(7/27/2018 - Miami, FL) -- Junior tennis players from all over the world were joined by college coaches this past week in two events as part of the University Sports Program (USP) Summer Showcase Circuit for a chance to connect and create a relationship ending in a college scholarship.
After organizing what college coaches consider the most trusted Tennis Showcase event for over a decade at the end of the year, USP ran for a first time its Summer circuit. Starting at Evert Tennis Academy (South Florida) and later going to Rice University (Houston, TX), a total number of over 120 players and 77 college coaches participated in what can only be described as a success.
“For the last 14 years we have tried to break the mold of recruiting in tournaments,” Thomas Anderson, president and founder of USP said. “The objective is to put players in the best scenario possible to highlight their abilities and show college coaches who these players are outside of wins and numbers.”
According to Thomas, lack of traveling and tournaments exposure united to misleading rankings create a group of players that are under the radar but could very well become college prospects if they put themselves out there.
The USP Summer Showcase Circuit was attended by schools from NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Schools including Butler, Bowling Green, New Orleans, Akron, Trinity University, Villanova, University of South Carolina, NC State, University of Louisville, Brown, East Carolina, Princeton University, Duke University, Northwestern, Elon University for a total of 77 college coaches at both events.
In addition, Dave Fish, who lead Harvard tennis for over 40 years and is currently the Universal Tennis Rating Head of Development was invited to participate as part of the Recruitment Talks offered as support of the event, a classroom style format that covered subjects such as how to create a college list, get college coaches to respond your emails and have a correct recruitment process.
“I think this Showcase gives parents an opportunity to understand the complexity of the college search process,” Fish said. “To have the value from the experience and trusted by coaches that will guide them through this challenging task is invaluable.”
The events had free video recording at Evert Academy Showcase, and courts streaming at Rice University. Matches were organized by UTR flights giving chance to players to compete in at least four competitive short sets in a format that it allows coaches to get a good sense of their current level and potential. Single matches counted towards their UTR rating. Every coach had access to the players' information and had the opportunity to meet in private with players of their interest.
The events were sponsored by UTR, Kirschbaum - Strings and Grips, KIND Snacks, Skyros, PTR, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Harris County - Houston Sports Authority, Jersey Mike’s Subs and Gatorade.
USP next showcase will take place 28th to 30th of November at Sunrise Tennis Club, Sunrise, Florida. The 14th edition of the USP Winter College Tennis Showcase is expected to have over 150 players and 100 Universities with limited spots. To sign up, players and coaches can go to http://showcase.universitysports.com/winter
USP with offices in Miami, Florida mission is to match athletically talented students with colleges and universities that will help them to compete, learn, and grow into successful adults.
What makes USP unique, in an industry where many recruiting agencies are created every month, is that delivers the most comprehensive recruitment network and one-on-one consulting. USP personalized services are designed according to the student's personal goals and individual needs. The result is a student-athlete that stands out from the crowd.
In addition, USP organizes the USP College Showcase Circuit, providing a high level of competition and maximum exposure to college coaches from across the country. Because of the opportunity, student athletes come from all over the U.S. as well as from overseas. They will play, attend seminars, connect at networking events, take part in college tours, and potentially meet one-on-one with coaches who are interested in recruiting them.
To learn more about USP and its events, please contact Oscar Miranda on (305) 554 1124 or firstname.lastname@example.org