This might sound like a dumb question but how do they choose which teams play in nationals? How many teams play?I never really looked at any in-state colleges, so I don't know a great deal about Tyler's academics. It's very easy to get into. I know that they pretty much always have full scholarships for valedictorians. My sister got a ton of scholarship money at UT Tyler because of her SAT score. I don't know how good they are about getting academic scholarships for athletes.
I obviously know about Wash U, Emory, Carnegie, and Chicago (all top 15 teams). I don't know exactly how good the middle and bottom teams of the conference are. Case Western and Brandeis have competitive programs, but I wouldn't think that anyone outside those top 4 teams will be making the NCAAs anytime in the next 5 years. Because of the screwed-up NCAA tournament setup, Chicago (ranked #14) is likely going to end up on the outside of the tournament.
It all depends on what you want from your college tennis experience. You won't get to play for a Wash U or Emory unless you're already at an extremely high level of tennis. Those teams are full of DI players.
Hi weezy, how often does the team train? I know you dominate your conference, is the level of tennis there still competitive at the conference? Also, what gear do you guys wear?Hey,
I am actually a player at UT Tyler, I'd be happy to help you with any specific questions you have with the school and the team. What's your name?
I'm just going to copy and paste an email I got explaining this same question to me:This might sound like a dumb question but how do they choose which teams play in nationals? How many teams play?
If you're looking at playing D3 tennis, here's a must-read blog for you.The D3 selection process consists of Pool A, B and C.
The field is 42 teams for 2010. Pool A has 27 teams qualifying, these are teams who win their conference and these conference have been approved by the NCAA to get autobids. Pool B consists of teams who are considered Independents in Men's Tennis and this Pool is traditionally very weak, but has 9 bids. The only top 30 team in this pool is UC Santa Cruz and this is my problem with the current NCAA Selection process.
Pool C has 6 bids and these are for teams who don't win their conference. You'll be seeing teams from NESCAC, UAA, SCIAC and SCAC here. Pretty much no one else. The past 2 years, the team who was #15 in the country did not make the tournament because of the selection process.
In D3, the NCAA is all about giving everyone a fair chance versus getting the strongest field for the tournament. I personally think Pools B and C should be merged and get 15 bids but I've been told the selection process isn't changing any time soon.
I refer to Pool C all the time because it's ultra competitive and 1 bad loss can ruin a team's chances of making the tournament. You've got teams like Emory and Amherst who qualified through Pool C last year. They finished 2nd and 3rd in the country. A team like Chicago has never been ranked out of the top 25 in the past 4 years but they've never made the tournament. The teams in these tough conference need to be incredibly consistent throughout the season if they want to take part in post-season play and it's just not fair in my opinion.