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NTRP USTA Rating System

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. 
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.

The NTRP stands for the National Tennis Rating Program and was established in 1978 by the USTA (United States Tennis Association). It is designed to be easily administered, non-exclusive and provide better on-court compatibility. This rating is from 1.0 - 7.0 with increments of .5. By following a general description, you can find out what ranking you belong in. The rating can be self-assessed. (see below for GLTA Rating Equivalents)

1.0 - Just starting to play tennis

1.5 - Has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play.

2.0 - Lacks on-court experience. Has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play.

2.5 - Learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.

3.0 - Fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up and one-back.

3.5 - Has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. Starting to exhibit more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles.

4.0 - Has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. Occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident. Rallies may be lost due to impatience.

4.5 - Developed the use of power and spins and beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. Can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. Tends to over hit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.

5.0 - Has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or exceptional consistency around which a game may be structured. Can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes and has good depth and spin on most second serves.

5.5 - Has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. Can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hit dependable shots in a stress situation.

6.0 - Has obtained a sectional and/or national ranking.

6.5 - Has extensive satellite tournament experience.

7.0 - World-class player.

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GLTA Rating System Equivalents

Open - Highly advanced players (NTRP 5.0+)
A - Advanced players (NTRP 4.5+)

B - High intermediate players (NTRP 3.5 to 4.0)
C - Intermediate players (NTRP 3.0)

D - Beginning players (NTRP 2.5)


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