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1. What is NTRP?

National Tennis Rating Program is a classification system developed

in 1978 that identifies and describes the general characteristics of thirteen levels

of tennis-playing ability.

2. What is a self-rating? A self-rating is an entry rating level determined by the

new player based on questions asked in the TennisLink registration process. All

players must enter league tennis with a valid computer rating or self rate using

TennisLink. (See #18)

3. What is a Dynamic rating?

A dynamic rating is a calculation based on a single match result. A dynamic

rating may change with each match played. A dynamic rating is the result of

your current match averaged with up to three of your most recent dynamic results


4. What is a year-end rating?

A year-end rating is a NTRP level assigned at conclusion of the league

championship year that reflects level of ability. A player’s year-end rating shall

be used to enter leagues during the following year and will be valid for up to three

years or until another rating is generated.

5. What is an early start rating?

An early start rating is a tentative rating for exclusive use by players who register

for an early start league prior to publication of year-end ratings. The number is

based on the most current dynamic rating at the time of publication. Early start

ratings are replaced by year-end ratings. If you play in an early start league with

an early start rating, please check with your section to see if you may continue to

compete on your team if your year-end rating goes up.

6. How often are dynamic ratings calculated?

Local play is calculated nightly for the Adult and Senior Divisions. During

championships, dynamic ratings are run instantly as match results are entered.

In all other divisions, match ratings are produced at year-end.

7. Is there a difference between a dynamic rating and a year-end rating?

Yes, there are several.

Dynamic ratings are not disclosed to players, where year-end ratings are

published annually at NTRP levels.

Dynamic ratings are expressed to the one-hundredth of a point, where

year-end ratings are expressed only to the one-half point.

Dynamic ratings are calculated regularly and based on an average of the

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previous four dynamic ratings, where year-end ratings are based 50% on

one’s cumulative dynamic rating during the season and 50% on the

comparison to the benchmark player.

8. Can my rating level change during the championship year?


If you receive the 3rd strike and are dynamically disqualified at your present


If a Self-Rate Eligibility Grievance is upheld, this may also result in raising

your level. (see Disqualification Process #24-30)

9. If my rating changes with every match played, can I see it?

No. Ratings are only published at year end.

10. Does the dynamic calculation treat doubles partners differently?

No. Dynamic calculation maintains the rating differential between doubles

partners that existed before a match. For example if a 3.3 and a 3.5 player are

paired together, specific match results are applied to each player equally and the

two partners will maintain the .2 differential.

11. Does the dynamic calculation apply to Mixed Doubles League play?

Yes, for players who participate exclusively in the Mixed Doubles Division. Mixed

Doubles results will not be part of generating a player’s year-end rating except for

those players who play exclusively mixed doubles.

12. How does a mixed exclusive player get a rating?

The last dynamic rating generated with a minimum of two matches calculated in

mixed exclusive is the year-end rating that will be used as the NTRP start level

for the next year.

13. Can I use my mixed exclusive rating to play in other divisions?

Yes. Mixed exclusive is a minimum NTRP start level only. A mixed exclusive

rating is not supported by any NTRP calculation data.

14. Do USTA sanctioned tournaments count in the dynamic rating system?

If so, can a tournament win be used as one of the three “strikes”?

Each section has the option of including tournament results for year-end

calculations. If your section includes sanctioned tournament match scores, they

will not be calculated into the system until after the national championships.

Sanctioned tournament results do not generate strikes; however, they will impact

your year-end rating. Open/Age Division national tournament results are entered

into the NTRP system after league national championships.

15. How will corrections to match scores be made?

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Dispute the match on the TennisLink match card. Contact your local league

coordinator and include the match number, the disputed position, the player

names, and the correct match score.

16. If my NTRP level of play is not available in my local league, what are my


File an appeal to determine if you are within the appeal range

Work with your local or district league coordinator to establish a new


Play a minimum of two matches in a mixed doubles league

Play a minimum of two matches in NTRP or Open/Age division

tournaments (note: some Sections do not include these matches in Year

End ratings)

17. How can I appeal my early start or year-end rating?

Appeals must be in submitted in writing to the Section or District within the

prescribed deadline. Only the player may appeal his/her rating. A generic form is

available on the league web page. Each section also provides directions,

deadlines and any related fee on their web site. Please see the appeal form for

specific reasons an appeal may be granted.


18. When and how do I get a self rating?

If you do not have a computer rating you must self-rate before entering a USTA

league program. Go to www.national.usta.com and you will be connected directly

to TennisLink. You will need your membership number, your team number, and a

major credit card. Click on “Register for a Team” and follow the prompts which

will lead you through the registration and self-rate process. Click on the NTRP

Self-Rate Help Mentor figure for further information and a demo.

19. What if I think a self-rated player has not rated himself or herself


On any given day, a player may play above or below his or her rating. If you truly

feel a self-rated player is significantly above level, you may file a fair play

grievance. Contact your local league coordinator.

20. Can I declare a different self-rating for different League Divisions (e.g.,

3.5 for Adult and 4.0 for Senior)?

No. Once you declare an initial self-rating, you are bound by it for one year or

until you generate a computer rating. So if you plan to play 4.0 Senior but also

want to play 3.5 Adult later in the year – be certain that you select 3.5 if an


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21. What if I have self-rated and played four matches in the Adult Division

and then sign up for the Senior Division. Will I use my self-rating or will the

system generate a computer rating for me?

The system will have a Dynamic NTRP number on you from your adult play.

However, you will continue with the self-rating you selected until the year-end

computer ratings are published; unless of course, you are disqualified and you

then must immediately move up.


22. Can I be disqualified if I have a valid computer rating?

Yes. However, the occurrence of the computer rated player being disqualified is

very rare.

23. Why would I be dynamically disqualified?

When a player receives three strikes, they will be notified that they have been

dynamically disqualified. This happens because you, your captain, or your tennis

professional indicated an NTRP level much too low for your ability on your selfrating.

24. What is a strike and how do I get one?

Each time a player’s dynamic rating exceeds the maximum tolerance for the

level, he or she automatically earns a “strike.”

25. How high can my dynamic rating go before I earn a “strike”?

The Dynamic NTRP system allows a certain tolerance for player improvement—

more for lower level players where rapid improvement is more likely; less for

higher-level players. - The specific improvement factor is not published for

concerns that individuals, captains or others will attempt to manipulate their


26. If I receive a third strike while participating in another division, but

following the conclusion of our sectional championship for a given year

and division, will I be allowed to advance to Nationals if otherwise qualified.


27. What are the consequences of disqualification?

In all cases, the player is disqualified from participation at that NTRP level. Each

USTA Section will determine which of two methods the section will follow at the

local and the championship level. The effect on Team Standings may vary,

depending on when the DQ occurs:

During local league:

In all cases, the player is disqualified from participation at that NTRP level. Each

USTA Section will determine what matches, if any will be reversed for the local


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During Championships:

Each Section must state before the event one of two methods for NTRP


Following completion of Championship play:

The player is disqualified from participation at that NTRP level for the balance of

the year and the succeeding year. If the section elects to run the computer

ratings following completion of the championships, match scores by the DQ

player will stand.

Throughout Championship play:

If the section elects to run calculations throughout the championship event, the

player will be disqualified from participation at that NTRP level for the balance of

the year and the succeeding year.

Round Robin format: Throughout the championship, any player reaching

the DQ criteria will have all matches at that NTRP level reversed to 0-6, 0-


Single Elimination format: Throughout the championship, the last match

played by the player at that NTRP level will be reversed to 0-6, 0-6.

28. Will I be notified if I earn a “strike”?

No. Notice occurs only after three strikes are accumulated.

29. Will I be told exactly which matches earned me “three strikes”?

Yes, with notification of disqualification you will be provided with a printout of all

your matches and the NTRP level generated for each match.

30. Who is notified in the event of a disqualification? By whom? How


Responsibility for monitoring dynamic ratings lies with the Section League

Coordinator. When a “third strike” situation arises, the SLC will notify (a) the

affected player, by telephone, e-mail or voicemail message; (b) the player’s

Team Captain, using the Captain’s e-mail address as reported on TennisLink;

and (c) the relevant District and Local League Coordinator. Notification is made

as soon as possible once a third strike has been received. Hard copy will be

mailed to player’s address as it appears on the team roster.

31. Are all players in a given NTRP level equal in ability?

No …The NTRP system identifies general levels of ability, but an individual will

be rated within those levels at 50 different hundredths of a point. For example, a

3.5 player can fall anywhere between a 3.01 and a 3.50. That is the reason many

people feel they are playing sandbaggers – they are closer to the bottom of that

range while their opponents are closer to the top of the range. A typical match

result for a player, for example, with a 3.01 rating versus a 3.49 player, both of

whom are 3.5s, would be 6-0, 6-0 in favor of the higher rated player.

32. The rules state that NTRP disqualification is not part of the Mixed

Doubles Division. If I am disqualified at the Adult or Senior Divisions, am I

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allowed to participate at the DQ’ed level in Mixed Doubles Division for the

remainder of the league year?

No. Even though the Mixed Doubles Division does not allow disqualification, it

must follow the rules in relation to playing at the correct level. A player who has

been moved up as a result of a disqualification in the Adult or Senior Divisions

must immediately adjust his/her NTRP level of play in the Mixed Doubles

Division. The player will have two options:

If a combined NTRRP level team, he/she may continue on that team by

adjusting the levels. (9.0 combined team—dq’ed 4.5 player now at 5.0

must play with no greater than a 4.0 player)

If a single NTRP level team, he/she must move up to the appropriate

NTRP level or sit out the balance of that season depending on the

section’s regulations. (A player on a combined NTRP level team may also

choose to move up if the section allows.)

In the Mixed Doubles Division, all matches played up until the notification of the

disqualification will be counted. Any match played at the disqualified level

following notification of the disqualification will be counted as defaults for the

individual team match of the disqualified player and 6-0, 6-0 wins for the

opponents in those individual matches.

33. If I am NTRP disqualified during the Adult Local league, what happens

to my matches in other Divisions?

If a local NTRP disqualification occurs during concurrent Adult and/or

Senior local league seasons, the disqualifications shall affect the matches

played by the disqualified player in both Divisions.

If the seasons are not concurrent or over-lapping, the NTRP

disqualification shall affect the matches played by the disqualified player in

the season in which the NTRP DQ occurred.

The Section determines the penalties to be imposed for NTRP