Originally Posted by Misterbill
This recruiting process is just like a job interview. College coaches receive thousands of resumes from student athletes from all over the world. The college coaches are going to hire who they feel is the best candidate for the job. Often, the international athletes out- interview the American athletes by reaching out to coaches and players with more anticipation and by building better relationships with them.
As far as speaking English is concerned, the international athletes all have to take the SAT and TOEFL. This means that English is set at a certain standard for all students. They also tend to do very well academically once they are at American universities. Being American or international does not benefit the student/athletes, how they interview will be the deciding factor whether they are chosen or not versus another athlete with similar abilities.
Those aren't my words. That's Ross Greenstein of Scholarships for Athletes speaking. You can find the entire interview at the link posted by tennisconsultcom in the Junior forum, "How to get a scholarship" thread.
Silly Ross Greenstein. If he had read some of the posts (by others) in these threads, he would have learned that coaches select foreign players by soliciting bribes........and get them by offering 4-year scholarships!
Tennis recruiting process is not like a job interview. As you probably know US job market is protected to a large extent. When you go for a job interview here you are mostly not competing with the whole world. Because if they had to the majority of US Citizen would lose because they are too old, too young, do not have enough skills, wrong gender, too lazy, etc. I do not know what you do for a living but I am sure they can easily find somebody among 6 Billion people who can do your job better for less pay and this person will not even post on TT during working hours. So I do not see it as normal that our US kids have to compete with the whole world for the right to play tennis in US college. Tennis after all is just an EC. And I do not see it as normal that parents have to yank their kids from the regular school and make them train twice a day so that they could play tennis in college. And this is where things are going. You can have couple of conferences that will be breeding grounds for future pros and they can benefit from the top foreign competition but the rest of college tennis should be for regular kids who value education and not looking to become tennis pros.