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How To Get A Tennis Scholarship

by Thomas Jay Daniels

posted in Recreation and Sports

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This article is for college tennis recruits.
In it, I'm going to breakdown how any junior recruit can get a tennis scholarship.
There are over 700 NCAA colleges and also NAIA and Junior colleges tennis programs, which means there are many opportunities for any recruit to play college tennis.
Please follow these 5 steps below.
Step 1
Create your team.
This should include your parents, teachers and your tennis coach.
Make sure everyone is on the same page and working together.
"Take your time, when creating this team, because your team is going to be your power base and you will need to refer to them often. "
Step 2
Decide Which Level You can Play At.
Consult with your team and make sure that you can play at the level you want to.
If you have any doubts about being able to play D1 tennis, then choose D2.
You can always transfer to a higher division in the future, so don't worry about that.
It's always better to choose the lower college division, if you have any doubts in your mind.
Step 3
Start contacting coaches.
Work the numbers.
So, the more colleges coaches you contact, the better your chances are to find a coach, who will give you a chance to play at his/her college program.
Send video of your best play in matches, along with some great music in the background.
Keep the video short and at the end of it, tell the coaches how you can help their teams win more if you come there.
Be yourself too, don't try to be somebody you are not, because the coaches will feel it and sense it.
"Always be positive when you are talking to them and show them that you really want to play college tennis. "
Sell your personality.
College coaches want players that are going to make their programs more successful, so never say anything bad about your current coach or school.
Step 4
Narrow it down to your top 5.
Before your junior year, narrow your schools down to 5.
Contact the coaches and let them know that they are part of your top 5 schools and that you want a verbal commitment from one of them before your senior year.
Tell them that during your last year, you just want to focus on your grades, the SAT and your play, and not on which college you are going to be going to after you graduate.
The coaches will respect this and they will also be more honest with you and give you a decision sooner.
Now, if a coach, makes a verbal commitment before your senior year, that's even better!!
Step 5
Play Your Hand.
You should already have a scholarship by now.
But in case you don't have it, call out the coaches and tell them you need to know if they are ready to commit to you or you are moving them off your top 5 list of schools.
I doubt you have to do this, but just in case, be polite and direct with them!!
Congrats, you have a tennis scholarship!!
You can adopt and adapt this 5 point plan to your own situation, but you shouldn't have any problem with getting a tennis scholarship.
Like I said earlier.
If you want a tennis scholarship, then there is a school out there for you to play at.
I wish you the best of luck.
And I hope this information here can help you.
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