| By Kathy Miller

Organizing for the upcoming season of the Adult, Senior and Super Senior USTA Leagues for Men and Women is now in progress. For those not familiar with the USTA Leagues, it is a team format at the varying NTRP Levels. Teams are formed and play other teams of that level on Long Island. Long Island has adult (18 years of age and up) teams for women at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and hope to start a 5.0 Level this season. For men, Long Island has teams at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 Levels. Please see the chart below for a description of the levels.

Teams at the 2.5 and 5.0 Levels play one court of singles and two courts of doubles, while the other levels play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. Senior teams (age 50 and up) and Super Senior teams (age 60 and up), play three courts of doubles. The senior teams follow the same level format as the Adult League, while the Super Senior League is a combination of levels. We have a 6.0 Division which would be a 2.5 playing with a 3.5 or two 3.0 players, a 7.0 division consisting of a 3.0 and 4.0, or two 3.5 players and a 8.0 Division consisting of a 3.5 and 4.5 or two 4.0 players.

To play on any of the above mentioned leagues, you must be a USTA member. There is a roster fee for each sign up of $25 and each time you play a match, it is $18 per person which is paid to the facility you are playing at. Matches are booked for two hours.

The season runs from mid May to August. The winning adult teams on Long Island advance to a Sectional Playoff in Syracuse, N.Y. to play the winning teams from the other five regions of the Eastern Section. The 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 Division Sectionals are the weekend of Aug. 12-14, with the 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 Divisions held the weekend of Aug. 19-21. The Senior Divisions have their sectionals the weekend of Sept. 16-18 in Schenectady, N.Y., with the Super Seniors the weekend of Sept. 23-25 also in Schenectady, N.Y.

The winning teams at the Adult and Senior Sectionals advance to a National event with the different levels playing on different weekends throughout the end of September, October and the beginning of November. The National events are held in Indian Wells, Calif.; Rancho Mirage, Calif. and Tucson, Ariz. The Super Senior National event is slated for April 2012 with the exact date and location to be determined.

If you would like to add a new team to the league, I must know about the team by Friday, April 1 in order to get them into the schedule. If you are looking to join an already-existing team, I will know by mid-March which teams are looking for players. I just need to know your NTRP Rating and where you live, and I will do my best to get you placed. Please e-mail me at Kathym65@aol.com for more information.

Presently, the Mixed-Doubles League is at the halfway point with playoffs in May. We have teams at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, and for the first time, a 10.0 Division. The Mixed-Doubles is also a combination of levels league. The winning teams from Long Island will compete at a sectional event the weekend of June 3-5 in Schenectady, N.Y., with the sectional-winning team advancing to Nationals. Nationals for the 7.0 and 9.0 Levels are the weekend of Nov. 11-13 and the 6.0, 8.0 and 10.0 Levels the weekend of Nov. 18-20. Both events are to be held in Tucson, Ariz.
The USTA Leagues are a competitive, yet hopefully, friendly way to meet new tennis friends. Contact me today to get involved with a team!

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.