Looking for Tennis partners - silver spring-college park, md

Looking for Tennis partners - silver spring-college park, md

Post by Bill Wals » Thu, 24 Aug 1995 04:00:00



>I am a tennis buff and have just moved into silver spring, md. am looking
>partner to play against (singles/doubles) at a fairly serious level.  I am
>a pretty
>serious player and am lookin for good, fun/competitive game.  would be
>thrilled if i could find someone to play against in the college
>park/silver spring area.

Any idea what your NTRP rating is? That's a lot more informative
than "fairly serious" if you're looking for someone on the same level.

-- Bill on Capitol Hill, 4.0-4.5


Looking for Tennis partners - silver spring-college park, md

Post by KARNA C » Fri, 25 Aug 1995 04:00:00

What is an NTRP rating/where/how do you get one?

If it is the  same as that USTA rating number (not sure) on a 7.0 scale,
then though I have played competitive basis with opponents whom I know
were on the 3.0-4.0 range. Guess then I should be around there (3.5?).
Anyway where/how can I get one?




Looking for Tennis partners - silver spring-college park, md

Post by Bill Wals » Sat, 26 Aug 1995 04:00:00

From the rec.sport.tennis FAQ:

                      USTA Self Rating System

Self-Rating Guidelines:

The National Tennis Rating Program provides a simple, initial self-placement
method of grouping individuals of similar ability levels for league play,
tournament, group lessons, social competition and club or community programs.

The rating categories are generalizations about skill levels. You may find
that you actually play above or below the category which best describes your
skill level, depending on your competitive ability. The category you choose
is not meant to be permanent, but may be adjusted as your skills change or as
your match play demonstrates the need for reclassification. Ultimately, your
rating is based upon your results in match play.

To place yourself:

   A.  Begin with 1.0. Read all the categories carefully and then decide
       which one best describes your present ability level. If your abilities
       range between two catagories, then choose the lower one.

   B.  Be certain that you qualify on all points of all preceding categories
       as well as those in the classification you choose.

   C.  When rating yourself assume you are playing against a player of the
       same sex and the same ability.

   D.  Your self-rating may be verified by a teaching professional, coach,
       league coordinator or other qualified expert.

   E.  The person in charge of your tennis program has the right to reclassify
       you based upon match results, if your self-placement is thought to be

Rating Categories:

1.0    This player is just starting to play tennis.

1.5    This player has limited playing experience and is still working
       primarily on getting the ball into play.                          

2.0    This player needs on-court experience.  This player has obvious
       stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles
       and doubles play.

2.5    This player is  learning to judge where the ball is going although
       court coverage is weak.  This player can sustain a slow rally with
       other players of same ability.

3.0    This player is consistent when hitting medium pace shots, but is
       not comfortable with all strokes and lacks control when trying for
       a directional intent, depth, or power.

3.5    This player has achieved improved stroke dependability and direction
       on moderate pace shots, but still lacks depth and variety.  This
       player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage,
       and is developing teamwork in doubles.

4.0    This player has dependable strokes, including directional intent,
       on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the
       ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with
       some success.  This player occasionally forces errors when serving
       and teamwork in doubles is evident.

4.5    This player has begun to master the use of power and spins and is
       beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of
       shots, and is beginning to vary tactics according to opponents.
       This player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place
       the second serve and is able to rush the net successfully.          

5.0    This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an
       outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured.
       This player can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short
       balls, can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop
       shots, half volleys and overhead smashes, and has good depth and
       spin on most second serves.

5.5    This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon.
       This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive
       situation and hits dependable shots in a stress situation.

6.0    These players will generally not need NRTP rankings.  Rankings or
to     past rankings will speak for themselves.  The 6.0 player typically
7.0    has had intensive training for national tournament competition at
       the junior level and collegiate levels and has obtained a sectional
       or national ranking.  The 6.5 player has a reasonable chance of
       succeeding at the 7.0 level and has extensive satellite tournament
       experience.  The 7.0 is a world class player who is committed to
       tournament competition on the international level and whose major
       source of income is tournament prize winnings.

       With this list you can rate yourself. Should you realize that your
abilities range between two categories, then the lower one should be used
to determine your playing level.