Any advice, tips, encouragement, criticism?

So I am an incoming freshman at a college that only has club tennis and obviously I will join that. I didn't want to go that college and still do not honestly so I am apply out as a transfer going into my second year of college. I really want to play for a team. I believe I have the capabilities and skills to do so, given I still work on my game and improve. I know I need to work on conditioning, as everyone does, improve my backhand, backhand volley, and fixing the kinks on my first serve (toss and it being too quick of a motion). I am considering playing USTA tournaments (I will be 18 until oct. 2021 so I would play junior tournaments) and some utr tournaments to make myself look better. From what I read I would need to be a walk on as a D3 player trying to make it. Anyone have anything for me. What else should I do?
I only have few serving videos up on my YouTube channel (Abul Waliuzzaman)
Schools on my list to transfer that have a team are Carnegie Mellon, MIT, and Stevens (Hoboken), given that I do get accepted.
 

jcgatennismom

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You definitely need to play tournaments-you dont have a UTR. Did you play high school tennis? If so, how many years? If not, when did you start playing tennis. Have you played jr league tennis? Did you play another sport at a high level? Do you have a coach for tennis? Does he have an estimate of your UTR level? Realize most college tennis players have played tennis for 6+ years-many have played 10+years. Why do you believe you have the skills to play college tennis? Maybe you do, if you have played practice matches with guys who have committed to play college tennis, and played a competitive match against them. However, I dont understand why if a person really loves tennis they don't have a record of results. Again if you played HS or junior league tennis, then you do have a record-not just on UTR. If you played HS, see what the UTR rankings are of the opponents you beat? Coaches will also wonder why you haven't played tourneys. I can understand not wanting to play USTA because it is expensive and complicated, but most areas of the country until March '20, had opportunities for players to play local UTR events or players could travel during summer or winter breaks.

The 7th highest ranked player on Carnegie Mellon's team is a 4 star college freshmen who has played 20+ tournament matches a year since 2013 (probably earlier but UTR didnt report results until then). Carnegie Mellon has 15 players on their UTR roster for 20/21 and number 15 has been playing tournaments since 2014. It's very hard to get into MIT, and it is probably even harder to get into MIT as a transfer. The lowest ranked player on MIT has played tourneys at least since 2013 too. Dont think there is any chance you'd play on either of those teams. UAA and NESCAC D3 teams attract players who could even play for D1 teams.

At Stevens, the UTR is a little lower-still even the 10 and 12th ranked UTR guys have been playing tourneys since 2013. While the other 2 schools would draw mainly 3-4 star juniors (even some 5s), Stevens draws 2 star juniors. My son had a couple of friends that really liked Stevens, but unfortunately it was not in their budget. Those guys had started playing tennis at 10 or before, played some tourneys, but mainly played doubles on a top state high school team. One went on to play tennis at a D2 team, and other plays club at a college where the D1 team is top 20

Anyway, be realistic. There are a wide range of D3 teams-some with guys playing tennis with UTRs below 5. You need to play tourneys now just to have an idea of your level. There is a similar thread from another tennis player trying to improve his UTR. In his favor, he was an athlete in another sport first, and he is dedicating 6+ months to intense training, and he wont enroll in college until fall 2021. Remember as you work to improve your game, so are all the other juniors and college freshmen. Post a video with actual matchplay showing forehands, backhands, volleys, too.

http://www.scholarshipstats.com/varsityodds.html#:~:text=Overall a little over 7,at NCAA Division III schools. These are the odds of players who played HS tennis playing in college. 164K boys played HS tennis in 2020. 3.7% went on to play college tennis. If you didnt play either tournaments, high school tennis, or at least junior rec league tennis, your odds are even lower. Club may be the best place for you to improve your game. However, once you play some matches in a couple tourneys-preferably a minimum of 8 matches, you will have a fairly accurate uTR. Then we can give you a better estimate on how much you could improve in a year and where you might have a chance of playing.
 
You definitely need to play tournaments-you dont have a UTR. Did you play high school tennis? If so, how many years? If not, when did you start playing tennis. Have you played jr league tennis? Did you play another sport at a high level? Do you have a coach for tennis? Does he have an estimate of your UTR level? Realize most college tennis players have played tennis for 6+ years-many have played 10+years. Why do you believe you have the skills to play college tennis? Maybe you do, if you have played practice matches with guys who have committed to play college tennis, and played a competitive match against them. However, I dont understand why if a person really loves tennis they don't have a record of results. Again if you played HS or junior league tennis, then you do have a record-not just on UTR. If you played HS, see what the UTR rankings are of the opponents you beat? Coaches will also wonder why you haven't played tourneys. I can understand not wanting to play USTA because it is expensive and complicated, but most areas of the country until March '20, had opportunities for players to play local UTR events or players could travel during summer or winter breaks.

The 7th highest ranked player on Carnegie Mellon's team is a 4 star college freshmen who has played 20+ tournament matches a year since 2013 (probably earlier but UTR didnt report results until then). Carnegie Mellon has 15 players on their UTR roster for 20/21 and number 15 has been playing tournaments since 2014. It's very hard to get into MIT, and it is probably even harder to get into MIT as a transfer. The lowest ranked player on MIT has played tourneys at least since 2013 too. Dont think there is any chance you'd play on either of those teams. UAA and NESCAC D3 teams attract players who could even play for D1 teams.

At Stevens, the UTR is a little lower-still even the 10 and 12th ranked UTR guys have been playing tourneys since 2013. While the other 2 schools would draw mainly 3-4 star juniors (even some 5s), Stevens draws 2 star juniors. My son had a couple of friends that really liked Stevens, but unfortunately it was not in their budget. Those guys had started playing tennis at 10 or before, played some tourneys, but mainly played doubles on a top state high school team. One went on to play tennis at a D2 team, and other plays club at a college where the D1 team is top 20

Anyway, be realistic. There are a wide range of D3 teams-some with guys playing tennis with UTRs below 5. You need to play tourneys now just to have an idea of your level. There is a similar thread from another tennis player trying to improve his UTR. In his favor, he was an athlete in another sport first, and he is dedicating 6+ months to intense training, and he wont enroll in college until fall 2021. Remember as you work to improve your game, so are all the other juniors and college freshmen. Post a video with actual matchplay showing forehands, backhands, volleys, too.

http://www.scholarshipstats.com/varsityodds.html#:~:text=Overall a little over 7,at NCAA Division III schools. These are the odds of players who played HS tennis playing in college. 164K boys played HS tennis in 2020. 3.7% went on to play college tennis. If you didnt play either tournaments, high school tennis, or at least junior rec league tennis, your odds are even lower. Club may be the best place for you to improve your game. However, once you play some matches in a couple tourneys-preferably a minimum of 8 matches, you will have a fairly accurate uTR. Then we can give you a better estimate on how much you could improve in a year and where you might have a chance of playing.
I played varsity for the 3 years I did decide to play, I do have a coach. I played some D3 kids at the college near me (Rutgers Newark) and I did beat some of the singles players by who I knew. For me it really isn't about being realistic. I first want to transfer out because of the academics, but being able to tryout as a walk on would be a cherry on the top. It wouldn't hurt if I didn't make the team, but I would love the chance at least. you know
 

Coleton

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Hey tryingtolearn, I was in a fairly similar situation going into college last year. I wanted to walk on my team but unfortunately it didn’t work out so I played club. Now I’m transferring in the fall and will be playing D1 tennis at a good school, so it is definitely doable. Feel free to pm me if you need any help!
 
Hey tryingtolearn, I was in a fairly similar situation going into college last year. I wanted to walk on my team but unfortunately it didn’t work out so I played club. Now I’m transferring in the fall and will be playing D1 tennis at a good school, so it is definitely doable. Feel free to pm me if you need any help!
did you receive my PM?
 
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