Ask The Experts
Fall Signing Week '13: Fall Scheduling in College - Part 2
by TennisRecruiting.net, 15 November 2013
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In college tennis, fall competition normally focuses on player development. Last month, we asked college tennis coaches about their goals and philosophies for the fall season, and we published answers from a half-dozen of them.
We received comments from more coaches than we could fit into one article, and so today we publish a second and final round of comments.
Q) As a college coach, what are your goals for the fall season, and what is your philosophy when structuring your fall schedule?
John Whitlinger, head coach, Stanford Men
The fall season is a lot different than it used to be. A few years ago there weren't very many tournaments, so the fall was a good time to make adjustments in players' games. Now there are so many tournaments - it's not as easy to do. But adjustments are still important and something that should be done.
I have our guys play at least three tournaments in the fall. With that level of play, we still have time to make adjustments to their games if necessary.
Gregory Wyzkowski, head coach, Seton Hall Women
My goals for the fall season are twofold. First, it gives me a chance to see how the new players compete and will fit in our lineup. Second, it also provides an opportunity to see which players worked hard over the summer to help improve their skills.
We schedule five events for the fall, and each tournament will have stronger competition than the previous one. Easing in gradually allows us to get the rust off since the spring with the hope of achieving strong results.
Fall tournaments usually allow each player to play multiple matches in the same day which tests physical and mental conditioning. At the conclusion of the fall season each player should have confirmed their position on the team or prove they are better than the previous season.