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Early Start Ratings Eliminated

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The USTA National League Committee voted to eliminate all Early Start Ratings effective for the 2017 Championship season. In summary, whenever you register for a league, you will simply use your most recent Year End Rating regardless of the Championship Year. Here is the exact regulation:

2.05B(3) – Early Start League players must follow procedures set forth below when they receive a Year End Computer Rating that places them above the NTRP level at which they are competing:

2.05B(3)a – Players who are found to have valid computer ratings, after the appeal process, that place them at the clearly above level mark must immediately adjust to their new NTRP level. Prior team matches played are valid.

2.05B(3)b – Players who are found to have valid computer ratings, after the appeal process, that place them above the NTRP level at which they are competing may continue their participation at the lower NTRP level through the conclusion of any Early Start League in progress or until such other date or Championship Level as determined by the Section. They shall not be permitted to advance to any National Championship at the lower NTRP level. Prior team matches played are valid.

2.05B(3)c – Players on a 2.5 team who are found to have valid computer ratings, after the appeal process, that place them above the 2.5 NTRP level may continue their participation through all championships at the 2.5 level UNLESS their new year-end rating reached the clearly above level mark. If it did, they must immediately adjust their new NTRP level. Prior team matches played are valid.

What are Early Start Leagues? Early Start Leagues denote any league that is played or starts before the calendar year. In the Pacific Northwest Section, our Early Start Leagues are played/start during September through November. Early Start Leagues are played in nine of the 17 USTA Sections nationwide. These leagues are necessary to play prior to the calendar year in order to complete all leagues prior to National Championships that are scheduled from late September to early November.This is a scheduling challenge for the Pacific Northwest with our very late fall to late spring rains and the small number of indoor courts!

What does this mean for PNW? Early Start Ratings no longer exist. This only affects leagues played in the Fall - before 2017, hence the name Early Start League. When you register for your leagues played in the fall, you will use your current 2015 Year End Rating. That’s it! The intent of this is to be less confusing for players as you will now have just one rating throughout the calendar year.

Regulation 2.05B(3)b requires each section to choose when to effect 2016 year-end ratings for Early Start Leagues. The USTA Pacific Northwest Adult Competition Committee and Board of Directors chose to implement the 2016 year-end ratings effective after completion of all Areas' local competition including any playoff. The USTA/PNW Board of Directors has approved the following USTA PNW regulation for the 2017 Championship Year:

2.01B3(b)1 (PNW REG) – Players who are found to have valid computer ratings, after the appeal process, that place them above the NTRP level at which they are competing may continue their participation at the lower NTRP level through the conclusion of the Local League Season (this includes Local League Playoffs). Players who are found to have valid computer ratings, after the appeal process, that place them above the NTRP level at which they are competing will not be allowed to participate at the lower NTRP level for the Sectional Championships.

How does this affect your team? Your team plays through the local area league and local area playoff without a change. If your team advances to Sectionals, you might need to adjust partnerships according to 2016 year-end ratings. Examples:

1. You are on a 7.0 team. One partnership is a combination of two players rated 3.5+3.5. One or both players is moved up to 4.0 rating at the end of 2016. They may play on the 7.0 team but will need to partner with a 3.0 rated player. That 3.0 player must be rostered during the regular season and played a minimum of two matches required to advance to Sectionals to be able to partner with the newly-elevated 4.0 teammate.

2. You are on a 7.0 team. One partnership is a combination of two players rated 4.0+3.0. If the 4.0 player is moved up to 4.5 rating at the end of 2016, this player is not eligible to continue to Sectionals. (All partners must be within 1.0 rating.) If the 3.0 player is moved up to 3.5, s/he may partner with a 3.5 or 3.0 player.

3. You are on a 7.0 team. One partnership is a combination of two players rated 3.5+3.5.  If one or both players move down to a 3.0 rating at the end of 2016, they may play on the 7.0 team with the same partner, or they can now play with a 4.0 partner.

If you have any questions about this, please ask your Area League Coordinator or Adam Hutchinson at ahutchinson@pnw.usta.com.


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