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Self Rating NTRP Guidelines


The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) is the official system for determining the levels of competition for the USTA League Tennis Program.  The USTA NTRP Computer Rating System assigns ratings based on play in the local league and at championship level during the current league year. 

1. The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) Guidelines define the characteristics of the various NTRP skill levels. 

2. The USTA NTRP Computer Rating System is the official system to determine computer ratings for players throughout the country who participate in the USTA League Tennis Program. It is a mathematical system that assigns computer ratings to players by direct and indirect comparison of match results with other players.
Note: A computer-derived rating is valid for three (3) years for individuals 60 years of age prior to or during the championship year and for five (5) years for all others, or until another computer rating is generated.  (See Valid Computer Rating Chart – inside back cover)

3. Players in the USTA League Tennis Program without a computer rating must self-rate in accordance with the NTRP Guidelines. Factors such as a player's on-court performance, tennis background and any additional information should be considered in the self-rating decision.  When players are rating themselves, if they question at which level they should play, they should place themselves in the higher NTRP level of play.  (See Valid Computer Rating Chart) 
Note:  Players who are good athletes or intend to spend a great deal of time taking lessons and practicing should be aware that their improvement may be significant enough to surpass their original self-rating by the time they reach the end of the local league season or championship level.  To avoid NTRP disqualification, these players should enter at a higher level of play at the beginning of the local league season.

4. Players without a computer rating are required to declare a self-rating on TennisLink when entering the program regardless of the NTRP level they enter.   They begin to generate a computer rating after their first match with a computer rated player.

5. Players with a computer rating must enter at that rating or higher.  (See Valid Computer Rating Chart)

6. In the adult/senior division, computer ratings will be calculated at regular intervals for all participants during local league competition, at the end of the local league season and either during or at the end of area and sectional championships.
7. At adult/senior national championships, players will continue to generate computer ratings through their last match played.

8. After the adult/senior national championships, benchmark and year-end computer ratings will be calculated using USTA NTRP Computer Rating System Procedures approved by the USTA League Tennis Committee.

9. In the mixed doubles division, computer ratings will be calculated for participants who play in that division exclusively.  Year-end ratings will be based on local league and championship level competition.


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