TENNIS RECRUITING AND SCOUTING INFORMATION
As a high school tennis player you are probably very good, maybe one of the best at your school, well here is a news flash. Unless you are in the top 5%, or elite category, don’t expect coaches to knock on your door. If you want to be recruited, especially at JUCO level, you have to make it happen.
You have to contact the junior college tennis coaches and let them know who you are and what you have to offer their tennis program.
Tennis is one of the 10 most popular sports in high school in the U.S. and is rapidly gaining in popularity internationally. Many international players are now using scouting and recruiting services. As a result college coaches at NCAA and NAIA level are finding it easier to recruit foreign athletes. This makes it more difficult for good domestic players to get a scholarship at this level. Junior college’s are a very attractive option for good tennis players to be noticed by NCAA and NAIA coaches.
NJCAA tennis is played At Division I and III levels for both men and women. Athletic scholarships are only available to athletes in division I.
The NJCAA allows 8 scholarships per school. These are full-ride scholarships but individual schools can and do offer partial grants in aid. Top players of course will receive the best offers. There are 49 division 1 JUCO’s that offer athletic scholarships for men and 65 division 1 colleges that grant athletic scholarships to women.
Each college can only offer 8 scholarships in total, unlike the NCAA colleges cannot offer a greater number of at a lower percentage.
Community college coaches do not have the big athletic budgets that NCAA coaches have so they cant actively recruit or hire scouts. Many JUCO coaches cant allocate all of their recruiting budget each year simply because they were not approached by suitable athletes.