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DTS College Exposure Series

Many high school juniors are starting to consider colleges and college tennis programs. Finding a school that fits both their academic and athletic needs can present challenges; one such challenge is getting exposure to college coaches. While coaches can get an idea of a player's overall level of play through a ranking and list of accomplishments, there's no substitute for seeing players compete in a live match in both singles and doubles.

To facilitate this task for both players and college coaches, Donovan Tennis Strategies offers the DTS College Exposure Series. Comprised of two College Showcases and one College Recruiting Tournament, the Exposure Series events are designed to provide players the opportunity to compete in front of coaches from some of the top tennis and academic schools in the country. This invaluable exposure is difficult for most players to get in the course of their normal tournament schedule. The series consists of the following events:

Players wishing to apply can submit the online registration or download and mail the form (after the date that registration opens). College coaches will receive a packet containing a short bio on each player, including their USTA ranking, Tennis Recruiting Network (TRN) ranking and rating, Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), grades and test scores, among other things. This information will be available to college coaches only and will otherwise be kept confidential.

Both showcases are a team format, with players playing both singles and doubles. All players play 3 singles and 2 doubles matches. The recruiting tournament is a singles only compass draw format which guarantees participants 4 singles matches regardless of their win/loss record.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to get a head start on the recruiting process and perform in front of coaches from some of the top schools in the country. Events in the DTS College Exposure Series get many more applicants than spots. We therefore are not able to accept all applicants. Clients of the DTS College Recruitment Consulting Program are given first priority in the selection process. TRN ranking and UTR ratings are strongly considered in the selection of players who are not DTS clients. Geographic location and academic credentials may also be considered. Players not accepted will have their entry fee returned. The Showcase at Yale is primarily for players who are juniors at the time of registration and will be seniors in the fall following the event (with a few exceptions). The Southern Cal Showcase and Recruiting Tournament are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

DTS College Recruiting Tournament

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The 1st Annual DTS College Recruiting Tournament was a rousing success, with 142 players from 22 states and 6 foreign countries participating. Players ranged in level from 1-star to 5-star rating on the Tennis Recruiting Network (TRN). Results of the event counted for both the players TRN ranking and their Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). Coaches representing the 80 college programs listed below were on hand to watch the action.

The 2nd Annual DTS College Recruiting Tournament will be held July 19-20 at Harvard University in Boston, MA. The format will be compass draw that guarantees each player at least three singles matches, with most players playing four. Online registration will begin on March 15, 2014. The deadline to register is July 2, 2014.

Draw size will be limited to 64 boys and 64 girls and is singles only. If the number of entries exceeds the limit, factors used to select players will be:

  1. Whether the player was denied entry into the Showcase held at Yale due to space limitations,
  2. The player's year in school (rising seniors will be given priority over rising sophomores and juniors),
  3. The player's TRN ranking and UTR.

Don't miss this exciting new opportunity!

The Days Hotel ($139/night, telephone 617-254-1234) is the event hotel. Make reservations by July 2nd to get the group rate and mention Donovan Tennis Recruiting Tournament when making the reservation.

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Training Registration

2014 RECRUITING TOURNAMENT TRAINING SESSION
Friday, July 18 • 4:30-6:30pm
Beren Tennis Center at Harvard University

Join us for a training session to prepare for the Harvard Recruiting Tournament. In addition to some drilling and singles point play we will focus on doubles play, which is of utmost importance to college coaches. This is also a great opportunity to practice on the courts used for the Recruiting Tournament. The practice session is optional. Space is limited and spots will be filled first-come-first serve.

Coaches Attending

Coaches from the following schools have confirmed that they will be attending the 2014 DTS College Recruiting Tournament. We expect this list to continue to grow as we get closer to the event and will be updating the list whenever new confirmations happen.

Women's Programs

Amherst College
Babson College
Bates College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bryant University
Bryn Mawr College
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Colby College
Colby-Sawyer College
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Curry College
Drew University
Endicott College
Harvard University
Johnson State College
MIT
Mount Saint Mary
Mt. Holyoke
Niagara University
Nichols College
North Carolina A&T
Oberlin College
Pfeiffer University
Quinnipiac University
Roberts Wesleyan University
RPI
Salve Regina University
Simmons College
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern New Hampshire University
St. Lawrence University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Tufts University
UMass-Boston
University of Hartford
University of Massachusetts
University of Rhode Island
Vassar College
Villanova University
Washington College (MD)
Washington University
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College
Wright State University

Men's Programs

Babson College
Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Bryant University
Clark University
Colby College
Colby-Sawyer College
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Curry College
Drew University
Endicott College
Fordham University
Harvard University
Hobart/William Smith College
Johnson State College
Marist College
MIT
Niagara University
Nichols College
North Carolina A&T
Pfeiffer University
Quinnipiac University
Roberts Wesleyan University
RPI
Sacred Heart University
Salve Regina University
Skidmore College
Southern New Hampshire University
St. Lawrence University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stonehill College
UMass-Boston
University of Hartford
Vassar College
Villanova University
Washington College (MD)
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College
Wright State University

Top 10 reasons to play the DTS College Recruiting Tournament!

  1. Other opportunities for recruits to be observed by college coaches have been reduced with the elimination of certain USTA national events and the reduction in draw sizes of the events that remain.
  2. Taking advantage of this new DTS option offers an additional opportunity for recruitment since the DTS College Prospects Showcase at Yale can only accept 50% of the applicants due to the heavy demand.
  3. Results count for a player's tennisrecruiting.net ranking and their universal tennis rating. All participants play the same number of matches, win or lose.
  4. Leveled draws insure the type of competitive matches that, if won, can help recruiting status and rankings. One random draw, as in most tournaments, often means several uncompetitive matches (either won easily or lost badly) that do not help a player take off from a recruiting perspective.
  5. College coaches from all three NCAA divisions, including many top academic institutions, have attended DTS events for the past 13 years and will have a presence at the Recruiting Tournament.
  6. Our coaches' panel gives players and parents an opportunity to hear from coaches, ask questions and get insights on the recruiting process directly from those who make the final decisions on whether to recruit a player.
  7. The DTS College Recruiting Tournament is "recruiting friendly", with players wearing their names on their backs for easy identification by coaches in attendance. Coaches also get a brief bio on each player outlining tennis and academic accomplishments.
  8. Shorter match format allows players to play more opponents over the course to the two day event.
  9. New England has more colleges and universities than any other region of the country. Participants can conveniently include a visit to some college campuses as part of their travel to the event.
  10. The practice session the night before the event focuses on one of the most underdeveloped part of the games of junior players: doubles. Since doubles also happens to be an integral part of the success of college teams, players will leave with a better understanding of this critical component in recruiting.