| By Kathy Miller

With Adult, Senior and Super Senior play beginning the week of May 18, its time to start thinking about the Tri-Level League which will begin this August. The Tri-Level League format is women’s teams, as well as men’s teams, consisting of three courts of doubles. One court is made up of players with a National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rank of 3.5, one is of players 4.0 and the third is of players rated 4.5. A team can have up to four players at each level.

To get this league off the ground and have a team qualify for the 2009 sectionals, we held a one-day round-robin event for both the men and women this past January. All the players loved the format, and as the coordinator watching the event unfold, I enjoyed watching the team camaraderie among teammates of different levels whose tennis paths probably would not have crossed without this league. It also gives friends of different tennis levels the opportunity to share the team experience together.
The winning teams from Long Island advance to a Sectional Championship in February 2010 (location to be determined) and the winners from that event will advance to the National Championship, set for March 2010 in Indian Wells, Calif. The nationals are played the same weekend in March as the pro tournament, so not only do you get to play great tennis, but you get to watch some as well!
Since court time is so hard to get between September and May and the United States Tennis Association Mixed-Doubles League takes available weekend time, we decided to run the Tri-Level League in August when there is plenty of available time. If you have a team or would like to get involved with a team, please contact me by e-mail at kathym65@aol.com. I must be aware of all teams by July 1 so registration can take place and I can get a schedule complete and to the clubs.

Regarding the USTA Adult, Senior and Super Senior teams, the deadline to add players to your team is Monday, June 15, 2009. League standings showing the point system can be seen online at www.litennisscores.com.

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.