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.
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.
Who Can Be Dynamically Disqualified?
General & Experienced Player Guidelines - (Supplemental to the NTRP Guidelines) - updated April 2013
READING THE COMPUTER RATING :
Year-end ratings will be available the first week of December. To view the final 2011 year-end ratings players should go to the TennisLink's "Find a Rating" page and follow the directions.
Ratings will be published by name, gender, city and final rating as well as rating type. The code for the rating types are listed below:
S – Self-rated player
A – Appealed player
B – Benchmark player (generated from Regional, Sectional or National Championship play)
C – Computer rated player (generated from Local League play)
D – Dynamic rated player
M – Mixed exclusive player
T - Tournament exclusive player
NTRP ratings are good for three years (less than 60 years old) or two years (60 years or older) unless superseded by the generation of a new rating from USTA Adult or Senior League play or tournament play.
Players that are granted appeals are still subject to Dynamic NTRP Disqualification if their rating hits the tolerance level 3 times within a league season.
Remember! NTRP ratings are generated from your match results, your opponents match results and their opponents match results. Ratings are not calculated on your wins and losses.