The college tennis recruitment process can by very challenging for most athletes trying to make it from high school to the college game. To make it to the next level, you need to give yourself a clear advantage over the competition you are facing.
As you go through the recruitment process, there are some key questions you need to ask yourself:
1. Am I rated as an above average high school tennis player?
You should be among the best players in your age group or high school class if you want to play at the college level. If you are just an average player, it will be tough to make it through the process and actually sign with a college program.
2- What division level of college competition is right for me?
College tennis is played at all division levels. It is played at the elite Division I schools everyone knows about all the way down to the junior college level. You must do an honest evaluation of your skills, speed and athleticism and know what level of competition is right for you.
3- Am I looking to play close to home or across the country?
Before you begin to make contact with college coaches, you need to decide how close or far away from home you want to be while in college. There is no need to contact coaches ten hours away if you know in your heart you don't want to be that far away from home.
4- Is tennis my true passion?
When you reach the college level, tennis is no longer a hobby. The number and duration of practices and competitions increases tremendously from the high school level. Coaches will want you to work on your game all year round. I have a feeling you are passionate about tennis, or you wouldn't be reading this article!
5- Do I need to market and promote myself to college coaches?
College Tennis recruitment can start very early in life for some athletes. The very best tennis players won't have to worry about being recruited, it just happens automatically. Some of the best tennis players in the country and even the world start receiving attention well before they even enter high school.
For most players, recruitment is not automatic by any means. Therefore, to beat the competition and make it to the next level, you need to give yourself a clear advantage over the competition. You can get this advantage by marketing and promoting yourself to college tennis coaches. A simple athletic resume and a personal letter can get the job done.
The choice is yours to make. You can just hope and wish you'll get recruited, or you can learn the ropes of college tennis recruitment and give yourself a great shot at playing tennis at the college level.
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