The VTA is moving away from using the NTRP rating system towards using GLTA divisions.
To place yourself, begin with 1.5. Read all categories carefully and then decide which one best describes your present ability level. Be certain that you qualify on all points of all preceding levels as well as those in the level you choose.
When rating yourself assume you are playing against a player of the same gender and the same ability. The following list of the general characteristics of various NTRP playing levels:
You have limited experience and are working primarily on getting the ball in play.
NTRP 2.0 You lack court experience and your strokes need developing. You are familiar with the basic positions for singles and doubles play.
NTRP 2.5 (equivalent to a GLTA ranking of “D”)
You are learning to judge where the ball is going, although your court coverage is limited. You can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.
NTRP 3.0 (equivalent to a GLTA ranking of “C”)
You are fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shorts, but are not comfortable with all strokes and lack execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Your most common doubles formation is one-up, one-back.
NTRP 3.5 (equivalent to a GLTA ranking of “B”)
You have achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but need to develop depth and variety. You exhibit more aggressive net play, have improved court coverage and are developing teamwork in doubles.
NTRP 4.0 (equivalent to a GLTA ranking of “B” or “A”)
You have dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate-paced shots. You can use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success and occasionally force errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident.
NTRP 4.5 (equivalent to a GLTA ranking of “A”)
You have developed your use of power and spin and can handle pace. You have sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and attempt to vary game plan according to your opponents. You can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. You tend to over hit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
NTRP 5.0+ (equivalent to a GLTA ranking of “Open”)
You have good shot anticipation and frequently have an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. You can regularly hit winners or force errors off short balls and can put away volleys. You can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys, overhead smashes, and have good depth and spin on most second serves.