| By Kathy Miller

The Men's and Women's Tri-Level League finished their season with championship matches Dec. 17-18. In the women's final, Point Set, captained by Jenn Jaeger, defeated Rockville Racquet, captained by Jackie Gaines. In the men's final, Carefree's team, captained by Adam Kohlenberg, defeated Rockville Racquet, captained by Jonathan Klee. Both championship teams will now advance to the Sectional Championships in Albany, N.Y. this January.

Next up is the mixed-doubles league. All teams are registered with matches beginning the first week of January. It’s not too late to join as players can be added to team rosters until Feb. 15. The USTA mixed-doubles league runs from January to May, playing on weekends two to three times each month. Long Island fields teams at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0 levels. The league is based on combined NTRP ratings and matches consist of three courts of mixed-doubles playing for two hours per match.

March begins the organization for the Adult, Senior and Super Senior men’s and women’s leagues. In the Adult and Senior leagues, teams are based on the NTRP rating system. In the Adult League, play begins at the 2.5 Level for the women and 3.0 Level for the men with teams also at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 levels for both men and women. In the Senior League, women’s teams begin at 3.0 with both the men and women also having teams at the 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 Levels. Super Seniors are combined ratings with women’s teams at the 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0 Levels and men at the 7.0 and 8.0 Levels.

Play takes place from May through August, with a section championship for adults in Albany, N.Y. in August and for seniors and super seniors in September. The format for the league is as follows: Adult League: 2.5 and 5.0 is one court of singles and two courts of doubles with the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 playing two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. In both the Senior and Super Senior League, matches consist of three courts of doubles.
To get involved in the USTA Adult League Program, e-mail Kathy Miller, the Long Island USTA League Coordinator, at Kathym65@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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.