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so how do you get recruited...?

desi_chickdesi_chick Registered User Posts: 1,692 Senior Member
edited August 2009 in High School Life
i was just wondering if you're on the tennis team at your high school, how do you get recruited? i mean i've been hearing that if you get recruited, you definitely accepted into Harvard, is that true?
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Replies to: so how do you get recruited...?

  • chenman333chenman333 Registered User Posts: 271 Junior Member
    You have to be top 100 in the nation to be recruited by a D1 school.

    The Tennis Recruiting Network

    Here are players that get recruited by top schools. You will see their national rankings are extremely high.

    Not easy at all.

    Even for DIII, you need to be around 4.0, 4.5 level, which is still very high.
  • desi_chickdesi_chick Registered User Posts: 1,692 Senior Member

  • AeroEngineer3141AeroEngineer3141 Registered User Posts: 3,607 Senior Member
    Yeah, getting recruited at a Div 1 school not only means you're the best of the best, but that you'll probably spend more time training than studying and socializing.

    One of my friends who graduated in '08 who was recruited for swimming said he has no time for anything but swimming. Though he's perfectly happy with that. He was an Olympic Trial qualifier, if you're wondering about his talent.
  • 10scholar10scholar Registered User Posts: 589 Member
    Tennis recruiting is pretty tough. Harvard is extremely difficult. Sure you get in automatically but only if they support you for admission and want to sign you. I'm top-80 in the country on tennisrecruiting and Harvard says I won't play. Tennis can create a lot of great opportunities at a lot of great schools - you just have to look around. If you think you have what it takes, contact the coaches and try and see if they can watch you at tournaments or send them a dvd.
  • diontechristmasdiontechristmas Registered User Posts: 2,891 Senior Member
    Tennis is nuts, and Harvard is especially nuts. A kid from my HS is #2 in PA, #166 in the country and he's playing at Tulane. #1 is playing at Penn. I know basically all of the top kids in PA, and they're playing at like Lehigh and UChicago. Our area's best player went to play at Oklahoma a couple years ago. Our HS is a tennis powerhouse, but the best the players on the team ended up at were Tulane, Chicago and Delaware. Unless you're a god, Harvard aint happening. Most schools aint happening.
  • jamesfordjamesford Registered User Posts: 3,447 Senior Member
    If you have to ask how, then your skill level is probably not up to par.
  • THE`HAIRY`LEMONTHE`HAIRY`LEMON Registered User Posts: 2,410 Senior Member
    try talk tennis (from tenniswarehouse.com) for more info on it.

    unfortunately, if you havn't sparked interest from any Division I colleges up to this point, chances are very slim to get into harvard's tennis team... (realistically speaking.)

    as for Divisoon III, 4.5 is not going to cut it. heard it was more like 5.0, 5.5 or 6.0+
  • tikiman53tikiman53 Registered User Posts: 731 Junior Member
    Dude, tennis is tough. To get recruited into top D-1 schools like Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Pepperdine...etc... you need to be extremely good. Not only that, but you need some way to prove it, like a very high USTA ranking or a blue chip on tennisrecruiting.net or something along those lines. I have a friend who is the best player I've ever had the chance to play with (he's a coach now), and when he was younger, he was recruited into a D-1 school with a full scholarship. But it's really tough because if you're a core player of the team, you're always traveling and practicing and whatnot. And you need to find ways to catch up to your peers who are not distracted by sports and are able to focus entirely on their education. Basically, it's REALLY hard, not just to get in, but to keep it up.

    But there's also club tennis. Lots of schools have some really good club tennis players, and they still travel a bit too, so it's really fun. If you go to a school like UCLA with a strong tennis program, you'll see lots of club players who probably could hold their own against some of the actual team members but choose not to because they want to focus on schooling.
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