Beat 3 Benchmarks, Auto bump to 4.5 next year?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Hokiez, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. Hokiez

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    As the title says - if you beat 3 benchmarks in league play, are you destined for the auto-bump at the end of the year or could your record keep you down?
     
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  2. JLyon

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    not if th three Benchmarks were 3.5 Bump-ups from last year.
    Also depends on scores of matches.
     
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  3. JavierLW

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    No, all being a benchmark means is that you were in the playoffs, it doesnt mean anything special as far as your rating in relation to them.
     
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    If you are that worried, Lose 2 matches in a row. Just throw it with scores like 6-2 6-2 and so on. Weaker the opponent across the net the better...
     
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  5. Hokiez

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    Ah, thanks. I thought in past years if you beat three "B" rated players, it was an auto dynamic DQ. Wouldn't be the first time I was wrong though.
     
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    Yes, a sure way to keep from being bumped up while reminding the world that you have no class, dignity, or integrity.

    Purposely tanking matches is a violation of USTA rules.

    The only real "losers" are those who "lose" on purpose. Have some respect for yourself, your opponent, and the game itself.
     
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  7. goober

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    Don't argue with a guy that follows the "Universal sportsmanship Law" :)
     
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  8. Hokiez

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    I don't think I'll be dumping any matches on purpose as I'd like to play 4.5 though I can see the allure of staying at 4.0. At my club, there are ~350 tennis players and only ~9 4.5's (10 next year as I think my 11-1 (got cheated in a third set TB to break my unbeaten streak - oh well) record will put me over the edge).

    At 4.0 you can easily play:
    USTA 4.0 on 2 teams at the same club
    7.0 mixed (I pair with my 3.0 wife)
    7.5 mixed
    7.5 combo
    8.0
    8.5 combo
    8.5 mixed
    --------
    8 teams

    At 4.5 given the # of players at that level, you're more or less stuck at:
    USTA 4.5
    8.5 combo
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    2 teams

    We have no 8.5 mixed team
    All the 7.5 teams become a bit of a challenge in pairing with a 3.0
    We don't have enough for 9.0

    So I see the allure, but prefer the better competition at the 4.5 level.
     
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