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Recruiting 101
Countdown: Tips from Junior Coaches

At High-Tech Tennis, we're in a unique position because we have access to information that can help you transition from junior tennis to college tennis. We have interacted with dozens of junior tennis coaches who have walked the walk and are now talking the talk to help you navigate the very exciting - but sometimes confusing - recruiting process. They have many lessons learned and other bits of useful advice. We hope these HIGH-TECH TIPS will help you and your family on your journey through the maze of junior tennis - as you search for the school that's a perfect fit.

Many recruits want to play for a Division I school - at least that's what they say - but we all know that may not be a realistic goal. Here are some very interesting HIGH-TECH TIPS from junior tennis coaches:

Coach, Former College Player SC State, and Father of 5-star recruit who played D-I Tennis:

"I'm finding that a lot of parents don't understand the basic recruiting rule: get your clearinghouse number. Also, they should be visiting and reaching out to coaches at the schools they're interested in by age 14 for unofficial visits. Most of the top schools know who they want by the time the student's in the 10th grade, and they keep a relationship open until the student can sign. Finally, parents should familiarize themselves with the NCAA recruiting rules because they are constantly changing."


Current junior coach from Georgia and Former Division I player from Illinois:

"I never played in an elite sports program prior to college, so I had to walk on. But I wish I'd had access to a quality video service like High-Tech Tennis so I'd have had something to present to the coach. Make sure you get a video to present to prospective coach(es)! Coaches are interested in rankings, just like colleges are interested in SAT scores, but I've talked to a lot of coaches who want to see the player because people can inflate their rankings just by playing a lot of events.


Current junior coach from N.C. and Father of 4-star recruit who plays D-I Tennis:

"I coached a player who plays singles and doubles at a D-I school. The one thing I wish I'd known is that the scholarship is a one year renewable offer - not a four year offer. The one thing that surprised me (when my son was going through the recruiting process) was the amount of stress it created in my home. And the one thing I want other players to know is that you've worked too hard in your junior career to go somewhere where you will never play. Think about that!"

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