There have been several comments on this blog asking what parents, players, and coaches want to see in terms of a junior competition structure – USTA has asked all of us to email them at LetUsKnow@usta.com to share our thoughts. Some people who are way smarter than I am have come up with one proposal that just may work. This proposal addresses the travel and cost issue, the “earned advancement” issue, the missed school issue, and the rankings issue, among other things. Please take some time to read through it and share your thoughts in the Comments below.
The key points to this proposal are as follows:
No changes to the existing Level 1s.
Every section (except Hawaii and Caribbean) hosts a Level 2 and at least one Level 3 during the More >
USTA rankings vs. Tennis Recruiting star ratings vs. Universal Tennis levels . . . is anyone else confused here? I don’t know about the rest of you, but this obsessed Tennis Momma spends an inordinate amount of time trying to understand what the different ratings and rankings actually mean and how my son can best use the information to improve as a player.
A quick overview of some of the different ranking/rating systems out there . . .
USTA currently uses the Points Per Round (PPR) system which awards ranking points based on the level of tournament and which round the player reaches in the tournament. A player’s top 6 singles tournament results and top 3 doubles tournament results for the previous 12 months are included in his/her More >