| By Kathy Miller

The USTA season is quickly approaching! All teams had to have at least eight players registered by March 1st to be put into the schedules which are now being worked on. Schedules will be distributed at the Captains Cocktail Party, set for Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, N.Y.

The 18 & Over League consists of 2.5 Level (plays one singles and two doubles courts), 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 Levels (plays two singles and three doubles courts), and 5.0+ Level which plays one singles and two doubles and may have two 5.5 rated players on their team. The 18 & Over League will run from May through August.

The 40 & Over League consists of 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Level players which all play two singles and three doubles courts with the 4.5 Level being allowed to carry two 5.0 players on their team. The 40 & Over League also runs from May through August.

The 55 & Over League consists of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Levels which are combined ratings playing three courts of doubles. The 6.0 Level can have a 2.5 and 3.5 play together or two 3.0 players. The 7.0 Level can have a 3.0 and 4.0 play together and two 3.5 players, etc.

We have not had the 65 & Over League in the past. A few people have asked about it and I would love to get it off the ground. The 65 & Over League is also three courts of doubles and combined ratings. If you are interested or know of people interested, let me know and we will see if we can get some matches played!

To play in the League, you must be a USTA member, pay the team registration fee of $28 and then it is $20 for each match you play which is paid to the club.

The USTA League is a great way to meet new people and to play some competitive, yet friendly tennis. Please e-mail me if you are interested in joining a team!

The mixed-doubles is presently playing with the season winding down. Matches will finish up in March, with level playoffs and Regional Championships (for 7.0 & 8.0) playing in April. The winning Long Island teams at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Levels will then advance to the Sectional Championship in Greenburgh, N.Y. the weekend of June 5. Good luck to all our mixed-doubles teams!

The doubles is Tri-Level League was played in the fall with the Sectional Championship being played in January. Our ladies team, captained by Debbie Cichon, won and will be advancing to Nationals in Indian Wells, Calif., the weekend of March 18. The team consists of Adrian Corwin, Arethia Williams, Michelle Bergman, Joan Valente, Monika Moiellando, Diana Davis, Jill Cohen, Darlene Pergola-Appolant and team captain, Debbie Cichon. Have a great time and good luck!

Lastly, people have been asking about a 40 & Over Mixed-Doubles League. To qualify for the 2015 Sectional Championships, which play the weekend of Sept. 26, 2015, we can try to do a weekend event the end of April/beginning of May. If there is interest, let me know.

I look forward to another successful year of USTA tennis and please, everyone remember, it is not about winning at all costs, it’s about good, fair tennis with good sportsmanship being the priority!

The First Annual Susan Alvy Memorial Tournament was a great success. The “B” Division winners were Paul Schnabel & Brain Connor and the “A” Division winners were Adam Kolenberg & Dean Jacoby. Judy & Barry Weiss, Susan’s sister and brother-in-law came to watch the “A” Division finals and presented to trophies. It was a great tournament, and we hope we did Susan proud!

Kathy Miller

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.