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Ratings for Championship Year 2009

Year-end NTRP ratings for USTA League players are now available

Click here for Western Mass Women's Year-End Ratings

Click here for Western Mass Men's Year-End Ratings

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Please read carefully as there are new regulations regarding both the
Early Start and Year-End Ratings

that will have an impact on players in our Leagues.

Click here for Official USTA Rating Information

(Special note: The following information has been compiled at the local level with the intent to be helpful.  The official USTA Rating Information will supersede in the event there is an error.)

What is an Early Start League (ESL) Rating?
ESL Ratings are used for USTA Leagues where players begin registration and their match play prior to the publication of Year End ratings in mid November.  (Please note:  In Western Mass, Early Start Leagues are Adult Men & Women (except 2.5 women).  An ESL Rating is the dynamic rating of a player as of 08/27/08.  The dynamic rating is a calculation of a player’s match record through the end of the USTA New England league championship season (8/24/08).  Year End NTRP Ratings are published in mid-November after the completion of the USTA League national championships.

In order to receive an Early Start Rating, a player must have generated at least two valid dynamic ratings during 2008 Adult and/or Senior league play.  Early Start Ratings are not generated for combined rating leagues such as Mixed Doubles, Super Seniors and Combo (Park & Recreation) or if you did not participate in USTA league play during the 2008 Championship year. Ratings for players who play exclusively in Super Senior, Mixed Doubles or the Park & Recreation league will be available in the year-end ratings released in mid-November

For the Women's Early Start Ratings for Championship Year 2009, click here.

For the Men's Early Start Ratings for Championship Year 2009, click here.

Early Start League Ratings Appeals You can appeal your early start rating only when registering for a team in a 2009 early start league via the TennisLink System.

If your rating is too high for that team when you are registering then you will be prompted with an "appeal rating" button. This appeal process will grant the appeal if the player is within the appeal guidelines and deny the appeal if they are not within the guidelines. A granted appealed rating will not show on Tennis Link but rather will show only on the team roster. Exceptions that will not be handled by the online appeal process are 2007 National Benchmarks (those that participated in the 2007 Nationals tournament) and players that want to appeal up. These will need to be submitted to the section office.

NTRP Medical Appeal Guidelines

click here for information about medical appeal guidelines and submission procedures.  medical appeals must be submitted by going through the new england website, www.ustanewengland.com/ustaleagues/forms print a copy of the NTRP appeal form, complete the form, attach the doctor's prognosis on official stationary, attach a non refundable check for $25 and send the completed information to USTA New England Attn: Appeals, 110 Turnpike Rd, Westborough MA 01581.

New 2009 USTA New England & National Regulations impacting
Early Start Leagues and Ratings (Early Start and Year-End)

New USTA "New England League" 2009 Rating Regulations


B.  Early Start League Rating (ESL): Dynamic Ratings are published following the New England USTA League Section Championships.  The early start league rating will be considered 'Early Start League Ratings' for local leagues where players register and begin matches before the 'Year End Ratings' (YE) are published in November.

C.  Early Start League Ratings are protected on an early start league roster once Year End Ratings are published: (definition of early start league – teams must be registered, a schedule generated and matches started before Nov 1st). The ratings of players registered on an Early Start League team are protected for that championship year.  No further action is required. All registrations for ESL rosters and any other rosters after YE ratings are published will default to the YE rating.

New USTA "National League" 2009 Regulations

  1. District/Area, Section and National Championship Benchmarks may not be appealed the first year received. This rule implemented in 2008 will impact the 2008 championship players.
  2. No Computer or Benchmark rated player may be dynamically NTRP disqualified at any level of Adult or Senior competition. 
  3. Self-rated, Mixed Exclusive, Tournament Exclusive and Medical appeals granted players will be subject to dynamic NTRP disqualification in the Adult and Senior divisions through the Section Championship.
  4. All medical appeals will first be reviewed by a section appointed review committee and if they deem a permanently disabling/injury, it will be forwarded to the National Medical Review Committee for final decision.

USTA League Tennis Assists Players to Accurately Self Rate
USTA New England requires all players who want to self rate to complete and submit a player history form.  This includes specific player guidelines that will allow USTA New England to approve self ratings for those players who have college experience, who are teaching pros or those players with extensive playing history. Click here for more information about Self Rating.

Click here for a printable version of the Experienced Player Guidelines.


  • An ESL rating is appealable, even to "Benchmark" players (those players who played in District or Sectional championships this past season). However, it is only appealable on-line in the process of registering for a team, and it is only appealable if the player registers for a team prior to the release of the Year- End Ratings.
  • ESL ratings are protected through the season if a player registers for the team prior to the release of the final ratings. For example, if a player registers for a 3.0 team based on his/her ESL rating, he/she may continue to play with that team for the entire season even if his/her rating goes up to 3.5 in the Year-End rating release in mid-November.
  • A Year-End Rating (published mid-November) will NOT be appealable by a "Benchmark" player (a player who competed in a District or Sectional championship this past season.) However, if that player has already registered for an Early Start team prior to the release of these ratings, that player may continue to play on the ESL team for the duration of the season. - A player with a Computer or Benchmark rating may not be NTRP disqualified at any point in the season (does not apply to Self-rated, Mixed Exclusive, Tournament Exclusive or Medical Appeals).