The College Tennis Season

Kirishima

New User
Can someone explain the tennis season in college to me? When does it actually start? When does the team competition officially begin? When do the ITA rankings start coming out? It all seems so vague.
 

Automator

Semi-Pro
The actual NCAA season runs from January to May. The first team matches start in January, and lead to the team championships in May, followed by the NCAA singles and doubles championships. Those are the official NCAA events.

The NCAA, however, lets the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) run college tennis, and the ITA runs several other events through the year. The ITA refers to these events as national championships, but they are not recognized by the NCAA. Still, these events are sort of like "major titles".

So, the schedule is something like this:

October:
ITA All-American (National Singles and Doubles Tournament. Very large field.)
Small College Championships (Singles and Doubles Tournament for DII, DIII, NAIA, and JUCO players. Winners at each level play in the Small College "Super Bowl" for a berth in the Intercollegiate Indoors)
ITA Regional Championships (12 Singles and Doubles Tournaments across the country, winners get into the Intercollegiate Indoors)

November:
ITA Intercollegiate Indoors (Indoor Tournament in Singles and Doubles. Hard to qualify for. Also features a non-Division 1 singles player and doubles team.)

January:
ITA Kickoff Weekend (15 4-team single elimination tournaments at campus sites. Winners qualify for the Team Indoors)

February:
ITA Team Indoors (16 team tournament. Winning team is the National Indoor Champion)

May:
NCAA Championships (64 team tournament, first two rounds at campus sites, last 4 rounds at one site. Winning team is the NCAA Champion. Followed by a 64 man singles tournament and 32 team doubles tournament for the NCAA Singles and Doubles titles.)

There are some summer tournaments run by the ITA, but they aren't as highly regarded because the top college players play pro events in the summer.
 

Kirishima

New User
The actual NCAA season runs from January to May. The first team matches start in January, and lead to the team championships in May, followed by the NCAA singles and doubles championships. Those are the official NCAA events.

The NCAA, however, lets the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) run college tennis, and the ITA runs several other events through the year. The ITA refers to these events as national championships, but they are not recognized by the NCAA. Still, these events are sort of like "major titles".

So, the schedule is something like this:

October:
ITA All-American (National Singles and Doubles Tournament. Very large field.)
Small College Championships (Singles and Doubles Tournament for DII, DIII, NAIA, and JUCO players. Winners at each level play in the Small College "Super Bowl" for a berth in the Intercollegiate Indoors)
ITA Regional Championships (12 Singles and Doubles Tournaments across the country, winners get into the Intercollegiate Indoors)

November:
ITA Intercollegiate Indoors (Indoor Tournament in Singles and Doubles. Hard to qualify for. Also features a non-Division 1 singles player and doubles team.)

January:
ITA Kickoff Weekend (15 4-team single elimination tournaments at campus sites. Winners qualify for the Team Indoors)

February:
ITA Team Indoors (16 team tournament. Winning team is the National Indoor Champion)

May:
NCAA Championships (64 team tournament, first two rounds at campus sites, last 4 rounds at one site. Winning team is the NCAA Champion. Followed by a 64 man singles tournament and 32 team doubles tournament for the NCAA Singles and Doubles titles.)

There are some summer tournaments run by the ITA, but they aren't as highly regarded because the top college players play pro events in the summer.
Thanks! I had an idea about the team season but the other ITA stuff is really jumbled.
 

andfor

Legend
Very nice breakdown of the college tennis season/seasons Automator. To add a little, beginning early in the fall many teams play college tournaments over and above the offical ITA events already listed. Although the fall season tournament matches count, the official season that matters starts in roughly Jan./Feb. with the dual matches then concluding with a conference championship tournament to determine post season play. Depending on the size of the school and how dedicated the program is, the amount of play varies with some schools playing some to none in the fall. Some (usually smaller schools) do not start their spring season until March.

Check out www.itatennis.com and their calender of events. http://www.itatennis.com/Events/Calendar.htm. If you're interested in college tennis look at the school you may be interested in tennis website and check out their schedule. This will give you an idea of what their playing season looks like.
 

goran_ace

Hall of Fame
There is no such thing as an off-season in tennis, or for any sport in college. When you are not in the regular season you still have strength and conditioning training and unsupervised practice sessions. The only difference is that you aren't out on the road for matches every weekend.
 
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