TOP 10 QUESTIONS <2013>

ACE the Recruiting Process

College Recruit Videos represent the fastest-growing portion of our business.
WHY do you suppose that is? Well, consider this:

In a recent survey, 100 percent of all college coaches responded that video is VERY important when evaluating talent. Especially when first assessing the athlete. Now check this out, in another recent poll only 2-3 percent of student-athletes have video readily accessible online for coaches to view. Source: Active.com Recruiting Tips

Having a good recruiting video is extremely important for athletes who hope to earn scholarships. College coaches don’t have the time or money to travel and see hundreds of recruits in person. That’s why a highlight video is one of the most important parts of your online resume. It takes just a few minutes for a well-made recruiting video to show coaches what a high school recruit can do on the field or the court. Source: NCSA Athletic Recruiting

We know that our customers look to HIGH-TECH TENNIS for guidance & we do our best to present you with good information that lets you choose from a variety of the best possible options.

For the 2nd straight year, we were invited to attend the COLLEGE TENNIS FORUM on November 20, 2013 @ Windward Lake Club in Alpharetta, GA. Due to a fractured foot (!), I was unable to attend personally but Danny stepped up to represent HIGH-TECH TENNIS :)  & he also recorded the meeting for me so I feel comfortable sharing the highlights with you. This forum was hosted by Torrey Hawkins, Director of Windward Tennis Academy & the following coaches responded to questions & comments from parents: Head Coach Amy Bryant (Emory Women’s Tennis), Assistant Coach Christy Lynch (Emory Women’s Tennis) & Billy Boykin (UNC-Charlotte Men’s Tennis).

  1. WHY PLAY? If you love tennis & want to get a jump start on a miniature game of life, there’s something for everybody in college tennis because there are tremendous players at every level!
  2. WHEN TO START? The sooner, the better! Challenge yourself by enrolling in the toughest courses & work as hard as you can to keep your grades up in 7th, 8th & 9th grades. Begin to make lists, research & visit as many schools as you can during your sophomore year (be sure to consider every factor, like the coach, the academics, the location, the weather, the distance from your family, etc.) & contact coaches to let them know you’re interested. Narrow your options in your junior year & begin to go on official visits, which are essentially 24-48 hour INTERVIEWS. Be aware that the coach & the players are observing you very closely to determine if you’d be a good “FIT” with the team. It’s a good idea to be on your best behavior, obviously.
  3. ELIGIBILITY? Eligibility requirements are so very complex & they include many restrictions, which are designed to protect student-athletes. It’s crucial that you stay on top of this & stay in touch with the Compliance Department or the Eligibility Center during your 9th & 10th grades, particularly if you attend non-traditional school (independent, online, etc.) If you haven’t cleared your educational situation IN WRITING ahead of time, you may find retroactive adjustments are very difficult (if not impossible) to accomplish.
  4. RANKINGS & INTANGIBLES? Rankings certainly matter – especially as a starting point – but coaches take so many other intangible factors into account. For example, some players may have had significant injuries that caused their rankings to be lower than they might otherwise have been, some players are left-handed & good, all-around athletes & some players NEVER play in the back draw after they lose in the main draw at a junior tournament, which means they probably won’t work very hard if or should we say when things don’t go their way in a college match.
  5. OFFERS? When a coach offers you a spot on the team, he or she is asking you to join their family so this is serious business. Sometimes there is no offer simply because the coach determines it is not a GOOD FIT. Finally, girls tend to commit much earlier than boys.
  6. COACHES? It’s important for parents to feel that they have a good connection with the coach because he or she will be responsible for developing your child! If you don’t have a good feeling about the coach, you might want to give it a second or even a third thought. Keep in mind that good coaches are honest with recruits.
  7. EXPECTATIONS? You may have played for one of the top schools & your child may be determined to follow in your footsteps but times have changed – A LOT! If you look at the numbers (say the #5 player on the team is ranked 500 points above your child) & you realize it’s not gonna happen, it’s time to downplay the scenario & help your child set more realistic expectations.
  8. RECRUITING SERVICES? TennisRecruiting.net is great because they present information in an objective way but the recruiting services don’t always necessarily have the player’s best interests at heart, nor do they present the best possible options for individual students. It’s important to weigh the pros (the extensive network is good for those who want to make use of the big, wide net) vs. the cons (students who are interested in local schools can save their families a lot of money by just driving around to visit schools).
  9. COMMUNICATION? The primary goal of the parent in the recruiting process is to BE THE CHAUFFEUR. The students – not the parents – should contact coaches. And after the student commits to a college, let them figure out how to fix it when things get tough…IT WILL MAKE THEM STRONGER.
  10. BE REALISTIC? Go to a school where you have a realistic expectation of playing because it’s just not that much fun to fill water jugs! No matter what the neighbors think, choose the school that represents the best fit FOR YOU. On the other hand, even if you don’t play as much as you’d like, businesses look very positively on students who commit to four years on a varsity sports team & then honor that commitment.

NO MATTER WHAT you have to do to get it or what you eventually do with it,
a
 college degree = a brighter future & that is our wish for ALL junior tennis players.

Tennis is a GAME, not rocket science…
Junior players are CHILDREN, not mini-professionals…
Junior tennis is a JOURNEY, not a destination…

YOU MIGHT AS WELL ENJOY IT!!

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