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Early Versus Regular Signing Period
It is almost that time again. Every November, student athletes from
around the globe and college coaches from all divisions and leagues
get ready to sign the "National Letter of Intent" (NLI) or equivalent.
This is a document which commits the student for the season starting
the following fall semester. This early signing period is increasingly
gaining in popularity, both among players and coaches, but is it best
for everyone to sign early?
Tips on Finding the Right College Program
As you begin the college search process, looking to balance your
academic and athletic needs, there are a few secrets that will help
you find a program that is right for you. Unfortunately, too many
players find themselves in a college tennis program where their game
stagnates, where they are athletically unchallenged, or perhaps find
themselves outside the starting lineup. Here are a few tips to
consider when choosing a college tennis program.
Five Things You Need to Know About the College Recruiting Process
For most junior tennis players, playing in college is the next goal.
Your performance, behavior, and preparation both on and off the court
in high school are getting you ready for college and college tennis.
Here are five things to keep in mind as you think about the future...
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.