State Wide Team & Individual Rankings by UTR, starting with the Girls Fall Season

The CTCA will produce a California Weekly Top 25 Rank in each CIF Division. Actually, every school (that fills out a yearly on-line roster form) would be ranked by the average UTR rating of each team. The system is so accurate (no subjective voting) it could determine every school in California’s rank.

How it works. The current college UTR system is called “The Power Six”, averaging the ratings of the top six players on each squad to determine “The Power Six” Team Ranking. Since California plays three singles and three doubles teams in its format, it will be called “The Power Nine”, incorporating averaging the ratings of the top nine players on your team.

To be considered for the Weekly Top 25 Team (in each CIF Division) all teams have to do is send us a team roster (on our official form) with player names and info. We will run the names each week, taking the top 9 UTR players for that week from your team and average their number. All a Coach has to do is just fill out our on-line form once at the beginning of each season, we do the rest!

We will also list the CTCA UTR Top 50 Singles Players each week in each CIF Division.

Since all the best teams have UTR rated players on their rosters we can easily do this. If only some of your players have UTR numbers this will, of course, lower your team’s average number. This will encourage you to have all your players play USTA or UTR events (automatic UTR if a USTA event).

The CTCA and UTR have a way that you can get all your players a UTR number, on your courts, in one day. More on that later.

To be clear: This would not be team results in head-to-head dual match play or league and CIF Individuals, which at this time, would be almost impossible to do. But we can still have a pretty accurate ranking based on each team’s players UTR level. The best teams have more than their share of “tournament” and “academy” players that do have UTR numbers.  

Since we will be posting this to our Official Web Site and sending press releases to the major news print media, we will be promoting our best players out of the 30,000 varsity players in our state, good enough to play college tennis but who may go unnoticed to college coaches. UTR numbers talk, loudly!

The All California Team & Individual High School Weekly Rankings will expose our players good enough to play college tennis but don’t play many USTA events. College Coaches will now know the level of your players, even if they don’t play that many USTA events. The chance to play college tennis, get a scholarship and get a degree will benefit our deserving players.

Also, high school players can check the UTR’s of colleges they are interested in and can easily see if they can play at that college!

Explore and Develop a Dual Match “Shootout” Format to replace “Counting Games”

For over ten years various entities (leagues, coaches) have approached CIF about having some sort of “Shoot Out” to break a tie dual match, as opposed to “counting games”. We are the only sport that does not have a “Shoot Out” Format to break a tie!

CIF has let leagues experiment with a “Shoot Out” Format and we have enough evidence to make a recommendation.

Basically, at the end of regulation play with the set score tied at 9 sets all, the original round one beginning line-up return to the courts and play tie-breakers (6). If a team wins 4-2 tie-breakers or better the match is over. If tied 3-3 the teams rotate (round 2) and play tie-breakers (6). If tied again players return to the court and play round 3.

If the teams are still tied at the end of three rotations, the home team gets to pick one which position will play for the win; #1 singles, #2 singles, #3 singles, #1 doubles, #2 doubles or #3 doubles (from the original starting line -up). The traveling team has to field the original player or doubles team that started in the position picked by the home team. They play a tie-breaker to determine the winner.

Note: Under current rules, if the sets and games are tied, teams are to go out and play a full three rounds of tie-breakers: if still tied, they do this again.

The main objection, “it takes too much time and I don’t get paid enough to stay any longer”.

It takes between 15 to 20 minutes, less time than counting and recounting games and makes the ending far more exciting. Of course, re-entry of the original players that started the match (only if a player was injured or sick can a substitution be made).

Shootouts are more exciting and brings excitement to the match. Also, if it goes all three rounds and still tied, the home team can pick any line to play for the match. For example, if the opponent has a “lights out” singles or doubles team, the coach could pick a #2 or #3 singles or doubles team to play.

The CTCA wants to determine what the coaches want and/or offer some alternatives to “counting games”.    

Explore the “Re-entry Rule” in Dual Match Competition

Most teams have several top players while the rest are “non-tournament players” and the “No Re-entry Rule” does two things. It is one of the main reasons tournament/advanced players don’t play high school tennis and it does not allow for non-starters to get match play.

For example, coaches don’t want to take out their star players to let a lesser player play against one of the opponents lesser players for fear if they get down in the match they can’t put the top players back in. Also, the top players, say UTR rated 10 don’t want to play a round against a UTR rated 4. The players have to re-enter in their original spot. So it makes it easier for coaches to have their players move in and out of the line-up so that their good players play two matches while their weaker players play one match, be it the second or third round.

CTCA would request comment on this and make a report to CIF if there is enough support.

Develop CIF State Wide Pre-Season (1st Week of Season) Individual Tournaments


A 16 team individual tournament with each school entering 4 singles and 4 doubles teams. A CIF, USTA, CTCA & City of Mission Viejo event. Thursday to Saturday after 2 PM each day either Sept 6-7, Sept 12-14 or Sept 26-28; depending on a date that best fits into the USTA and CIF schedules.

Played at the MISSION VIEJO MARGUERITE PAVILION TENNIS CENTER and surrounding courts in area.

Two 64 draws, A & B draws in both S & D with players/doubles teams placed and seeded by UTR Rating. Top 64 in A Draw, Bottom 64 in B Draw.

Matches 2 sets, deuce plus 1, 10 point match tie-breaker for third set. Two matches a day. No consolation, Awards for first & second in each draw. As an individual tournament, does not count as a CIF contest (24 max) by CIF rules. Open to any high school from any CIF section, players must be registered in school and on team. Must play singles or doubles.