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
  • Build relationships by filling out recruiting questionnaires and sending introductory 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 reach out to a coach 
  • D3 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
  • D1 coaches can start communicating with recruits via phone, email and private messages starting on June 15 after sophomore year 
  • D1 coaches are allowed to schedule off-campus contact/visits starting on August 1 before junior year  
Junior Year
  • D1 — Unofficial and official visits are allowed starting August 1 before 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
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Junior College is another option if you would like to develop academically
  • Senior year – spring time, the D2, D3, 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 October 1 
  • Sign and commit to a school and program — the D1/D2 signing period is November 13, 2019 — August 1, 2020
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime 
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