John McEnroe Tennis Academy
  | By Kathy Miller
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As the Mixed-Doubles League is winding down with playoffs about to begin, we are gearing up for the summer Adult, Senior and Super Senior Leagues which began Monday, May 16 with a record 286 teams this year. Captains can add players to their teams until Wednesday, June 15, so if anyone is looking for a team, it’s not too late! E-mail me at kathym65@aol.com with your level and location, and we will do our best to get you placed on a team.

It’s very important that all captains keep the following new rules in mind:

►Eastern Regulation III. PLAYER PARTICIPATION (C): A minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the players on a team roster must reside in (using the address registered in TennisLink) or work in (designated work location for tax purposes) the area being represented by the team. A waiver of these requirements may be granted subject to a vote of the Adult League Committee. All matches played by an ineligible player will be scored as a default. An ineligible player will be determined by his/her registration date and is the last out-of-area player to register on the roster.

►Eastern Regulation III. PLAYER PARTICIPATION (G): Players who play on two or more teams at the same NTRP level in different areas (districts and/or regions) in the Eastern Section must declare which team they will represent prior to the start of any local league playoff or any area, district, regional or section championship playoff should more than one team qualify to advance. The declaration should be made by (1) filing a Player Intent Form with the Eastern Section Office prior to the playing of the teams last local league match or (2) will be made once the player plays a local league playoff or area, district, regional or section championship playoff match and will remain in effect for as long as that team advances. If a player declares for a team and that team is eliminated, the player is then eligible to re-select and play for a different team as long as they meet eligibility requirements for that team. They will continue with that team as long as that team advances. All matches played by an ineligible player will be scored as a default. An ineligible player is a player who has declared for a team and then plays a match for a different team prior to their original team being eliminated. However, a player who plays local league playoff matches in a region with multiple districts/areas at the same level with different league ending dates will declare the region they will represent at the time of local league playoffs. Once a player plays a local league playoff match in one region s/he may not play a playoff match in a different region until the team they played a local playoff match for has been eliminated.

We are planning on a pilot program in August for mixed-doubles. Instead of combinations of 6.0, 7.0, etc, it will be combinations of 6.5 (a 3.5 & 3.0); 7.5 (a 4.0 & 3.5); 8.5 (a 4.5 & 4.0); and 9.5 (a 5.0 & 4.5). The league will play weeknights during the month of August and will be three courts of mixed-doubles.

In September, once we have the early start ratings, we will run the Tri-Level League, which will play from the beginning of October to mid-December. The Tri-Level League consists of three courts of women’s or men’s doubles. One court is at the 3.5 Level, one at the 4.0 Level and the final court at the 4.5 Level. There is a Section Championship in January with the winning team advancing to the National Championship at Indian Wells, Calif. at the end of March during the pro tournament. The Tri-Level League is a great way for friends of differing levels to be able to share the “team” experience.

Lastly is the Mixed-Doubles League which is based on the final computer ratings that are available the end of November. The Mixed League runs from January to May with the Section Championship in June and the National Championship the following fall.

If you are interested in any of the above programs, please e-mail kathym65@aol.com and we will either help you get your own team started or help find you a spot on an existing team. I am looking forward to the mixed-doubles playoffs during the next couple of weeks and wish our winning teams luck at the Section Championships in Albany, N.Y. the weekend of June3.

I am also looking forward to a successful summer of league tennis and everyone remembering to show sportsmanship and fairness to all opponents!

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.
 

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.