Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives

News & Features

Ask The Experts
Panel Discussion: Challenging Players (Part 1)

College tennis teams are composed of individuals with different ability levels. Some players may have professional tennis aspirations, others walk on to the program, and there are obviously levels in between.

How do college coaches approach this disparity? We put the question to our panel of former college tennis coaches.


Q) What do college coaches do to challenge and develop players of different abilities?


Tom Schrader, former coach, North Florida Men and Women

Something I've always done while coaching to challenge players was to meet with the team at the beginning of each year and have them write down their goals and objectives for that year. Once it was on paper, I met with each one of them individually to discuss their goals and objectives and help them with a plan of action for achieving them. By doing that each player had something to work for and a plan to follow.

If a particular player was not following the plan, I reminded them what they had written down in the beginning. That way players always had a challenge ahead of them. At the end of the year, we met individually again to revisit their goals written down and discuss what was and was not achieved during the year. I always felt this approach worked with all different levels of ability on the team.

This Article Is Available Only to Recruiting Advantage members
Please log in to access premium TennisRecruiting.net content.
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!

10/24 Christina Bugg chooses North Georgia
10/23 Jeffrey Schenk chooses Thomas More
10/23 Anna McDonald chooses Southern Indiana
10/23 Zane Kohrs chooses UTRGV
10/23 Michael Loyd chooses UTRGV
10/23 Kelly Chen chooses Duke
10/22 Morgan Holopirek chooses William Jewell
10/22 Anna Smith chooses Marshall
10/22 Kristina Sorokolet chooses Kansas State
10/21 Paula Gonzalez chooses Lehigh

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

  Laura Siegemund
Pacific XCite 16L (1.25) String
Buy Now: $17.95
  Carla Suarez Navarro
Luxilon 4G 16L (1.25) String
Buy Now: $17.95
Review, Feedback, Video
  Lucie Safarova
Luxilon Big Banger TiMO 17L (1.17) String
Buy Now: $14.95
  Sara Errani
Luxilon ALU Power 16L String
Buy Now: $17.95
Review, Feedback, Video

Page updated on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Contact our web team with any corrections