Coaches Face Challenge of the College Pitch at US Open
School is already in session and the fall tennis season is well
underway, but a number of college coaches were missing the first few
days of team practice in order to scout the next crop of future
players at one of the world's premier tennis events - the US Open
junior tournament. At a tournament of this level, the challenge of
recruiting future players is perhaps a tougher task than what they
Approaching the Official Visit
Visits to colleges and college tennis programs - whether they are
unofficial or official - are often make-or-break moments in the
college recruiting process. Both junior tennis players and coaches try
to learn all they can about each other in a short period of time. What
should you learn? We put the question to a number of recent graduates:
If you had it to go over again, how would you approach visits to
schools? What would most want to learn?
What Coaches Look For on Official Visits (Pt. 2)
We recently invited college tennis coaches to comment on official
college visits: what they look for in student athletes - and what most
impresses them. We showed comments from a number of coaches earlier in
the month, but we have thoughts from more coaches. This second
installment contains more insights on the official visit...
What Coaches Look For on Official Visits
Perhaps the most exciting part of the recruiting process is the
Official Visit - where schools brings prospective athletes (and often
their parents) to campus for a weekend visit. Coaches use these
visits as key recruiting tools, and the experiences are often huge
factors in players' decisions. We put the question to college coaches:
What are you looking for in recruits during official visits? What most
Spring Signing Week '14: How is College Tennis Different?
Junior tennis and college tennis are two very different experiences.
Junior tennis players know that they will be competing in a team
environment, but they can't really know what else to expect. We put
the question to recent graduates: What was an aspect of college tennis
that most surprised you coming out of juniors? What did you find most
Countdown: What Do Players Overlook?
Every year, high school tennis players make their college decisions
based on a number of factors - from coaching staff and players on the
team to size of school and weather. But are these athletes making
rational decisions? We put the question to college coaches: What
important factors in the college recruiting process do student
athletes often overlook?
Roundtable: Is College Tennis Thriving or Struggling?
It is interesting to look at the state of college tennis. Rising costs
in education and athletics present challenges, but tennis remains one
of the most popular sports on the college landscape. We put the
question to college coaches... Is college tennis thriving or
struggling? What changes or improvements are you monitoring?
Former Collegians on College vs. Pro Tennis
The strongest junior tennis players face the decision of playing
college tennis or turning professional. More and more highly-ranked
boys are choosing the college tennis over the Futures circuit as a
development path, but many girls are still turning pro. We put the
question to our panel of recent college graduates: What advice would
you give to a junior girl who is trying to choose between college and
Fall Signing Week '13: Fall Scheduling in College - Part 2
In college tennis, fall competition normally focuses on player development.
Last month, we asked college coaches about their goals and philosophies
for the fall season, and we published answers from a half-dozen coaches.
Today we hear comments from more coaches on the topic.
Countdown: Fall Scheduling in College
In college tennis, there are two distinct competition seasons - fall
and spring - that are very different. Fall competition is usually more
oriented around tournaments for individuals, and there is a huge
stress on player development. We put the question to college coaches:
"What are your goals for the fall season, and what is your philosophy
when structuring the fall schedule?"
Roundtable: How to Choose a College
For many teenagers, choosing a college is the first big decision they
make in their lives. Adding athletics to the equation can make the
decision more challenging. How do you go about approaching the
process? What factors should be important? We put this question to a
number of young women who recently finished up their college tennis
careers at top schools. See what they had to say...
Dividing Coaching Responsibilities
College tennis teams vary in their coaching structure. Some schools
have a single coach for both the men's and women's teams, while others
have two or three coaches for each program. We put the question to
college coaches - how are responsibilities divided among coaches on
Countdown: Dividing Men's Scholarships
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis is an equivalency sport, meaning that for
a given program, scholarship money can be divided among many different
players. With the need to play six singles and three doubles - and
given a maximum of 4.5 scholarships - coaches can rarely award full
scholarships to recruits. We put the question to NCAA women's coaches:
What is your strategy when planning out your scholarships?
Countdown: Planning Women's Scholarships
NCAA Division I Women's Tennis is a head count sport, meaning that for
a given program, only eight women can receive athletic scholarships.
With six singles and three doubles matches - and in light of injuries
- a roster of eight can appear quite thin. We put the question to
NCAA women's coaches: What is your strategy when planning out your