|02-15-2015, 01:12 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2013
UK transition to American D1 Uni
Hi guys, I'm a 16 year old player in the UK and looking to find out some information about American college tennis. I'm hoping to get to the states in 18 months and was wondering how to go about this. I play at a good standard having career highs of top 30 nationally since under 12s. Under 14s and under 16. I'm currently ranked top 100 in 18s altough haven't competed much and I used to be top 135 in open (all age groups combined and men's) also my current rating is a 3.2 although this has been achieved with little effort and I feel my actual rating should be a 3.1/2.2
A few things I would like to find out are:
-What are the requirements for Div 1 and Div 2 - educational and performance wise
-how do you go about applying for Uni and how do you know which one is right for you
-what is the lifestyle for you college players?
-what kind of scholarships are a possibility?
-what is an average price to go to the Unis out there
-are there any tips you would give me for now to go about to help me reach the states?
And also anything else that you consider to be helpful
Thanks guy I appreciate everything
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|02-15-2015, 02:13 PM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2014
There are loads of British guys currently playing D1 & D2 tennis in the States. They would be the guys in the best position to advise you really. Do you know of any you could speak to?
In terms of your basic questions, educationally speaking you will have to pass at least your AS levels I believe to be eligible and also possibly A levels. You will also have to take SATs.
Performance wise, based on your credentials you would be looking at an unranked D1 team or a D2 team realistically. There are lots of them out there though so it's just a question of trying to find the right fit.
There are a max 4.5 scholarships available for D1 tennis and the higher you play in the lineup the more scholarship money you are likely to attract.
Price wise, there is a wide variation so there is no meaningful 'average' really. Colleges are typically more expensive than their UK counterparts though, even with the introduction of top up fees.
In terms of 'lifestyle', the variation is even wider so difficult to really describe a 'typical lifestyle'. One straightforward thing to note though is that college sports are taking much more seriously in the US than in the UK.
In terms of general advice, you should you look at putting together a video, getting in touch with as many coaches as possible, reaching out to as many current college players as you can through your current social network, and winning as many meaningful tennis matches as you can between now and when you come to apply!
|02-17-2015, 12:45 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2014
It sounds like you are definitely college tennis material, considereing your ranking. If you want to find out what the level of tennis in college is though, I'd recommend you using Universal Tennis Rating. Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) is a tennis rating system, which is particularly helpful for prospective college tennis players since:
- It rates all current college tennis players
- and all internationals playing a certain amount of ITF U18 or Futures.
So if you played any ITFs or Futures there's a good chance you have a UTR. Now all you need to do is look up the rating of the players of a few selected colleges and compare it to yours. It will tell you whether you are good enough to play on that team or not. Coaches use it a lot for recruiting these days. (This is the link to the UTR website btw http://www.universaltennis.com)
Regarding your other questions....the lifestyle is harder than most people think. You practise 20 hours per week, go to class at least 16 hours per week, do a few hours of homework and projects per day and during the season you travel on the weekend on top of that. It's still totally worth it. Just expoect it to be pretty demanding.
Regarding your scholarship expectation. That depends on the school you pick.....Again....using UTR will give you an idea how much of a scholarship you can expect.
Lastly I'd recommend you to be proactive. Don't wait for coaches to find you. Take your time - do some research about where you want to go and where you'd fit and then contact the right coaches. I'd actually recommend you using Smarthlete (www.smarthlete.com) to do all the research and contact cocahes but you can definitely also do it via e-mail.
Well i hope I was able to help you. Good luck for your recruiting efforts.
|02-17-2015, 02:43 PM||#4|
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if your a 3.2 you on the verge of some good schools looking, Illinois #1 is a 1.1 (Gosea) also look at the guys on the Memphis roster this year and from last year for reference.
Good luck to you
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