Tennis Recruiting Timeline

Gain exposure by going to camps, talking to coaches and show initiative. There are key dates in tennis recruiting to pay attention too, especially your Junior year. Academic are important. Working hard your Freshmen and Sophomore years are critical to preparing in the tennis recruitment process.


Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of 100 prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Send introduction letters to coaches
  • Make a film highlighting skills
  • Go on at least 3 unofficial visits to colleges
  • Build relationships by making phone calls, send letters and emails
  • Attend camps with the goals of honing your skills and to gain exposure  

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Coaches are watching your development throughout high school at camps, in school and on the field
  • Standouts are proactive, it’s never too early for YOU to write a letter or make a call to coaches
  • DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you until Junior Year, but YOU can contact them
  • DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • Important to do be familiar with the school both athletically and academically


Sophomore Year

  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Continue to build relationships by making calls, sending letters, emails
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Make unofficial visits


Junior Year

  • Follow-up with coaches you’ve contacted in a TIMELY manner
  • Stay proactive in communication with coaches
  • Invite coaches to your matches- let them know your schedule
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schools
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • September 1 of Junior year is the first day that DI and DII coaches can send you more personalized letters and emails
  • DI and DII coaches will start calling you this summer
  • DI coaches can start calling you once per week and scheduling off-campus visits on or after July 1
  • DII coaches are allowed to start calling and scheduling off-campus visits on or after June 15
  • Junior College is another option if you would like to develop academically
  • Senior year- November is early signing period
  • Senior year – spring time, the DII, DIII, NAIA still makes offers


Senior Year

  • Make official visits – only allowed 5
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply for financial aid- starting Jan. 1st
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime 
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