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Why Division 2?


This is excerpted from an article I recently posted on Tennis Recruiting.  It is the second in a series of articles about college tennis that I am writing for the Tennis Recruiting web site.  To read the whole article go to:

http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=1754

or to the Tennis Recruiting Home Page and look under Headlines (September 24):

http://www.tennisrecruiting.net/ (the article will be on the home page for a limited time).

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Many people think of NCAA Division II athletics as a stepping stone that schools take when they want become Division I programs, but Division II is much more than that.

First of all, what are the requirements for a school to be D-II? They have to support a minimum of 10 sports, including at least four men’s programs and at least five women’s programs. Students must take 16 core courses – it was 14 core course until this year – and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. [1]

Division II’s philosophy calls for a comprehensive program of learning and development in a personal setting. Division II provides growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and development of societal attitudes in service to community. The balance and integration of these different areas of learning opportunity provide Division II student-athletes with a path to graduation while also cultivating a variety of skills and knowledge for life ahead. [4]

Mark Dolan – Le Moyne College

I have coached at all three levels. The Division II philosophy seems to be geared towards academics being first and foremost and yet we still have many of the same tools Division 1 possess.. In a way, the Division II mentality takes the best of the D-I and D-III and melds them together. For the potential student athlete that has made the decision that academics is first, Division II gives them the level of competition they desire and can be comfortable knowing that their academics will not be overly strained by their commitment to tennis.

 [1] About.com – What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?

[4] Barry University Web Page – Inside Athletics – About Division II

Read the whole article HERE

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