| By Kathy Miller

Congratulations to the Women’s 3.0 Senior Team from Point Set, captained by Marilyn Shimon, and the Women’s 3.5 Senior Team from Carefree Racquet, captained by Bonnie Kolenberg, for winning at Sectionals and advancing to the Nationals! A job well done! Also advancing to Nationals is the Super Senior 9.0 Men’s Team from Jericho-Westbury, captained by Ed Wolfarth.

The Mixed-Doubles League will be starting in early November. There will be divisions at the 6.0 Level (two 3.0 players or a 2.5 and 3.5), 7.0 Level (two 3.5 players or a 3.0 and 4.0), 8.0 Level (two 4.0 players or a 3.5 and 4.5), 9.0 Level (two 4.5 players or a 4.0 and 5.0). A match consists of three courts of mixed-doubles, and matches will be played on the weekends. There is a $25 roster fee, and each time you play a match, it is $20 which is paid to the club where the match is being held. If you would like to be placed on a team, please e-mail me at kathym65@aol.com and I will see if there are any teams still in need of players.

As many players have already heard, the USTA League will undergo a major restructuring for the 2013 season. The USTA League has been the Adult League which featured players 18 years of age and older; the Senior League, for players 50 years of age and older; and the Super Senior League, for players 60 years of age and older. Going forward, the league will be as follows:

►The 18 years of age and over division will be at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0+ Levels. Matches will consist of two courts of singles and three courts of doubles for the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 Levels. The 2.5 and 5.0 Levels will consist of one court of singles and two courts of doubles. At the 5.0 Level, since it is the highest level, two 5.5 players may play on the team, although both cannot play in the same match. When one of them does play, it must be in the singles position or in first doubles.

►The 40 years of age and over division will be at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Levels. All the levels will consist of two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. Since the 4.5 Level is the highest level, two 5.0 players can play on the team. Since these are five court matches as opposed to the three court matches that the 5.0+ Level has, both players can play in the same match, but it must be at first doubles or in the first singles position.

►The 55 years of age and over division will be combined levels of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0, which allows for player levels to follow the mixed levels outlined above. Matches will consist of three courts of doubles.

►There will be a division of 65 and over which I will have more information on in the coming weeks.

I am attending a workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3 where I will be getting all of the details for the new format and will hopefully be able to answer all questions then. Until then, Tri-Level matches are presently being played and mixed matches will be starting very shortly. Again, anyone interested in a mixed-doubles team, please let me know and I will see what spots are still available.

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.