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Is a Post-Graduate Year a Good Idea for Me?
There are many reasons why prospective college tennis players, in
partnership with their parents, might consider taking an extra year
before starting college. A gap year can certainly provide extra time
to improve academic standing, physical or emotional maturity, and/or
level of play with the hope of providing more options. But what are
the implications? And what should you do with that year? Knowing the
rules and planning ahead is critical in making a sensible decision.
Tips from D-II Players and Parents
At High-Tech Tennis, we're in a unique position because we have access
to information that can help you transition from junior tennis to
college tennis. We have interacted with dozens of junior tennis
coaches who have walked the walk and are now talking the talk to help
you navigate the very exciting - but sometimes confusing - recruiting
process. Here are interesting HIGH-TECH TIPS that might help you if
you're thinking about Division II schools.
Five Vital Tips for Student Athletes in Their College Search
Each year student athletes make the transition from high school to
college. Some student athletes and their families have a good idea of
when and how to start, while others have little or no idea at all.
Regardless of the category you fall in, every athlete can make use of
these five helpful tips...
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.