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2007 NTRP Frequently Asked Questions      
NEW in 2007:

• Year End Computer Ratings Appeals Process to be automated in TennisLink.
Estimated to be implemented in the first quarter of 2007, this enhancement will allow players to view their rating at "Find a Rating", choose a button to "appeal rating" if desired, and will receive an instant grant or denial of appeal according to criteria.  If the appeal is granted, it will be changed immediately and the granted rating will then show in "Find a Rating".

• Ratings for adults now valid for 3 years and seniors 60+ for 2 years
Adults (age 19-59) without valid ratings from 04,05 or 06 will self-rate in 2007
Seniors (age 60 and over) without valid ratings from 05 or 06 will self-rate in 2007

• Southern has voted to NOT use NTRP Tournament data in yearend ratings.

Also available at USTA Southern Section leagues homepage: (southerntennis.com)
2007 NTRP Update
USTA Southern Section Ratings Disclosure Statement
USTA Southern Section Medical Appeals Procedures

We welcome suggestions from players, captains, coordinators, volunteers, tennis professionals, etc. 
Contact Marilyn Sherman, Director of Adult Competition and Leagues at sherman@sta.usta.com

The USTA Southern Section Adult League Committee’s mission is to offer the best league programs in the country to the members of the USTA Southern Section.


How often are the ratings calculated and who sees the changes to ratings?
• The dynamic ratings for Adult & Senior Division matches are calculated every night in a national database in New York. 

• Mixed Doubles (for those who ONLY play Mixed Doubles), National Championships Category I and Category II Age Division Tournaments, National 5.5 and Open Invitational Championships, and Super Seniors data is calculated during the final calculation of yearend ratings.  Note: in 2007, Southern has voted to NOT use NTRP Tournament data in yearend ratings.

• The section NTRP Administrator reviews the NTRP information daily in TennisLink.  

How does the computer work?
• A singles example – a new player to the system plays a computer rated (3.23) player and wins 62,62.  The new player receives his/her first dynamic rating (the computer algorithm uses a calculation that compares the games won and lost by both players and assigns a rating to the new player (based on this score, it might be 3.58 for example.  If it were a match with two computer rated players, each would receive a new rating based on their ratings coming into the match and the score. A 3.42 who wins 64,64 over a 3.23 would lower the 3.42’s rating and raise the 3.23’s rating. Keep in mind that the computer is using the match score and the quality of the opponent(s) to determine ratings for players. The position played or a win/loss record is not part of the criteria.

Does Dynamic NTRP treat doubles partners differently?
• The NTRP Computer Rating System maintains whatever rating differential between doubles partners that existed before a match.
Example, a 3.32 player and a 3.50 player win 61,63 against a 3.08 and 3.42 team: all four ratings will change based on the score of the match but the partners’ differential or spread between each other’s ratings will not change.

Who will receive a year-end rating in 2007?
• All Adult, Senior & Super Senior Divisions players who played at least two matches. 

• Players who exclusively played in at least two matches in the Mixed Doubles Division.
(if you play Adult, Senior, Super Senior Divisions, your Mixed data does not calculate).

How often are ratings published nationwide?
• Every November, a "year-end" rating is published for every player nationwide.  That rating is entered into the NTRP National Database as the start rate for the following year.  The year-end rating is based on 50% on the player’s dynamic rating and 50% on the benchmark calculation.  The dynamic rating is comprised of adult, senior, mixed doubles and super seniors league results up to mid November. The benchmarking process is what gives nationwide uniformity to the system as it calculates data from nationals, sectionals, state championships, local playoffs in that order and is averaged with the dynamic ratings for players to produce a year-end rating. 

What are the NTRP related ways a player can be disqualified mid year?
•   During Adult and Senior Divisions local league competition and at every level of championship competition below national championships, computer ratings will be calculated for all players to determine if any players have reached the NTRP disqualification criteria using the USTA NTRP Computer Rating System Procedures.  Players will be NTRP disqualified if they reach the disqualification level three times based on all matches reported in the national database for Adult and Senior Divisions. 
• If a new player who self-rates to enter a league program has a Self-rate NTRP Grievance filed against him/her and it is upheld by the Section Self-rate NTRP Grievance Committee.
• When playing a higher level than their self-rating, a player will be notified if he/she has reached the disqualification level three times based on matches reported in the national database for Adult and Senior Divisions.  This will prevent the player from using the self-rating to register for other league programs from that point forward.

If a player is disqualified, what is the notification procedure?
• The State League Coordinator (or designee) will notify the player, captain and LLC. The Section NTRP Administrator will reverse matches in the local standings if applicable and change the player’s rating in TennisLink. 

How do disqualifications affect local standings?
• If a self-rated player is disqualified for that particular level of play, all matches played by that individual player shall be considered losses and scored (6-0, 6-0).  If a computer rated player is disqualified for that particular level of play, the individual match that produced the third disqualification dynamic NTRP rating and any subsequent match won by the player shall be considered a loss and scored (6-0,6-0). For local play in the USTA Southern Section, if a player is disqualified from a NTRP level of play, the individual match that produced the third disqualification dynamic NTRP rating and any subsequent match won by the player at that level shall be considered a loss and scored (6-0,6-0).  Players not disqualified by conclusion of local league round robin play will be eligible to compete in the entire local playoff. Ratings will be calculated at the end of the local playoff to inform any disqualified players that they may not advance to the State Championships.

What are the disqualification procedures for Championships?
• Once a player has finished local play without disqualification, the player is eligible to play all matches in the State Championships. The USTA Southern Section NTRP Administrator will review reports through TennisLink on the day after the State Championships.  Players who participated in the State Championships and are now on the disqualification report will be notified that they are not eligible to advance to the Sectional Championships.  The same process occurs the day after the Sectional Championships.  Points earned by disqualified players at State or Sectional Championships will stand. 

How many players were disqualified in 2007?
• Out of 95,000 players in the nine Southern states, there were 274 dynamic disqualifications based on the NTRP Computer Rating System. Of those, 106 had played in one level while 168 had played in two levels.  37 were computer rated players and 237 were self-rated.  217 were disqualified during local round robin play, 6 during local playoffs, 34 after the State Championships and 17 after the Sectional Championships. 
• 330 were notified that their self-rating had been raised while playing at a higher level.  Another 10 players were disqualified through the Self-rate NTRP Grievance procedures. There were 13,000 self-rated players in 2007.  1,000 appealed the rating received through automated self-rating process in Tennis Link. Approximately, 300 players received a lower rating during the appeal process due to position on team, strength of school, junior tennis background or injury/illness since college experience.

Does playing up increase your chances of being disqualified or moved up at the end of the year to the higher level? 
• The risk appears minimal for disqualification (see question above).  Don’t forget that many players live "on the fence" between two levels. Our system moves players by as little as a hundredth of a point.  This is why many players might be moved between two levels each year. 

Who may not appeal their year-end rating except by medical appeal?
• Players who participated at the 2006 National Championships.  Adult players with valid ratings from the 2004 or 2005 National Championships may appeal through their state associations. Senior players age 60 and over with valid ratings from the 2005 National Championships may appeal through their state associations.

Why are most medical appeals denied?
• Very few medical appeals should be granted, as it is usually better to let the computer determine the NTRP Skill Level based on actual match play.  Most orthopedic injuries are denied as surgery typically improves mobility and arthritic conditions are typically progressive rather than traumatic in nature.  Most adult/senior players will experience at least one orthopedic condition/injury during their tennis career. Please review the USTA Southern Section Medical Appeals Procedures at leagues home page at southerntennis.com.

For those who may appeal their year-end rating, what are the criteria?
• Appeals from players who are within .05 of the rating will be granted.  Appeals from players who are above .05 of the rating will be denied. For a player appealing a 4.0 rating, their year-end rating would need to be between 3.51 and 3.55 in order to grant the appeal.
• Appeals from players age 60 or older who are within one tenth of the rating will be granted; if above one tenth, the appeal will be denied. For the same player age 60 or over, their year-end rating would need to be between 3.51 and 3.60 in order to grant the appeal.
• Once appeals have been reviewed by the state they are sent to the USTA for review and to have ratings changed if necessary.
• Players with a mixed exclusive rating have the same appeal process as adult/senior players.  In addition, a new player to the system with four or fewer dynamic ratings whose rating was generated entirely by mixed doubles matches may be granted an appeal if it falls within .20 above the level.
• Players receive a .10 consideration a year after the rating was generated if the NTRP level is not offered in their local league.  Example, a 5.0 player with a 2005 rating would be granted an appeal if his/her rating was 4.6 or lower IF the 5.0 level was not offered in his/her local league.

Early Start Ratings

What is an "early start" league season?
• Any league season that starts registration for the following championships year prior to the November publication of year-end ratings.

What rating is used to register for "early start" leagues?
• The system uses the player’s current dynamic rating for registration.  The state publishes a list of players whose dynamic rating has changed NTRP level and self rated players who have produced dynamic ratings. If a player is not on the list, the player’s NTRP level did not change.  A player moved up during this process may move back down the next time ratings are published in his/her area. Example, in Atlanta, players receive ratings 3 times each year: once in March for the summer season, once in August for the winter season and once in November as the year end rating.   A player might be a 3.56 in March (has to register at 4.0), a 3.52 in August (can appeal back to 3.5) and a 3.57 at year end.  This process moves many players up at each registration period as the player cannot be above level at the time of registration. Many players (in all leagues) are above level after play begins but all players are monitored by the dynamic calculations each day. No players advance to championships at any level with 3 strikes.

Why can the rating for a player listed on a roster be different than the rating listed on the player’s individual record?
• The rating you see on a roster is the rating that was valid at the time of registration for that season.    The player may register at a different time in the year and have a different rating for that registration period (due to an early start league or a disqualification).  The rating displayed by the player’s individual record is the November year-end rating from the previous year or new rating as a result of disqualification or an appealed rating.

BMW Combo Doubles and Super Seniors Sectional Championships are scheduled to be played in the following year of the local and state championships season. 
May a player use the rating on roster if their year end rating is higher or lower? 
• Yes, unless the year end rating is two levels higher than the rating on the roster.  In that case, the player will be informed by the state league coordinator as to whether they can play the middle level at sectionals or whether they must play two levels higher.  Example: a player is "double bumped" (moved from 2.5 to 3.5 at year end).  If the player’s year end rating is not at DQ for 3.0, the player will be permitted to play as a 3.0 at sectionals. If the player’s year end rating is at DQ for 3.0, then the player would be required to play as a 3.5 at sectionals.


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