Age Group vs NTRP

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  1. PanicRev

    PanicRev New User

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    What is the difference between these two categories? I'm 48 yo and my friends tell me I'm a 4.0. I have no idea about the categories since I've not competed in over 30 years!
     
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  2. J_R_B

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    NTRP is a skill level. Tournaments can have either or both of age groups and NTRP levels. Leagues are organized by NTRP but also have age groups (i.e. 40 & over 4.0, 55 & over 4.0, etc.).
     
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  3. PanicRev

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    Is there a difference in level of play between age group and NTRP? If so, what is the general difference? Which category would have a higher level of play?
     
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  4. coyote

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    Regular age level is usually a much higher level than 4.0. You can play in the 45s and the 45s players are usually very good. They have aged but are still pretty good.
     
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  5. schmke

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    In my area, 40 & over age group tournaments regularly have 5.0/5.5 players in the draw. You'll have the aspiring 4.0s and 4.5s as well, so as a 4.0 you can certainly enter and have fun and if you get a good draw, win a round, but you probably shouldn't set the expectation that you are going to win.
     
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  6. J_R_B

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    Age group play is obviously more variable since it's not regulated by skill level. In a 4.0 NTRP tournament, you're only going to see other 4.0 (or possibly 3.5) level players, so the matches should be somewhat competitive. In a 40+ or 45+ age group tournament, you could run into a 5.0 level player who will double bagel you or it could be all 3.0 or 3.5 level players. You never know.
     
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  8. tennis tom

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    Those guys who figured out five year increments for Age Group tennis knew what they were doing, you can't fight mother nature and every five years you get to be a junior again. Not too many Tom Brown's around who in his fifties could take a set off Jimmy Conners in the opens.
     
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  9. anubis

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    Age groups are "open" level -- anything from beginners to tennis instructors. NTRP is a "handicapped" level -- everyone is a similar skill set.
     
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  10. PanicRev

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    Thank you all for the explanations. I was almost going to do the opposite and enter the age group category.
     
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  11. TobyTopspin

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    Yes, I play age group tournaments (over 40). This coincides with what I see. I play a good number of college players and teaching pros. I occasionally will get someone in the 3.5 to 4.0 level in these, but you tend to never see them again after the first tournament. I think they figure it out after that and some will even ask during the match.

    With that said, there is nothing wrong with playing higher level players. It will help you get better faster and teach you what you need to work on. Just don't go up to too high of a level.
     
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  12. silentkman

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    I'm 52 and play in the age group, it harder to find NTRP tournnments in Virginia. What ever you do don't play League Tennis. Tennis is an individual sport.
     
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  13. gmatheis

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    Yeah , that's why none of the good players play Davis Cup !
     
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