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  1. dcdoorknob

    Are big changes to USTA and NTRP on the horizon?

    Interesting. I noticed that WTN is, like UTR, intended to be gender neutral. I wonder if the usta potentially switching to WTN might also pave the way to some gender neutral leagues or tournaments. I’d be all for it. Would the general population be on board? Not so sure.
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    Updated statement from USTA National

    Locally here, it is exactly the opposite. 18+ had 2 weeks left in the regular season and 40+ was just getting ready to start. Could be another headache trying to coordinate sectionals/nationals this year if the same type of local leagues didn't even get started from area to area. Not that...
  3. dcdoorknob

    rule question : very very quick underhand serve

    IMO, based on the wording of the rule cited in this thread, technically a quick catch and release prior to the underhand serve is legal. Just tapping the ball with your off hand before the serve is not. it’s probably not a perfect rule and I doubt this particular possibility was a...
  4. dcdoorknob

    tennisrecord.com messed up?

    So here is my theory, I'm open to someone showing me that I'm wrong. But I think that TR can't tell if someone was actually bumped up or bumped down, if they ended up back at their previous level with an A next to them and they didn't capture before the appeal. A couple other people that I...
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    First USTA 8.0 match of the year

    No one was talking about cheating. For any sport or game where the goal is to win, being good at that game is exactly the same thing is being good at winning (while playing that game within the rules of that game.)
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    First USTA 8.0 match of the year

    Player 1: *Checkmate* Player 2: What? That doesn't even matter. Don't go confusing being good at chess with being good at winning.
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    tennisrecord.com messed up?

    Ok so I was bumped to 4.0 but appealed back down to 3.5 and am 3.5 A. TR apparently thinks I was bumped down to 3.0 and had to appeal back up to 3.5, as they reset my rating to 3.00. So now they’re around .5 off for me. That’s also going to mess up their ratings calculations for all my...
  8. dcdoorknob

    Only 1 singles for Nationals 40+ :(

    Our local league (San Antonio) is staying with the 2 S /3 D format for the 40+ 4.5+ league during regular season and local playoffs. . They cited concerns with the 5.0s monopolizing the singles line if there was only one singles and the 4.5s in the league never getting to play singles. The...
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    Are sandbaggers really just the best players at level?

    I do agree with this. Why should people across the entire state be bumped because some captain and team in Houston spends all their free time trying to game the system and wins nationals?
  10. dcdoorknob

    Are sandbaggers really just the best players at level?

    Not all bump ups even dominated at their lower level, for whatever that's worth, especially this year in sections with an large % of bump ups like Southern and Texas. By my best count I went 11-10 in league matches that counted towards USTA rating this past year, all 3.5 matches, never playing...
  11. dcdoorknob

    Are sandbaggers really just the best players at level?

    Definitely not in agreement. I'm a 3.19 on TR, have a teammate who is a 3.14, both bumped to 4.0. So it was off by >.30 in both cases and >.35 in my teammates case.
  12. dcdoorknob

    2019 All TT Team - 3.5 Men

    Interesting. Thanks. I really had no idea I was even close. And I was proud of that 1 game against that 4.5 sangbagger! lol And I'm guessing the one kinda lopsided win at sectionals is playing a big role too (my opponents had a really off match in that one imo). For whatever it's worth, I...
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    2019 All TT Team - 3.5 Men

    Out of curiosity, was I included in consideration for this? I seem to remember putting my name in the hat at some point in the past. The main reason I ask is because I was bumped to 4.0 somehow, but was able to appeal down to be a 3.5 A. But I'm curious if I was on the list for this and...
  14. dcdoorknob

    When do you expect USTA ratings to come out?

    I got bumped to 4.0, which was a real shock. Right at a .500 record (almost all doubles) at 3.5. TennisRecord has me as a 3.19 (!). I did an auto-appeal and it was granted, so I'm a 3.5A now, but still, I'm flabbergasted that I was even anywhere close. All my results this year point to me...
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    Thoughts about a 3.5 male player hitting forehand slices?

    Also for whatever it’s worth I know a solid mid level 4.0 who hits nothing but slice on both forehand and backhand. All his serves are sliced too. There are many ways to be effective in recreational tennis.
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    Thoughts about a 3.5 male player hitting forehand slices?

    I’m a 3.5 male and I slice my forehand regularly. While the shot was born out of years and years of being somewhat unhappy with my drive / topspin forehand (it’s never been the strength of my game), the forehand slice has developed into a genuinely strong shot for me in many situations...
  17. dcdoorknob

    Any experience with roster change after match has started? (USTA)

    I’m a little confused why lineups were exchanged in the first place in this situation. I’ve played usta in two different areas and in both lineups aren’t exchanged until captains meet at courts, in person, just before matches are to start. Weather delays, especially ones called prior to making...
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    Adding new players for sectionals?

    I know no one was waiting on an update here lol, but my team ended up withdrawing from "Little State" as we were, in the end, actually invited to 3.5 Texas sectionals in Dallas next weekend as a wildcard team. (for the thread skimmers, the title isn't accurate, it was a rule for Little State...
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    Adding new players for sectionals?

    I figured it out. Definitely some mix up in communication. Sorry about the confusion. So apparently Texas has this thing every year called Little State, where 2nd place teams are invited to go compete with each other one weekend with a format that kinda mimics Texas sectionals. This is what...
  20. dcdoorknob

    Adding new players for sectionals?

    Not exactly. All I've found in my brief search so far is a difference in 2017 and 2018 Texas operating procedures. Texas 2017 Texas 2018 Note #10 and #11 in 2017. #10 was replaced by a different, vague statement (#9) in 2018. I know that one is for local playoffs, but still. And there's...
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    Adding new players for sectionals?

    So I'm on a team that's getting a wild card to sectionals in Texas. Yesterday my captain mentioned that, apparently, there's a new rule that allows a team to add up to 4 completely new players to their team for sectionals that didn't play at all for them in the regular season. Gone is the must...
  22. dcdoorknob

    Back to back play yea or nay

    I haven't looked for any research on pickle juice, but they do sell little sports bottles of it in the sports drink section of many grocery stores. Here's the most common brand I see: https://www.picklepower.com/ Ancecdotaly, it does seem to help. Both to not cramp if drunk before a match...
  23. dcdoorknob

    Take the "Accountability in Returning" Challenge

    I can see why some of the 4.5 guys reacted to the parameters set up. It's a different serving world, obviously. Even in 3.5 men's (my world), there's a ton of guys who go for big first serves every time and just have a low 1st serve %, but the 20-30% of the time it goes in, your'e often...
  24. dcdoorknob

    Life Or Death By Sudden Death

    I see. I guess I was trying to solve the 'problem' of them hitting every ball to your partner at the baseline, but I guess maybe you weren't viewing it as a problem. It's also the first time you've mentioned them rushing the net. Seems like staying back and re-lobbing their lob approach shot...
  25. dcdoorknob

    Registration Fees for Post-Season Playoffs/Sectionals?

    Sectionals is $33 a person in Texas. My team found out this week that we get to go. Looking forward to it.
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    Life Or Death By Sudden Death

    Sounds like a fun match, even if the last point went the wrong way. I am curious though, wouldn’t putting your partner at net on your serve take away their clearly preferred option of hitting every ball to your partner at the baseline? Why wouldn’t taking that option away from them on that...
  27. dcdoorknob

    Self rated 3.0 is NOT a 3.0

    Wait, so she's 38 and playing in a 40+ league? Age-bagger!
  28. dcdoorknob

    Are your USTA matches indoors (only) or outdoors (only)?

    Texas here. 100% outdoor matches, and year round. I don't even know of any indoor courts.
  29. dcdoorknob

    Math oddities on TennisRecord

    I'm in Texas too. I've been told tournament matches do count for ratings in TX. I have no idea how heavily they're weighted.
  30. dcdoorknob

    Math oddities on TennisRecord

    This doesn't seem to be true for me. My last 6 match ratings are all higher than my listed overall rating on TR. I also tested it for up to 10 matches, nothing in that range was consistent with a straight average of prior match ratings.
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