I want to begin playing USTA.

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  1. Chanto

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    I'm roughly 3.5-4.0 self rated, and I play very close to the #1 on my high school (who's dad is the coach :p). I want to start playing in tournaments and leagues, I'm almost 17, and I want to begin playing a lot more tennis. The only reason I've gotten relatively high is that I've been playing tennis for a long time, but without a coach. I want to play against people that will give me a competitive match. Problem is, I've got no clue how to join a league. I'm signed up for the USTA, and my HS coach signed me up for a summer league which I did decent in, but other than that, I have no idea what to do.

    Help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Chanto

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    I don't mind playing tournaments. The problem is, most tournaments are 30 minutes away from me. I'm a slacker, so I don't have my license yet :O

    Anything on leagues?
     
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  4. Parker512

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    Just play turnaments!
     
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  5. babolat FAN

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    said it all
     
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  6. Chanto

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    If you're not here to help, then get out of the thread. No one asked for your arguments, if you want to fight, then take it out on email. Alternatively, rethink your methods of thought, because spelling means literally nothing on the internet if you can determine what the other person's train of thought is. Ironically, your perfect spelling doesn't make up for your grammar.
    [​IMG] This little image is used to report people. Don't make it happen.

    Anyways, for anyone who plans to be helpful...
    I will play tournaments as per your advice. I assume that doing this is the only way for me to raise my ranking as well. I kind of want to play college tennis, for the team spirit and competition and all of that. I just feel that I can bump up my NTRP if I play up and get better that way. Any tips on finding practice partners when I don't play in a club? As of now, I usually hit with my dad's friends, they don't do anything special but it's good to practice.
     
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  7. Larrysümmers

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    im in the same situation as you are. but the closest usta tournament is like an hour and a half away.
    you could play with people on your team. maybe hit with the coach. or some of the players on the girls team they helped me out a lot since they hit softer and whatnot. you can go to the usta website and try find a player.
    sometimes there are like county tournaments and stuff like that.
    thats the best advise i can give dealing with finding people,
    hope i helped
     
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  9. Parker512

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    Thats not right and there playing a level 7? i'd try somewhere else that might have less of a skill level.
     
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  10. TennisNinja

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    30 minutes is great....
     
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    Keep in mind that it could go to like 5 hours if I wanted to walk.
    I don't have a car.

    So basically, it's gonna be pretty tough to boost up my rankings, some of the level 6's are just as bad, maybe worse.

    Well, I do have a chance at winning, and even if I don't, it's a good match experience.
     
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    You should win a few... I am a terrible high school player and I have a couple wins in the last few months, though I don't really play that much.
     
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  13. Chanto

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    Just curious... Are the tournaments you play like mine?
    I googled my first round opponent and I see 2 facebook pages, which made me laugh. I'm Andrew Nguyen if you want to google my opponent, who apparently won the state individual doubles championship :/
     
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  14. OTHSsenior93

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    I can somewhat compare to you. I am a senior this year and I am looking to play tournaments but the closest is about an hour and a half away not to mention its a little late in the season which means all indoor courts soon here. I am trying to get into some more tournaments this year though since I would like the experience. But I realized that I need to be playing in the USTA tournaments way to late and now I'm kinda SOL for getting a college scholarship in relation to tennis because I waited to long to have a lengthy record. My best advice is to get into tournaments ASAP and just play any of them for the experience whether you win or lose time on the court is the best thing.
     
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    you think 30 mins is tough the average ride for me to a tournament is an hour and a half without traffic and out of state tournaments or tournaments on the other half of the state are 4-5 hours. there are things called riding with friends to tournaments as well. you can take the train or ask for rides
     
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    im in the exact same boat as you are except im a little older. haha. im interested in the usta league instead of the tournaments. do you know how much will it cost to join? including all fees. i know all you don't care about money but it's something i don't have much of so without it i can't play. i just email the usta coordinator to ask where i can start.
     
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    Juniors should play juniors.
    B18
     
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  19. Bedrock

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    Chanto is almost 17.
    He is eligible to play junior division B18.
    However B18 will be tougher than 4.0 or 4.5
    Chanto states he is close to #1 on his high school. I can hardly imaging #1 who is playing 4.0
    Only B18 open and above (designated, nationals and etc.).
     
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  20. g.hull

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    hate too break it too you but you probably cant make a college team at 3.5
     
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  21. Winky

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    so how'd those tourneys go Chanto? Looks like you got bageled in the last two, what's going on?
     
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