A Tournament Rating is a strange thing

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by penpal, May 12, 2012.

  1. penpal

    penpal Semi-Pro

    Feb 18, 2004
    I didn't play USTA league the past couple of years but did play some tournaments. Got bumped to 4.5 this year, was asked to play on a team, and said "sure".

    The captain gave me the team number and I went to sign up, only to receive an error message saying something along the lines of, you aren't self-rated so you can't signup.

    I contacted the league coordinator, who contacted the district office, who said, sure enough, because I have a Tournament Rating I have to go through the self-rate process in order to join this USTA league.

    My first thought was, 'Hmmmm, I wonder if I can self-rate as a 4.0 then.' I'm not trying to sandbag, but I'm legitimately in a grey area between the two levels. I can beat some 4.5 players occasionally, but I also lose to good 4.0 players in my area.

    Anyway, I quickly learn while going through the online self-rate process that this is not an option - I'm only allowed to select a rating of 4.5 or above.

    So then the question becomes, why force me through this pointless process in the first place? Why not just allow me to join the 4.5 team as a Tournament rated 4.5? I was given the option to self-rate as a 5.0, 5.5, or 6.0, but does anyone in my situation actually do that?

    Seems like there's some clear room for improvement in the system here.
  2. J_R_B

    J_R_B Hall of Fame

    Jan 27, 2010
    Newtown, PA
    This was a recent change in the last year or two where if you are M or T rated, you have to self-rate to join a league (with your M or T rating as the minimum). It's kind of a pain in the ass, but if you were looking to join a 4.5 team, it's just an extra step. The real problem is for people who get "bumped" in the M or T rating and then want to play at the level they were in adult. In other words, if a player is 4.0 C rated from adult, that is supposed to be a valid rating for 3 years. If he skips ONE year of adult and just plays mixed, he should still have a valid C rating from the previous year, but I've seen people get bumped to 4.5 M regardless and then cannot self-rate themselves back down to 4.0 where their valid C rating should be anyway because of the minimum rule. That is ridiculously unfair. Anyway, good luck at 4.5.

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