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How to find college tennis opportunities

by admin on Понедельник, Август 3rd, 2015

So you are good at tennis and want to take your game to college. Here’s how to grow your game and get noticed.

 

Get fit. Professional tennis players devote almost half of their dedicated hours to fitness. That means stretching, running, weight lifting, speed, agility and more. There are numerous resources to determine the best regime to follow. You will need to be fit to handle any college level program.

Train. Practice, drill and work on your shots until you can’t get them wrong. Play on clay and hard courts to grow your game on both surfaces.
Take lessons. This is the most expensive part of tennis but it is essential to find a coach that can help you to reach your goals. Online lessons do offer some good tips but nothing beats that eye watching YOUR strokes.
Eat well and healthy. Avoid junk food and empty calories. Keep yourself fueled with good nutritious foods to keep your body strong and energy level high.
Play up. You might be the best in your town or region but tennis is a game of levels. Step outside your comfort zone and play up. Competing against those better than you is the only way to improve.
Play matches. Just hitting isn’t going to do it. Play best of three matches. Learn how to win even after being down. Learn how to keep your mental game strong for hours at a time.
Compete officially. In the U.S. the USTA provides a system of ranked players and competitive opportunities. This is where you will build a rank in your region and eventually in the nation. This is where you will begin to get noticed as you move up the ladder. Begin competing as early as you can.  It is a humbling but critical experience to making it to college level tennis.
As you near college age there are “College Showcase” opportunities where you can travel to play in front of college coaches who are looking for new players. Most of these are organized for a fee. You should also create a short video (5-6 minutes) that highlights your strokes, forehand, backhand, serve, approach, and volley. Upload your video to YouTube and pass the link along to the coaches you are interested in playing for.
Be realistic about your college tennis goals. Division I is the toughest to get into. There are scholarships available in Division I and II but there are no tennis scholarships in Division III.   In general Division I and II schools will require you to make tennis your main focus while in college. Division III will offer more of a balance. Travelling out of your preferred region may open up opportunities as well.

 

TennisIdentity.com is a good resource for seeing the levels of players that colleges are recruiting. Knowing this will help you determine if you are a realistic fit tennis-wise for a specific school’s program.
There are tennis programs all over the U.S. and likely a fit for your game. The challenge is to match your game and academic ability.
You can play tennis in college but get to work if you want it.

About Author

Hi! I’m Karin Burgess, Founder and editor of Tennis Identity . I am a long time tennis fan and player whose passion was ignited by an admiration for Chris Evert, fascination with John McEnroe and passion for a certain Swede. I am obsessed with tennis fashion, gear and the power of dress. Stylist, PR hack, part Swede, and Paleo eater. Graduate of Colby College.

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