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New System for National Rankings/Standings to be Implemented by the USTA

April 25, 2003 12:22 PM

USTA Junior Competition - Ranking

USTA rankings are intended to provide an objective assessment of the quality of players' records over a specified period of time. As a player you must meet minimum tournament participation and win requirements to appear on the lists of ranked players. It is important for you to realize that the rankings are not an assessment of your skill as a player, but an assessment of your record.

The General Ranking Regulations and the Junior National Ranking Regulations are applicable to all junior rankings conducted by the USTA. (Click here to download a PDF document that includes these USTA Regulations IX and X.) These regulations require that your ranking be based on your record for the ranking year or ranking period. The rounds you reached in tournaments and your past rankings and seedings may not be considered. What are considered are your wins, losses and "exposure." A strong record, as measured by wins over other players having strong records, is essential for a high ranking and significant wins are required for any ranking. Record strength is more important than record length. Exposure is measured by the number of good quality opponents you play, not by the number of events you play.

Go to Junior Ranking Lists and Selection and Seeding Lists. Click here.

New Points Per Round Ranking System Has Been Approved and Will Begin Determining National Junior Rankings on Jan. 1, 2004
April 2003
A new points-based ranking system was approved at the USTA's Annual Meeting on April 15, 2003, and will take effect on Jan. 1, 2004. It is important that all junior players, parents and coaches become familiar with the new system. Click here
to read a letter from the Youth Competition and Training Committee about the new ranking system and download a PDF document that provides the details of the new system.

Requirements for 2003 Monthly National Junior Singles Rankings
May 2002
A complete description of the requirements for earning a USTA national junior singles ranking. Full

Requirements for 2003 National Junior Doubles Rankings
May 2002
A complete description of the requirements for earning a USTA national junior doubles ranking. Full

USTA Junior Ranking Chairs
Click here
to contact the ranking chairs for:
National junior ranking regulations and questions of interpretation
. Appeal procedures

Junior Ranking Lists: What Do They Mean? Why are they Different? Why So Many?
Updated January 2003
Fairness and accuracy are the driving forces behind the various ranking lists used by the USTA. This document will help you to understand the reasons for the various lists, the differences among them, how to qualify for the lists, and how the lists are used by the USTA. Full

Defaults, Withdrawals and Retirements
Updated October 2002
Players often ask about the impact that defaults, withdrawals, or retirements have on their rankings. This chart explains everything you need to know about defaults, withdrawals and retirements. Click here to download the PDF chart

STAR Explained!
January 2002
Ever wonder how STAR, the USTA computer ranking program, works? Read this for an explanation and some answers to frequently asked questions. Full

Player Record Form
Players are responsible for making sure their player records are up to date. You may either update your record by emailing changes to the USA Tennis Junior Competition office at jrcomp@usta.com
or by submitting an updated Player Record Form. Click to download a printable version of this form. Instructions on where to send the form can be found on the downloaded form. Click here to download the PDF form.




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