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  1. Wildcats96

    Wildcats96 New Member

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    I accepted my appointment to West Point the other day, and I was looking at the sports that are available since I will have to play them one day.

    I found out that Tennis is a NCAA sport (previously thought it was a club sport for some reason) and I was wondering if it was possible to make the team as a walk on. I'm not even sure if walk ons exist at D1 colleges, or if the Tennis team does any recruiting in the first place. This will be my second season playing Tennis, and I love it, and I would like to continue it as West Point if possible.

    Any advice and information would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Damarkodixon

    Damarkodixon Member

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    Most definitely, im wrestling @ USAFA and there are many non HS wrestlers on the team so if you have a tennis background they'll take you for sure
     
  3. johnetringer

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    Wait a second...

    Let's not forget that the 3 "big" academies are D1 schools - sports are competitive and most are recruited. My older brother wrestled in high school, placed in top 5 in states, and wasn't spoken to by any college coach (he now attends USNA). I would check out goarmysports.com and go to the tennis page. There you should be able to find bios about current tennis players and their accomplishments in high school. Think about it, there might be one or two plebe tennis players next year... do you think you could beat all 1200 new plebes at tennis? If so, you may have a spot on the team. In no way am I saying that it is impossible, but 2 years experience is very short for any college sport.
     
  4. BigBear

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    All of the D1 sports should have questionaires online. Fill one out (it will ask about your high school tennis stats, etc.). The coaches will then contact you if they're interested.
     
  5. soccmomer

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    There will be an email for the tennis coach. In addition to filling out any on-line questionnaire, e-mail the coach directly, tell him of your interest and ask about walk-on tryouts. We also found out on a tour that they have many many intermural sports that seem to be VERY competitive. Good luck!
     
  6. AcademyFriend1

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    The Army men's and women's tennis team play at the NCAA Division I level and are highly competitive teams. Your best bet to see if you would have any shot is to look at the relevant roster (men's or women's team). You'll see that the athletes were all-state players in high school, four and five-star recruits on the national tennis recruiting scene (see tennisrecruiting.net), ranked in juniors, etc.

    If you are an "ordinary" player on a high school varsity team and not all-state, ranked highly as a junior, etc., it is unlikely varsity tennis could be in the cards for you (those are not large rosters).

    However, there are a lot of other athletic options, club and varsity, and you might find a talent you didn't know you had.
     

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