Comparing TRN to UTR for Class of 2015 Girls

Today marks the beginning of Spring Signing Week, so here is my report on where the Top 200 players according to TennisRecruiting.net are headed (a blank next to the player’s name means she hasn’t announced a commitment yet) and a comparison of their TRN ranking to their UTR rating. The charts below are for the Class of 2015 Girls. Click here to see the Class of 2015 Boys.

The first chart you see is ordered by TRN Ranking. The second chart is ordered by UTR Rating. It is interesting to note that the UTRs of the Girls range from a low of 7.69 to a high of 11.99 while those of the Boys range from a low of 10.51 to a high of 14.56. With the way scholarships are set up now – 8 for the Girls and 4.5 for the Boys – the vast majority of these Top 200 Girls will receive significant, even full, funding assistance for their college educations while many of the Top 200 Boys will not.

As with the Boys, at the top of the rankings the two charts are pretty similar. There are a few things that stand out, though. For example, TRN’s #5 ranked player comes in at #15 in terms of UTR rating, and #23 on TRN comes in at #99 on the UTR list.

As I mentioned in the Comments of the Boys article, these rating/ranking tools are much more effective when used together. No one system is perfect. When you add in USTA’s Points Per Round ranking – which, I think we all agree, is the least accurate of the 3 – you get a more well-rounded picture of the player. Not a PERFECT picture but better than relying on any one rating/ranking by itself.

Class of 2015 Girls Ordered by TRN
TRNUTRNameStateCollege
111.45Kaitlyn McCarthyNCDuke
211.99Francesca DilorenzoOHOhio State
311.35Katharine FaheyNJMichigan
411.51Ellyse HamlinCTDuke
510.87Mia HorvitFL
611.67Melissa LordCTStanford
711.6Kennedy ShafferOHGeorgia
810.96Caroline LamplVAStanford
910.82Jessie AneyMNNorth Carolina
1011.08Jessica HoPADuke
1110.68Andie DaniellGAAlabama
1211.42Brienne MinorILMichigan
1311.24Gabrielle AndrewsCAUCLA
1410.78Star MakaromeFLColumbia
1511.61Kimberly YeeNVStanford
1610.65Amy YangGAYale
1710.87Jessica FaillaCAUSC
1810.84Elizabeth ProfitCABaylor
1910.22Rachel RohrabacherFLSouth Carolina
2010.51Anna UlyashchenkoNYWake Forest
2111.13Bianca MoldovanMINC State
2210.58Joanna ZalewskiNJ
239.48Andrea KevakianCAColumbia
2410.39Nicole KalhornCOPrinceton
2510.13Kenadi HanceCAWashington
2610.35Samantha HamptonWAArizona State
2710.37Felicity MaltbyCATexas Tech
2810.44Chloe Ouellet-PizerNCNorth Carolina
2910.22Alexandra ValensteinCATexas Tech
30Elena MullerTXTulane
3110.33Jaclyn SwitkesFLIllinois
3210.77Fernanda Contreras GomezTXVanderbilt
3310.95Lauren GoodmanINWilliam & Mary
349.95Jessica GolovinNYLSU
3510.44Ines ViasMDIllinois
3610.65Sabrina XiongNYHarvard
3710.4Gabrielle SchuckCOTennessee
3810.69Arnelle SullivanNYMaryland
3910.27Madison ClarkeAZSanta Clara
4010.39Emerald AbleTN
4110.52Paige ClineCASouth Carolina
4210.73Alexandra LetztAZUSC
439.36Clare RaleyGAMissouri
4410.23Ashley BongartFLTennessee
4510.31Katie TaCABrown
4610.08Nevada ApolloNVGonzaga
4710.47Allie SanfordAZOle Miss
489.87Summer DvorakCAVanderbilt
4910.05Kristen ThomsILIowa
5010.26Sena SuswamALLouisville
5110.09Caroline TurnerTXAuburn
5210.34Sai Keerthi RachavelpulaGAColumbia
539.61Claudia WiktorinNCNC State
5410.1Nicole JohnstonGACornell
5510.66Emma DavisMAWake Forest
5610.22Camila WesbrooksTXArizona
579.73Daniela NasserFLOregon
589.95Victoria YuTXWesleyan (CT)
599.98Risa NakagawaCAGeorgetown
6010.1Taylor CaltonUTUtah
6110.01Caitlin BernardMAIndiana
629.99Lauren ProctorSC
639.77Kinga GartnerFLArizona
649.74Erica SusiFLVirginia
659.54Kenya WilliamsFLDrake
669.93Brooke StevensGAOle Miss
679.15Stephanie HazellCA
6810Bianca MokIDDenver
6910.3Jacqueline CarrARMarshall
709.77Rachel ChongCANotre Dame
719.66Christi WoodsonFLOregon
729.57Gabrielle RodriguezFLFurman
739.85Tai MartinFLCharlotte
749.63Amanda RebolGANC State
7510Sarah HuCAColumbia
769.72Remi RamosFLBoston U
779.79Mariko IinumaCACornell
789.87Cecilia LynhamMDGeorgetown
799.43Brianna TurleyUTUtah
809.5Suzanne ZenoniGAElon
8110.4Sarah NunoCACal State Fullerton
8210.07Amber ParkCAPrinceton
839.52Jacqueline UrbinatiNYBoston College
849.77Diana ColenGAColl of Charleston
859.24Alexandra LeeFLCharlotte
869.39Anna DollarPALiberty
879.7Turner YatesMSMissouri
889.52Madison AppelNYIndiana
899.58Bella KuseGARichmond
909.92Rebekah AndersonCAOregon
919.79Sabrina FaybyshevNJBoston U
929.74Hannah TempletonNCSouth Carolina
9310.27Emily MetcalfARMichigan State
949.3Rugile ValiunaiteILArmy
959.26Emma PetersenFLJames Madison
969.2Claudia ToledoFLIowa State
979.33Cassidy HicksOHWofford
989.14Sofia KurtzGATulane
9910.03Davina NguyenMIMichigan State
1009.31Caroline AmosAZYale
1019.42Annemarie EmmeILMinnesota
1029.44Jacquelyn Fitz-RandolphFLConnecticut
1039.25Jacqueline LazaroFLConnecticut
1049.09Ashley IshimuraHICreighton
1059.31Emily StrubleMIMiami (OH)
1069.5Michelle WangWACornell
1079.86Natalie WhalenILIndiana
1089.59Taylor CosmeNYEmory
1099.74Peyton GollhoferGABall State
1109.16Skyla AlconHICS Northridge
1119.72Allison ChuangCADartmouth
1129.1Emily KolbowWIColorado State
1139.4Caitlyn MerzbacherMNMinnesota
1148.92Morgan NixTXCleveland State
1159.36Sonal ShrivastavaNJYale
1169.59Diana KussainovaFLGeorge Washington
1178.9Deepa DhoreGAWilliam & Mary
1189.19Danielle WolfOHIndiana
1198.65Katie SidorFLMercer
1208.87Karly HammondFL
1218.6Jennifer LuCAQuinnipiac
1229.36Sydney PattonSCChattanooga
1239.18Yuki AsamiCAPacific
1249.3Sydney GoodsonVAGeorgetown
1258.8Sarah SwiderskiFLUNC Greensboro
1268.89Caroline WilliamsMDMaryland
1279.31Chantal Martinez-BlancoPRBuffalo
1288.55Courtney HebardFLMarquette
1299.35Madeline HillKSSIU Edwardsville
1309.13Kendall KirschILWisconsin
1319.66Elizabeth BarnickelKSAir Force
13210.26Julianne HermanPADuquesne
1338.74Grace LinCALehigh
1348.38Micheline AubuchonCA
1359.24Tatijana SheikhanNVLoyola Marymount
1368.55Laura GomezFLUNC Wilmington
1379.32Sophia WhittleCAGonzaga
1388.87Audrey BergerOH
1398.81Haley WintonTX
1408.81Katie FriesKSSouthern Illinois
1419.03Kelly ZhuTX
1428.56Alahna RetoTXFlorida Tech
1439.63Montana MooreFL
1449Domonique GarleyTX
1458.93Sophia AbelsonMIXavier
1468.77Isabelle DohanicsPABall State
1478.77Annie JaskulskiDEDelaware
1489.06Rachel KimCAChicago
1498.89Alexis ZobeidehFLFordham
1508.69Alexandra BurakSCBucknell
1518.74Vanina IordanovaFLRutgers
1528.4Denise AzcuiINWestern Michigan
1538.3Sydney HarlowNE
1548.98Hannah FranciscoGAUNC Asheville
1558.42Andrea BallingerOH
1568.93Tracy JohnsonGAPresbyterian
1579.13Arianna SpirtosMDArmy
1588.22Celine GruazCACal Poly
1598Ilana OleynikCACal Poly
1608.84Kelsey ChenCAAmherst
1618.62Isabella vonEbbeCAUC Davis
1628.4Daniela LopezFLEmory
1639.35Shelby KingGAArkansas State
1648.73Grace SchafferKS
1658.76Lindsey EvansCTVillanova
1668.42Natalia BarberyFL
1678.82Caroline CasperCA
1688.47Korina NeveuxFLWilliams
1699.22Kirby EinckILArmy
1708.35Jordan HenryOKAbilene Christian
1718.72Sabrina BarisanoNY
1728.71Lauren Hidalgo-SmithFLStephen F. Austin
1738.75Elizabeth YaoCAStanford
1748.78Joy KimCAPomona-Pitzer
1758.43Arianna ChenCAPomona-Pitzer
1768.63Gabrielle CentenariMDDavidson
1778.51Delaney EdwardsFL
1788.71Mckenzie BarcoFLChattanooga
1798.47Morgan SteffesKS
1808.6Zoe ManionILXavier
1818.66Michaela HenneMOCreighton
1828.43Kaela BynoeFLChicago
1837.69Shannon WagnerFLGeorgia Southern
1848.03Shanna Dos SantosFL
1858.78Caroline HallGA
1868.44Alexandria MacielTXSt. Mary’s (TX)
1878.75Raven BennettTXUTEP
1888.71Josie RogersTNNavy
1899.69Mia VecchioNY
1908.53Mattea KilstofteCADayton
1918.22Ashley ChaoCAUCSD
1928.17Samantha SchusterSCConcordia-Irvine
1938.22Katsiaryna SemashkaCA
1948.76Ekim BuyukNY
1958.48Melanie AllenFLArmy
1968.82Lidia Luca DukicCAMontana
1978.36Lyndell GiffenigCT
1988.71Genevieve McCormickPAArmy
1998.85Thandiwe KangwaFLSeton Hall
2008.41Taylor TamblynIL
Class of 2015 Girls Ordered by UTR
UTRTRNNameStateCollege
111.992Francesca DilorenzoOHOhio State
211.676Melissa LordCTStanford
311.6115Kimberly YeeNVStanford
411.67Kennedy ShafferOHGeorgia
511.514Ellyse HamlinCTDuke
611.451Kaitlyn McCarthyNCDuke
711.4212Brienne MinorILMichigan
811.353Katharine FaheyNJMichigan
911.2413Gabrielle AndrewsCAUCLA
1011.1321Bianca MoldovanMINC State
1111.0810Jessica HoPADuke
1210.968Caroline LamplVAStanford
1310.9533Lauren GoodmanINWilliam & Mary
1410.9230Elena MullerTXTulane
1510.875Mia HorvitFL
1610.8717Jessica FaillaCAUSC
1710.8418Elizabeth ProfitCABaylor
1810.829Jessie AneyMNNorth Carolina
1910.7814Star MakaromeFLColumbia
2010.7732Fernanda Contreras GomezTXVanderbilt
2110.7342Alexandra LetztAZUSC
2210.6938Arnelle SullivanNYMaryland
2310.6811Andie DaniellGAAlabama
2410.6655Emma DavisMAWake Forest
2510.6516Amy YangGAYale
2610.6536Sabrina XiongNYHarvard
2710.5822Joanna ZalewskiNJ
2810.5241Paige ClineCASouth Carolina
2910.5120Anna UlyashchenkoNYWake Forest
3010.4747Allie SanfordAZOle Miss
3110.4428Chloe Ouellet-PizerNCNorth Carolina
3210.4435Ines ViasMDIllinois
3310.437Gabrielle SchuckCOTennessee
3410.481Sarah NunoCACal State Fullerton
3510.3924Nicole KalhornCOPrinceton
3610.3940Emerald AbleTN
3710.3727Felicity MaltbyCATexas Tech
3810.3526Samantha HamptonWAArizona State
3910.3452Sai Keerthi RachavelpulaGAColumbia
4010.3331Jaclyn SwitkesFLIllinois
4110.3145Katie TaCABrown
4210.369Jacqueline CarrARMarshall
4310.2739Madison ClarkeAZSanta Clara
4410.2793Emily MetcalfARMichigan State
4510.2650Sena SuswamALLouisville
4610.26132Julianne HermanPADuquesne
4710.2344Ashley BongartFLTennessee
4810.2219Rachel RohrabacherFLSouth Carolina
4910.2229Alexandra ValensteinCATexas Tech
5010.2256Camila WesbrooksTXArizona
5110.1325Kenadi HanceCAWashington
5210.154Nicole JohnstonGACornell
5310.160Taylor CaltonUTUtah
5410.0951Caroline TurnerTXAuburn
5510.0846Nevada ApolloNVGonzaga
5610.0782Amber ParkCAPrinceton
5710.0549Kristen ThomsILIowa
5810.0399Davina NguyenMIMichigan State
5910.0161Caitlin BernardMAIndiana
601068Bianca MokIDDenver
611075Sarah HuCAColumbia
629.9962Lauren ProctorSC
639.9859Risa NakagawaCAGeorgetown
649.9534Jessica GolovinNYLSU
659.9558Victoria YuTXWesleyan (CT)
669.9366Brooke StevensGAOle Miss
679.9290Rebekah AndersonCAOregon
689.8748Summer DvorakCAVanderbilt
699.8778Cecilia LynhamMDGeorgetown
709.86107Natalie WhalenILIndiana
719.8573Tai MartinFLCharlotte
729.7977Mariko IinumaCACornell
739.7991Sabrina FaybyshevNJBoston U
749.7763Kinga GartnerFLArizona
759.7770Rachel ChongCANotre Dame
769.7784Diana ColenGAColl of Charleston
779.7464Erica SusiFLVirginia
789.7492Hannah TempletonNCSouth Carolina
799.74109Peyton GollhoferGABall State
809.7357Daniela NasserFLOregon
819.7276Remi RamosFLBoston U
829.72111Allison ChuangCADartmouth
839.787Turner YatesMSMissouri
849.69189Mia VecchioNY
859.6671Christi WoodsonFLOregon
869.66131Elizabeth BarnickelKSAir Force
879.6374Amanda RebolGANC State
889.63143Montana MooreFL
899.6153Claudia WiktorinNCNC State
909.59108Taylor CosmeNYEmory
919.59116Diana KussainovaFLGeorge Washington
929.5889Bella KuseGARichmond
939.5772Gabrielle RodriguezFLFurman
949.5465Kenya WilliamsFLDrake
959.5283Jacqueline UrbinatiNYBoston College
969.5288Madison AppelNYIndiana
979.580Suzanne ZenoniGAElon
989.5106Michelle WangWACornell
999.4823Andrea KevakianCAColumbia
1009.44102Jacquelyn Fitz-RandolphFLConnecticut
1019.4379Brianna TurleyUTUtah
1029.42101Annemarie EmmeILMinnesota
1039.4113Caitlyn MerzbacherMNMinnesota
1049.3986Anna DollarPALiberty
1059.3643Clare RaleyGAMissouri
1069.36115Sonal ShrivastavaNJYale
1079.36122Sydney PattonSCChattanooga
1089.35129Madeline HillKSSIU Edwardsville
1099.35163Shelby KingGAArkansas State
1109.3397Cassidy HicksOHWofford
1119.32137Sophia WhittleCAGonzaga
1129.31100Caroline AmosAZYale
1139.31105Emily StrubleMIMiami (OH)
1149.31127Chantal Martinez-BlancoPRBuffalo
1159.394Rugile ValiunaiteILArmy
1169.3124Sydney GoodsonVAGeorgetown
1179.2695Emma PetersenFLJames Madison
1189.25103Jacqueline LazaroFLConnecticut
1199.2485Alexandra LeeFLCharlotte
1209.24135Tatijana SheikhanNVLoyola Marymount
1219.22169Kirby EinckILArmy
1229.296Claudia ToledoFLIowa State
1239.19118Danielle WolfOHIndiana
1249.18123Yuki AsamiCAPacific
1259.16110Skyla AlconHICS Northridge
1269.1567Stephanie HazellCA
1279.1498Sofia KurtzGATulane
1289.13130Kendall KirschILWisconsin
1299.13157Arianna SpirtosMDArmy
1309.1112Emily KolbowWIColorado State
1319.09104Ashley IshimuraHICreighton
1329.06148Rachel KimCAChicago
1339.03141Kelly ZhuTX
1349144Domonique GarleyTX
1358.98154Hannah FranciscoGAUNC Asheville
1368.93145Sophia AbelsonMIXavier
1378.93156Tracy JohnsonGAPresbyterian
1388.92114Morgan NixTXCleveland State
1398.9117Deepa DhoreGAWilliam & Mary
1408.89126Caroline WilliamsMDMaryland
1418.89149Alexis ZobeidehFLFordham
1428.87120Karly HammondFL
1438.87138Audrey BergerOH
1448.85199Thandiwe KangwaFLSeton Hall
1458.84160Kelsey ChenCAAmherst
1468.82167Caroline CasperCA
1478.82196Lidia Luca DukicCAMontana
1488.81139Haley WintonTX
1498.81140Katie FriesKSSouthern Illinois
1508.8125Sarah SwiderskiFLUNC Greensboro
1518.78174Joy KimCAPomona-Pitzer
1528.78185Caroline HallGA
1538.77146Isabelle DohanicsPABall State
1548.77147Annie JaskulskiDEDelaware
1558.76165Lindsey EvansCTVillanova
1568.76194Ekim BuyukNY
1578.75173Elizabeth YaoCAStanford
1588.75187Raven BennettTXUTEP
1598.74133Grace LinCALehigh
1608.74151Vanina IordanovaFLRutgers
1618.73164Grace SchafferKS
1628.72171Sabrina BarisanoNY
1638.71172Lauren Hidalgo-SmithFLStephen F. Austin
1648.71178Mckenzie BarcoFLChattanooga
1658.71188Josie RogersTNNavy
1668.71198Genevieve McCormickPAArmy
1678.69150Alexandra BurakSCBucknell
1688.66181Michaela HenneMOCreighton
1698.65119Katie SidorFLMercer
1708.63176Gabrielle CentenariMDDavidson
1718.62161Isabella vonEbbeCAUC Davis
1728.6121Jennifer LuCAQuinnipiac
1738.6180Zoe ManionILXavier
1748.56142Alahna RetoTXFlorida Tech
1758.55128Courtney HebardFLMarquette
1768.55136Laura GomezFLUNC Wilmington
1778.53190Mattea KilstofteCADayton
1788.51177Delaney EdwardsFL
1798.48195Melanie AllenFLArmy
1808.47168Korina NeveuxFLWilliams
1818.47179Morgan SteffesKS
1828.44186Alexandria MacielTXSt. Mary’s (TX)
1838.43175Arianna ChenCAPomona-Pitzer
1848.43182Kaela BynoeFLChicago
1858.42155Andrea BallingerOH
1868.42166Natalia BarberyFL
1878.41200Taylor TamblynIL
1888.4152Denise AzcuiINWestern Michigan
1898.4162Daniela LopezFLEmory
1908.38134Micheline AubuchonCA
1918.36197Lyndell GiffenigCT
1928.35170Jordan HenryOKAbilene Christian
1938.3153Sydney HarlowNE
1948.22158Celine GruazCACal Poly
1958.22191Ashley ChaoCAUCSD
1968.22193Katsiaryna SemashkaCA
1978.17192Samantha SchusterSCConcordia-Irvine
1988.03184Shanna Dos SantosFL
1998159Ilana OleynikCACal Poly
2007.69183Shannon WagnerFLGeorgia Southern

Comparing TRN to UTR for Class of 2015 Boys

With Spring Signing Week almost upon us, I thought I would do a little report on where the Top 200 players according to TennisRecruiting.net are headed (a blank next to the player’s name means he hasn’t announced a commitment yet) and compare their TRN ranking to their UTR rating. We’ll take a peek at the Class of 2015 Boys first.

The first chart you see below is ordered by TRN Ranking. The second chart is ordered by UTR Rating. It is interesting to compare the two.

At the top of the rankings, the two charts are pretty similar. There are a few things that stand out, though. For example, TRN’s #31 ranked player comes in at #7 in terms of UTR rating, and #34 on TRN comes in at #9. Also interesting to note is that TRN’s #70 player, Tyler Schick, is at 16 on the UTR list.

We have to be careful to avoid drawing too many conclusions from one chart over the other, but the more information coaches can get on these young players, the better in terms of their recruiting efforts. What do you see here and what do you make of it?

My report on the Girls of 2015 is here.

Class of 2015 Boys Ordered by TRN
TRN RankingUTRNameStateCollege
114.27Reilly OpelkaFL
214.56Tommy PaulNJ
313.95Alfredo PerezFLFlorida
414.19Alex RybakovFL
513.56Walker DuncanGAGeorgia
613.41Kalman BoydCAUSC
713.37Sameer KumarINStanford
813.49Michael GenenderCAStanford
912.84McClain KesslerGAFlorida
1013.41Vincent LinILDuke
1113.07Emil ReinbergGAGeorgia
1213.66Victor PhamCAColumbia
1313.64Liam CaruanaTXTexas
1412.89Yancy DennisMDSouth Carolina
1513.29Catalin MateasMADuke
1612.92Adrian ChamdaniCADuke
1713.38Cameron KlingerCAVanderbilt
1813.42Eric RutledgeTXWake Forest
1912.94Kyle SeeligPAOhio State
2012.46Ezequiel CerriniFL
2112.69Myles SchaletNJMichigan
2212.81Jacob HansenTXRice
2313.04Andy ZhouCAHarvard
2412.94Dennis WangMDYale
2513.3Dan StefanFLVanderbilt
2612.96Jordan BenjaminNYDayton
2712.44Mark Epshteyn-LosevFL
2813.32Anudeep KodaliNCNorth Carolina
2912.94Robert SebyAZSanta Clara
3012.74Asher HirschOHIllinois
3113.57Kyle MautnerCTPenn
3212.7James WassermanNYPrinceton
3313Reese StalderCATCU
3413.51Martin JoyceILOhio State
3512.9Blaine BoydenNCNorth Carolina
3612.81Henry GordonTXTexas A&M
3712.87Max CressyCAUCLA
3812.61Christian HaushammerFLLouisville
3912.8Eddie GrabillILDartmouth
4012.64Ryan ShenCACal Berkeley
4112.72Jimmy BendeckFL
4213.01Andrew GuCASanta Clara
4312.57Daniel GealerCAUCLA
4412.61Hunter TubertWVOhio State
4512.68Spencer RicheyTNAlabama
4612.32Rafael LenhardCACal Poly
4712.47Grey HamiltonNCOle Miss
4812.79Nicholas BorchenkoCALMU
4912.3Afonso SalgadoFL
5012.87Oliver SecNYUC Santa Barbara
5112.51Timothy WangMIColumbia
5212.77Joshua SheehyTXAbilene Christian
5312.51Aron PierceTX
5412.82Joshua OrtlipCACal Poly
5512.76Maverick LinNJCornell
5612.29Zachary LiebPAPenn State
5712.75Alex RossILVanderbilt
5812.91Toby BoyerMNNebraska
5912.71Connor GarnettWASanta Clara
6012.32Daniel RaylINNotre Dame
6112.76Gabe TishmanNYMichigan
6212.77Lubomir CubaNYMichigan
6312.47John KarlawishNCPenn
6412.51Chad KissellPAValparaiso
6512.15Sean KoCA
6612.65Grayson BroadusTXNotre Dame
6712.17Jonathan DeautriellFLNorth Florida
6813Brandon LancasterKYLouisville
6912.78Benjamin LiebPAPenn State
7013.33Tyler SchickNJTulane
7112.42William ShislerFLMichigan State
7212.55Trevor FosheyFLMississippi State
7312.25Jake GabayFLCornell
7412.36Charles TanTXBrown
7512.4Alexander LebedevNYNotre Dame
7612.42Michael ChenNJGeorgetown
7712.01Emanuel LlamasTXRice
7812.42Ethan Young-SmithCAOregon
7912.48David MitchellCOArmy
8012.61Matthew GalushNCPenn State
8111.85Charles PeiCAChicago
8212.76Ryan DickersonNJDuke
8312.44Ben VandixhornILNorthwestern
8412.38Michael LorenziniILNorthwestern
8512.09Kenneth BoykinOK
8612.38Cameron AndryLALSU
8712Nathan GriffinOHNotre Dame
8812.47Jack TurchettaNYColumbia
8912.35Oliver OteroFLPenn State
9011.81Tillman HaynesTXBoise State
9112.22Sreyas KolachalamCACal Poly
9211.99Colin MarkesTX
9312.65Christian GarayGA
9412.13Max LiuCAChicago
9512.21Gregory AndersonAZTCU
9612.23Ryan MarkerCASan Francisco
9712.4Jason SeidmanCTNorthwestern
9812.1Jason KrosVAVirginia Tech
9912.23Nathan BrownTXYale
10012.25Jayanth ChinthamGA
10112.44Austin HusseyKYKentucky
10212.17Michael QuangMDLouisville
10312.06Kevin LamCAWashington
10412.6Fredrick ZaretskyNJQuinnipac
10512.31Jonathan JemisonGAEmory
10611.85Joseph HaigMADartmouth
10711.91Eric WagnerNYTulane
10811.66Felipe Osses-KonigNYElon
10911.76Charlie AdamsMNYale
11012.61Arash HafeziCA
11111.91Jesse LevitinNYAmherst
11211John GoodwinKSTexas
11311.63Deepak IndrakantiOHWilliams
11412.03Alex CauneacMD
11511.82Konrad KozlowskiCA
11610.99Roberto BusatoFL
11711.55Artur JakubowskiTXBryant
11811.45Ninan KumarFLArmy
11912.7Razvan GrigorescuFL
12011.19Cole LawsonTXAbilene Christian
12111.79Brian TsaoMDLouisville
12212.21Riley ScottCAUC Santa Barbara
12311.7Kamran KhanTXSanta Clara
12412.16Daniel BelsitoNCPresbyterian
12511.97Raul DeLaTorreCA
12611.91Spencer LangCOButler
12711.77Bryant BornNYLehigh
12811.45Gianni ManciniTXTCU
12912.03Lorenzo RollhauserTNDayton
13012.09Samuel GiammalvaTX
13111.55Tony LetoILIowa
13211.31Joseph GrayTX
13312.24Jonathan HeidenbergFL
13411.75Nicholas WernerINXavier
13511.7Ethan NittoloNYBuffalo
13612.47Morgan StoneGASanta Clara
13711.72Andrew SinaiPADrexel
13811.77Daniel LevineILCarnegie-Mellon
13911.75Radhakrishna VishnubhotlaINWash U – St. Louis
14011.59Drew (Andrew) AkinsGADuquesne
14111.51Michael PetersMOHarvard
14211.42Brice PolenderILRichmond
14311.88Julian GordyCACMS
14411.19Alan SweetFLWisconsin
14512.05Adam RudowskiTN
14611.58Kyle BarrSCWofford
14711.57Andre JohnsonFLGeorgia Southern
14811.85Christopher AuteriNYLehigh
14911.86Zachary BessetteFLAmherst
15011.46Tadhg CollinsTXAir Force
15111.86Humberto LopezCA
15211.88Jonathan LiCAChicago
15312.02Emilio MorenoCAGonzaga
15411.46Aiku ShintaniCACal Poly
15511.51Michael PluttFLBryant
15611.42Eshan DaveTXJohns Hopkins
15711.58Kawika LamHITexas A&M
15811.49Sebastian LangdonTXAbilene Christian
15911.74Marcus SmithNYHofstra
16011.76William ShartonMAGeorgetown
16111.22Jacob TullisUTBYU
16211.79Yangeng JiangNJBowdoin
16311.52Micah KlousiaMONebraska
16411.31Jerod MahCASan Francisco
16511.91Gunther MattaCACal Berkeley
16611.16Mason DragosOHButler
16712.21Taylor DuffyFL
16811.78Neel BedekarCA
16911.14Ivan RakicMIMichigan State
17011.72Marshall SullivanTNTennessee
17111.35Justin HallFL
17210.9Edward AyersTX
17311George CooperCALehigh
17411.33Scott PluttFLBryant
17511.57Michael OgdenNC
17611.07Kyle McCannCAUC Riverside
17711.01Clayton AlenikNV
17811.51Vincent AnzaloneOHToledo
17911.57Eddie GutierrezCALiberty
18011.59Vayum AroraCACarnegie-Mellon
18111.07Carlos MorenoFLMarist
18211.59Kevin WanVA
18311.6Felix HollawayTXSt. Mary’s (TX)
18411.59Jack La PlanteCAPacific
18511.33Adrien BouchetVAEmory
18611.16Josiah CollinsGA
18711.4James SpauldingILEmory
18811.52Patrick WyethMA
18910.99Conor O’MearaTX
19011.23Colin HarveyIL
19111.23Isaac PerezTXAir Force
19211.35Sam BrazilNCCharlotte
19311.93Vince TabotaboCA
19410.51Rajul ChikkalingaiahOR
19510.99William SzokolILChicago
19611.26Christopher AndersLA
19711.88Sayer PaigeCTBoston College
19811.08John MilsteadTXOklahoma
19911.43Matthew BrumbaughOH
20011.72Alexander PoynterTX
Class of 2015 Boys Ordered by UTR
UTRTRN RankingNameStateCollege
114.562Tommy PaulNJ
214.271Reilly OpelkaFL
314.194Alex RybakovFL
413.953Alfredo PerezFLFlorida
513.6612Victor PhamCAColumbia
613.6413Liam CaruanaTXTexas
713.5731Kyle MautnerCTPenn
813.565Walker DuncanGAGeorgia
913.5134Martin JoyceILOhio State
1013.498Michael GenenderCAStanford
1113.4218Eric RutledgeTXWake Forest
1213.416Kalman BoydCAUSC
1313.4110Vincent LinILDuke
1413.3817Cameron KlingerCAVanderbilt
1513.377Sameer KumarINStanford
1613.3370Tyler SchickNJTulane
1713.3228Anudeep KodaliNCNorth Carolina
1813.325Dan StefanFLVanderbilt
1913.2915Catalin MateasMADuke
2013.0711Emil ReinbergGAGeorgia
2113.0423Andy ZhouCAHarvard
2213.0142Andrew GuCASanta Clara
231333Reese StalderCATCU
241368Brandon LancasterKYLouisville
2512.9626Jordan BenjaminNYDayton
2612.9419Kyle SeeligPAOhio State
2712.9424Dennis WangMDYale
2812.9429Robert SebyAZSanta Clara
2912.9216Adrian ChamdaniCADuke
3012.9158Toby BoyerMNNebraska
3112.935Blaine BoydenNCNorth Carolina
3212.8914Yancy DennisMDSouth Carolina
3312.8737Max CressyCAUCLA
3412.8750Oliver SecNYUC Santa Barbara
3512.849McClain KesslerGAFlorida
3612.8254Joshua OrtlipCACal Poly
3712.8122Jacob HansenTXRice
3812.8136Henry GordonTXTexas A&M
3912.839Eddie GrabillILDartmouth
4012.7948Nicholas BorchenkoCALMU
4112.7869Benjamin LiebPAPenn State
4212.7752Joshua SheehyTXAbilene Christian
4312.7762Lubomir CubaNYMichigan
4412.7655Maverick LinNJCornell
4512.7661Gabe TishmanNYMichigan
4612.7682Ryan DickersonNJDuke
4712.7557Alex RossILVanderbilt
4812.7430Asher HirschOHIllinois
4912.7241Jimmy BendeckFL
5012.7159Connor GarnettWASanta Clara
5112.732James WassermanNYPrinceton
5212.7119Razvan GrigorescuFL
5312.6921Myles SchaletNJMichigan
5412.6845Spencer RicheyTNAlabama
5512.6566Grayson BroadusTXNotre Dame
5612.6593Christian GarayGA
5712.6440Ryan ShenCACal Berkeley
5812.6138Christian HaushammerFLLouisville
5912.6144Hunter TubertWVOhio State
6012.6180Matthew GalushNCPenn State
6112.61110Arash HafeziCA
6212.6104Fredrick ZaretskyNJQuinnipac
6312.5743Daniel GealerCAUCLA
6412.5572Trevor FosheyFLMississippi State
6512.5151Timothy WangMIColumbia
6612.5153Aron PierceTX
6712.5164Chad KissellPAValparaiso
6812.4879David MitchellCOArmy
6912.4747Grey HamiltonNCOle Miss
7012.4763John KarlawishNCPenn
7112.4788Jack TurchettaNYColumbia
7212.47136Morgan StoneGASanta Clara
7312.4620Ezequiel CerriniFL
7412.4427Mark Epshteyn-LosevFL
7512.4483Ben VandixhornILNorthwestern
7612.44101Austin HusseyKYKentucky
7712.4271William ShislerFLMichigan State
7812.4276Michael ChenNJGeorgetown
7912.4278Ethan Young-SmithCAOregon
8012.475Alexander LebedevNYNotre Dame
8112.497Jason SeidmanCTNorthwestern
8212.3884Michael LorenziniILNorthwestern
8312.3886Cameron AndryLALSU
8412.3674Charles TanTXBrown
8512.3589Oliver OteroFLPenn State
8612.3246Rafael LenhardCACal Poly
8712.3260Daniel RaylINNotre Dame
8812.31105Jonathan JemisonGAEmory
8912.349Afonso SalgadoFL
9012.2956Zachary LiebPAPenn State
9112.2573Jake GabayFLCornell
9212.25100Jayanth ChinthamGA
9312.24133Jonathan HeidenbergFL
9412.2396Ryan MarkerCASan Francisco
9512.2399Nathan BrownTXYale
9612.2291Sreyas KolachalamCACal Poly
9712.2195Gregory AndersonAZTCU
9812.21122Riley ScottCAUC Santa Barbara
9912.21167Taylor DuffyFL
10012.1767Jonathan DeautriellFLNorth Florida
10112.17102Michael QuangMDLouisville
10212.16124Daniel BelsitoNCPresbyterian
10312.1565Sean KoCA
10412.1394Max LiuCAChicago
10512.198Jason KrosVAVirginia Tech
10612.0985Kenneth BoykinOK
10712.09130Samuel GiammalvaTX
10812.06103Kevin LamCAWashington
10912.05145Adam RudowskiTN
11012.03114Alex CauneacMD
11112.03129Lorenzo RollhauserTNDayton
11212.02153Emilio MorenoCAGonzaga
11312.0177Emanuel LlamasTXRice
1141287Nathan GriffinOHNotre Dame
11511.9992Colin MarkesTX
11611.97125Raul DeLaTorreCA
11711.93193Vince TabotaboCA
11811.91107Eric WagnerNYTulane
11911.91111Jesse LevitinNYAmherst
12011.91126Spencer LangCOButler
12111.91165Gunther MattaCACal Berkeley
12211.88143Julian GordyCACMS
12311.88152Jonathan LiCAChicago
12411.88197Sayer PaigeCTBoston College
12511.86149Zachary BessetteFLAmherst
12611.86151Humberto LopezCA
12711.8581Charles PeiCAChicago
12811.85106Joseph HaigMADartmouth
12911.85148Christopher AuteriNYLehigh
13011.82115Konrad KozlowskiCA
13111.8190Tillman HaynesTXBoise State
13211.79121Brian TsaoMDLouisville
13311.79162Yangeng JiangNJBowdoin
13411.78168Neel BedekarCA
13511.77127Bryant BornNYLehigh
13611.77138Daniel LevineILCarnegie-Mellon
13711.76109Charlie AdamsMNYale
13811.76160William ShartonMAGeorgetown
13911.75134Nicholas WernerINXavier
14011.75139Radhakrishna VishnubhotlaINWash U – St. Louis
14111.74159Marcus SmithNYHofstra
14211.72137Andrew SinaiPADrexel
14311.72170Marshall SullivanTNTennessee
14411.72200Alexander PoynterTX
14511.7123Kamran KhanTXSanta Clara
14611.7135Ethan NittoloNYBuffalo
14711.66108Felipe Osses-KonigNYElon
14811.63113Deepak IndrakantiOHWilliams
14911.6183Felix HollawayTXSt. Mary’s (TX)
15011.59140Drew (Andrew) AkinsGADuquesne
15111.59180Vayum AroraCACarnegie-Mellon
15211.59182Kevin WanVA
15311.59184Jack La PlanteCAPacific
15411.58146Kyle BarrSCWofford
15511.58157Kawika LamHITexas A&M
15611.57147Andre JohnsonFLGeorgia Southern
15711.57175Michael OgdenNC
15811.57179Eddie GutierrezCALiberty
15911.55117Artur JakubowskiTXBryant
16011.55131Tony LetoILIowa
16111.52163Micah KlousiaMONebraska
16211.52188Patrick WyethMA
16311.51141Michael PetersMOHarvard
16411.51155Michael PluttFLBryant
16511.51178Vincent AnzaloneOHToledo
16611.49158Sebastian LangdonTXAbilene Christian
16711.46150Tadhg CollinsTXAir Force
16811.46154Aiku ShintaniCACal Poly
16911.45118Ninan KumarFLArmy
17011.45128Gianni ManciniTXTCU
17111.43199Matthew BrumbaughOH
17211.42142Brice PolenderILRichmond
17311.42156Eshan DaveTXJohns Hopkins
17411.4187James SpauldingILEmory
17511.35171Justin HallFL
17611.35192Sam BrazilNCCharlotte
17711.33174Scott PluttFLBryant
17811.33185Adrien BouchetVAEmory
17911.31132Joseph GrayTX
18011.31164Jerod MahCASan Francisco
18111.26196Christopher AndersLA
18211.23190Colin HarveyIL
18311.23191Isaac PerezTXAir Force
18411.22161Jacob TullisUTBYU
18511.19120Cole LawsonTXAbilene Christian
18611.19144Alan SweetFLWisconsin
18711.16166Mason DragosOHButler
18811.16186Josiah CollinsGA
18911.14169Ivan RakicMIMichigan State
19011.08198John MilsteadTXOklahoma
19111.07176Kyle McCannCAUC Riverside
19211.07181Carlos MorenoFLMarist
19311.01177Clayton AlenikNV
19411112John GoodwinKSTexas
19511173George CooperCALehigh
19610.99116Roberto BusatoFL
19710.99189Conor O’MearaTX
19810.99195William SzokolILChicago
19910.9172Edward AyersTX
20010.51194Rajul ChikkalingaiahOR

USTA & ITF Rankings on TennisRecruiting.net

You may have noticed the recent addition of both USTA and ITF rankings on your child’s TennisRecruiting.net (TRN) profile. I asked TRN’s Dallas Oliver why they decided to add this information, especially given all the confusion over USTA rankings and point tables in 2014. Here is his response:

“Don’t read anything into the timing. Coaches (and others) have asked for us to show USTA and ITF rankings on our profile pages for years. We think this will be good for Tennis Recruiting. Since it is easy to find players on our site, we thought our site would be more valuable as a jumping-off place for people to find all information about a player – not just Tennis Recruiting information. We hope to add Universal Tennis to the list at some point in the near future as well. Hopefully, people will use Tennis Recruiting as their starting point for all junior tennis information – the more information, the better.”

It is now more important than ever for your child to check his/her TRN profile on a regular basis to be sure the information is up to date. College coaches are using TRN as a first-stop, so you want to be sure your child is putting his/her best face forward!

 

 

It’s That Time Again

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I just received notice from TennisRecruitingNetwork that its 2014 Winter Star Rating Period will begin the week of January 6 and run through the week of February 24. That means that your child’s rating for the next 6 months will be based on his/her results over this 8-week period.

For a refresher on how TennisRecruiting calculates rankings and star ratings, I’ve copy-and-pasted my previous piece from June 2012 below. Please read and share with your child and his/her coach. Good luck to all our junior players!

By now, most of my readers are probably very familiar with the TennisRecruiting.net website.  Well, I recently discovered that the creators of the site, Julie and Doug Wrege, live about a mile and half from my house (!), so I figured I would pick their brains a bit about how the site came into existence as well as the way parents and players should be using the information available on the site to their best advantage.

The first thing to note is that Julie and Doug are not now, nor have they ever been, Tennis Parents; that is to say, none of their children played tournament tennis.  However, Julie is a very accomplished player and college coach in her own right – she started the very successful women’s tennis program at Georgia Tech – and Doug is an internet technology guru – he wrote the very first tennis-related software, Tournament Management System, in the 1980s and was the first to put tournament draws on the Web.  As a result of Julie’s extensive college coaching experience, she knew what the coaches needed to see in terms of player records and rankings, and she wanted to create something better for them to use.  In 2004, with Doug’s help, TennisRecruiting.net was born!

Now, the basics of TRN and its Star Rating System . . .

The TRN ratings, done by graduating class, go from Blue Chip (highest) to 1 star (lowest) as follows:

Blue Chip:  top 25 players in the class

5-Star:  players ranked 26-75

4-Star:  players ranked 76-200

3-Star:  players ranked 201-400

2-Star:  players ranked 401 up to a number based on a percentage of the size of that class

1-Star:  a player with any qualifying ranking

TRN looks at 6th graders through 12th graders and ranks 16,000 boys each year out of the approximately 34,000 male junior players currently playing and competing.  They rank about the same number of girls.  Therefore, even a 1-Star player is better than more than half the juniors currently playing tournaments.  Ratings are based solely upon a player’s position within his own high school graduating class year; for example, a 14-year-old high school freshman would be rated independently of a 14-year-old 8th grader even though they are both eligible to play in the 14-and-under age division.

In order to be ranked on TRN, a junior must play in a minimum of 3 TRN-eligible tournaments and win a minimum of 3 matches (2 of which must be over other eligible players). Ratings happen twice a year – at the end of February and the Tuesday after Labor Day in September. Ratings are preceded by an 8-week rating period. The player’s highest ranking during the 8-week rating period will determine that player’s Star Rating per the chart above.

All matches from TRN-eligible events in a one year window are used to compute a player’s ranking, independent of age division or class of the players. In addition, TRN looks at a player’s 8 best wins during that period, averages them, then uses that as one of several complicated (understatement of the year!) mathematical components to determine the final ranking. Ratings, age, and graduation year of a player’s opponents are not used in the calculation. Previous rankings are not used to determine current rankings – TRN starts from scratch for each week’s ranking. It is important to note that wins never hurt a player’s ranking and losses never help it.  Also, “retirement” of a match counts as a loss but a “walkover” does not.

Matches are weighed according to when they were played.  A win today counts more than a win against the same opponent six months ago.  This is one way that TRN makes it very difficult to “play” their rating system or “buy” rankings.  For your player to improve his ranking on TRN, he should be sure to enter tournaments where he can win some matches but NOT where he is, by far, the best player in the draw.  As Doug says, “Winning makes you feel good.  Losing makes you learn something.”  Because of the extensive analysis that goes into the TRN rankings, college coaches consider them to be a better predictor of player quality and who’s going to beat whom in head-to-head competition.

How should players and parents use TRN?  During the Middle School years, TRN is just another tool at players’ fingertips to track their progress and that of their peers.  Parents should check their child’s profile using the Free Account option and make sure all the information is correct – if it’s not, then you can either make the corrections yourself or contact TRN if you have any questions or problems.  There are also some very useful articles on the TRN site written by experts in the junior tennis world – take advantage of this free tool to educate yourself and your child during these important developmental years.

Once a player enters High School, you might want to consider buying a TRN Recruiting Advantage membership so you can see which college coaches are looking at your child’s Player Profile.  The membership also allows you to upload gallery photos, videos, and article references mentioning your child.  It is well worth the $49.95 annual fee!  But, here’s a great tip from Doug:  if you have multiple tennis players in your family or are on a limited budget, pay only for a membership for your oldest child then use that account to do everything on the website for all of your children except see the coach visits and upload the photos, videos, and articles.  Once the oldest graduates high school, cancel the account and get one for the next child.  Another great tip from Doug is that you can buy a monthly membership (which renews automatically), load all the information you want during that first month, then cancel the account.  The information will stay on your child’s profile, but you will no longer be paying the monthly membership fee.  To cancel the account, simply click on the Member Services link at the top of the page then un-check the “Auto Renew” option.  Voila!

Given that Doug is giving away these money-saving tips, let me share how TennisRecruiting.net generates its revenue.  Initially, TRN’s biggest source of income came from players signing up for an enriched profile with the Recruiting Advantage membership.  On top of that, the college coaches pay TRN to have access to the player information.  Very recently, however, TRN started selling advertising on its website, which has now become its largest source of revenue.  If you’re a user of TRN, please consider using the advertiser links on the site in order to help TRN continue to offer its free services!

I want to emphasize that TRN is about much more than player rankings.  Doug and Julie are working tirelessly in the junior tennis community to ensure that more kids have the opportunity for cross-sectional play and that they have the opportunity to play college tennis if that’s their goal.  With the recent changes in the USTA National Tournament Schedule and smaller draw sizes, the Wreges have their work cut out for them.  They are currently working with tournament directors around the US to encourage more open events, even if it won’t impact the player’s USTA ranking, by designating tournaments as “Historically Strong” so that the players have an opportunity to improve their TRN ranking and become a TRN “National Player” (one who has won a match in a USTA National Level 1-3 event or other event that counts toward a USTA national ranking).  The upcoming Georgia State Junior Open will be the first of these tournaments – information on that tourney is online here.

This is a lot of information to digest – I know! – but please do yourself and your child a favor and do some poking around on the TRN site.  Familiarize yourself with their ratings and rankings.  Read the articles, especially the Q&As with the different college coaches if that’s your child’s goal.  Make sure your child’s information and player record are correct.  If your child is in high school, upgrade to the paid membership, at least for a period of time.  It will be time and money well-spent.

My Son Said the “F” Word

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Tennis is a game. Games are supposed to be fun. Ergo, tennis is supposed to be fun. However, as many of us Tennis Parents know, junior tournaments by their very nature can suck the fun right out of things. So, imagine my surprise and delight when my son said the “F” word in relation to a junior tennis event this past week!

We left very cold and very windy weather in Atlanta Thursday afternoon to travel to Naples, Florida for the ITA Coaches Convention Junior Showcase, a one-day event being held at the Naples Waldorf-Astoria for high school players to strut their stuff in front of a wide variety of college coaches. The event was co-sponsored by USTA’s Collegiate Tennis department which offered a one-hour parent information session on the college recruiting process. For those juniors who play mostly within their own section and don’t get a chance to play in front of coaches from other parts of the country (like my son), this was a fantastic opportunity!

We arrived in Florida around 5pm on Thursday, drove from the Ft. Meyers airport with the sunroof and windows open in our rented Chevy Impala, and arrived at the hotel about 45 minutes later. My son changed into his tennis gear, and we headed over to Pelican Bay Community Park for him to get in a hit with one of the local boys who would also be at the next day’s Showcase (a huge thank-you to coach Chuck Breger for setting it up). IMG_1917The boys played while I sat nearby and watched. Even though the kids were working hard, they seemed to be having a great time knocking the ball around and getting to know each other a bit during their water breaks.

The next morning, we walked over to the Waldorf courts for check-in. FYI, the cost to participate in the Showcase was $20, quite a bargain. My son didn’t know anyone there other than Alan (the boy he hit with the night before), but he walked out to the practice courts and found some guys to warm up with while I headed back to the lobby for a meeting. After about an hour, he texted me letting me know he was all set and would meet me back in the lobby to pick up some water and Powerade before the matches started.

My meeting happened to be with another Naples-area coach named Brett Hobden – we were discussing Brett’s coaching philosophy and his ideas for developing players. Once my son came in, Brett gave him some excellent advice. Brett told my son that the college coaches wouldn’t be concerned with wins and losses in this event; in fact, if they were watching a match, they probably wouldn’t even look at the score. The coaches would be looking for attitude, for technique, and for fight. They wanted to see players with a love for the game who could be coached and who wouldn’t be high-maintenance, behavior-wise. He advised my son to “play big,” to go for his shots even if he missed them, to brush off errors and move onto the next point with determination and positive focus. My son shook Brett’s hand, thanked him for the advice, and we walked back out to the courts.

After a brief players meeting, the 32 participating boys walked across the parking lot to “their side” of the facility to get their court assignments. At check-in, the kids had been asked to create a cardboard sign with their last name and the color of their clothing which they would attach to the fence during their matches so the coaches could identify them.IMG_1921 Each player would play 3 matches against 3 different opponents – the matches themselves consisted of one set to 6 with a tiebreaker played at 5-all. They would have 30-45 minutes between matches to rest and refuel with all matches expected to finish by 4pm (plenty of time for us to get back to the Ft. Myers airport for our 6:30 flight!).

I can’t speak to what went on on the girls’ side, but the boys’ matches all seemed to go off without a hitch. There were no loud “C’mons” or thrown racquets or arguments. The feeling I had as an observer was that these kids were all there to help each other shine in front of the coaches. I only saw a couple of questioned calls, but even those were resolved without any yelling or accusations. It was as if all the players took an unspoken oath at the beginning of the day to be on their best behavior.

Throughout the day, my son kept checking in with the boys he had met to see how their matches were going. I kept my distance, giving my son the space he needed in this new environment. I wandered around the courts, talking to other parents and to some of the college coaches, learning as much as I could about the various schools represented there. For the most part, the parents stayed calm and quiet. Again, a nice change from the typical junior tournament atmosphere.

After he came off the court from his final match, and after a 45-minute impromptu Life Lessons session with former NCAA champion Peter Rennert in the parking lot, I asked my son what he thought about the Showcase. He replied, “Mom, this was really great! Thank you for bringing me. It was fun!”

Fun? FUN? I hadn’t heard him use that word in relation to his tennis in a very long time. I asked him what – specifically – was fun about it. Was it the format? Was it getting to play in the warm weather in the middle of December? Was it simply coming to a new place?

He answered that it was nice not having to think about how many ranking points he would get for a win or who his next opponent would be or being out of the tournament early due to a loss. He liked playing all new guys. He liked that the tournament was over for everyone at the same time. He liked the experience of playing in front of college coaches and seeing them watch him in action. He liked the supportive atmosphere, the feeling that they were all in this together.

If your child is in high school and playing college tennis is a goal, please consider taking him or her to a future Showcase event. You can get dates and other information from the USTA’s College Tennis page and on TennisRecruiting.net. There are several private companies that host college showcases as well, such as Donovan Tennis Strategies and Ed Krass College Tennis Academy. And, Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes is another a great resource for getting exposure to a variety of college coaches.

My son and I both came away from this experience feeling good, feeling excited, feeling hopeful. On the flight home, my son thanked me several more times for taking him down to Naples. He spent much of the flight talking tennis with me, discussing his thoughts on college and how he could get himself where he wants to be. He asked me tennis-related questions and was genuinely interested in my answers. Please understand this is NOT how we typically spend the ride home from a tournament!

That day, I saw a new maturity in my son, both on the tennis court and off. He was composed yet energized, outgoing and polite, inquisitive and receptive. I know he didn’t just wake up that morning a changed young man, that this maturity was a result of all the work he has put in over his 17 years on this planet, but it all seemed to come together on Friday the 13th. And in big part because of the “F” word.

Summer 2013 Version: The Ins & Outs of TennisRecruiting.Net

Below is a re-print of my June 13, 2012, article on TennisRecruiting.net.  Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Top Prospect ratings – sometimes known as “The Stars”. The next update to the Top Prospects comes in September 2013.  This week, TRN announced a change to their ratings process – starting with this rating period, ratings will be based on a player’s second-highest rankings during the eight-week period from July 23 through September 11.  Why is TRN making this change?  According to their most recent newsletter, it is so they can avoid errors due to mis-reported scores or results.  Be sure to take a look at TRN’s new National Showcase Series of tournaments – these events may not count toward a player’s USTA ranking but will count toward his/her TRN ranking and rating.

By now, most of my readers are probably very familiar with the TennisRecruiting.net website.  Well, I recently discovered that the creators of the site, Julie and Doug Wrege, live about a mile and half from my house (!), so I figured I would pick their brains a bit about how the site came into existence as well as the way parents and players should be using the information available on the site to their best advantage.

The first thing to note is that Julie and Doug are not now, nor have they ever been, Tennis Parents; that is to say, none of their children played tournament tennis.  However, Julie is a very accomplished player and college coach in her own right – she started the very successful women’s tennis program at Georgia Tech – and Doug is an internet technology guru – he wrote the very first tennis-related software, Tournament Management System, in the 1980s and was the first to put tournament draws on the Web.  As a result of Julie’s extensive college coaching experience, she knew what the coaches needed to see in terms of player records and rankings, and she wanted to create something better for them to use.  In 2004, with Doug’s help, TennisRecruiting.net was born!

Now, the basics of TRN and its Star Rating System . . .

The TRN ratings, done by graduating class, go from Blue Chip (highest) to 1 star (lowest) as follows:

Blue Chip:  top 25 players in the class

5-Star:  players ranked 26-75

4-Star:  players ranked 76-200

3-Star:  players ranked 201-400

2-Star:  players ranked 401 up to a number based on a percentage of the size of that class

1-Star:  a player with any qualifying ranking

TRN looks at 6th graders through 12th graders and ranks 16,000 boys each year out of the approximately 34,000 male junior players currently playing and competing.  They rank about the same number of girls.  Therefore, even a 1-Star player is better than more than half the juniors currently playing tournaments.  Ratings are based solely upon a player’s position within his own high school graduating class year; for example, a 14-year-old high school freshman would be rated independently of a 14-year-old 8th grader even though they are both eligible to play in the 14-and-under age division.

In order to be ranked on TRN, a junior must play in a minimum of 3 TRN-eligible tournaments and win a minimum of 3 matches (2 of which must be over other eligible players). Ratings happen twice a year – at the end of February and the Tuesday after Labor Day in September. Ratings are preceded by an 8-week rating period. The player’s highest ranking during the 8-week rating period will determine that player’s Star Rating per the chart above*.

All matches from TRN-eligible events in a one year window are used to compute a player’s ranking, independent of age division or class of the players. In addition, TRN looks at a player’s 8 best wins during that period, averages them, then uses that as one of several complicated (understatement of the year!) mathematical components to determine the final ranking. Ratings, age, and graduation year of a player’s opponents are not used in the calculation. Previous rankings are not used to determine current rankings – TRN starts from scratch for each week’s ranking. It is important to note that wins never hurt a player’s ranking and losses never help it.  Also, “retirement” of a match counts as a loss but a “walkover” does not.

Matches are weighed according to when they were played.  A win today counts more than a win against the same opponent six months ago.  This is one way that TRN makes it very difficult to “play” their rating system or “buy” rankings.  For your player to improve his ranking on TRN, he should be sure to enter tournaments where he can win some matches but NOT where he is, by far, the best player in the draw.  As Doug says, “Winning makes you feel good.  Losing makes you learn something.”  Because of the extensive analysis that goes into the TRN rankings, college coaches consider them to be a better predictor of player quality and who’s going to beat whom in head-to-head competition.

How should players and parents use TRN?  During the Middle School years, TRN is just another tool at players’ fingertips to track their progress and that of their peers.  Parents should check their child’s profile using the Free Account option and make sure all the information is correct – if it’s not, then you can either make the corrections yourself or contact TRN if you have any questions or problems.  There are also some very useful articles on the TRN site written by experts in the junior tennis world – take advantage of this free tool to educate yourself and your child during these important developmental years.

Once a player enters High School, you might want to consider buying a TRN Recruiting Advantage membership so you can see which college coaches are looking at your child’s Player Profile.  The membership also allows you to upload gallery photos, videos, and article references mentioning your child.  It is well worth the $49.95 annual fee!  But, here’s a great tip from Doug:  if you have multiple tennis players in your family or are on a limited budget, pay only for a membership for your oldest child then use that account to do everything on the website for all of your children except see the coach visits and upload the photos, videos, and articles.  Once the oldest graduates high school, cancel the account and get one for the next child.  Another great tip from Doug is that you can buy a monthly membership (which renews automatically), load all the information you want during that first month, then cancel the account.  The information will stay on your child’s profile, but you will no longer be paying the monthly membership fee.  To cancel the account, simply click on the Member Services link at the top of the page then un-check the “Auto Renew” option.  Voila!

Given that Doug is giving away these money-saving tips, let me share how TennisRecruiting.net generates its revenue.  Initially, TRN’s biggest source of income came from players signing up for an enriched profile with the Recruiting Advantage membership.  On top of that, the college coaches pay TRN to have access to the player information.  Very recently, however, TRN started selling advertising on its website, which has now become its largest source of revenue.  If you’re a user of TRN, please consider using the advertiser links on the site in order to help TRN continue to offer its free services!

I want to emphasize that TRN is about much more than player rankings.  Doug and Julie are working tirelessly in the junior tennis community to ensure that more kids have the opportunity for cross-sectional play and that they have the opportunity to play college tennis if that’s their goal.  With the recent changes in the USTA National Tournament Schedule and smaller draw sizes, the Wreges have their work cut out for them.  They are currently working with tournament directors around the US to encourage more open events, even if it won’t impact the player’s USTA ranking, by designating tournaments as “Historically Strong” so that the players have an opportunity to improve their TRN ranking and become a TRN “National Player” (one who has won a match in a USTA National Level 1-3 event or other event that counts toward a USTA national ranking).  The upcoming Georgia State Junior Open will be the first of these tournaments – information on that tourney is online here.

This is a lot of information to digest – I know! – but please do yourself and your child a favor and do some poking around on the TRN site.  Familiarize yourself with their ratings and rankings.  Read the articles, especially the Q&As with the different college coaches if that’s your child’s goal.  Make sure your child’s information and player record are correct.  If your child is in high school, upgrade to the paid membership, at least for a period of time.  It will be time and money well-spent.

*UPDATE September 2014: TRN now takes a player’s top two weekly rankings during the bi-annual rating periods in order to determine Star Rating.

TRN’s National Showcase Series

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As I’ve been posting on Facebook and Tweeting this week, TennisRecruiting.net recently announced its National Showcase Series for 2013.

Per the email I received yesterday from TRN, the National Showcase Tournaments are designed to give players a chance to compete outside of their districts and sections.  They are seeking to fill the gap left by USTA’s 2013 and 2014 junior competition calendar changes, some of which limit players to competing within their own section or region.  While the TRN events will NOT count toward USTA national rankings, they WILL count toward USTA sectional or district ranking (if the player is competing in one of these events held in his/her own section or district of residence) as well as a player’s ranking and star rating on TennisRecruiting.net.  It’s important to note that players who choose to compete in National Showcase events held OUTSIDE their section or district of residence will not receive USTA ranking points but will still get credit toward their TRN ranking and star rating.

TRN’s Dallas Oliver says, “The idea of these National Showcase tournaments is to provide meaningful cross-play between different areas that will provide more data for meaningful national rankings. We have gotten a lot of positive feedback so far – players and parents appreciate having more choices. And the tournament directors we have on board so far have great reputations for running quality tournaments.  We think that this tournament series has a lot of positive qualities. These are USTA-sanctioned events, so players and their families will get a familiar experience. But the tournaments will not be on the USTA national schedule, which obviates the concerns many had about ‘point-chasing’. At the same time, these tournaments will count for Tennis Recruiting rankings, and so there are rewards for players to compete in them.”

Tournaments in the National Showcase are “open” tournaments. Entries for these tournaments will be open to all USTA players, regardless of residence. The bulk of these tournaments are scheduled during the summer or on long holiday weekends to accommodate travel and reduce missed school days.  Players and parents need to look at their section’s 2013 tournament schedule to find out the level of those Showcase events held within their section. In the Southern section, for example, some of the Showcases are Southern Level 3s and some are Southern Level 4s, and USTA ranking points will be awarded accordingly.

I asked TRN’s founder, Julie Wrege, why they decided to get USTA sanctioning for the Showcases.  She told me that a USTA sanction insures that the rules of tennis will be followed, certified officials will be used at the tournament, scheduling will be done according to the rules, and results will be published on TennisLink.  I expressed my concern that USTA would see the Showcases as filling in the gap left by the elimination of several national events and use them to justify the 2013 and 2014 changes.  Julie feels that the Showcases will not take the place of anything that is proposed or is going on now.  These tournaments carry no USTA points at the national level – and only at the section level if sanctioned by a section – and only at a district level if sanctioned by a district.  She went on to say that the sections need to have a lot more sectional play – and these few events scattered across the country will not fill that gap.

It is important to note:

  • All events in a National Showcase tournaments will count for Tennis Recruiting national rankings.
  • A player who competes in one of these events and has a win – in the main draw or a consolation event – will become a Tennis Recruiting National Player.
  • Entry into these events is open to all USTA players, regardless of residence.
  • Acceptance will start with the USTA National Rankings – followed by the USTA sectional and district rankings.

Here is the current schedule of National Showcase tournaments. Several more tournaments will be added to this 2013 schedule as their USTA sanctions are finalized:

StartsTournamentEventsContact
12/26COSTA MESA OPEN CLASSIC
Costa Mesa, CA
BG18H. Lloyd
3/30GEORGIA/ALABAMA OPEN
Dothan, AL
BG18-16D. Bryan
3/30GEORGIA/ALABAMA OPEN
Bainbridge, GA
BG14-12T. Thompson
4/06BLUEGRASS SPRING JR. OPEN
Louisville, KY
BG18-12C. Mather
4/26OJAI JR. TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Ojai, CA
G18, BG16-14C. Fugle
5/25NORTH GEORGIA OPEN
Rome, GA
BG18-12R. Sasseville
6/25NEWPORT NEWS OPEN
Newport News, VA
BG18-12S. Dearth
6/24LA JOLLA JR. CHAMPIONSHIPS
La Jolla, CA
BG18-12B. Davis
6/29JACKSONVILLE OPEN
Jacksonville, FL
BG18-12R. Jenks
7/01WILBUR FOLSON MEMORIAL OPEN
San Diego, CA
BG18-12A. Podney
7/13GEORGIA JUNIOR OPEN
Rome, GA
BG18-12R. Sasseville
7/15COSTA MESA SUMMER CLASSIC
Costa Mesa, CA
BG18-12H. Lloyd
8/03HUDLOW JR. OPEN
Norcross, GA
BG18-14C. Chapin
8/04SANTA CLARA BRONCO OPEN
Santa Clara, CA
BG18-16J. Scalese
8/11SANTA CLARA BRONCO OPEN
Santa Clara, CA
BG14-12J. Scalese
8/16ST. LOUIS JR. SUMMER OPEN
St. Louis, MO
BG18-12J. Dippold
9/21BLUEGRASS FALL JR. OPEN
Louisville, KY
BG18-12C. Mather
9/28ST. LOUIS JR. FALL OPEN
St. Louis, MO
B18-12J. Dippold
11/22ATLANTA THANKSGIVING OPEN
Norcross, GA
BG18-16C. Chapin
11/22ATLANTA THANKSGIVING OPEN
Norcross, GA
BG14-12T. Berne
11/29WESTERN STATES JR. OPEN
Tucson, AZ
BG18-12M. Houk

Again, according to Dallas Oliver, “We are excited to have 20 tournaments on the schedule so far, and we are reasonably pleased with how they are spread around the country. There are clearly some areas – like New England and the mid-Atlantic region – where we need to do better. Hopefully players and parents can talk to their favorite tournament directors about running a National Showcase tournament – we would love to hear from them!”

As you can see above, the first Showcase Tournament is the Costa Mesa Open – an 18s event that takes place the week before New Year’s in Costa Mesa, Calif. If you are interested in that one, register now at their tournament page on TennisLink or contact Hank Lloyd at hltcm@sbcglobal.net. But hurry – entries close next Thursday, December 20!  For TRN’s FAQ on the National Showcase Series, click here.

One last note from the folks at TRN: “At the end of the day, we feel that the more choices there are, the better. These National Showcase tournaments should provide more of these choices without interfering with the goals that the USTA has put forward for earned advancement.”