The Mixed-Doubles season is underway, having begun in October. Playoffs are as follows:
►6.0 Level: 1st vs. 2nd playing the weekend of March 28
►7.0 Level: 1st vs. 2nd playing the weekend of April 11
►8.0 Level: 1st vs. 2nd playing the weekend of April 11
►9.0 Level: 1st vs. 4th and 2nd vs. 3rd playing the weekend of March 21, and the two winning teams play the weekend of March 28
Since the 7.0 and 8.0 Levels have three divisions, the winner of each playoff will now play a three-team round-robin at a Regional Championship the weekend of April 25. The winner from each Level will then advance to the Sectional Championship the weekend of May 30-June 1st in Schenectady, N.Y.
The season for the 40 & Over League will be starting the first week in May and will play until the beginning of July. The season for the 18 & Over League will start the beginning of June and play until the beginning of August. The 55 & Over League will begin mid- to end of June and play until the end of August. We are doing our best to have as little overlap of Leagues as possible. Due to limited court time, it is impossible to not have any overlap, but we are trying to keep it to a minimum and here is what we are going to try for the upcoming season:
►40 & Over League: Players must turn 40 in the calendar year of 2014. A match will consist of two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The levels for the 40 & Over League are 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+. At the 4.5 Level, a team may have two 5.0 players who must play first singles or first doubles. It is our goal to schedule eight to 10 matches for each team.
►18 & Over League: Players must turn 18 in the calendar year of 2014. The levels are 2.5 which plays one court of singles and two courts of doubles. The 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 Levels will play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The 5.0+ Level plays one court of singles and two courts of doubles and may have two 5.0 players on the team who can play the singles spot or first doubles only. It is our goal to schedule eight to 10 matches for each team.
►55 & Over League: Players must turn 55 in the calendar year of 2014. This League is combined levels of 6.0 (two 3.0 players, a 2.5 & 3.5), 7.0 (two 3.5 players or a 3.0 and 4.0), 8.0 (two 4.0 players or a 3.5 and 4.5), and 9.0 (two 4.5 players or a 4.0 and 4.5). Matches consist of three courts of doubles. Our goal is to schedule eight to 10 matches for each team.
We ask that captains please find out how committed your players are to your team. Last season, players spread themselves too thin, coupled with the new format giving teams a huge amount of matches during the same season of all leagues, made for a tremendous amount of forfeited courts. Clubs were very unhappy as were the players. I ask that players please consider that a captain’s job is a difficult one and often a thankless one. Many captains had a lot of extra work last year in getting a full lineup for matches. Please consider the amount of time needed for each team that you join.
Anyone looking for a team or would like to start a team, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I must know of all teams by March 1, 2014.
We are looking forward to a successful season of USTA Adult League play!
Lastly, Good luck to our Tri-Level teams which will be competing at the Section Championship in Schenectady, N.Y. the weekend of Jan. 18-19. Our ladies team is captained by Debbie Cichon and our men’s team is captained by Ian Shapiro.
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 email@example.com.