College tennis is one of the most exciting and rewarding formats in the game. Team competition, singles and doubles being played at each match and by most players. Camaraderie, energy, teamwork, friendships, travel and competition are just a couple of the facets of college tennis that make it arguably the best format found in the game today.
One of the most disappointing aspects of college tennis is the fact that young players don’t realize that many of you can play on a college team. You do not have to be a 5 star recruit, a Top 100 junior or a tennis phenom to find your place. With many levels from Division III to Division I, NAIA and junior colleges, there is usually a good fit for many junior competitors.
In recent years, there have been many great resources for players looking to find a college for them to play.
Dedicated sites like tennisrecruiting.net, smartathlete.com, parentingaces.com and more are helpful in understanding what goes into the recruiting process. The relatively new Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) is also an invaluable resource. By rating any player that has competed in high school tennis, tournaments or other types of junior tennis, each player is given a UTR rating between 1-16. You can look up your rating at myutr.com. From there, you can also look up the UTR ratings of any college team to see what level each of their team members are. This can greatly assist with finding a good team fit from a talent perspective by comparing your UTR rating to the particular team rosters. In addition, college coaches rely heavily on UTR to find players to help their team.
If you are a junior player, no matter what age, or family helping with college choices, take some time and study each of the schools you are interested in and open up your search for some schools that may allow you to participate in College tennis.