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SirBlend12 07-27-2008 10:32 AM

Advice on Starting a Team?
 
I'm going to a very small DII school that currently does not have a tennis team. In the last 2 years they are rapidly adding Varsity teams that were Club or intramural sports, and tennis has still not made the switch. The thing is that about 4 years ago they went from being DIII to DII and previously had tennis as Varsity, but at the switch, more than half of all the teams became only Intramural or club. Is there any kind of way to help start a team back up? I was planning on talking to the Athletic Director, but beyond that, I'm not sure what to do.

dork2tennisstud 07-27-2008 08:27 PM

Talking to your AD is probably your best best. I'll be awfully impressed if you pull it off. Good luck.

Now as far as starting a college club team goes, I can help anyone with that.

Where do you go to school? Do you have a club team already? I think you'd be surprised by the high level of play around the country.

SirBlend12 07-28-2008 12:38 PM

Lake Erie College. It's about 20 mins outside of Cleveland OH. Like I said, they are adding teams back, and I heard tennis might be the next one. they do have it intramural, and I think there might be a club team, as well.

Rickson 07-28-2008 01:12 PM

That's a tough call.

dork2tennisstud 07-29-2008 08:39 AM

If you end up getting a club team together (like a travelling intramural all-star team), there are a few other college club teams out that direction. Michigan and Miami's teams are at least as good as an elite D-3 team.

Michigan - ctofficers@umich.edu

Miami of Ohio - shultzkr@muohio.edu

West Virginia - Brandyn.Fisher@mail.wvu.edu

Ohio State has a team, too, but I can't find their contact address right now.

dcipulli 07-30-2008 07:45 AM

The most important thing that athletic departments wants to see is numbers. That being said, if you can show how many more students the school would get if the were to add a tennis team you would have a decent chance at getting them to hear you out.

Dave Mc 07-30-2008 08:30 AM

Here are some great articles regarding building a college tennis program...
http://www.itatennis.com/Coaches/Building.htm

dizneeland 07-30-2008 07:13 PM

There are plenty of teams to play in the GLIAC, but I think a lot of them have dropped tennis, or at least men's tennis--Gannon, Mercyhurst, Hillsdale, etc.

You're going to have to contend with Title IX, too.

SirBlend12 08-17-2008 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by dork2tennisstud (Post 2563576)
If you end up getting a club team together (like a travelling intramural all-star team), there are a few other college club teams out that direction. Michigan and Miami's teams are at least as good as an elite D-3 team.

Michigan - ctofficers@umich.edu

Miami of Ohio - shultzkr@muohio.edu

West Virginia - Brandyn.Fisher@mail.wvu.edu

Ohio State has a team, too, but I can't find their contact address right now.

Wow. Thanks. I didn't quite expect anyone to have that much info. I'll see if I can't figure something out.


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