Dynamic NTRP 2003

USTA Announces Dynamic NTRP

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Article below published: Wednesday, December 19, 2001
by Seth Sylvan and Alex Palombo, USTA Communications

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced future changes to the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP), the official system for determining the levels of competition for USA League Tennis. Starting in 2002, Dynamic NTRP, a self-rating system, will be piloted at four of the USTA's 17 sections: USTA/Mid-Atlantic, USTA/Northern, USTA/Texas and USA Tennis New England. By 2003 Dynamic NTRP will be implemented across the country throughout the USTA's sections. The USA League Tennis Committee formed a study group in 1999, composed of committee members, verifiers, sectional league coordinators and national staff to develop the Dynamic NTRP Plan and Methodology. "The process was not without its challenges," said Sharon Gault, chairman, USA League Tennis Committee. "After much consideration and strategic thinking we are excited to begin the launch of Dynamic NTRP and are confident that the new plan will enhance USA League Tennis in many ways.""Dynamic NTRP will allow for ease of entry into and administration of USA League Tennis while maintaining integrity of the competition," said David Schobel, director of the USTA Community Competitive Player Department. "Most importantly, Dynamic NTRP will be implemented without the requirements of current National NTRP Verification Procedures. It's a win-win solution for both USA League Tennis administrators and players."Administrators will benefit from reductions in cost and time allocated for verification, no on-court verification clinics to manage, fewer regulations and no NTRP Complaint Regulations. In place of NTRP Complaints, a "Player Review" procedure will be established. Administrators can therefore focus on real-time growth of the league program.Players will benefit from the ease of administration including computerized score reporting, checking match results and team standings of others in their flight using TennisLink, an automated data management system developed by the USTA. New players will benefit from ease of entry and the elimination of on-court verification costs.The United States Tennis Association owns and stages the US Open and selects the teams that represent the United States in Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympic Games. The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in America and is a non-profit organization with more than 630,000 members. It invests all of its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels.