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I Just Joined The USTA And Need A Little Help

This question is really aimed for the junior players but if you know the answer let me know. I just joined the USTA and now I want to start playing tourneys only I dont know what level tourney I should enter. I want to ease into and not get blown away my first tourney. I did the self-rating thing and I rate myself around the 3.0-3.5 range so I guess Im a newbie. I know they have like five levels for georgia where I live (I dont know if its like that everywhere) The satelite level which is level 5 which it says is for more recreational players. I want to play in a tourney that will test me but not so much that I wouldnt be able to compete with the other players. I guess I just some feedback from people telling me what their level is and what level tournaments they play so I can judge for myself which level I would be most successful playing now.

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only a 3, unless you are a girl, or under 12, most of the 15 year olds I saw are at least 5. It's better if you start at the club level. Join the club tournaments also local junior tournaments. Dont think even think about regional yet. Try the lower ones, then you can think about what you want to do in the future.
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So your saying I should try the satelite tournaments for those with the recreational type players? And what do you mean by regional like including several states or just peole from all across my state. And dont worry I wasnt even thinking about the big tourneys I just started. Also Im not really clear on what level Im at I mean I can hit a decent ball hard and flat (nothing too spectacular like a top junior player but it has juice to it) my serve is the biggest part of my game really hard and consistent and my forehand is my other weapon but other than that the rest of my game is just ok. my backhand is really developing and my net play is ok. Im fairly consistent with my current level of play but recently I have been trying to make my game bigger and it has been an ok transition. Ive been playing for a couple years on my high school team which is somewhat successful making it to state tournaments and maybe winning a couple rounds but nothing big.

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I dont know what kind of goal you have. I live in Canada, so i'm not sure how good state tournaments are exactly. But usually to play in NCAA, I presume you should at least be 5.5 or over, 7 being the pro, so you do have to improve to 5 considering you are in high school. It's possible though that you use different ratings, or you might be a lot better than you think you are. But if you are just starting, join the club tournament and play as unseeded. Then see how good you are. Also local junior events are usually played with all the local talents, if you can beat them, then you just might be good enough to challenge the world and join ITF international events. Just for an example, in Canada there are only about 3~4 ITF events. All G4 or G5. In Vancouver the biggest is G5, and that alone features some of the brightest talents in the world (top 20 in Canada etc.). You have to shine locally first. Then you can try to place yourself in the internationl stage if you excel locally.
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What is the website/location for self-rating? Thanks.
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Thanks CanadianGuy for the advice but I definitely was not considering playing the international level. I dont plan on making a career out of playing tennis or even in college I just wanted to move to the next level beyong high school into tournaments to test myself and I just wanted to know what would be best for me. I want to get better but I know I could never be good enough to compete more than just in local tournaments.

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Help, I need opinion/experience/advice/knowledge etc: thanks:

1) what is your opinion/experience/advice/knowledge re: the People to People Ambassador Tennis Program? what are the Pros and Cons?

2) what is your opinon/experience/advice/knowledge re: the Saddlebrook/Spa Tennis Training Program in Florida? what are the Pros and Cons?

3) If you had to choose, which one and why?

4) what is the People to People connection to the USTA?

5 ) can you still compete in local tournaments with a USTA membership?

6) do you have to be on a team to compete in local tournaments with a USTA membership?

7) can a person enter a local tennis tournament, as a non ranking single player, with a USTA membership?

Thank you all in advance.

Note: I really do like the Saddlebrook program because it is closer and more reasonable and variety.
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