Tennis and Education in the United States Mr. Andrew Lee Education & Qualification Committee Committee Member January 19, 2006 Jockey Club Lecture Theatre
Secondary Education • Traditional Tennis Academies such as Nick Bolleteri, Evert, etc. • Benefits include education and tennis training all at one site, and a high concentration of experienced coaches • Drawbacks include high costs, and resources in these academies might be skewed towards the best players
Secondary Education • Distance Learning, such as the Laurel Springs School (Grade 8-12), the University of Miami Online High school, etc. • Independent Study Programme • Accredited by their Regional Education Associations • Courses approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Secondary Education • Benefits include flexibility in players education, being able to work at home, etc. • Communicate with teachers via emails, phone, and instant messaging • Require a high degree of self-discipline and motivation from the player • The form of schooling for teenage Hollywood stars, figure skaters, etc.
University Education • Plenty of tennis scholarships available at the university level, especially for girls • Money comes from the NCAA • Scholarships can entail tuition waiver or reduction, free room & board, tennis equipment support, free tennis training, tournament participation, etc. • Current Players in the US: Brian Hung (University of Michigan), Martin Sayer (Radford University)
University Education • Admission Requirements: High School Degree, SAT, TOEFL, essay writings, and teachers letters of recommendation • College Tennis Online Recruiting: Establish player’s profile online including tennis results and video clips of players so that coaches from around the country can get to watch you play
Useful Websites • University of Miami Online High School www.umohs.org • Laurel Springs School www.laurelsprings.com • Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) www.itatennis.com • College of Tennis Online Recruiting www.collegetennisonline.com/recruit/aboutus.aspx