An example of this, a former graduate of the tennis program was salutatorian of her class, scored over 1500 (out of 1600) on her SATs, and had financial need to the point that she paid less than $5,000 to go to school. She could have gone to an Ivy, but there she would have been average, not been able to afford the school without major loans, and wouldn't have been able to play college tennis.

    When looking at schools there are many factors to consider. The level of the school academically and athletically as well as the costs are just parts of the equation.
     
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