KHSAA’s partnership with Universal Tennis will incorporate the UTR Rating in all high school tennis starting with the 2022 spring season
(Palo Alto, Calif.) - Universal Tennis and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) announce the adoption of the UTR Rating for all KHSAA schools starting with the 2022 spring season.
Universal Tennis will enable year-round match reporting of results for the schools, including the use of UTR Rating for automated entry and seeding purposes for use at both regional and state tournaments.
The adoption of Universal Tennis means the need for paper results to be submitted will be eliminated, helping prevent a lack of data and/or inaccurate data from being submitted or withheld. Schools will use the Universal Tennis software programming and bracketings for all region tournaments and the state tournament.
The KHSAA governs competitions for both public and private schools in the state and two federally administered schools.
“We are excited for our tennis programs in Kentucky as the KHSAA partners with Universal Tennis,” said KHSAA Associate Commissioner Butch Cope. “Not only will it bring increased attention and exposure to tennis in our state, but it will also assist our region and state events as a source for credible information and provide tournament software management for those events. Universal Tennis’ customer service and support have already shown our member schools that adopting this service is easy and invaluable.”
The integration of Universal Tennis ensures all of Kentucky high school tennis has one centralized home and enables all players to have their scores count towards their Verified UTR Rating. With the UTR Rating being the gold standard of college recruitment, the KHSAA partnership opens more opportunities for student-athletes. Players will also be able to use the College Fit features of the technology platform to see where they rank in rosters across more than 900 U.S. collegiate teams.
“We are excited to be partnering with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association,” said Stephen Amritraj, Universal Tennis Chief Tennis Officer. “High school players will benefit greatly from level-based competition and their matches will impact their UTR Rating, ultimately helping them on their journey to college tennis.”
For coaches, utilizing Universal Tennis’ free high school products allow schedules and results to be integrated into one place and tournaments to be seeded effectively and accurately based on objective UTR Ratings. If coaches are interested in running events throughout the year and receiving deeper analytics on their programs, they can sign up for Universal Tennis Performance High School.
About Universal Tennis
The mission of Universal Tennis is to connect and grow the sport with innovative events and a global digital marketplace centered around level-based play. The Universal Tennis Engagement Platform is anchored by the UTR Rating, the world’s most accurate singles and doubles tennis rating system. Universal Tennis provides the tools and solutions to make the UTR Rating relevant and valuable to players, coaches, and organizers in their local tennis communities. Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience. Go to UniversalTennis.com to sign up, activate your player profile and join the global tennis community. Watch our video and connect on social @UniversalTennis to learn more.
About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 284 member schools, both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and six sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 106,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and sports safety programs for more than 12,000 coaches and licenses, and facilitates the distribution of training material for over 4,000 contest officials.
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