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A common question for new players joining USTA League is: "What level of play do I sign up for?"
To help guide you through this process, the USTA uses the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) for determining levels of competition for USTA League.
Purpose of the NTRP Levels
The primary goal of the program is to help all tennis players enjoy the game by providing a method of classifying skill levels for more compatible matches, group lessons, league play, tournaments and other programs.
The rating categories are generalizations about skill levels. You may find that you actually play above or below the category which best describes your skill level, depending on your competitive ability. The category you choose is not meant to be permanent, but may be adjusted as your skills change or as your match play demonstrates the need for reclassification. Ultimately your rating is based upon match results. In an effort to avoid disqualification when players are rating themselves and they question which level they should play, they should place themselves in the higher level of play. Players must rate themselves in accordance with the NTRP.
Players who are good athletes and 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-rate level. Self-rated players are subject to disqualification through Section Championships.
If you wish to see a basic outline of what qualities define each level of NTRP player, you can click here.
If you have questions about the appeals process, please read through the items below. If you have any further questions, please contact Mary Goins through email or at 864-855-0881. Please include your USTA number in your email, or have it on hand for phone calls.
Top Ratings Appeals Questions
Why do I have to self-rate?
USTA Leagues are divided into skill levels. Each level's players have a National Tennis Rating Program (or NTRP) rating. Ratings run from 2.0-7.0, with half point increments. To play in a league, we must know which level to place you in, so you must self rate.
How to Self-Rate
The appeals process has a lot of lingo, where can I find a good dictionary of appeals and ratings terms?
You can find the USTA's glossary of league rules terms here. It covers the most commonly used terms in rules, appeals, and ratings.
How do I appeal my rating?
If you do not have a medical appeal, you can click here, login and find the appeal link in the right corner of the page, parallel to your name. If you have a medical appeal, you must click here.
Where can I find more information on the appeals process and the grounds for which an appeal is granted?
To find out more information on the appeals process, just click here.
Who handles the appeal?
For most appeals of a player's computer ranking, the appeal is automatic through an online appeals process on the USTA web site. For medical appeals, the section office will process the appeal. For self-rating appeals the process is handled through the section office.
Why do I have to self rate? I have a computer rating.
If this situation applies to you, chances are that you have a 'mixed exclusive rating.' This means that the computer gave you a rating for your Mixed Doubles League play, but you still must self rate for Adult Leagues.
How many times can I appeal my rating in a year?
You only need to appeal your rating once per year. When ratings come out in November, you only need to appeal your rating once. Once your appeal has been granted or denied, you do not need to appeal again until new ratings come out the next November.
NTRP Computerized Ratings Explanations
The premise of computerized ratings is to mathematicallyreflect the intent of the National Tennis Rating Program definitions of competitive and compatible through a system that assigns ratings to players by direct and indirect comparison to players who compete at the USTA League Championships.
Computerized ratings are affected by your partner, your opponents and the score of the match.
Computerized ratings are not directly affected by what position you play, your actual number of wins and losses, or team standing.