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Friday, February 19, 2010

Clarifying NCAA Regulation; McHale Reaches Surprize Semis; Isner in Vanity Fair; Andrews Feature; Tennis Mom Survey

The Tennis Recruiting Network story about the NCAA regulation change that I linked to yesterday may have implied that the regulation didn't effect those graduating in 2010, but actually it does. For clarification:

2010 high school grads who had planned to take 1 year off will need to review the new legislation. Most likely this class will have to enroll for Spring 2011 OR cease competition 6 months after high school graduation.

One of those effected by the change will be Christina McHale, a high school senior who has retained her amateur status while competing almost exclusively on the Pro Circuit since last summer. McHale, who reached the quarterfinals of two $25,000 events last month, is the seventh seed in the Surprize, Ariz. $25,000 tournament this week, reaching the semifinals today with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 2 seed Monique Adamczak of Australia. McHale's semifinal opponent is former UCLA star Abigail Spears, the 8th seed. Neither has lost a set in the tournament. In the top half, No. 1 Varvara Lepchenko of the U.S. will play No. 3 seed Kurumi Nara of Japan.

The men's Pro Circuit event in Brownsville has been struggling with rain the past couple of days, and only one round has been completed.

For complete results, see the usta.com Pro Circuit page.

Former Georgia All-American and NCAA doubles champion John Isner, who has reached the semifinals of the ATP tournament in Memphis, is the subject of this short Q and A on Vanity Fair. When I'm in a small hotel room or bumping my head on the overhead bin in an airplane, I often think about how difficult it must be for him to travel. Even though his career prize money has now exceeded a million dollars, he apparently still doesn't care for the cost of first class tickets.

The Tennis Recruiting Network's Ali Jones has spoken with Gabrielle Andrews, the Aegon Teen Tennis champion, about her very successful trip overseas in this feature. Andrews collected three of the four girls titles at the Teen Tennis and Les Petits As tournaments and this past week was a finalist at the girls 16s National Open in Lakewood, Calif. And a side note: BEST, the sports management company, has signed 14-year-old Kanami Tsuji of Japan, the girls champion at Les Petits As.

And finally, the Tennis Mom is conducting a survey on the importance of 12-and-under rankings. If you have experience with this topic, please check it out.


get real said...

i have a child who is going to graduate 6 months to a year earlier than her graduating class of 2012. do the rules still apply, even though she opted to graduate earlier?
i want to make sure she is not going to jepordize her college eligibility.

Jill Ruthon said...

To answer the Tennis Mom's question, there is no value at all in 10-12-14 rankings. Just about all the top ranked kids in those age groups gone by the time they reach the 18s. At 10-14 its all about which kids had more lessons than who actually has talent.

tennisforlife said...

I don't see how the NCAA can change the eligibility rule for the class of 2010 at this late stage given all the recruiting deadlines have passed. That seems unreasonable. Their website still references a one year period as opposed to 6 months.

john said...

to getreal..

i was in the same situation, make sure you know 100% of the decision you make because if you think you have everything set up and then you dont your child will lose a year or more of eligibility and therefore a year or 2 of possible scholarship

to tennisforlife...

ncaa pretty much does whatever it wants considering its run by a bunch of morons who find ways to make it hard for american student athletes to be eligible, so dont be surprised and theres really nothing anybody can do unfortunately

Colette Lewis said...

@get real--
My understanding is that a potential student athlete's graduation date is determined by when he or she starts the 9th grade and is when his or her class that he/she entered 9th with graduates. Someone who entered 9th grade in Fall 2008 would be in the class of 2012, someone who entered 9th grade in 2007 would be in the class 2011. If your child is in online schooling, you should verify this with your counselor and stay on top of this as your child goes through the recruiting process. That being said, both the class of 2011 and the class of 2012 will be subject to this rule change. Also, situations specific to a student-athlete really should be investigated by that student-athlete and his/her parents with the NCAA. A call on the front end may save a lot of work/confusion in the long run.

The NCAA can change or introduce legislation at any time and generally makes the effort to set appropriate effective dates. This effective date is posing some problems for a specific group of potential student athletes in tennis. I have heard that the NCAA is aware of the group of tennis student athletes from the class of 2010 who are being affected by this rule change and is currently investigating a solution.

tennisforlife said...

I believe Colette is correct.The NCAA requires a student athlete to complete high school in 4 consecutive years or lose a year of eligibility. I guess this rule was introduced in response to high school football players spending 6 years at private high schools and starting their college careers as 20 year old freshmen. Having said that the rules and regs section of the NCAA website CURRENTLY states that a player can take up to one year off after his official graduation date and that this rule will be effective August 2010. I have tried unsuccessfully to get through to someone at the NCAA for clarificarion without much success. Colette - perhaps you have better contacts over there and could ask for some clarification as to how this affects to the class of 2010 where all recruiting and most application deadlines have passed and a lot of schools don't admit in the Spring term anyway.

Impressive said...

Impressive win for Notre Dame Womens team. They just beat #1 Northwestern. They seem to be alot better than their ranking.

gt real said...

how and who would i gt in contact for that information. also, we live in florida and i never said we were starting highschool early. i always waited til the state sent us the form for laurel springs to fill out. i would greatly appreciate if anyone has ay info, for me to find out my childs status for college. personnally this new ruling should only affeceted the kids that are starting highschool in 2011. it screws it for the kids who had their goals already for when they entered as freshman. i think they should be grandfathered in

Colette Lewis said...

@gt real:
The toll free number for the NCAA Eligibility Center is:

get real said...

thank you collette