Beginning January 2017, USTA Oklahoma will be using the Junior NTRP for seeding the Challenger and Champs circuits. In addition, USTA Missouri Valley will also be making this change for all junior sectional events. According to USTA, the Junior National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) 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. Ratings are based on a scale of 1.0 to 7.0.
While USTA has been studying rating systems for a number of years, Oklahoma decided to test some of their own tournaments with NTRP. Some select tournaments were seeded off of Jr. NTRP while others were simply tested if the higher NTRP player won the match. 78%-93% of all Oklahoma tournaments tested, the higher NTRP player won the match. There were also many draws that 100% of the players with the higher NTRP won the match. In one particular Challenger tournament that used the most recent standings list as the seeding criteria, zero number one seeds won the tournament. However, in 6 out of the 8 draws, the higher NTRP player won the tournament.
To find your rating for tournament players/providers, click here and Junior Team Tennis players/providers, click here. You must be logged into your USTA account in order to search for a junior rating level.
For more information about junior ratings, go to www.usta.com/junior_ratings/ or click here.