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by Rhiannon Potkey, 18 April 2018
September 1 of a recruit’s junior year is set to become the most important date on the recruiting calendar across the board.In an effort to stem early recruiting, the NCAA Division I Council adopted legislation on Wednesday that more resembles the schedule regular students follow when choosing a college.
For student-athletes in all sports other than football and basketball, official visits now can begin September 1 of a recruit’s junior year in high school instead of the first day of classes for the senior year.
Additionally, athletic departments can’t participate in a recruit’s unofficial visit until September 1 of the recruit’s junior year in high school and recruiting conversations during a school’s camp or clinic can’t happen before September 1 of the junior year.
Pending approval by the NCAA Board of Directors on April 25, the new rules will be implemented beginning in the next school year.
The changes are based on the work of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Student-Athlete Experience Committee, and guided by the feedback from student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors and compliance administrators.
Many involved are hoping the new legislation takes pressure off younger athletes, leads to better decision making and less transfers.
Early recruiting has become more rampant in sports, with some recruits committing to college in middle school. Tennis has seen an increasing number of athletes commit earlier and earlier over the last few years.
In the next phase of its work, the SAAC and SAEC will examine recruiting communication (telephone, email, text), verbal and written offers and off-campus contacts. Softball and lacrosse have already adopted September 1 as the date when absolutely all recruiting contact can begin.
College tennis, Duke vs TCU: men’s and women’s tennis live steamed March 2018
| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
USTA Eastern hosted its 31st Annual College Showcase Day at the Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco, N.Y., which drew more than 70 of the top high school tennis players in the Northeast to come to connect with 50 college tennis coaches from Division I, II and III collegiate programs. The Showcase provides these college-bound players an opportunity to show off their competitive skills by playing abbreviated matches against their peers while college coaches observe their play. The Day is also a venue for players and their parents to connect with college tennis coaches, collect information on schools and take seminars and clinics from tennis experts who have navigated the college recruiting process and carved out a career in tennis.
One of those tennis experts was USTA National’s Scott Treibly, who has more than 20 years of experience in college recruiting as a player, coach and administrator, and has placed hundreds of student athletes in colleges with the goal of finding the right fit for that player. Treibly spoke to players and their parents about athletic and educational aspects of college recruiting.
“I believe educating players and families about the recruitment process helps them come to the important conclusion that finding a college tennis team is a process, not a race,” said Treibly. “I opened the presentation telling the groups that finding a college that is right for you requires a huge time commitment. This includes communication with college coaches, the process of admissions, SAT/ACT timeline, college visits and the process behind the NCAA.”
In between seminars, players headed on court to compete in matches while the college coaches made their way throughout the various courts to evaluate players.
“This event is a great educational opportunity for players and families. Players get to compete in front of coaches and learn about colleges that they might not have known about before,” added Treibly. “Exposure to the college placement process is important so that high school players and their families understand the next steps.”
To help the players and parents understand the academic side of the college recruiting process, Joe Consentino, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment at Manhattanville College, gave a presentation on the admissions process, which can vary from one school to the next. Consentino also discussed academic qualifications such as essay writing and SAT/ACT scores.
Former Columbia standout and current tour player Max Schnur was also on hand to provide a clinic for the coaches in the morning. Schnur, who owns five doubles titles on the ATP Challenger Tour, discussed the keys to doubles play and stayed on hand afterwards to answer questions from players and coaches and everything from doubles play to navigating the college landscape.
For more than three decades, the College Showcase Day has been an invaluable resource that USTA Eastern has provided to college-bound players and coaches.
“We’ve hosted this event for 31 years as a service to our junior players and their parents, many who are navigating the college athletic recruitment progression and its NCAA regulations for the first time,” said Julie Bliss-Beal, Senior Director, Competition, USTA Eastern. “This can be a daunting process and through the Showcase, we aim to make it as easy as possible for these players to entertain the myriad of opportunities that are available to them and consider how they want stay in the game during their college years.”
Scott Treibly speaks about Recruiting Education at the HBCU Championship high school combine day.
The USTA ALL-American Combine took place on the the National Campus in Orlando, Florida June 14-16, 2017. Scott Treibly helped organize the event and conducted the Recruiting Education seminars.
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Talking About the USTA All-American Combine
by TennisRecruiting.net, 24 April 2017
Questions and Answers
This June, American junior players will be able to show off their tennis skills and demonstrate their measurables for college tennis coaches from all levels - as the USTA Player Development hosts the inaugural USTA All-American College Combine at the the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla.
The USTA All-American College Combine takes place in June
The USTA All-American College Combine scouting event, which will be held June 14-16, is designed to give U.S. junior players exposure, knowledge and data to help in their college recruitment.
Today we sit down with Scott Treibly to talk about the USTA All-American College Combine - its goals and its details. Check out our Q&A session ...
Tennis Recruiting (TRN): First question is to level-set. How would you describe the USTA All-American Combine to someone who knows nothing about it?
Scott Treibly (ST): The USTA All-American Combine is a chance for American tennis players in high school to play and gain exposure in front of college coaches. Players will play fast sets to 4 over a three day period - and they will also participate in fitness testing and recruiting seminars.
TRN: When I think of a combine, I think of the NFL - where there are measurables in terms of speed, power, etc. You mention fitness testing - what sorts of statistics will the USTA All-American Combine measure?
ST: We will be measuring tennis specific speed, power, agility and flexibility. Players will be able to take back this information to their coaches and fitness coaches to build on. It also is a way to showcase them in a new way to college coaches.
TRN: Will college players be involved?
ST: The All-American Combine is for junior players. We understand the recruiting landscape and have made this for American juniors only. We hope to add exposure and knowledge in the college recruiting process.
TRN: The match play will count both for Tennis Recruiting and Universal Tennis ratings.
Yes. As you know, the event is a TRN National Showcase, so the tournament will allow juniors who participate to work towards being National Players at TRN. The event will also be imported into the Universal Tennis results database - so the results definitely count for player ratings and rankings.
TRN: You mention an educational component to the combine. What kinds of sessions are you planning? Are parents welcome in addition to players?
ST: There will be a recruiting education talk among other seminars, but this about junior players being showcased in front of college coaches. Parents are absolutely welcome to attend the USTA All-American Combine.
TRN: Do you have an idea of how many coaches? And from what levels?
ST: We are expecting over 75 college coaches from D1,D2, D3, NAIA and JUCO. At the time of this release we are working on the RSVP list for college coaches. The program takes place at the brand new USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla.
TRN: What areas of the National Campus will participants get to see?
ST: They will see the entire facility including the Collegiate Center and the USTA Player Development building, where many of our top pros train such as Madison Keys, Frances Tiafoe, Cici Bellis, and Reilly Opelka. The matches during the Combine will take place on the Team USA Hard Courts.
TRN: Finally, what are the goals for the USTA All-American Combine? How will you know if it is a success?
ST: Our goal is to get more junior players from the United States recruited by college coaches - and to have the USTA All-American Combine be the premier annual event to assist in their collegiate aspirations
Talking About the USTA NCAA Division I College Poll
by TennisRecruiting.net, 25 January 2017
The USTA Collegiate Division recently announced new NCAA Division I Men's and Women's College Tennis Top 25 Polls which kick off early next month. Every Wednesday morning throughout the college tennis season, the USTA will publish Top 25 lists based on votes from a panel of college tennis experts.
We are excited about this new addition to the college tennis landscape. To find out more, we sat down with Scott Treibly, a long-time college tennis enthusiast who has been involved with college tennis as a college player, as a college coach, as a college placement director at IMG Academy, and now as a consultant with the USTA. Learn more about this exciting new effort - how it works and its goals - in our conversation below ...
Questions and Answers |
Tennis Recruiting (TR): Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. To level-set for our readers, can you describe the USTA College Tennis Top 25? How does it work?
Scott Treibly (ST): The USTA College Tennis Top 25 has nine voting members and will produce weekly rankings from February 8 through the end of the season. All voting members will submit their rankings on Tuesday, and we will release our rankings on Wednesday between 10am and noon Eastern.
The rankings will reflect the Top 25 men's and women's NCAA Division I college tennis programs. In addition to the Top 25, we will also list teams receiving votes.
TR: How did you select the voters involved with this poll?
ST: We put a together a panel of voters who have in-depth knowledge of collegiate tennis. We did not choose D-I coaches in the inaugural season because voting weekly can be time consuming with the amount of data that is available. In the future, we see athletic directors, coaches and retired coaches possibly being involved, like they are for the football polls and rankings.
TR: The poll is sponsored by the USTA Collegiate Division. Can you describe the Collegiate Division and its mission?
ST: The mission of the collegiate group is to promote collegiate tennis on all levels. We want to make college tennis matches more into events. College MatchDay at the Home of American Tennis is going to be played at night, have a tailgate and put the matches on ESPN3. We want programs all over the country to promote and elevate their products too. College tennis is exciting and we want to bring it into the mainstream of collegiate athletics.
TR: What are your specific goals for the Top 25 Poll?
ST: We want people talking about college tennis matches, the coaches and the players. For years, the ITA has done a great job with their rankings at all levels - D-I, D-II, D-III, NAIA and JUCO. The USTA College Tennis Top 25 is just for Division I.
We hope to help create more interest and conversation about college tennis this spring.
TR: This sounds like a fun addition to the college tennis landscape. It also sounds like a first step. What do you think the future holds for these rankings?
ST: We are so excited to launch the USTA Division I men's and women's Top 25 poll and cannot wait for feedback from collegiate tennis fans all over the world. We will engage the media so at the end of the season we have followers that want to attend and report on conference and NCAA Championships.
In terms of any additional building blocks, we would like to continue to add knowledgeable voters to the panel - especially if they can help us promote college tennis.