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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.

Participants in both showcase will play 3 singles and two 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.

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DTS College Prospects Showcase - July 1-3, 2016 at Yale University

Registration opens February 15, 2016. The registration deadline is June 6, 2016 at 5pm EST.

The event will be divided into a girls' and a boys' segment. The girls' portion of the event will be July 1st and 2nd while the boys' portion will be July 2nd and 3rd. Girls should sign-in on site between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. on July 1st. Boys should sign-in on site between 11:00 and 11:45 a.m. on July 2nd.

The Hampton Inn & Suites West Haven ($139/night; telephone 203-932-0404) and the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale ($175/night; telephone 203-772-6664) are the event hotels. Rooms have been blocked off for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, June 29-July 3. Players should mention Donovan Tennis College Showcase to receive the reduced rates. Reservations need to be made by June 8, 2016 for the Omni Hotel to guarantee the rate. Reservations need to be made by June 13, 2016 for the Hampton Inn & Suites to guarantee the rate.

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Coaches Attending

Coaches from the following schools are scheduled to attend the 2016 Showcase at Yale. We expect this list to expand as we get closer to the event and will update it periodically.

Men's Programs

Amherst College
Babson College
Bates College
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Colby College
Colby-Sawyer College
Colgate University
College of St. Elizabeth
Colorado College
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Curry College
Dartmouth College
Denison University
DeSales University
Drew University
Drexel University
Emory University
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Grinnell College
Harvard University
Haverford College
Hobart/William Smith College
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Loyola Univ. of New Orleans
Loyola University (MD)
Marist College
McDaniel College
Methodist University
Middlebury College
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Nichols College
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Princeton University
Quinnipiac University
Randolph College
Rhodes College
Rider University
Rochester Institute of Technology
RPI
Sacred Heart University
Skidmore College
Southern New Hampshire University
St. John's University
St. Joseph's University
St. Peter's University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
Swarthmore College
Trinity College
Tufts University
Union College
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Rochester
University of the South (Sewanee)
Vassar College
Washington & Lee University
Washington College (MD)
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College
Yale University

Women's Programs

American International College (AIC)
Amherst College
Babson College
Bates College
Bentley University
Binghamton University
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Bradley University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryant University
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Colby College
Colby-Sawyer College
Colgate University
College of St. Elizabeth
Colorado College
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Curry College
Dartmouth College
Denison University
DeSales University
Drew University
Drexel University
Emory University
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Harvard University
Holy Cross
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Loyola Univ. of New Orleans
Loyola University (MD)
McDaniel College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Nichols College
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Queens College
Quinnipiac University
Randolph College
Rhodes College
Rider University
Rochester Institute of Technology
RPI
Sacred Heart University
Santa Clara University
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern New Hampshire University
St. John's University
St. Joseph's University
St. Lawrence University
St. Peter's University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
Swarthmore College
Sweet Briar College
Trinity College
Trinity University
Tufts University
Union College
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Massachusetts
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of the South (Sewanee)
US Military Academy (Army)
US Naval Academy (Navy)
Vassar College
Villanova University
Washington & Lee University
Washington College (MD)
Washington University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College
Williams College

DTS College Recruiting Tournament - July 23-24, 2016 at Harvard University

Registration opens March 15, 2016. The deadline to register is July 6, 2016 at 5pm EST.

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The 4th Annual DTS College Recruiting Tournament will be held July 23-24, 2016 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.

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 opportunity!

The Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Cambridge ($209/night, telephone 617-492-1234) and the Crowne Plaza in Newton ($149/night, telephone 617-630-2934) are the event hotels. Make reservations by July 3rd to get the group rate and mention Donovan Tennis Recruiting Tournament when making the reservation.

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Last year's event featured 64 boys and 52 girls competing in a compass draw format that guaranteed all players 4 singles matches, regardless of their win-loss record. Participants were from 22 different states and 7 foreign countries. Matches were best two out of three shorter set formats (first to 5 games), with a super-tie break played in lieu of a third set. The results of the event counted for players' Tennis Recruiting Network Ranking and Universal Tennis Rating.

College coaches from 43 women's and 41 men's programs were on hand to watch the action. The event kicked off with a panel of coaches from Division 1 and 3 schools representing scholarship, non-scholarship and Ivy League programs answering questions from the participants and their parents.

Training Registration

2016 RECRUITING TOURNAMENT TRAINING SESSION
Friday, July 22 • 3-5pm
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 from the following schools have confirmed that they will be attending the 2016 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

American International College (AIC)
Amherst College
Babson College
Bates College
Bentley University
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryant University
Bryn Mawr College
Carnegie Mellon University
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Colby College
Colby-Sawyer College
Colgate University
Connecticut College
Curry College
Dartmouth College
DeSales University
Drew University
Eastern Nazarene College
Elmira College
Endicott College
Evansville University
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
FDU Florham
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
Gordon College
Harvard University
Hofstra University
Holy Cross
Ithaca College
Lafayette College
Lesley University
MIT
Mount Holyoke College
Nichols College
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Quinnipiac University
Roger Williams University
RPI
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern New Hampshire University
Springfield College
St. Joseph's University
St. Lawrence University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stonehill College
Swarthmore College
Sweet Briar College
Trinity College
Tufts University
UMass-Boston
University of Rhode Island
US Air Force Academy
Vassar College
Villanova University
Washington College (MD)
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College
Williams College

Men's Programs

Amherst College
Babson College
Bates College
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryant University
Carnegie Mellon University
Clark University
Colby College
Colby-Sawyer College
Colgate University
Connecticut College
Curry College
DeSales University
Drew University
East Carolina University
Eastern Nazarene College
Elmira College
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
FDU Florham
Franklin & Marshall College
Gordon College
Harvard University
Hobart/William Smith College
Hofstra University
Ithaca College
Lafayette College
Lesley University
Marist College
MIT
Nichols College
Quinnipiac University
Roger Williams University
RPI
Skidmore College
Southern New Hampshire University
Springfield College
St. Joseph's University
St. Lawrence University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stonehill College
Trinity College
Tufts University
UMass-Boston
University of Delaware
US Merchant Marine Academy
Vassar College
Villanova University
Washington College (MD)
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College

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.