Alta vs. USTA

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  1. jaybear1909

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    Just wondering what levels in Alta correspond to USTA ratings.

    An "A6" player in Alta plays what in USTA? I know it's there's no exact correspondence, just wondering what the closest ration would be.
     
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  2. chatt_town

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    it's kind of all over the place man from season to season. There have been some 4.0's and 4.5's playing B level tennis. If people did what they were suppose to do I would think you'd see some good 4.0's at the top and it may drop off to some 3.5's at the bottom of the lineup. That's playing it for about 6 years though. Some others that have played it longer may have some better answers.

     
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    It really depends, how strong an A6 player are you?

    Normal, everyday run-of-the-mill A6 is probably playing high 3.5 or 4.0 low (which actually is a league in ATL USTA). Line 1 and 2 would probably be low-4 or regular 4.0 and competitive.

    Of course, it gets even more complicated if you start trying to equate singles in. I have seen guys who are super competive singles players at 4.0 whose game just didn't translate to ALTA.
     
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    One of the big things to remember is that ALTA teams vary greatly by what line you play. You have teams with guys who played in college playing with 3.5 players on the same team in some cases.

    We have an A7 mens team thats likely to make the playoffs but not win the division. I'd say all of them could play on a 4.0 USTA team with 2 of them who would be OK on a 4.5 USTA team. Maybe one or two guys on the bottom of the roster who coupld play 4.0 but would be better off at 3.5.
     
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    ALTA doesn't have a set level and there can be a huge disparity between Line 1 and Line 5. It's supposed to be community tennis - an effort to bring people together. Our B1 squad had Line 1 players who could compete at 4.5 (that's probably a bit high for B1, but there you go), and our bottom end Line 5's were mediocre 3.0 players. We all had fun drinking beer and grilling brats, though. :)
     
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    Our B4 team has a lot of guys who play at the 4.0 level in their singles league. I heard some guys on the other teams say they play at 4.5 or 4.0 as well, so it is really crazy and spread out.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. Looks like it varies!

    Played B3 last season and we had some D2 players. Played people that could hit very nice consistent angles.

    Played an A6 player in my singles match the other day and won. Probably one of the best matches I've played in a while.

    I just wanted to get an idea.
     
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  8. jester911

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    A few things to remember about ALTA as compared to USTA. USTA is based on individual results. ALTA is based on team results. Not to mention ALTA is all doubles.

    What this means is teams can pick up anyone at any level for an ALTA team as long as they aren't teaching pros, current college players etc.

    At line 1 you might run into just about anything at that level. The thing that differs with a low A team and a hign A team or higher is the depth.

    The higher levels will usually have much better players all the way through the lineup.

    Having played both for many years what I find interesting is there seems to be less sandbagging in ALTA than USTA at least in my experience.

    One other thing I have noticed over the last several years is because there are so many good players being picked up all the time in the Atl area many good players play down to try and compete.

    One thing about this town. No matter your level you can find some competition.:)
     
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  9. chatt_town

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    That's not Tributary is it? :) A friend that dates my wife's cousin played for a team at like b1 that won something like 2 mixed titles. The guy I know has a 4.5 rating. So again....you go figure. :)


     
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  10. PushyPushster

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    Nope, it's a mens squad and we have not done well since being moved up from B5 several seasons ago. That disparity between the top of the lineup and the bottom will definitely bite you in the ass.
     
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  11. chatt_town

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    Yea...we had a good set up the last two summers at mixed at a2 and a1. The best thing is to not have too much of a drop off at lines 4 and 5 and have some kick @$$ 3's to insure you even get to 4 and 5. If you have some teams that can either keep the ball in play or run like a gazelle at lines 4 and 5 you always have a chance. I even noticed at aa3 that lines 4 and 5 were in many cases average run of the mill 4.0's.

     
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