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Fall Signing Week '14: Balancing Time Between Court and Classroom
With Fall Signing Week at hand, tennis players are faced with the
next challenge: finding time to practice while keeping up in the
college classroom. Brandon Videtich and Will Gilhooly, tennis alumni
at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, share tips and strategies that helped
them maintain a healthy balance in college.
Fall Signing Week '14: How Young is Too Young to Start Recruiting?
When it comes to college tennis recruiting, one of the biggest fears
parents have is starting the process too late. They are afraid there
will be no more room on the teams and all the scholarships will be
gone by the time their child is recognized. Everyone wants to get
their child in front of coaches before it's too late, but how young is
too young to do this?
Countdown: Keeping an Open Mind
When we begin working with a new student athlete, the first assignment
calls for them to reach out to current college players and ask them a
set of questions about their experience as college athletes. One of
the final questions is: 'What advice do you have for my recruiting
process?' Two very common pieces of advice are (1) to be patient and
(2) to keep an open mind about schools.
About Dede Allen
is a world-renowned college recruiting expert who is intimately
familiar with both college and junior tennis. Allen was head coach of the
Wake Forest University women's tennis team for seven years, and she was
named ACC Coach of the Year in 1987. Since her college coaching days, Allen
served the USTA for over 14 years as Administrator for USA Tennis Junior
Competition and liaison to the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Allen is the author
of three books on recruiting, including the USTA Guide for Prospective
, the recently-revised
Collegiate Guide for High School Tennis Players
the Collegiate Guide for High School Athletes
. Today, Allen presents
seminars throughout the country to prospective college tennis players.
Allen writes a periodic column at TennisRecruiting.net where she provides
advice and answers your questions. You can
submit a question to Dede for her
to answer directly - or in a future column.