As the USTA Adult League season winds down, we gear up for the most highly anticipated time of the year – the moment year-end ratings are published! Think about it like this: you know on TV shows when the teacher posts test scores outside the classroom and everyone rushes to check their grade, this is that for league tennis players – except the teacher is a computer and you can’t fail!
This year, the year-end NTRP Ratings are expected to be published on December 2, and we want to share with you some helpful information to get you ready for when you will know if your NTRP rating stayed the same or is adjusted.
Adult NTRP ratings are used in leagues and tournaments to group players of similar skill levels; for general information on the rating system, click here.
How are dynamic ratings calculated?
A player’s dynamic ratings, calculated after each match, are not solely contingent on record. They are calculated by an algorithm that considers your rating, your opponent’s rating, the expected outcome of the match, and the actual outcome of the match.
What is the difference between a dynamic rating and a year-end rating?
- Dynamic ratings are not disclosed to players, whereas year-end ratings are published annually at NTRP levels.
- Dynamic ratings are expressed to the one-hundredth of a point, whereas year-end ratings are expressed only to the one-half point.
- Dynamic ratings are calculated regularly and based on an average of the current match plus the previous three dynamic ratings, whereas year-end ratings are based on a combination of a player’s cumulative dynamic rating during the season and a comparison to an appropriate benchmark player.
Why did [insert USTA employee] decide to change my rating?
All NTRP ratings are generated by a very smart computer using a very advanced algorithm. Whether your NTRP level increases, decreases or stays the same, no humans are involved in creating that year-end rating.
My NTRP has changed. How do I find a team at my new level?
We can help! USTA Mid-Atlantic offers Tennis Connect, a service that can match up players and captains. Just fill out the form here. We’ll help you find the right match for a team in your area!
How do I appeal my rating?
As a Computer (C) rated player, the way to appeal your rating is online through TennisLink. When you do, TennisLink checks to see if you are within the appeal range. This is a scale based on your dynamic ratings and the number of matches you’ve played in the most recent Championship year. You will receive an immediate response (Granted or Denied). If your appeal is granted, TennisLink will automatically adjust your rating level.
Here is how to appeal:
- Log in to Tennislink and click the USTA League tab (across the top and to the left)
- To the right of “Welcome!”, look for your NTRP Level
- Under that, click “Appeal Rating Level”
- Select Appeal rating level “Up or Down”
- You will receive an immediate response at the top of the page
Things to know:
- There is no appeal committee, thus no written letter of explanation. It’s all based on match data and numbers.
- Appealing will NOT reveal your rating in the 100th of a point.
- When an appeal has been granted, that player is eligible for dynamic disqualification
I see my ratings on other websites. Are they the same as USTA?
The USTA posts the official NTRP ratings on TennisLink, located at tennislink.usta.com. This is the only public website where official NTRP ratings authorized by the USTA are posted and can be obtained.
The USTA is aware of other sites that suggest they provide NTRP ratings or player statistics and skill analysis. Any alleged NTRP related information available on these other sites is not endorsed by the USTA, is not accurate, and cannot be relied upon.
I’ve been away from tennis for a while, how do I get a rating?
If you have never had an NTRP Rating or it’s been a few years since you’ve played USTA Leagues, your first step will be to Self-Rate online through TennisLink.
- Log in to Tennislink
- On “Welcome!” page under the USTA League tab
- Look for “Find NTRP Rating Info”
- Under that, click on the blue “Self-Rate” button
- A pop-up window will appear with the questionnaire
- Based on your answers you will be assigned a minimum self-rating
- You have the option to accept that rating, choose a higher rating, or request to appeal for a lower rating
I just really want to talk to someone about my NTRP. Who do I call?
Adult league tennis players in the Mid-Atlantic Section can call or email Adult Programs Coordinator Cassie Nocera. She is your go-to on all things year-end ratings and NTRP. She is totally cool with you reaching out!
Hmmm, alright you’ve answered my questions. Got any fun facts to share?
Funny you should ask, we really do have fun facts about NTRP and year-end ratings!
- You need three valid matches to generate a year-end rating
- Your Computer rating does not change during the year. It stays the same until the next year-end.
- Nearly 81.8 percent of Mid-Atlantic players will NOT have their rating change at year-end.
- Last year, when year-end ratings were published, TennisLink received 5.4 million page visits over a four day period.
- The highest rating on the NTRP scale is 7.0. Note: This does not mean two 3.5 players could go toe-to-toe with Rafael Nadal, but it sure would be entertaining to watch.