| By Kathy Miller

Congratulations to the Long Island Adult, Senior and Super Senior teams that have advanced to Nationals:

►Adult League: The Women’s 2.5 Team from Carefree Racquet Club, captained by Marilyn Shimon, and the Women’s 4.5 Team from Carefree Racquet Club, captained by Sally Disabato and Jenn Miller.

►Senior League: The Women’s 4.0 Team from Sportime Syosset, captained by Katrina Clifford.

►Super Senior League: The Women’s 6.0 Team from Rockville Racquet, captained by Joyce Tomaino; the Women’s 7.0 Team from Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Cathy Caldwell; and the Women’s 8.0 Team from Sportime Roslyn, captained by Susan Alvy.

A job well done by all!

The final ratings from the 2011 league will be published on the USTA Web site the end of November. These are the ratings that will be used for the 2012 Mixed-Doubles League which begins the beginning of January. If you were bumped up in the early start ratings, appealed the bump up and had that appeal granted, you will have to appeal the year-end rating if you are again bumped up.

The mixed-Doubles League is a combination level league. Long Island will have a 6.0 Division (a 2.5 & 3.5, or two 3.0 players) a 7.0 Division (a 3.0 and 4.0, or two 3.5 players) an 8.0 Division (a 3.5 & 4.5 or two 4.0 players) a 9.0 division (a 4.0 & 5.0 or two 4.5 players) and a 10.0 Division (a 4.5 & 5.5 or two 5.0 players). A mixed team playing together may not be more than 1 full NTR P level apart (a 4.0 can play with a 5.0 for a 9.0 match but a 3.5 may not play with a 5.0 or in a 9.0 match).

Mixed-doubles matches will play on the weekend with the season running from January to May. A match consists of three courts of mixed-doubles and is scheduled for two hours. Players must be USTA members and pay a $25 roster fee for each team they play on. Each match is $20 per person, which is paid to the club where the match is being played.

Schedules will be distributed by mid-December, with play beginning the first weekend in January. The time frame for me to be aware of participating teams and getting schedules done and distributed is very tight, so I ask that you please follow and respect that.

I wish you all a great holiday season!

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.