At the time this article was written, we will be more than halfway through the Adult USTA League Season, with teams starting to think about the playoffs. A reminder that the USTA Web site does not show the correct standings as it does not take the point system into account and the correct standings can be found online at www.litennisscores.com. These are the standings that determine playoffs. All playoff information and dates are will be in your packet on the sheet with the captain’s names and contact information. The winning teams from playoffs will advance to the first round of the Long Island Region Championship. The schedule is as follows:
►Men’s 3.5 will be three rounds of playoffs on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 9:00 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 3 at 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 4 at 8:00 a.m.
►Men’s 4.0 is Friday, Aug. 3 at 9:00 p.m.
►Women’s 2.5 is on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10:00 a.m.
►Women’s 3.5 is Saturday, Aug. 4 at noon
►Women’s 4.0 is Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2:00 p.m.
►Women’s 3.0 is on Sunday, Aug. 5th at 10:00 a.m.
The only division in the senior league that has a Region Championship is the Women’s 3.5 and that will play on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7:00 p.m. All Regional Championship matches will be played at Carefree Racquet Club.
There has been a lot of talk about the restructuring of the USTA League for next season. The restructuring is for the Men’s and Women’s Leagues while the mixed is unchanged. The League will now be an 18-and-Over Division which will be two courts of singles and three courts of doubles at the 3.0-4.5 Levels, and one court of singles and two courts of doubles at the 2.5 and 5.0 Levels (same as we have now). There will be a 40-and-Over Division which will be played on two courts of singles and three courts of doubles at the 3.0-4.5 Levels. There is no 2.5 or 5.0 Level in the 40-plus Division. Forty-plus players would have to play these levels in the 18-plus Division. There will be a 55-and-Over Division which will be played as three courts of doubles using combined ratings and will run at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Levels.
The new twist is that the highest level in a division which would be 5.0 in the 18-and-Over, and 4.5 in the 40-and-Over Division is permitted to have two players one level above on their team. You can have two 5.5 players on a 5.0 team in the 18-and-Over Division and two 5.0 players on a 4.5 team in the 40-and-Over Division. I do not know all the details yet as far as if there will be restrictions to where in the lineup they play, etc., but will let everyone know as soon as I know.
Next up for Long Island will be the Tri-Level League which will start organizing in September. If you plan to have a team, please contact me in early September.
I look forward to hearing from you all, and enjoy the rest of your USTA League matches!