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  1. approachshot

    approachshot New User

    Feb 20, 2004
    This was posted on the Georgia USTA website. Tell me what you think of it....

    The USTA Southern Section asks all players, captains, coordinators, tennis professionals and volunteers to join the campaign to keep the NTRP levels intact and maintain the integrity of league tennis!

    Now into the second year of Dynamic NTRP, the USTA Southern Section is addressing increasing concerns regarding self-rating abuses by new players entering league programs.

    Current Concerns:

    · In many cases, captains have instigated self-rating abuses by players.

    · The current NTRP Guidelines do not adequately address the upper skill levels in determining entry levels for current or former college tennis players, teaching professionals and/or playing professionals.

    · Players and captains mistakenly believe that self-rating one level too low is somehow ?okay?.

    Actions Taken (Effective Immediately):

    Due to the increase in the number of Self-Rate NTRP Grievances that have been filed and a change to the USTA Interpretation that allows grievances to be filed against players who self-rate at one NTRP level when the player?s actual skill level is at the top of the next NTRP level or higher, the USTA Southern Section is taking the following action:

    · The nine states in the USTA Southern Section have adopted the USTA Southern Section Elite Player Guidelines as a tool for Self-Rate NTRP Grievance Committee decisions.

    · These guidelines will be made available to players and captains for future self-rating considerations.

    · The Self-Rate NTRP Grievance Committees decisions against players and captains may include but are not limited to disqualification, reversal of matches, suspension from league play or other league sanctions.

    · The USTA Southern Section has adopted a Protocol for Filing Self-Rate NTRP Grievances (which has also been adopted by the USTA) for states to determine if the evidence provided in the complaint meets the criteria to go to a Self-Rate NTRP Grievance Committee.

    · State League Coordinators (or their designee) will receive Self-Rate NTRP Grievances and forward valid complaints to Self-Rate NTRP Grievance Committees. Self-Rate NTRP Grievance and Grievance Appeal Committee members shall be approved by the USTA Southern Section.

    Other Items of Importance:

    · The USTA Southern Section will continue to make recommendations to USTA to consider preventative solutions to self-rating abuses such as approval of self-ratings for former or current college tennis players, teaching professionals and playing professionals.

    · All players who are self-rating to enter a USTA Southern Section league program are instructed to consider their on court performance, tennis background, age, physical condition and comparisons to current league players when determining their self-rating. They should choose the higher level when unsure of where they will be most compatible and competitive.

    · The great majority of league players would NEVER intentionally or knowingly self-rate too low, ?tank? matches or try to gain an unfair advantage. The small number of players and captains who will resort to these tactics seem to believe they ?are getting away? with this form of cheating. Our existing league players need to help us create a culture where this is not encouraged but truly seen as a detriment to league tennis.

    · The majority of league players with a computer rating that is admittedly too low for their actual skill level should seek better competition by playing at a higher level than their computer rating.

  2. atatu

    atatu Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2004
    Austin, Texas
    Well, I think it's great that they have identified the problem and are tyring to do something about it. Whether they will be effective is another thing altogether.
  3. Max G.

    Max G. Legend

    Feb 18, 2004
    I think they'll be able to do something as long as they recognize the problem. It's a big step in the right direction.
  4. David Pavlich

    David Pavlich Professional

    Feb 11, 2004
    These rules should have been initiated the day the decision was made to do self rating. Anyone that plays league tennis KNEW the abuses would be rampant.

    I have a difficult time believing that the powers that be didn't think this was going to be a problem.

  5. tennis-n-sc

    tennis-n-sc Professional

    Feb 22, 2004
    I agree with David. The NTRP was supposed to have been initiated to alleviate these issues. It does work for the vast majority but so did the old system. It is the minority who will do anything to win that neither system addresses. Penalties should be much more severe, including 3-5 year suspensions for the captain and the involved player. I have little faith in the Souther Sectional directors' abilities to govern themselves. I just don't think they are interested in what the majority of league players need and want. What we have is a small handful of uninformed individuals dictating to literally 10's thousands of "members" with no effective voice. There should, at the least, be an annual survey of all members soliciting input. The Atlanta teams have an unbelieveable record at State and Sectional tournaments over the years. There may be all kinds of reasons for this but Atlanta is also the headquarters of the Southern Section and most employees overseeing the Section are Atlanta Area and Georgia residents. I have about given up on anything positive being generated by the USTA but since it is the only game in town, we just play and forget about it.

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