Universal Tennis and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) have announced a multi-year partnership aimed at upgrading tennis for more than 20,000 high school players and coaches in New York State.
“This partnership is an important step for us to continue the growth of tennis in our state,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “Universal Tennis provides us a platform to promote high school tennis, utilize new technologies they have developed for the sport, and efficiently record results of every tennis athlete in New York so that we can properly seed players in Sectionals and State Tournaments.”
Universal Tennis, which is considered to have the most accurate tennis rating system in the world, will provide NYSPHSAA a portal on their website for all high school players to record their scores which will count toward their Verified UTR Rating. With UTR Rating being an objective way for student-athletes’ ratings to be measured metrically, NYSPHSAA will more easily be able to seed players in the State Tournament. Section tournaments can also utilize the same technology to rate their events as well. Schools, coaches, or athletes can manually enter their scores into the system at no cost. Additionally, the partnership will allow student-athletes to use the College Fit features of the Universal Tennis technology platform to see where they rank in rosters across more than 900 United States collegiate teams thus providing athletes a more efficient way to conduct their college search.
“We are very proud to be partnering with NYSPHSAA, the third-largest association in high school tennis,” said Anne Worcester, President of Universal Tennis. “High School tennis continues to be a major focus for Universal Tennis and we look forward to working with NYSPHSAA as well as all state high school associations.”
Utilizing Universal Tennis will also permit coaches to compare teams and reduce “stacking,” a strategy often used to shuffle lineups with players out of ability order. Stacking is a penalty of forfeiture at the NYSPHSAA Tennis Team State Tournament starting this fall. Schools may also take advantage of fundraising opportunities and access advanced analytics on players and teams around the country.
The partnership begins this fall and is one of many Universal Tennis has with other state associations around the country.