In this section we try to compile a list of questions that we have received to help you better understand the rankings and other information on our website.
My team beat another team that is ahead of us in the rankings? Why are they ranked higher than we are?
Our ranking use the Top 5 Universal Tennis Ratings of the players on a team to compare teams. We chose to only use 5 players for the ranking system because of the different formats play each state plays. We do not compare head-to-head results of teams as they only provide a good comparison on a local or regional level but not on a national level where there are few common opponents. Please remember that this only compares the rankings of players and does not take into consideration their position on the team and whether or not they play singles/doubles.
What is the Universal Tennis Rating System? Why do you use the UTR for your high school tennis rankings?
The Universal Tennis Rating System provides tennis players worldwide with a common language for accurately and objectively identifying their own levels of play. It features a 16-level scale (from beginners to elite world-class professionals), precisely and reliably determines individual players’ ratings based on actual match results without regard for age, gender or where the matches are played. We use the UTR system for our rankings because it is currently the most objective method to compare players of different ages. There are many other ranking systems in tennis including the USTA rankings, Tennis Recruiting Network rankings and ITF rankings but they do not compare players among different age groups which is necessary to rank High School Tennis players.