I play Division III college tennis, AMA

sftennisfan

New User
How often do you guys get to restring your racquets if a string doesn't break and what kind of gear do you get from the school?
 

shadow01

Rookie
What’s your school,study,tennis,(job?) schedule like?

how would you compare that schedule to other divisions?

were you and your team mates recruited to the school or try out for the team?

What are the coaches objectives during trainings? Improve technique (e.g. develop bigger serve), strategy, something else?
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
How often do you play tournaments outside of school and are you disappointed when you have to play some old has-been? Asking for a friend.

Also, if I handed you a racquet that's not an APD, would you know what to do with it?
 

MikeG

New User
How is the order of lineup determined in most cases? Is it sort of established at the beginning of the year or do you all play each other in practice matches? In High School we used to have a system where once a week a person could challenge another for their spot(within reason, usually #2 could challenge #1), and the winner got it. Does anything like that happen?
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
How is the order of lineup determined in most cases? Is it sort of established at the beginning of the year or do you all play each other in practice matches? In High School we used to have a system where once a week a person could challenge another for their spot(within reason, usually #2 could challenge #1), and the winner got it. Does anything like that happen?
lol my high school didn’t have that
I used to beat higher seeds consistently but coach wouldn’t move me up because he said I spent too much time on the baseline!

(or the coach was doing it on purpose in a sandbagging kinda way)
 

Fabresque

Professional
How often do you guys get to restring your racquets if a string doesn't break and what kind of gear do you get from the school?
We can get strings restrung ASAP. We have our own stringer on campus who has all kinds of strings that the players want (we write a list before season so he gets the supply). Winter/Summer break is different, stringer isn’t available every day, instead more like once a weekish. We get Nike gear from our school.
What’s your school,study,tennis,(job?) schedule like?

how would you compare that schedule to other divisions?

were you and your team mates recruited to the school or try out for the team?

What are the coaches objectives during trainings? Improve technique (e.g. develop bigger serve), strategy, something else?
Schedules pretty erratic, practices are late night atm at our indoor facility, usually going till midnight 3/4 days of the week. Monday’s off, Friday’s 3-5, with biweekly Saturday practices from 8-10am, weightlifting Fridays and Mondays, and Sunday open-court time (not mandatory). Most of my classes are afternoon, done before 4pm. Usually get my studying/homework done in the mornings, sometimes before practice and after classes. Don’t have a job, I don’t have time for it right now, but thankfully my parents are helping me out paying for college and food wise.

Im not too sure, but Ty Tucker has OSU (D1) practicing 5 hours a day every day, with intense drills and conditioning to make sure his players are in top shape. No idea how they do it, I’d be failing my classes after a week trying to keep up.

All but one got recruited. Usually accepting of walkons (tryouts), but most of them aren’t good tbh.

Biggest thing is consistency and making shots. We’re D3, hitting winners shouldn’t be a priority, so we focus on consistency drills along with improving our on court strategy and learning how to play doubles better. We practice a lot of footwork and situational stuff that’ll give us better results quicker. The philosophy is to make shots, no matter what, no matter how, get the ball over the net.


How often do you play tournaments outside of school and are you disappointed when you have to play some old has-been? Asking for a friend.

Also, if I handed you a racquet that's not an APD, would you know what to do with it?
Ehh, not much. Some local stuff but over the summer playing in ITA Tour events is pretty important for you to get match play during a time where you probably aren’t playing much.

What’s an APD?

What's your gym routine?
Focusing on Upper and Lower Body, heavily, and I mean HEAVILY, focused on planks and core strengthening for better open stance shots, also big on medicine ball and a lot of squatting drills. Might try some visionary stuff outside the gym, to improve depth perception and reaction time, underrated routine people should try.
How is the order of lineup determined in most cases? Is it sort of established at the beginning of the year or do you all play each other in practice matches? In High School we used to have a system where once a week a person could challenge another for their spot(within reason, usually #2 could challenge #1), and the winner got it. Does anything like that happen?
The LU is open season right now, Top 4 is safe (with maybe some fluctuation) but everything else (5,6, all 3 doubles) are open spots. He’ll play who he thinks is best for that position and who he trusts enough to, he sets us up playing matches against each other to figure out the lineup better, easier in singles but A LOT harder in doubles, so many people can play on any given day on the dubs court. Since were D3 we rely HEAVILY on winning the doubles courts. Sweeping them means we only need 2 singles matches to clinch. Big emphasis on doubles. What you mentioned is a challenge ladder system, happened in high school for me as well. But you could challenge someone new every day, not just once a week.
bro/sis how you gonna create an AMA, and then not answer any questions :-D
I’m sorry! I wasn’t even getting notifications for this thread, thought it had died lol.

Hope this answers some of your questions!!
 

sftennisfan

New User
Thanks for the answers. Follow up about the gear. Do you get a ton of shoes, workout clothes, etc. from Nike or just the bare minimum? I figure if you were playing at a big Nike school (think Stanford, Oregon, etc.), you could pretty much get a ton but wondering how it is at a D3. Can a top D3 take out a middle level D1 school?
 

Fabresque

Professional
Thanks for the answers. Follow up about the gear. Do you get a ton of shoes, workout clothes, etc. from Nike or just the bare minimum? I figure if you were playing at a big Nike school (think Stanford, Oregon, etc.), you could pretty much get a ton but wondering how it is at a D3. Can a top D3 take out a middle level D1 school?
Bare minimum. Two shirts, two shorts, and a hoodie. Anything else we want (extra shirts, sweaters, long pants) comes out of our own pocket.

I would think so. Lower-level D3’s sometimes still play local D1 teams who are either terrible or rest majority of their team. I think UChicago (Top D3) would give a D1 who isn’t Top 50 a good run for their money.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
We can get strings restrung ASAP. We have our own stringer on campus who has all kinds of strings that the players want (we write a list before season so he gets the supply). Winter/Summer break is different, stringer isn’t available every day, instead more like once a weekish. We get Nike gear from our school.

Schedules pretty erratic, practices are late night atm at our indoor facility, usually going till midnight 3/4 days of the week. Monday’s off, Friday’s 3-5, with biweekly Saturday practices from 8-10am, weightlifting Fridays and Mondays, and Sunday open-court time (not mandatory). Most of my classes are afternoon, done before 4pm. Usually get my studying/homework done in the mornings, sometimes before practice and after classes. Don’t have a job, I don’t have time for it right now, but thankfully my parents are helping me out paying for college and food wise.

Im not too sure, but Ty Tucker has OSU (D1) practicing 5 hours a day every day, with intense drills and conditioning to make sure his players are in top shape. No idea how they do it, I’d be failing my classes after a week trying to keep up.

All but one got recruited. Usually accepting of walkons (tryouts), but most of them aren’t good tbh.

Biggest thing is consistency and making shots. We’re D3, hitting winners shouldn’t be a priority, so we focus on consistency drills along with improving our on court strategy and learning how to play doubles better. We practice a lot of footwork and situational stuff that’ll give us better results quicker. The philosophy is to make shots, no matter what, no matter how, get the ball over the net.



Ehh, not much. Some local stuff but over the summer playing in ITA Tour events is pretty important for you to get match play during a time where you probably aren’t playing much.

What’s an APD?


Focusing on Upper and Lower Body, heavily, and I mean HEAVILY, focused on planks and core strengthening for better open stance shots, also big on medicine ball and a lot of squatting drills. Might try some visionary stuff outside the gym, to improve depth perception and reaction time, underrated routine people should try.

The LU is open season right now, Top 4 is safe (with maybe some fluctuation) but everything else (5,6, all 3 doubles) are open spots. He’ll play who he thinks is best for that position and who he trusts enough to, he sets us up playing matches against each other to figure out the lineup better, easier in singles but A LOT harder in doubles, so many people can play on any given day on the dubs court. Since were D3 we rely HEAVILY on winning the doubles courts. Sweeping them means we only need 2 singles matches to clinch. Big emphasis on doubles. What you mentioned is a challenge ladder system, happened in high school for me as well. But you could challenge someone new every day, not just once a week.

I’m sorry! I wasn’t even getting notifications for this thread, thought it had died lol.

Hope this answers some of your questions!!
APD is Aeropro Drive. Folks on here know a lot about rackets though they are mostly lousy players.
 
Bare minimum. Two shirts, two shorts, and a hoodie. Anything else we want (extra shirts, sweaters, long pants) comes out of our own pocket.
That is not much. Which university is this?

The private high school where my son is currently attending and tennis season will begin in 1 1/2 weeks. Last year the school provided: two dri-fit short sleeve shirts, two dri-fit shorts, two long sleeve dri-fit shirts, one hoodie, one warm up jacket, two long pants, and two dri-fit hats. All free of charge.
 

haqq777

Legend
That is not much. Which university is this?
Pretty standard for most public DII schools these days too, at least in the conferences I know of. Almost all schools in our local conferece are like that. I played DII myself but in a different conference down south. Played in the early 2000s and back then we got three pairs of shorts, three shirts and a track suit with hoodie. Stringing was free just like now but for racquets and bag we got the package deals for a hundred or so bucks cheaper than nowadays.
 

sftennisfan

New User
Here's the key question about
Pretty standard for most public DII schools these days too, at least in the conferences I know of. Almost all schools in our local conferece are like that. I played DII myself but in a different conference down south. Played in the early 2000s and back then we got three pairs of shorts, three shirts and a track suit with hoodie. Stringing was free just like now but for racquets and bag we got the package deals for a hundred or so bucks cheaper than nowadays.

Here's the key question. What do you get as far as shoes? I knew someone who played at an SEC school and it seemed like shoes were almost unlimited. The limiting factor as a practical matter is that people get comfortable with their shoes so don't just want to swap out for new ones all the time. Between practice and matches, you could easily go through a pair in a few weeks.
 

haqq777

Legend
Here's the key question about



Here's the key question. What do you get as far as shoes? I knew someone who played at an SEC school and it seemed like shoes were almost unlimited. The limiting factor as a practical matter is that people get comfortable with their shoes so don't just want to swap out for new ones all the time. Between practice and matches, you could easily go through a pair in a few weeks.
Wish there was an endless supply but not the case. Not sure about bigger DI schools but except for the first pair, shoes have always been out of own pocket, in my experience. That was one thing that always irked me since I wore them out pretty fast outdoors. Perhaps OP can chime in on his experience currently with his DIII school.

It is the same for most school in our conference here and not much different than what I experienced decade and half back down south. There might be exceptions but rarely I would think. Good thing is that minus a month or so in a year, the local college team practices indoors which isn't that rough on shoes comparatively. But definitely agree, shoes are a big one.
 

sftennisfan

New User
Wish there was an endless supply but not the case. Not sure about bigger DI schools but except for the first pair, shoes have always been out of own pocket, in my experience. That was one thing that always irked me since I wore them out pretty fast outdoors. Perhaps OP can chime in on his experience currently with his DIII school.

It is the same for most school in our conference here and not much different than what I experienced decade and half back down south. There might be exceptions but rarely I would think. Good thing is that minus a month or so in a year, the local college team practices indoors which isn't that rough on shoes comparatively. But definitely agree, shoes are a big one.
Yeah, you got to figure out at roughly $100 a pair, shoe costs can add up very quickly. I think you could get a month out of a pair during the season but that's still $800-$900 a year. But I'm pretty sure at Stanford, etc., you could easily get 5-6 pairs a year.
 
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