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2013 Early Start Ratings Released

August 9, 2012 01:18 PM
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Important information for 2013 Early-Start Ratings

Early-start ratings will ONLY be published on the USTA Southwest Section web site (


* Please do not look for early-start ratings or appeal information through TennisLink as only year-end ratings are published there.

* You cannot appeal through "Find A Rating" for an early start rating.

NOTE: If your name does NOT appear on the Early-Start Rating list, then your rating has not changed and you will maintain your last rating.

* The early-start ratings are published in August for the sole purpose of establishing a rating for those players who plan to play during the 2013 USTA League season which may begin play as early as August 2012.

* The ratings apply ONLY to those individuals who are playing in EARLY START PROGRAMS and DO NOT apply to those players participating in leagues which begin play after January 1, 2013. It is important to note that this is not your final rating for the 2012 USTA League season.

We will be publishing the year-end ratings for all players in November.




What do these ratings include? These ratings include only league results, except mixed doubles. It does not include sanctioned tournaments.

What level can I play at sanctioned tournaments? If you are a 4.0 player, but get a 4.5 early season rating, you can still play sanctioned tournaments as a 4.0 until next year or the end of year ratings come out.

What are the end of year ratings? The end of year ratings will include all league and sanctioned tournament results.

Can I appeal my rating up? Yes, if you are within the allowable range and appeal your rating, you will be moved up. However, no phone calls will be accepted.

How do I appeal my rating down? If you are playing in a Combined Rating program, please click HERE for the Official Appeal Form. Send completed appeal form to Lindsey Keeler by fax to 480-289-2701 or by e-mail to keeler@southwest.usta.com.

If you are registering for a program that uses straight levels, you must appeal online by going to http://tennislink.usta.com/leagues/, click Register for a Team, enter your team ID and your USTA Number in the appropriate fields.

You will get a note that your rating is too high for the team entered and will see the option to appeal your rating. When you do appeal, the system will immediately determine whether you are within the allowable range. If your appeal is granted, it will be automatically and immediately changed. If denied, then your appeal cannot be granted.