| By Kathy Miller
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Photo credit: Getty Images/Rawpixel

Organizing the upcoming Men’s and Women’s USTA League Tennis season is now underway!

The USTA League consists of the 18 & Over League (players must turn 18 in the 2019 calendar year), the 40 & Over League (players must turn 40 in the 2019 calendar year) 55 & Over and 65 & Over Leagues. The 18 & Over League will begin early May, with the 40 & Over League starting in later May/the beginning of June. The 55 & Over and 65 & Over League will begin mid-June. All matches are two sets, regular scoring, with a super tie-break (first one to 10 by a margin of two) in place of a third set.

 

18 & Over League

Teams are formed at the NTRP Levels of 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0+. The 2.5 and 5.0+ Levels play one court of singles and two courts of doubles. The 5.0+ Level may have two players at the 5.5 Level on their roster who must play singles or on the first doubles court with just one of them permitted to play in each match. The 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 Levels play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The 2.5 and 5.0+ Levels may carry up to 15 players on their roster, which the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 Levels may carry up to 22 players on their roster.

 

40 & Over League

Teams are formed at the NTRP Levels of 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+. The 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 Levels will play one court of singles and four courts of doubles—this is being done for local matches on Long Island. Once a team gets to playoffs, which is now considered the first level of championships, you will play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The 4.5+ Level may have up to three players at the 5.0 Level on their team. Two may play in a match and must play first singles or first doubles. The 4.5+ Level, for local play throughout championships, will play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. All levels may carry up to 22 players on their roster.

 

55 & Over League

Teams are formed at the combined levels of the 6.0 Level (two 3.0 players or a 2.5 and 3.5) 7.0 Level, (two 3.5 players or a 3.0 & 4.0), 8.0 Level (two 4.0 players or a 3.5 and 4.5), and the 9.0 Level (two 4.5 players or a 4.0 and 5.0). All levels play three courts of doubles and may carry up to 18 players on their roster.

 

65 & Over League

Teams are formed following the same format as above. We presently have men’s teams at the 7.0 and 8.0 Levels and women’s teams at the 8.0 Level. We are in the process of trying to get a League to compete and the 6.0 and 7.0 Levels. The 65 & Over League also plays three courts of doubles, and can carry up to 18 players on a roster.

 

Fees for Men’s & Women’s Leagues

Players must be a USTA member (fees vary based on length of membership). There is a $29 fee to join a team and then each match played is $22 per person, which is paid to the club where the match is being played.

 

Long Island also has a 65 & Over Mixed Doubles League, which plays outdoors during the spring, summer and fall months. This is a recreational league which was started last year by Al Silverstein and it continues to grow by leaps and bounds! There is a reduced roster fee of $10 per person, and a match fee would apply if there is a park fee where the match is played.

The 18 & Over and 40 & Over Mixed Doubles Leagues are presently playing with the deadlines to add players to the rosters now closed. The 18 & Over League will play until the end of April, with the 40 & Over League playing until mid-June. We will have a full list of teams advancing to Regionals and/or Sectionals in the next issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine!

If you are interested in forming a team or being placed on a team, please e-mail me at Miller@Eastern.USTA.com. I look forward to hearing from you!


 

Kathy Miller is the manager at Carefree Racquet Club and is also the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached at kathym65@aol.com.