“I’m finding that a lot of parents don’t understand the basic recruiting rule: get your clearinghouse number. Also, they should be visiting & reaching out to coaches at the schools they’re interested in by age 14 for unofficial visits. Most of the top schools know who they want by the time the student’s in the 10th grade & they keep a relationship open until the student can sign. Finally, parents should familiarize themselves with the NCAA recruiting rules because they are constantly changing.”
Coach, Former College Player @ SC State
& Father of 5-star recruit who played D1 Tennis
“I coached for a year at Central Connecticut State University & I loved great videos that were short & sweet. I focused mainly on results.”
Current junior coach from SC
& Former Division I player from CT
“I never played in an elite sports program prior to college so I had to walk on but I wish I’d had access to a quality video service like HIGH-TECH TENNIS so I’d have had something to present to the coach. Make sure you get a video to present to prospective coach(es). Coaches are interested in rankings, just like colleges are interested in SAT scores, but I’ve talked to a lot of coaches who want to SEE the player because people can inflate their rankings just by playing a lot of events. This is where HIGH-TECH TENNIS comes in!:
Current junior coach from GA
& Former Division 1 player from IL
“I coached a player who plays singles & doubles at a D1 school. The one thing I wish I’d known is that the scholarship is a one year renewable offer, not a four year offer. The one thing that surprised me (when my son was going through the recruiting process) was the amount of stress it created in my home. And the one thing I want other players to know is that you’ve worked too hard in your junior career to go somewhere where you will never play. Think about that!”
Current junior coach from NC
& Father of 4-star recruit who plays D1 Tennis
“My advice to tennis recruits? You’re there for an education so make that your primary focus, tennis second, social third. In that order. And start your own online business TODAY – if all you have is fifteen minutes a day, then be disciplined about it and build it. Start learning to fail, regroup, learn from your mistakes, experience PROFITS as opposed to wages. You will learn more about how the REAL world of Tennis & Life operates.”
Coach from FL &
Father of Coach from FL
“I played singles & doubles in college. Fitness was a big factor for me, it separated me from other players & gave me an edge vs. other players. I wish I’d known about how the schools do their recruiting, what specific players are top D1 & D2 schools recruiting, rankings, GPAs, etc.
I wasn’t surprised by much in the recruiting process, but a lot of players are being home schooled today & I don’t know if they’re aware of which programs are accepted by the NCAA. Finally, the most important piece of advice that I can share is to ALWAYS OVER-PREPARE.”
Former player from Argentina
& Junior Coach in Charlotte, NC
“I received a tennis scholarship for four years & our team was top 20 in Division 1 NAIA. If I could do it over, I’d like to have had more options. I just went to the first place that wanted me. I did not consider a field of study or anything like that. I would tell a new recruit to make a top ten list of schools & send an email to the coach. If I could give a player some advice, I’d say to explore every possible option.
Early preparation is important & do not wait until you’re a high school senior.”
Former player from AL
& Junior Coach in Charleston, SC
“I coached a player who signed with Division 1 college & one thing that I wish I’d known more about is how the coaches monitor TennisRecruiting.net & what’s involved with keeping his status up-to-date so I’d have been aware of when coaches were allowed to start communicating with him. It seems to be much more involved than when I was recruited.
I was surprised mostly by the fact that many of the coaches that were in contact with my player are truly confused, misinformed & unaware of certain rules of eligibility of incoming players. We had a lot of trouble with the eligibility rule concerning a student who does not enroll in college for the fall immediately following his graduation.
If I were to offer any advice, it would be to stay engaged in the process – tennis & academics. Make sure you, your family & the coaches are all on the same page so all issues can be dealt with in a timely manner to avoid problems that could be detrimental & turn into potential deal breakers with a particular school. Also, make sure you understand the requirements of the schools & the NCAA in regards to eligibility & scholarships so you can eliminate last second snags that may derail the process.”
Current junior coach
in Baltimore, MD
“When to commit? This answer is all over the board & it really depends on the type of player. The blue chippers are verbally committing very early now. It is very common for this unwritten commitment to happen in the beginning of the junior’s school year. Still, many seniors are still looking after xmas of their senior year. This occurs based upon the level of school & many programs going after the same players. My advice is if you’re a marginal player…lock up a walk-on position at a good school & continue to play & involve yourself in the recruiting process. Such a move can resolve the uncertainty & fear.
College tennis can be a fantastic addition to the life of a student. It provides a safety net for the player & the parent. It provides a support system that benefits the player in a time of increased freedoms. The structure of team, practice, school helps the individual learn to budget time effectively & can also be a early warning sign if individual commitments are being ignored.
Players need to understand: Make yourself known early to the coach or the schools. Sending a letter of introduction as early as a freshman is not too soon. Coaches remember names & will track results. Also, always have a knowledgable or respected coach or third party speak to the coaching staff about you. This person should be objective about your play & highly respected by either the school or have network contacts that are. Coaches often want to know work ethic & character attributes that wins & losses do not show. A parent is too close to the player & coaches will rarely take them at face value.
On recruiting trips: Fit in but don’t fall for the all out party experience. Too many times, young athletes will make poor decisions trying to fit in. This often ends in disaster. You are being either tested or set up to fail. Beware. After narrowing schools, go the extra mile to check out past graduates of the program. These graduates no longer have a vested interest. They are a great source of information about the program & coach. Doing your due diligence will expose the salesman & help you make the right school choice.
High Performance Coach in MI
whose players have had successful
experiences at Division 1, 2 & 3 schools