| By Kathy Miller

The USTA League just completed its first local season of the Tri-Level League. The Tri-Level League is three courts of doubles with one court at the 3.5 level, one at the 4.0 level and the one at the 4.5 level. It gives friends of differing levels the opportunity to play on the same team and share the feeling of team camaraderie!

The Men’s and Women’s divisions each had seven teams and played a round-robin format. The top two teams play a playoff to determine the Long Island winner. The winning women’s team was the Carefree team, led by team captain Bonnie Kolenberg. The men’s winning team is the Nassau Indoor team, captained by Jonathan Klee. Both of these teams will be advancing to the sectional event the weekend of Jan. 15, 2010 which will be played in the Albany area. The winning team from the sectional event will play in a national event at Indian Wells, Calif. Nationals are played in March during the pro event at Indian Wells.

The USTA Mixed Doubles Leagues are underway at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 combined levels. Playoffs will be held in May, with the sectional event in June.

Ratings will be out by the time this article is out and they can be found on www.usta.com. Click on “Tennislink” and then on “Leagues.” On the next page that comes up, click on “Find a Rating.” You can look up ratings by individual name, team, gender, etc. Scroll down and it will show you the different options. If a player would like to appeal their rating, they must enter their USTA number and click if they are appealing their rating up or down. You will get an immediate answer and the answer is final. There is criteria that is followed with the appeals and you will either be within range or you will not be. Unless there is a debilitating medical condition, the appeal response is final.

In the case of a medical appeal, log on to www.eastern.usta.com. On the top toolbar, go to “For Players,” and then click on “Captain’s Toolkit.” On the next page, click on “Forms” and you will see the “Form for Medical Appeal” and the directions to file it. There is a committee made up of medical personnel and the medical condition has to be permanently debilitating to be considered.

Information for the 2010 Adult, Senior and Super Senior Leagues will be sent to captains in March. Please keep Thursday, May 6 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. open for the scheduling meeting at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
Anyone interested in forming a team or anyone with a question or comment, please feel free to e-mail me at kathym65@aol.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.