| By Kathy Miller

We are now in our third week of the league season with matches well under way. Just a reminder to all captains that scorecards have to be entered into the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Web site within 24 hours of the match and also have to be mailed so the standings section of the site can be kept up to date. The standings section of the Web site can be found at www.litennisscores.com.

Please note the following important dates:
 
Long Island Regionals
All Regionals will be played at Carefree Racquet Club
++Men’s 3.5 plays Friday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m.
++Women’s 2.5 plays Saturday, Aug. 1 at 9:00 a.m.
++Women’s 3.0 plays Saturday, Aug. 1 at 11:00 a.m.
++Women’s 3.5 plays Saturday, Aug. 1 at 1:00 p.m.
++Women’s 4.0 plays Saturday, Aug. 1 at 3:00 p.m.
++Senior Women 3.5 plays on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 9:00 a.m.
 
Sectionals
++Men’s & Women’s 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 play Friday-Sunday, Aug. 7-9
++Men’s and Women’s 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 play Friday-Sunday, Aug. 14-16
Adult Sectionals will be held in Syracuse, N.Y. All Senior Sectionals will be held Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27 and will be held in Schenectady, N.Y. Super Senior Sectionals are set for Friday-Sunday, Oct. 2-4 and are being held in Flushing Meadow, N.Y. Dates and locations for national events can be found on the USTA Web site.
 
Tri-Level League
The next program, the Tri-Level League, will be starting in August. The format is three courts of doubles, with one court consisting of 3.5 players, a court of 4.0 players and the third court of 4.5 players. This gives friends at different levels the opportunity to enjoy the team format together. Teams can put up to four players at each level on their team. There will be a round-robin and then the men’s winning team, along with the women’s winning team, will advance to a sectional playoff in February 2010. Winning teams from the sectional playoff advance to a national event in Indian Wells, Calif. during the pro event held there in March 2010. You not only get to play, but you get to watch the pros play as well! If you have a team or are interested in joining a team, please contact Kathy Miller at kathym65@aol.com.
 
Mixed Doubles USTA League

The Mixed Doubles USTA League will start play the end of October 2009 and will run until the beginning of May 2010. The mixed doubles is based on combined ratings. Long Island has 6.0 (2 3.0 players or a 2.5 and 3.5), 7.0 (2 3.5 players or a 3.0 and 4.0), 8.0 (2 4.0 players or a 3.5 and 4.5), 9.0 (2 4.5 players or a 4.0 and 5.0), and we would love to get a 10.0 division started for the first time. In addition to the mixed doubles, there is also a Senior Mixed Doubles League which we have not had on Long Island, but would love to get started this year. The Senior Mixed is based on the same level format as the Mixed Doubles League. Organizing for both the mixed and senior mixed takes place in September and you can contact Kathy Miller at kathym65@aol.com if you have a team or would to be placed on one.

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.