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DIVISIONS

 The GLTA has developed divisional standards for the following purposes:

  • To assist players in deciding which division to play
  • To assist the Tournament Committees in assessing player skill levels, and to ensure that players have entered the correct divisions.                 
  • To provide an opportunity for all players to enter and compete in a division with players of asimilar skill level. 

The GLTA has adopted basic tournament divisional standards for all sanctioned tournaments as a guide for our Directors.  

However, we urge each Tournament Committee to use extreme caution when assessing the skill levels of new players to the GLTA.  

The Directors must check the ranking systems of an ITF approved organization to verify the playing history of a new player to the GLTA.   

If a new player to the GLTA has an established skill level/ranking with an ITF approved organization, that ranking shall be the guide used for divisional placement for new GLTA players only.  

If a player has a GLTA ranking, that shall be used by the Director to determine divisional placement.  The GLTA urges our Directors to explore other avenues of verifying the skill level of a new player to the GLTA. Each Director may contact the GLTA Rankings Chair for assistance in determining if a player has entered the correct division.  

 

A. GLTA Division Standards Guideline

The GLTA Divisional Standards are shown below, along with the equivalent ratings. To assist in keeping a more uniformed understanding of the definitions of each ability category, it is suggested (only as a guideline) that the rating be used along with the division (i.e. "B/3.5-4.0", "C/3.0") on entry forms and tournament information for players to use as a guide to entering the correct division. 

GLTA Division Standards

GLTA Basic Divisions

USTA and Tennis Canada NTRP Rating*

UK

Netherlands

Belgium

Germany

Italy

France

Switzerland

OPEN

6.5+

No. 1-20

1

A, B-15.4

Bundesliga

Regionalliga

.

15/1 +

N1, N2, N3, N4, (1 – 150)

OPEN

6.0

-30, -4/6

2

B-15.2

Oberliga

B3, B4

15/1 +

R1

OPEN

5.5

-4/6

-2/6

0

+2/6

+4/6

3

B-15

B-4.6

B-2.6

B0

1e Verbandsliga

C1

15/1 +

R2

OPEN

5.0+

+15

4

B+2.6

B+4.6

C+15.4

2e Verbandsliga

C2

15/1 +

R3

A

4.5

+15/1

+15/2

5

C+15.2

C+15.4

1e Bezirksklasse

2e Bezirksklasse

C3

15/2, 15/3

R4, R5

B

3.5 - 4.0

+15/3

+15/4

6

C+30

1e Kreisklasse

2e Kreisklasse

C4

30, 15/4, 15/5

R6

C

3.0

+15/5

+30

7

C+30.2

C+30.4

3e Kreisklasse

.

30/1, 30/2, 30/3

R7

D

< 3.0

+30/3

8 (9)

.

4e Kreisklasse

.

30/4, 30/5, 40, NC

R8, R9

Optional Divisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40+A

4.5

+15/1

+15/2

5

C+15.2

C+15.4

1e Bezirksklasse

2e Bezirksklasse

C3

 

R4, R5

40+B

3.5 - 4.0

+15/3

+15/4

6

C+30

1e Kreisklasse

2e Kreisklasse

C4

 

R6

40+C

3.0

+15/5

+30

7

C+30.2

C+30.4

3e Kreisklasse

 

 

R7

40+D

< 3.0

+30/3

8 (9)

 

4e Kreisklasse

 

 

R8, R9

Division Definitions (to be used on entry forms and listed under the regulations tab of Tournament Software):

Division

Description

Open

Highly Advanced Players

A & 40+A

Advanced Players

B & 40+B

High Intermediate Players

C & 40+C

Low Intermediate Players

D & 40+D

Beginning Players

 

The basic divisions apply for both men and women, and the GLTA requires that a tournament offer all basic men’s events if any men’s events are offered and all women’s events if any women’s events are offered. Divisions may be combined or deleted if the minimum number of entries are not received as defined by the entry policy.  

If over 50% of the participants are from the higher division, the event must be coded as the higher level event. If there are fewer than 50% from the higher division, it should be coded as the appropriate age category (see coding below).  Please consult with the GLTA Rankings Chair for assistance and proper coding of your Tournament prior to submitting your final .tp file.  

Women who enter and play in men’s ability or ability/age events are eligible to play one division lower than their ranking/skill level in the Women’s division. The division standards should appear on all GLTA entry forms, tournament regulations tabs in Tournament Software, and posted on your Tournament web site.   

If the Tournament makes any changes to the originally published divisions, they ensure that all divisional guidelines are understood by all players. It is still the responsibility of the players to enter the appropriate division, but tournament Directors should make every effort  to ensure that all players entering comply with these standards by reviewing requested divisions against the GLTA Player Seeding databases. The latest GLTA Seeding databases will list each player’s “Minimum Play Level” in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, and will be sent to each Director prior to the start of their tournament.

B. Optional Divisions

All GLTA sanctioned events must follow the ability divisions format shown above, but there are options that can be used regarding age divisions, mixed doubles and consolation draws. For instance, an organization with no women members may have a difficult time promoting and/or filling a separate women's division. Another organization with a very large "senior" membership may choose to add one or more age divisions (40+, 50+, 60+) at their event. Tournaments that want to expand but cannot increase the size of their basic division draws may elect to add 40+A, 40+B, 40+C, and 40+D divisions. Most clubs with limited court space/time will have to consider the tradeoff between holding consolation draws and the optional divisions, or total draw size. These types of decisions are again left to the tournament committee.

C. Requirements For Entry in Divisions

 1. Ability Divisions

The GLTA maintains a separate SINGLES, DOUBLES AND MIXED DOUBLES rankings database on all players that enters and plays our events. Players may be eligible for one skill level for singles while being eligible for a different skill level in doubles. Players are allowed to play in different divisions as long as split divisions are permitted by the tournament. The GLTA Executive Board of Directors strongly encourages all tournaments with one site to offer split divisions. The final decision regarding offering split divisions remain with the local Tournament Committee. No player may play down more than one level from his or her highest ranking. For example, a player who is rated as “Open” in doubles and “B” in singles cannot play below the “A” level. No player shall be allowed to play a lower division than that which he/she is listed under in the latest GLTA Ranking database.  This includes a right-handed player, who enters a tournament “left-handed. ”A  new player with a current valid ranking/rating by an ITF-Affiliated National or Regional tennis association shall not play in a division lower than that ranking/rating. For our purposes, a rating for a year ending within two years of the current year shall be considered valid if it is the most recent one available. For This rule should be only applied when the player does not have a current GLTA ranking, at which point it would take precedence over the USTA rating. 

2. Age Divisions

A player may enter any senior division (40+, 50+, 60+, etc.), if the player will have reached the minimum age for that division by December 31st of the calendar year in which the tournament starts. 

3. Ability/Age Divisions

 The optional divisions (40+A, 40+B, 40+C,40+D) were created to allow larger tournaments to expand their participation without creating oversized draws which could not be played within the time constraints. It also reduces the number of rounds that more senior players are required to play. Players who qualify for these divisions may elect to play in their regular ability division or in the ability/age division. Tournament committees may offer any combination of singles, doubles, or mixed doubles for these divisions and may set rules on split divisions as they see fit. A player shall not enter more than one level of singles and doubles.  Example – A player is not allowed to enter 40+ Singles and A Singles.

4. Graduation to Higher Divisions & Division Points

Graduation to a higher division occurs when a player’s points pass a pre-determined threshold. When a player’s ranking exceeds the following “Maximum Rating” thresholds, he or she is promoted to the next higher division.

Division

Maximum Rating

Open

N/A

A

35,000

B

4,250

C

425

D

35

40+ A

35,000

40+ B

4,250

40+ C

425

40+ D

35

40+

N/A

50+

N/A

60+

N/A

The above rules have no effect on any player’s ability to play in an appropriate age division if offered.

5. Applicable Period for GLTA Seeding Point Database

The GLTA Rankings Database provided by the Rankings Chair to each tournament contains an average point total from players previous 4 GLTA events played (over the course of unlimited amount of years). 

A players ranking for a tournament is based on the ranking held 21 days prior to the start of an event.  At that time, a player’s ranking is “frozen” regardless of tournament results which may occur during the intervening 21 days. For events in excess of 500 players which require more time for development of draws and schedules, the tournament committee may request and utilize a Seeding Point Database from 45 days prior to the event instead of 21, but they should communicate their policy to players no later than 6 months prior to the start of the event. 

6. Penalties for Playing in Wrong Division

If a player violates these provisions by playing in an inappropriate division, then that player should be immediately defaulted out of the tournament and will not be awarded GLTA points in any entered singles or doubles division for the tournament(s) at which the violation(s) occurred. Tournament Directors should use their best judgement to default any player after play has begun if that player was entered into the wrong division. This guideline applies to all players including those who are self rated, those who have a valid GLTA ranking, and those who have a current ranking from an ITF affiliated tennis organization. If only one round of play has occurred, the defeated player is to be re-instated as the winner. If more than one round has occurred, the player is to be disqualified and the last opponent reinstated into the draw as the winner of that round. Players who are disqualified earn no GLTA points for matches won.

D. Multiple standard rankings points, per 1-1-2012

Players will be awarded match points for each round won in each GLTA Sanctioned event.  Match points for any given round depend on:

a)     The division played
b)     The number of players in the event
c)     The proximity of the round won to the final round

Standard Match Points by division are as follows:

Division

Standard Match Points

Open

100,000

A & 40+A

10,000

B & 40+B

1,000

C & 40+C

100

D & 40+D

10

40+

20,000

50+

2,000

60+

200

 
 

The number of players in the event and the proximity of the round to the final round are taken into consideration by applying a multiple of these standard match points according to the following chart. Also, all players that play an event and lose their first match will be added to the GLTA database.  Below is the new updated match point grid as of 1/1/2012.

Multiple of Standard Match Points (per 1/1/2012)

 

Draw

Nr of players

Winner

Runner Up

SF

QF

R16

R32

R64

R128

R256

 

 

1st

2nd

3th/4th

5-8th

9-16th

17-32th

33-64th

65-128th

129-256th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

3

3

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

4

3

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

5

4

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

6-8

5

3

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

9-12

     7

5

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

16

13-16

9

6

3

1

 

 

 

 

 

32

17-24

10

7

4

2

1

 

 

 

 

32

25-32

10

7

4

2

1

 

 

 

 

64

33-48

11

8

5

3

2

1

 

 

 

64

49-64

11

8

5

3

2

1

 

 

 

128

65-96

12

9

6

4

3

2

1

 

 

128

97-128

15

11

7

5

3

2

1

 

 

256

129-256

16

12

8

6

4

3

2

1

 

For Example 1, Player A wins an Open Singles event consisting of 6 players in which he or she received a first round quarterfinal bye.  He or she will be awarded 100,000 X 2 for the first round semifinal win and 100,000 X 3 for the final win for a total of 500,000 points.
Example 2, Player B is playing in C Doubles in a draw of 27 teams and reaches the semifinals, but does not advance to the final. He or she would be awarded 100 X 4 for a total of 400 points; the opponent that moved on to the final and won would have 100 X 10 for a total of 1000 points.

Consolation event winners will earn basic round points for the applicable division.  For COMPASS Draws, only the “West” consolation event winner will be eligible for consolation points.

2.) Points for default, retirements, withdrawal or walkover matches

Ranking points must be assigned to every match in every draw, including results for retired matches, walkovers and defaults, based on the table above.

There are two concerns with respect to these rules:

1.)   No points will be awarded for a default, retirement, or walkover in a consolation match in all rounds until the final round. 

2.)   No points will be awarded for defaults or walkovers in a first match of the opponent or for byes. 

Explanation:

A player who does not show up to a tournament must be removed from a tournament file, otherwise he/she will be awarded with one player point and has an extra tournament that will be calculated into their 4 tournament GLTA results file.

3.) Player Eligibility Within Divisions

Players eligible for the 40+A/B/C/D divisions may elect to play in either their regular ability division or in their age/ability division. For the purposes of calculating player points the 40's is the equivalent of the twice A division points; the 50's is the equivalent of the twice B division points; and the 60's is the equivalent of the twice C division points.

A player’s match points are calculated by adding the points as indicated above for each match won.  A player’s rating is calculated by adding the total points accumulated at a maximum of 4 tournaments then dividing by the total number of tournaments played, with a minimum divisor of 1.75 for players with only 1 tournament in the ranking database. Ratings are calculated separately for Singles and Doubles. When an event offers Mixed Doubles, all points earned will count toward their Doubles ranking and will also count as a separate event. For example, if Player A  is a new player and elects to participate in both Open Doubles and Open Mixed at the Atlanta tournament, then Player A will have earned ranking points in two events, thus his/her combined points earned in those events must be divided by 2 instead of 1.75 for playing in just 1 event. 

Players may access the latest GLTA Tournament Entry Ranking at the GLTA tournamentsoftare website:

GLTA Tournament Entry Ranking

 

3.   Doubles Points

Doubles points are awarded individually.  For seeding purposes, team points are determined by adding both partners’ doubles point totals. However, Tournament Directors may use discretion in determining seeding if, for example, one player has all the points or if there seems to be a large disparity in ability between partners.