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Fall Signing Week '14: How and When to Contact College Coaches II
by TennisRecruiting.net, 13 November 2014

Players and their families are sometimes unsure of how contact with college tennis coaches works. Last month, we ran a roundtable article where coaches commented on these communications. Today we have more coaches responding to these questions: When should players contact college coaches? What is the most effective way of reaching out?

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Countdown: How and When to Contact College Coaches
by TennisRecruiting.net, 27 October 2014

Although many serious junior tennis players want to play college tennis, most do not understand how the recruiting process work. Many players ask us why coaches are not reaching out to them, and we explain to them that communications are almost always initiated by the player. Players then want to know how best to do that. We put the question to our panel of college coaches: When should players contact college coaches? What is the most effective way of reaching out?

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The Impact of the Scoring System on Coaching
by TennisRecruiting.net, 23 September 2014

Over the past couple of years, there have been several experiments with the format of college tennis - no-ad scoring, shortened sets, third-set tiebreakers. A proposal to move to no-ad scoring for NCAA Division I was tabled earlier this month. We put the question to college coaches: What impact does the scoring system have on your approach to preparing your team?

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Coaches Face Challenge of the College Pitch at US Open
Clair Maciel - 22 September 2014

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 typically experience.

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8-Aug-2014
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?

29-Jul-2014
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...

8-Jul-2014
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 impresses you?

15-Apr-2014
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 challenging?

9-Apr-2014
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?

7-Mar-2014
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?

18-Dec-2013
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 professional tennis?

15-Nov-2013
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.

31-Oct-2013
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?"

27-Aug-2013
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...

4-Mar-2013
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 your staff?

31-Oct-2012
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?

17-Oct-2012
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 scholarships?


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