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    Self Rates and Appeal Downs

    It's an easy trap to be excited about getting the results we desire without questioning whether they were accurate. I suppose the suggestion could be what I've posited in the past. The USTA is doing more than simply seeking ratings, but actually to "place" certain numbers of players within...
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    Who's Got "The Look" But Not the Game?

    First off, I'll relate a humorous encounter I had. 3-4 years ago we were playing in the regionals, and there was one official who'd been around all weekend. There was one official, and older gentlemen, who was really stoic. Naturally that made me all the more determined to get an occasional...
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    Self Rates and Appeal Downs

    Hey now, there's no reason to be bringing me into this! :cry: FWIW - In the past, I do know teams I've been on with self-rated players have drawn special scrutiny from the coordinator. He even asked me one time to point them out, presumably to go a quick eye test on their play. On a related...
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    Can you call a let if your shoe comes untied?

    Should I be pedantic? Once the USTA adopted it then it become their rule too.
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    New playoff format in situations where top-2 teams advance

    Admittedly, I am not sure I fully understand everything here, but I'll take a stab. The scenario above is representing a situation where 5 districts have sent two teams. All the district winners are placed in one bracket, and all the runner-ups are placed in a second bracket. (Protip - this is...
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    Can you call a let if your shoe comes untied?

    USTA doesn't care about your sloppy gear distracting you, but they're worried it might disrupt your opponent? Like many seemingly odd rules I expect this came about due to concerns about deliberate behavior. In all honesty, I was unaware that you could call a let on your opponent's hat falling...
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    What Team Management Platform Should I Use?

    Improved team management would definitely help, and it should really be integrated as part of a larger solution that facilitates getting players signed up and on to teams. It wouldn't be particularly expensive to have it developed either, especially in light of what their dishing out to...
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    Can you recommend a Topspin trainer?

    Technique is far and above the most important thing, but using a 'Rough' string can provide a nice boost. One of my favorite strings is RPM Blast Rough 17g. I'm able to impart far more spin with it than the regular edition, and it helped me quite a lot.
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    Bumps by section 2020.

    Well, I presume it's censored because it's part of a competitor's name... a wildly overzealous bit of censorship. As far as the logic that Southern would dominate because it has more people, that doesn't really play out in reality. We're working within the confines of talent groupings. Sure...
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    Bumps by section 2020.

    It's pretty common for teams that do well, on a national scale, to get more aggressively bumped. The large scale adjustments aren't necessarily meant to correct for cheating. Before I go any further, I haven't looked at the numbers, but I'll take their supposition that the distribution didn't...
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    When do you expect USTA ratings to come out?

    Of the 17 guys I was watching, TR had predicted none being bumped, four were. The lowest "TR rating" was a 3.75, so quite a surprise for him. MidW region. Funny enough the three highest rated TR guys all stayed.
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    Tournament etiquette

    I really do get what you're saying. Again though, this is a matter of perception. In your mind the entire thing elapsed in the blink of an eye, but I suspect your opponent expected there was sufficient time to "give up" on the point. This is why I say as a matter of practicality that the player...
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    Tournament etiquette

    Right. I understand the argument that it's not very sporting to be hitting sitting ducks at net players, but I'm willing to make the argument it almost never the returner's fault. Ideally, your partner (the server) is not going to serve you up on a platter with a fat serve, and if they do will...
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    Drilled in face during team practice match.

    I hate to belabor an obvious point, but it's not a "perfect shot" if it's somewhere he can reflex volley into your soft face. The takeaway here is that you're attempting to assign some "dangerous shot" safety rule to your opponents, and this is a common, misguided effort. Lower level players...
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    Court Postitioning

    This is important to understand. It's a good objective to try and close the net to increase your chances of winning in doubles. Let me issue a word of caution though. It's easy for us to get too concerned with simply getting to the net. It's not a footrace to the net, and the missing assumption...
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    Why is USTA's Orlando Playsight broadcast so fragile?

    I, sadly, have not been able to use Playsight myself. It seems possible that there's no actual cost to you on court, rather the expense is carried by the facility who can potentially pass it along as they want.
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    Why is USTA's Orlando Playsight broadcast so fragile?

    The site does say this now: My guess would be it's not Playsight, but something with the network at the USTA National Center. You could reinforce that logic by trying any other Playsight streams, although even that wouldn't be definitive.
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    Need help developing a singles strategy

    First, I'd recommend that you take stock of your game, and figure out what your "best" shots for winning points are. Do you have things you feel comfortable hitting that regularly put you at an advantage? If so, see how you can play points to present those opportunities most often. I also like...
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    Another new rule change for 2020 USTA League, more stringent rules for self-rate/appeal playoff eligibility

    This is the assumption that I have from reading it. Will be interested to see if the numbers contradict that belief. I can see four matches in local play being a problem for some people, but I'm a fan of limiting the number of self-rated/appeal ranked players on an individual team. It's a...
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    Week 3 of Nationals is a big one - 18+ 4.0 and 4.5, 40+ 3.0 and 3.5

    I'll offer a half-hearted defense of Tennis Record in this instance. IF someone is actually sandbagging/point-shaving/whatever then their record will not be accurate, as that is the whole point. The more data points (matches played) that are logged the easier it is for the system to detect...
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    End of year ratings question

    If you just can't wait, I know a guy who does estimated DNTRP reports that are pretty reliable: They're actually useful for a lot more than simply your dynamic rating, and I thought what I received in the past was...
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    My first two matches... and a little rant on competitive parents

    We've had discussions about this in the past so I don't want to derail too far into it. The evidence is clear that children who over-train have a much higher risk of injury, and it's terrible that ignorant parents (who are often living vicariously through their kids) force them into those...
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    A year later do we like pools or flights better?

    By that you mean 1 singles = 3 points, 2 singles = 2 points sort of thing? I really dislike that idea for USTA rated leagues. The idea is a team of similarly-skilled players, so weighting courts for anything meaningful seems wrong. If we're doing anything with court positions, I'd much rather...
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    Would seeding by DNTRP at nationals cut down on sandbagging?

    I would agree. If they're so good that they have to throw games/matches to keep from getting DQ'd then they shouldn't have trouble with a legit player. As far as it being used to balance out the difficulty of schedules that seems a reasonable gain with minimal effort. I believe they'd be better...
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    Chewing on something to calm nerves

    Well, your body is reacting to your nervousness, and the idea is to try limit that reaction to a reasonable level. You establish the rituals/routines to "tell yourself" this isn't anything out of the ordinary. I like to go through roughly the same routine when I'm preparing for "important"...
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    Chewing on something to calm nerves

    There's certainly nothing wrong with techniques to stay relaxed. However, it is important that you try to limit how amped up you're getting before a match. If you get a ton of adrenaline pumping through your body 30 minutes before the match you're not going to be playing your best tennis...
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    Interesting happenings with NorCal 40+ 4.5+ Nationals representative

    :laughing: I've played on teams before almost entirely to spend some time with friends. Getting to travel and play against strong competition with people I like is an absolute blast for me. Of course, sometimes those people move away for their "family" or "career" to other parts of the...
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    USTA League Nationals start in four days

    I don't know that we have the data to suggest accurately how much sandbagging is going on, but you've got some leaps here that cover. If you're accepting his position that 1% of the players are sandbaggers then it's not going to be remotely close to every team. Maybe every fifth team. That...
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    2020 USTA League Rules, no below level players in #1 spot in + leagues.

    Yes, the scoring would be for each doubles team, and then order them based off that. I don't think it's a great idea, but it's the only way I can see people not going crazy arguing over stacking.
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    2020 USTA League Rules, no below level players in #1 spot in + leagues.

    Trying to enforce a "stacking" rule in single level leagues is a bad idea. It'll just lead to more arguments. The only feasible way I can imagine attempting it is if you automate the process. Captains feed their lineups into the app, and it orders the players/teams for matchup based off current...