College Showcase Day
USTA Eastern | November 20, 2017
USTA Eastern’s 31st Annual College Showcase Day Connects Prospective Players With College Coaches
USTA Eastern hosted its 31st Annual College Showcase Day at the Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco, N.Y., which drew more than 70 of the top high school tennis players in the Northeast to come to connect with 50 college tennis coaches from Division I, II and III collegiate programs. The annual Showcase provides high school players an opportunity to show off their competitive skills by playing abbreviated matches against their peers while college coaches observe play. The Day is also a venue for high school players to connect with college tennis coaches, collect information on schools and take seminars and clinics from tennis experts who have navigated the college recruiting process and carved out a career in tennis. ADVERTISEMENT
One of those tennis experts was USTA National’s Scott Treibly, who has more than 20 years of experience in college recruiting as a player, coach and administrator, and has placed hundreds of student athletes in colleges with the goal of finding the right fit for that player. Treibly spoke to players and their parents about athletic and educational aspects of college recruiting.
“I believe educating players and families about the recruitment process helps them come to the important conclusion that finding a college tennis team is a process, not a race,” said Treibly. “I opened the presentation telling the groups that finding a college that is right for you requires a huge time commitment. This includes communication with college coaches, the process of admissions, SAT/ACT timeline, college visits and the process behind the NCAA.”
In between seminars, players headed on court to compete in matches while the college coaches made their way throughout the various courts to evaluate players.
“This event is a great educational opportunity for players and families. Players get to compete in front of coaches and learn about colleges that they might not have known about before,” added Treibly. “Exposure to the college placement process is important so that high school players and their families understand the next steps.”
Former Columbia standout and current tour player Max Schnur was on hand to provide a clinic for the coaches in the morning. Schnur, who owns five doubles titles on the ATP Challenger Tour, discussed the keys to doubles play and stayed on hand afterwards to answer questions from players and coaches and everything from doubles play to navigating the college landscape.
“We’ve hosted this event for 31 years as a service to our junior players and their parents, many who are navigating the college athletic recruitment progression and its NCAA regulations for the first time said Julie Bliss-Beal, Senior Director, Competition, USTA Eastern . “This can be a daunting process and through the Showcase, we aim to make it as easy as possible for these players to entertain the myriad of opportunities that are available to them and consider how they want stay in the game during their college years.”