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About the College Recruiting Lists

Each week, we update the College Recruiting Lists for all boys and girls classes. These lists use a weighted head-to-head ranking algorithm to determine the top junior tennis players in the United States. These lists are used by college coaches across the country at all levels as a tool for college recruiting.


Players: Update Your Graduation Year!

The TennisRecruiting.net College Recruiting Lists are unique in that they are broken down by high school graduation year rather than age or ability level. For this reason, we need to have your graduation year on file to place you on the proper list. If you are a current player, create a free account and update your graduation year.


List Characteristics

The College Recruiting Lists at TennisRecruiting.net have several characteristics that make them different from other lists. Here are some characteristics of this ranking system:

  • As mentioned above, the College Recruiting Lists are broken down by high school graduation year.

  • All matches across all age divisions for the past twelve months from events that qualify are used in rankings calculations.

  • These lists use a head-to-head system rather than a points system: the quality of your opponents matters while the round that you reach in a particular tournament does not.

  • To be eligible for the recruiting list, a player must: (1) compete in at least three tournaments during the preceding twelve-month period, and (2) win at least three matches over other ranked players in those tournaments.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to more general questions about our rankings or this web site, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

How often are the College Recruiting Lists updated?

Lists are updated weekly: boys lists on Tuesdays, and girls lists on Wednesdays.

How is my College Recruiting List ranking calculated?

The College Recruiting List rankings use a head-to-head system that is a variant of the Elo rating system. Elo ratings are known to be very accurate and are widely used in player-versus-player sports and games. In general the system rewards players for beating higher-quality opponents - and penalizes players for losses to lower-quality opponents. While a loss to someone ranked high above you is not likely to penalize you, a win over that same player can really help your ranking.

Why is my College Recruiting List ranking higher than my TennisRPI rank?

The College Recruiting Lists and TennisRPI are different ranking systems that use different criteria in their rankings. That said, the rankings are often similar since there are many factors that keep them in line with each other.

Consider the following example that could lower a player's TennisRPI ranking with no impact on the College Recruiting List ranking: a player defeats an opponent with a very low ranking, a low win percentage, and a low strength of schedule (SoS). Wins over players ranked far below will not have much impact on a player's College Recruiting List ranking, but the win will likely lower the TennisRPI which factors in SoS.

I was looking at the College Recruiting List, and I noticed a 2-star player mixed in with the 5-star and Blue Chip players near the top of the list. What is going on?

Twice each year, TennisRecruiting.net awards its Top Prospects ratings based on the College Recruiting List rankings.

Over the course of the year, player rankings can increase or decrease substantially, resulting in players with "lower" ratings showing up near the top of the lists. Such players have improved their play.

Likewise, since the rankings only use results from the past twelve months, a player who stops competing and lets his player record shorten may see his/her rankings decrease.

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