Recruiting & College Tennis

A Grassroots Approach to Reducing the Number of Foreign Roster Spots in US College Tennis

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The Men’s ITA Indoor Tournament just ended. A public university, Oklahoma (6/11 US players), beat a private university, University of Southern California (8/12 US players), in the final. Why is that pertinent? Today’s Guest Post looks at the prevalence of international students on public university tennis teams (click here to read another recent article on this topic). The article is brought to you by a Fellow Tennis Parent who prefers to remain anonymous as More >

Does the Answer Lie in the Big East?

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As I reflect on and re-read my last post on the NCAA’s decision to stick with the 2014 scoring and format this year, I keep trying to figure out what we can do, besides bastardizing the scoring and cutting out games, to fit college tennis into that 3 1/2 hour tv window. Because, if nothing else, at least we now know that’s the thought process behind all these scoring “experiments” over the past couple of years.

I’ve heard all sorts of interesting suggestions More >

No-Ad a No-Go

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Yesterday, Colette Lewis of ZooTennis tweeted a link to her article announcing the NCAA had decided against using the ITA’s new scoring formats for the 2015 NCAA Team and Individual Championships to be held at Baylor University this May. Though very little information has come out from the ITA or NCAA, Colette did include the verbiage from NCAA’s email to all college tennis coaches:

Men’s and Women’s Head Tennis Coaches,

Normally, we would prepare a formal memorandum but realize time is of the More >

A Square Peg in a Round Hole

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The following is a guest post from Citadel Head Men’s Coach, Chuck Kriese, regarding the recent format and scoring changes in Division I college tennis. I would love to hear your thoughts in the Comments section below.

American College Tennis Coaches have been battling about scoring systems and formats for too many years.  The Solution might be quite manageable if two fundamental points were considered:

  1. Tennis is: ‘An individual sport that has some team opportunities; whereas, we have More >

College Tennis Schedules 2015 Women’s List

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The following is an alphabetical list of all colleges (Division I, II, III, NAIA, NJCAA, and CCC). If I’ve left a school off the list, please email me ASAP so I can add it. To find the school’s 2015 tennis schedule, click on the link in the lists below or type the name of the college +[men’s or women’s] tennis schedule into Google to get the link to their website.

The women’s list is right below. Click here to go to the men’s list.

I encourage you to locate the schools nearby and support your More >

College Tennis Schedules 2015

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The following is an alphabetical list of all colleges (Division I, II, III, NAIA, NJCAA, and CCC). If I’ve left a school off the list, please email me ASAP so I can add it. To find the school’s 2015 tennis schedule, click on the link in the lists below or type the name of the college +[men’s or women’s] tennis schedule into Google to get the link to their website.

The men’s list is right below. Click here to go to the women’s list.

I encourage you to locate the schools nearby and support your More >

Commitment

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It’s been a long and often grueling process, but – in case you’ve missed all my posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (!) – I’m thrilled to announce that my son has committed to attend and play tennis for Santa Clara University beginning next Fall!

He has been dead-set on attending school in California for quite a while now. Yes, there were a couple of schools in Florida on his list, but Cali won his heart last December when he first set foot on the courts of the LA Tennis Center on the More >

Preparing for Next Year

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As I sit at my kitchen counter typing this piece, my son is flying home from California. He’s been out there since Thursday taking “official visits” at two universities. Wanna know what I’ve heard from him since he left?

Yep, that’s the extent of my communication with my son since I dropped him off at the Atlanta airport early Thursday morning.

All weekend, I’ve been in kind of a funk. Nothing specific was wrong with me – I wasn’t feeling sick per se – but something was off. I really didn’t More >

TRN: The Coaches’ View

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There’s been a lot of discussion lately about what is being called 8th grade red-shirting; that is, players changing their graduation year on Tennis Recruiting Network to repeat the 8th grade. The reasons being bandied about for this re-classing range from trying to game the system to ducking competition and everything in between. I’ve had several in-person and email exchanges with parents asking me to look into it, so I reached out to Dallas Oliver at TRN and have had numerous email and More >

On the Court and Dreaming

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What a week! For those of you who don’t follow ParentingAces on Facebook or Twitter, let me fill you in . . .

When my son and I decided to spend his Fall Break in Southern California, it was really with the intent of taking follow-up visits to the colleges he’s interested in attending next year and getting in some training on the side. What we did in actuality was that and so much more.

The trip started with a great hit with Lucas Bellamy (Steve’s son) in the Pacific Palisades. The boys did More >

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