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Spring Signing Week '14: How is College Tennis Different?
by TennisRecruiting.net, 15 April 2014

Junior tennis and college tennis are two very different experiences. Junior tennis players know that they will be competing in a team environment, but they can't really know what else to expect. We put the question to recent graduates: What was an aspect of college tennis that most surprised you coming out of juniors? What did you find most challenging?

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Countdown: What Do Players Overlook?
by TennisRecruiting.net, 9 April 2014

Every year, high school tennis players make their college decisions based on a number of factors - from coaching staff and players on the team to size of school and weather. But are these athletes making rational decisions? We put the question to college coaches: What important factors in the college recruiting process do student athletes often overlook?

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Roundtable: Is College Tennis Thriving or Struggling?
by TennisRecruiting.net, 7 March 2014

It is interesting to look at the state of college tennis. Rising costs in education and athletics present challenges, but tennis remains one of the most popular sports on the college landscape. We put the question to college coaches... Is college tennis thriving or struggling? What changes or improvements are you monitoring?

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Former Collegians on College vs. Pro Tennis
by TennisRecruiting.net, 18 December 2013

The strongest junior tennis players face the decision of playing college tennis or turning professional. More and more highly-ranked boys are choosing the college tennis over the Futures circuit as a development path, but many girls are still turning pro. We put the question to our panel of recent college graduates: What advice would you give to a junior girl who is trying to choose between college and professional tennis?

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15-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Fall Scheduling in College - Part 2
In college tennis, fall competition normally focuses on player development. Last month, we asked college coaches about their goals and philosophies for the fall season, and we published answers from a half-dozen coaches. Today we hear comments from more coaches on the topic.

31-Oct-2013
Countdown: Fall Scheduling in College
In college tennis, there are two distinct competition seasons - fall and spring - that are very different. Fall competition is usually more oriented around tournaments for individuals, and there is a huge stress on player development. We put the question to college coaches: "What are your goals for the fall season, and what is your philosophy when structuring the fall schedule?"

27-Aug-2013
Roundtable: How to Choose a College
For many teenagers, choosing a college is the first big decision they make in their lives. Adding athletics to the equation can make the decision more challenging. How do you go about approaching the process? What factors should be important? We put this question to a number of young women who recently finished up their college tennis careers at top schools. See what they had to say...

4-Mar-2013
Dividing Coaching Responsibilities
College tennis teams vary in their coaching structure. Some schools have a single coach for both the men's and women's teams, while others have two or three coaches for each program. We put the question to college coaches - how are responsibilities divided among coaches on your staff?

31-Oct-2012
Countdown: Dividing Men's Scholarships
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis is an equivalency sport, meaning that for a given program, scholarship money can be divided among many different players. With the need to play six singles and three doubles - and given a maximum of 4.5 scholarships - coaches can rarely award full scholarships to recruits. We put the question to NCAA women's coaches: What is your strategy when planning out your scholarships?

17-Oct-2012
Countdown: Planning Women's Scholarships
NCAA Division I Women's Tennis is a head count sport, meaning that for a given program, only eight women can receive athletic scholarships. With six singles and three doubles matches - and in light of injuries - a roster of eight can appear quite thin. We put the question to NCAA women's coaches: What is your strategy when planning out your scholarships?


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