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Roundtable: Setting College Doubles Pairings
by James Hill, 24 August 2016

Doubles often sets the tone for college dual matches. In the NCAA Division I, whichever team wins two of three doubles matches gains one point. Division III teams, on the other hand, can take a 3-0 lead by sweeping the doubles. Regardless of the scoring format, doubles teams are an important part of the season. We put the question to a panel of coaches: What factors go into setting your doubles pairings? How much do you change your pairings throughout the year?

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Roundtable: Turning Professional Before Graduation
by James Hill, 8 August 2016

With the U.S. Open occurring this month, several top college tennis players are considering turning pro. The lure of pro tennis can be strong, even if it means leaving college before his or her graduation date. So, we asked a panel of respected coaches the following question: What advice do you give to one of your current players who is considering turning pro before graduation?

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Roundtable: Coaches On Off-Court Factors in Recruiting Part II
by James Hill, 11 July 2016

Last month, we talked with college tennis coaches about how aspects other than on-court play factor into recruiting. We got a few more responses, and so we present answers to the following question: What off-court qualities do you look for in a recruit? What is important to you, as a coach, concerning the demeanor and attitude of a recruit?

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Roundtable: Coaches On Off-Court Factors in Recruiting
by James Hill, 14 June 2016

College tennis players have a lot of responsibilities. In addition to consistently turning in top performances on the court, they also have to deal with academics while also working closely with their teammates and coaches. We put the following question to a panel of respected coaches: What off-court qualities do you look for in a recruit?

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15-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Talking With Coaches Roundtable Part II
NCAA rules dictate when coaches can make initial contact with potential student-athletes, but the rest is up to junior players and their parents. Last month, we asked our panel of coaches to help shed some light on this grey area of the recruiting process. Check out the rest of their answers to the following communication-themed questions.

9-Apr-2016
Countdown: Communicating With Coaches Roundtable
When it comes to the recruiting process, contact with coaches can be one of the toughest aspects to navigate. Potential student-athletes and their parents are often left guessing when it comes to ideal communication frequency and timing. In order to help eliminate ambiguity, we asked our panel of coaches about when and how they should reach out to college coaches - and when offers are extended.

29-Mar-2016
Countdown: D-III Recruiting
The team at Division III Tennis contributes to the Coundown to Signing Day by touching on how recruiting has made an even bigger impact year after year in our world - with so many more top players from around the country deciding to choose D-III. One of our newest writers, D3TennisGreek, brings his recruiting background and general love for D-III Tennis to the table and will be outlining the recruiting phenomenon that is happening throughout the country.

11-Mar-2016
Roundtable: Effects of New Scoring in Division I (Part 2)
College tennis is looking a little different these days. No-ad scoring, a single set for doubles matches and eliminated warm-ups with opponents are just a few of the changes approved by the NCAA to quicken the pace of dual match play. We talk with a set of college coaches about how their players must approach their matches with a different mindset.

8-Feb-2016
Roundtable: Effects of New Scoring in Division I (Part 1)
After experimenting with different methods to accelerate the pace of play in college tennis, the NCAA has approved several adjustments to the scoring system in Division I tennis initially proposed by the ITA. No-ad scoring, shortened doubles sets and eliminating formal warm-ups are modifications meant to engage fans and shorten the time student-athletes spend on the court. We talked with a number of college coaches about how these changes impact their preparation.

28-Dec-2015
Roundtable: When to Take Recruiting Trips (Part 2)
Last month, we talked with college coaches about when recruits should plan their unofficial and official visits. Today, we engage several more college coaches to get their takes on the matter. Our panel takes on the question: When is the best time for students to take their recruiting trips? Are players that don't go during their junior years at a disadvantage?

30-Nov-2015
Roundtable: When to Take Recruiting Trips
Visiting colleges and meeting potential coaches and teammates is vital in painting a realistic picture of student-athlete life. But when should players arrive on campus for a test run? The answer has changed dramatically over the past decade. We put the question to our panel: When is the best time for students to take their recruiting trips? Are players that don't go during their junior years at a disadvantage?

5-Nov-2015
Countdown: Differences in Recruiting Men and Women
College tennis coaches must be adept at finding talent to fill their rosters. Perhaps the coaches with the most difficult tasks are those that direct both women's and men's teams. We put the question to our panel of coaches: What are the main differences between recruiting for a men's program and a women's program? Do you sell your school differently depending on the gender of the recruit?

22-Sep-2015
Roundtable: The Dos and Don'ts of Recruiting Videos
For most junior tennis players, the recruiting process involves some savvy self-marketing. In addition to reaching out to coaches via phone and email or seeking them out during a summer national event, many athletes opt to send out a recruiting video to show off their skills. We asked our panel of coaches: What are you looking for in a recruiting video? How can players best portray themselves in a short clip?

19-Aug-2015
Roundtable: Division II Tennis
As a student-athlete navigates the recruiting process, he or she may not find the ideal combination of tennis and academics at a Division I university. In those cases, looking into Division II programs may be a logical next step. We put the question to a number of D-II coaches: What are some advantages of Division II tennis? What are some of the key differences of Division II athletics? What are some common misconceptions? Which players thrive in the Division II environment?

13-Jul-2015
Roundtable: How To Spend Your Summer (Part 2)
Unlike many college sports, which feature dedicated off-seasons during the year, tennis has very few built-in breaks. As such, it can be tempting for collegiate players to either undertrain or overtrain when away from their coaches and teammates during the summer - both of which can set a student-athlete up for failure when the fall tournament season rolls around. We asked our panel of coaches how they want their players to approach their time away from school.

1-Jul-2015
Roundtable: How To Spend Your Summer (Part 1)
Unlike many college sports, which feature dedicated off-seasons during the year, tennis has very few built-in breaks. As such, it can be tempting for collegiate players to either undertrain or overtrain when away from their coaches and teammates during the summer - both of which can set a student-athlete up for failure when the fall tournament season rolls around. We asked our panel of coaches how they want their players to approach their time away from school.

2-Jun-2015
Roundtable: Weighing in on the Big XII Cheering/Heckling Rule (Part 2)
This past season, the Big XII implemented a "decorum policy" that allowed college tennis fans to be a bit rowdier - trying to create an atmosphere closer to college basketball than to Wimbledon. This topic has been a lightning rod for discussion, and so we checked in with our panel of college coaches to get their takes...

20-May-2015
Roundtable: Weighing in on the Big XII Cheering/Heckling Rule (Part 1)
Thanks to a conference committee spearheaded by TCU head men's coach David Roditi, the Big XII implemented a "decorum policy" this season allowing fans to cheer during points in an effort to involve those more accustomed to the raucous atmosphere of a basketball or football game. There has been a lot of discussion in the tennis world - find out what several college coaches have to say on the subject...

11-May-2015
Roundtable: Role of the Parent in College Recruiting (Part 2)
Last month, we asked our panel of coaches to give their best advice to college players and their parents when it comes to navigating the recruiting process together. Today we have more coaches addressing the ideal role for the parent during the recruiting process.

22-Apr-2015
Division III Roundtable - Late Season Report
While Tennis Recruiting has been running its Signing Week coverage, there have been a ton of great stories in Division III tennis. We've brought together four of our dedicated D-III writers (three men's and one women's) to bring you all the updates on this year's season before we head into the postseason. I hope you enjoy our 'D-III Roundtable'.

16-Apr-2015
Spring Signing Week '15: Role of the Parent in College Recruiting
The college tennis recruiting process can be tough to navigate for the student-athlete, but it's also new territory for many parents. It can often be difficult to determine where to offer guidance and when to let the child take the wheel. While parents undoubtedly want the best for their children, it's important that they allow the coach/player relationship a chance to grow. We asked our panel of college coaches about the role of the parent in recruiting...

31-Mar-2015
Countdown: Coach Roundtable on College Transfers (Part 2)
Last month, we asked our panel of college coaches about transferring. Why do so many student athletes transfer from one school to another - or quit their sports altogether? In today's roundtable article, more college coaches weigh in with their thoughts...

27-Mar-2015
Countdown: Recruiting - the D-III Perspective
As the tennis season kicks into high gear, the team at Division3Tennis.com goes off the court to bring you inside the minds of two prominent D-III coaches. The coaches comment on coaching, recruiting, and D-III tennis in general. Enjoy!

23-Feb-2015
Coach Roundtable: Transfers in College Tennis (Part 1)
Each year, a significant number of college tennis players quit tennis before they have exhausted their eligibility - or transfer from one school to another. We put the question to our panel of college coaches: Why is the case? What can be done to minimize the chances of giving up on a program - and what should high school players do to ensure a good fit?

13-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: How and When to Contact College Coaches II
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?

27-Oct-2014
Countdown: How and When to Contact College Coaches
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?

23-Sep-2014
The Impact of the Scoring System on Coaching
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?

22-Sep-2014
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 typically experience.

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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