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Donovan Tennis Strategies To Host Virtual Showcase Event

Given the recruiting limitations from the coronavirus pandemic, Donovan Tennis Strategies (DTS) will be hosting its first-ever DTS Virtual Showcase.

The event will be held July 8-9, and try to replicate the DTS live showcases that have been taking place for the last 20 years. Participants will be able to take part in a webinar version of the college coaches panel, admissions presentation and a presentation on “Recruiting in the Covid-19 Era.”

Prospective recruits can view “Meet the Coaches,” short video clips where coaches can introduce themselves and provide information on their programs. The playing portion of the event will also be done through video. Once a participant is registered for the virtual showcase, DTS will provide the instructions for creating and submitting the match video.

The NCAA Division I Council extended the recruiting dead period through July 31, meaning Division I coaches are prohibited from attending tournaments and showcases prior to August 1. Some schools in all divisions have initiated budget freezes that have prohibited recruiting trips, and some recruits and their families remain reluctant to travel during the pandemic. The DTS showcase hopes to alleviate some of the problems to still help make the connection between recruits and coaches.

The 700 college coaches on the DTS contact list will receive the same profiles of the participants as they get for live showcases, with contact information, school attended, GPA, test scores (if available), intended area of study in college (if known), along with ranking and rating information.

The timing of the event is designed to correspond with an important juncture in the recruiting process that takes place in early July. At many of the more selective colleges, coaches can start to get a pre-read that allows them to get information from the admissions office that gives both coach and recruit feedback on their admissions chances.

The deadline to enroll is July 3 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT For more details, go to https://www.donovantennis.com/showcases/


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