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Junior Ratings

 What are Junior Ratings?

A Junior National Tennis Rating Program (JNTRP) rating is a measuring tool that indicates a standard of play that allows players to track their progress as they develop their games.  An accurate rating should give a player access to level-based competition.  Level-based competition is about grouping players according to ability, regardless of age or gender. For example, players might be grouped together in compatible rating intervals such as 2.4  to 2.7 or 3.1 to 3.3.

Junior ratings help to match opponents of simlar skill levels by placing players with a definied scale using a consistent mathematic algorithm. The rating scale of junior players is shown in tenths, starting with 2.0, which is the lowest, progressing to 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, etc., until you reach 7.0, which is the highest rating.

Junior ratings are updated every two weeks, however, your rating at the beginning of the season will be your rating level throughout the season.

Why Ratings:

Ratings are designed to reward you for competing, inspire you to develop your game, and offer the opportunity to compete more regularly and to be the best you can be.

How do I get my Rating?

If you have played a minimum of four matches in the last 18 months in any 12I-18U divisions in USTA sanctioned junior tournaments and/or Junior Team Tennis leagues. To find your rating, click here! You must be logged into your USTA account in order to search for a junior rating. 

How do I Self Rate?

If you are new to USTA-sanctioned competition, you will need to complete the self-rate process. Players should rate themselves based on their overall tennis ability. If players are stronger at singles or doubles, they should base their rating on the stronger game.

The rating descriptions are generalizations about skill levels and are simply here to guide you. You may find that you play above or below the category, depending on your competitive ability. The rating level you choose is not meant to be permanent and 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. 

Be sure to rate yourself accurately. For example, if you are a 3.5 player and are planning to play on a 3.5 and a 4.0 team, you must self-rate at 3.5. If you self-rate at 4.0 you would not be allowed to play on a 3.5 team.

Once you declare an initial, you are bound by it until you generate a dynamic rating. 

Junior Self Rate Process

To get a rating you will first need a USTA account. Click here to create an account!

After you obtain a USTA account, then you can completethe self-rate process. In order to self-rate, you must be logged in to TennisLink. The self-rate process is only available when your registering for an event that requires ratings.

If players don't have a junior rating, they can self-rate in three simple ways:

  1. Self-select your own level by comparing yourself to players you compete with regularly who have a rating.
  2. Select a rating on the self-rate form. On the self-rate form you will be asked to sleect your rating based on rating descriptions. You will have the opportunity to adjust the suggested rating level before saving it. Click here to review the Ratings Characteristics. 
  3. Complete a quick and easy questionanaire. After fillingout the simplet questionnaire, you will receive a suggested rating level. You will have the opportunity to adjust the suggested rating level before saving it. Click here to preview the questionnaire. 

How do you search for a Junior Rating level?

 


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