Discover the academic and athletic requirements you need to be eligible to play collegiate tennis in the United States.
If you are an athlete and you want to compete at a United States university thanks to your sport, you must consider a series of academic and sports requirements that will make you eligible for the American university sports system.
Today we want to tell you about the requirements you need to be eligible for NCAA tennis. First of all, we want to explain the academic requirements that any newly-graduated High School athlete has to meet to be able to compete in the NCAA, both at DI universities and DII universities. Here are the things to keep in mind:
As surely as you know, in addition to these academic requirements, all athletes have to follow sports requirements to ensure that the athlete has been amateur and has never competed at a professional level. Most NCAA sports follow similar requirements that we can reduce in a simple way to the following:
Tennis, both male and female, is a little more special, because due to the characteristics of competition, it is very common that players with higher (and not as high) rankings have won cash prizes at some tournament or even have some contract with some clothing or sports equipment brand.
In addition to the prizes or sponsors of sports equipment, many players leave their studies behind, with the consequence of repeating a course, or, once they graduate, dedicate the following year to exclusive competition to be able to obtain a higher ranking that will help them to have better offers of athletic scholarships.
Any situation described above may make the NCAA and its Eligibility Center think that the player has been professionally engaged in tennis and, therefore, can receive a sanction which could mean just a few games up to going for a year without being able to compete or even, if the infraction is very serious, not being eligible for DI and DII. In these cases where there is evidence of professionalism in a player, we cannot venture to know what kind of sanction may incur and whether it is worth risking a higher penalty since the NCAA evaluates each case independently.
To prevent this, the NCAA applies the following eligibility rules for tennis:
Sponsorship: Those players sponsored by a brand of clothing or rackets may receive material for competition and training by brands, but can never be an image or appear in any advertising campaign for the brand, nor receive an economic compensation for this purpose for the player himself or to cover the costs of training or participation in a tournament. Any of these situations would imply to the NCAA that the player is professional and has had benefits other than the sport practice which would entail its corresponding sanction.
If you are a tennis player and want to get a scholarship in the United States to compete in the NCAA, you should start by creating a Mooxye Profile. This step is free and you will start contact college Coaches and Universities in the USA.