Originally Posted by slicekick95
u can get a ntrp rating before u turn 18, ur just not judged by it. and a true kid 4.5 does have good footwork. a 14 year old 4.5 with great skill, technique, and footwork would still lose to a 30 year old 4.5 with great skill, technique, and footwork
You don't know what you're talking about. By definition, a 4.5 is a 4.5 across the same gender. The only time one 4.5 is not intended to be as good as another 4.5, is when comparing men to women.
But a junior 4.5 and adult 4.5 is the same as long as they presumably fit into the same end of the spectrum (ie. an upper 4.5 junior should be competitive with an upper 4.5 adult, and an upper 4.5 junior should beat a lower 4.5 adult).
There is an issue with junior NTRP ratings because juniors don't have computer-ratings, but it is NOT VALID to say that someone is a certain NTRP unless they CAN COMPETE with computer-rated players at that NTRP.