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2007 NTRP Update

2007 NTRP Update

The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) has evolved into a nationwide accepted system utilized by millions of tennis players to compete with players of similar ability at local, state, sectional and national levels in various leagues and tournaments. The USTA NTRP Computer Rating System produced computer ratings for 86,006 players in the USTA Southern Section in 2006.

Number and Percentage of Players at each Level in USTA Southern Section:

Level:

2006

2005

2.5

2,639

3%

3,608

4%

3.0

27,922

33%

30,283

36%

3.5

33,445

40%

30,196

36%

4.0

15,637

19%

14,967

18%

4.5

3,696

4%

3,790

5%

5.0

613

1%

632

1%

5.5/Open

54

<1%

51

<1%

Total:

84,006

83,527

Number and Percentage of Players Moved Up, Moved Down and Remained in Level in USTA Southern Section:

2006:

2005:

Up from Start Level:

12,399

18%

Up From Start Level:

14%

9,638

Up from Self Rate:

5,497

41%

Up from Self Rate:

36%

4,672

Total Moved Up:

17,896

21%

Total Moved Up

17%

14,310

Down from Start Level:

1,848

3%

Down From Start Level:

3%

1,809

Down from Self Rate:

636

5%

Down from Self Rate:

7%

948

Total Moved Down:

2,484

3%

Total Moved Down:

3%

2,757

Remained At Start Level:

56,508

80%

Remained At Start Level:

84%

59,236

Remained At Self Rate:

7,118

54%

Remained At Self Rate:

56%

7,224

Total Remained in Level:

63,626

76%

Total Remained in Level:

80%

66,460

Over 14,000 players registered for a USTA league program in 2006 by first answering the online questionnaire intended to approve the self-rating based on tennis background, athletic history, and age. Approximately 1,000 appealed the rating by filling out a more extensive tennis background history form and approximately one third of those appeals were granted to a lower entry level. This approval process is administered by Southern’s NTRP Oversight Subcommittee which will also administer self-rate grievances in 2007. This policy is intended to promote consistency and integrity in all NTRP related procedures in league tennis.

In 2007, the USTA Southern Section continues to choose to reverse all wins for new players disqualified by the NTRP Computer Rating System. Players with computer ratings who are disqualified will continue to have the 3rd strike match and any subsequent wins reversed. USTA and the Southern Section reviews many suggestions from players, captains, volunteers, coordinators, and pros to explore improvements to regulations and procedures associated with league tennis.

NTRP Tournament Data Will Be Excluded from 2007 Southern Year End Ratings:

The states and Southern Adult League Committee decided to use NTRP tournament data in 2003-2006. In those same years, they opted not to use age group or combo data because of the frequent disparity between player levels. The sections do not have a choice in using adult, senior, mixed, or super senior data.

While the initial intent was to include NTRP data for 07 year end ratings, several cases came to light in November 06 that indicated that the tournament data was not improving ratings but, in too many cases was producing a lower or higher rating than years of league history indicated to be appropriate.

Overall NTRP Tournament participation in the Southern Section has decreased. Player concern that participating in tournaments would impact their NTRP rating has been identified as a leading factor. Consequently, the Adult League Committee voted to revise the 07 regulations to exclude NTRP tournament data from the 2007 Southern year end ratings.

NTRP Tournaments were created to provide additional competition for players and to provide a vehicle to earn state and sectional “rankings” via tournament play. Many players confuse “rankings” with “ratings”. Points are accumulated by participating in NTRP Tournaments toward state and/or sectional rankings. Players earn more points depending on the round that they reach in the tournament: for instance, a 300 point Southern NTRP Championship tournament earns 300 points for the champion, 250 points for the finalist, 215 points for 3rd place, 200 points for 4th place, 150 points for 5-8 place, etc. Your state rankings may have different requirements and point values but basically are handled the same way if your state uses a “points per round” system. Currently, there are no national NTRP Tournament competitions. For the Southern and State NTRP and Age Group Tournament Schedules, go to www.southerntennis.com and the State Association websites.


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