Originally Posted by ian2
Thanks, I didn't know that. I guess the rationale here is that someone might be playing way "up" (or "down") in tournaments, and therefore a "true" rating might not be established?
You'd have to get a definitive answer from a USTA representative, but I think it's because of the variability of the tournaments compared to league play. In other words, tournament directors can let anyone play any division that they want. League play has very strict rules regarding self-rating and eligibility controlled by a small number of people that can make sure the rules are at least applied uniformly (if not fairly, LOL). In addition, there are no "national" 4.0 tournaments and in general (at least around here), there are far fewer NTRP tournaments than league matches, so it is more difficult to balance the ratings across sections.