TOURNAMENTS and rankings systems (ages 10+)
Here at ITT we promote the participation in tournaments. We believe it is a key aspect in developing young tennis players.
There are basically three main ranking, rating and tournament structure in the United States.
United State Tennis Association is the United States national tournament and ranking system. Players compete in local, regional, and national events to earn ranking points.
A players ranking is primarily based on the points they have earned in their 6 best tournaments. Higher level tournaments carry more points per a round.
The USTA tournament structure currently features 7 different levels of tournaments. Players should start with level 7 events, which are introductory events. As players do better in these events they should look to play higher level events. Higher level events will have tougher competition, but offer more points per a round.
Acceptance into higher level events is often based on ranking and/or UTR. Therefore, it is important that players have strong local results in level 6 events in order to build a strong ranking, which will then enable them to compete in level 5 and 4 events.
For more information on the ranking system and tournament structure, please see the documents that are attached below.
NOTE : Higher level tournaments often require travel, sometimes more than 200 miles.
Universal Tennis Rating is a rating system that provides a single, unifying language and standard for tennis players across ages, geography, gender and economics.
This system takes all the results that a player has from any verified source and builds a tennis rating for the player using a complex algorithm based on players results. It is useful for determining what level a player is at and building events that have players of the same level.
UTR events can be useful at building a players experience and can be an excellent chance to provide players with level-play based matches.
The International Tennis Federation(ITF) host international events in countries around the world that players can compete in to achieve a world junior ranking (18 AND UNDER ONLY).
These are very high level events and are target at very serious tennis players.