| By Kathy Miller

Play will began for the USTA Adult leagues the week of May 13. We have a record number of 292 teams this summer playing in the 18 & Over, 40 & Over, and 55 & Over Divisions. For the 18 & Over and the 40 & Over League, playoffs will be held the week of July 28. Regional Championships will be held the weekend of Aug. 2 at Carefree Racquet Club in Merrick, N.Y. Sectional Championships will be as follows:

►August 9-11 18 & Over 2.5, 3.5, 4.0 and 5.0+
►August 16-18 18 & Over 3.0, 40 & Over 3.5 and 4.5+
►August 23-25 18 & Over 4.5, 40 & Over 3.0 and 4.0
►September 20-22 55 & Over 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0

All the above Championships will be held in Schenectady, N.Y. National dates and locations can be found on the USTA site, www.usta.com.

Things to keep in mind for the upcoming season: The 18 & Over League locally is one court of singles and two courts of doubles at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0+ Levels. The 5.0 Level is able to put two 5.5 players on their team. When you get to the playoff level and beyond, you will be playing two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. Therefore, we are allowing a 16-player maximum (14 for the 2.5 and 5.0+ which remains one singles and two doubles) to ensure that you having enough players to advance. This format is being used this year due to the limited court time to allow clubs to get all of their makeups in from Superstorm Sandy. Now seeing the available court time the clubs have supplied us with, we would not have been able to get the matches all scheduled had both the 18 & Over and the 40 & Over been five courts.

The 40 & Over League will be played on two courts of singles and three courts of doubles for the local season though Nationals. The roster maximum is 18 players. The League is run at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Levels, with the 4.5 Level able to add two 5.0 players.

The 55 & Over League will be played on three courts of doubles with all three courts being doubles. The roster limit is 18 players. The League is run at the combined levels of 6.0 (a 2.5 and a 3.5, or two 3.0 players), 7.0 (a 3.0 and a 4.0, or two 3.5 players), 8.0 (a 3.5 and a 4.5, or two 4.0 players) and 9.0 ( a 4.0 and a 5.0 or two 4.5 players).
Matches are $20 per person with the roster fee of $28 to join a team. If you are looking for a team, please contact me at kathym65@aol.com.

Lastly, good luck to all the mixed teams that will be playing in playoffs and those that will be advancing to Sectionals!

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.