Eligible vs Ineligible Rankings

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by tdhawks, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. tdhawks

    tdhawks Semi-Pro

    Apr 24, 2012
    Under the NTRP Rankings, players are ranked under both Eligible and Ineligible for their rankings.

    Can someone please tell me the difference for these?

    Is it just the fact that those under Eligible have played more tournaments than those in the ineligible list?
  2. Jack the Hack

    Jack the Hack Hall of Fame

    Jan 18, 2005
    "Eligible" usually means that the people listed have met the minimum ranking criteria, which can vary from the different types of rankings (national vs. sectional, NTRP vs. age group or opens, etc).

    For instance, to have a national adult age group ranking, you must play at least one of the Category I national championships to be eligible. However, your name might show up as "ineligible" in the rolling standings lists if you've played in a Category II championship and have accumulated some points.

    In Sectional rankings, eligibility on a ranking list might be determined by your place of residence (do you live in the Section or just played a tournament there?), the number of points you've accumulated, or by meeting a certain number of minimum tournaments played. This can vary by each Section's rules.
  3. floridatennisdude

    floridatennisdude Hall of Fame

    Feb 9, 2012
    I never really researched it, but I figure it meant that you are eligible for the ranking under which you searched.

    I live in Florida, but I've played tournaments in Georgia and the Carolina's. I'm eligible for Fl Closed tournaments, but not Southern Closed.

    Correct me if my analysis is wrong.
  4. darrinbaker00

    darrinbaker00 Professional

    May 24, 2005
    Berkeley, CA
    I never played a Category I tournament this year, but I have an eligible ranking (#223 in Men's 45 Singles). Don't quote me on this, but I think if you play a Category II and two other tournaments, you're eligible.
  5. Jack the Hack

    Jack the Hack Hall of Fame

    Jan 18, 2005
    Having played a Category II event, you'll be eligible to show up in the rolling standings list, but you won't be eligible for a final year ranking.

    "Minimum Ranking Requirement: To be eligible for a national ranking in singles or doubles, a player must play in one (1) Category I National Championship in the age division in which the player seeks to obtain a ranking."


    I know that the differences between the various ranking lists can be confusing (i.e., rolling standings vs. final ranking, eligible vs. ineligible, etc.). I've even seen USTA employees responsible for the rankings in my Section screw them up. In fact, the only article that I could find to explain the difference is here (dated from a couple years ago):



    The 12 Month Rolling Standing List and the Standing List do not make you eligible for a Final Year Ranking unless you meet the 2010 Adult/Senior Rankings Regulations.

    Each player or team must play in one Category I tournament to receive a national ranking. If you have any questions regarding National Adult/Senior or Family standings, email ustaranking@usta.com."

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