I have a question about the recruiting process. Men's NCAA tennis is an equivalency sport, meaning that partial scholarships are the norm. Many players will try to piece together an academic scholarship with a partial athletic scholarship. The fall signing date this year is November 12. There is also a spring signing date every year. The normal college admissions process is such that you do not hear from most colleges that you have been accepted until at least January, and you will not hear about academic scholarships until after that. So, if a player is evaluating College A and College B, and it matters to him what the total financial package is, he might get offers from both schools in October of 12th grade. These offers could very well be less than what he hopes to get in academic scholarships. He has to accept or turn down these offers by November 12. Then it is possible that he accepts an offer from College A, but in the spring they surprise him by offering very little in academic aid. However, he is legally bound to College A for tennis purposes. Bad situation. In a paranoid state, you could even imagine College A thinking they have the player on the hook and deliberately offering less academic aid in the spring. In a head count sport, such as women's tennis, this is no problem. If they offer you a scholarship, it will be a full ride, so you take it and that is the end of that. Anyone ever experience any difficulty along these lines? Or is my description not how the sequence of events actually works? When players sign letters of intent in November, is it not the case that they have not even been admitted to the college yet?