| By Kathy Miller

Congratulations to Long Island’s 6.0 and 8.0 Mixed-Doubles teams who both won at Sectionals and will be advancing to the National Championships. The 6.0 team played out of Christopher Morley and is captained by Darlene Sotomayor. The 8.0 team played out of Long Beach Tennis and is captained by Andrew Camacho. Good luck to both teams!

The 18 & Over League, 40 & Over League and the 55 & Over League are all underway. A few things to keep in mind that have come up in the first couple of weeks of play:

1. When entering scores, you are not done until you click on the “Finish” tab. If you do not, the scores do not show up in the standings.

2. Now that it is after June 1, all matches should be set. Any team now asking for a reschedule, automatically forfeits third doubles.

3. In timed matches, all bathroom breaks, injury timeouts, etc. must be completed with everyone back on court ready to play with at least 15 minutes left before the end of the match. There are no bathroom breaks or injury timeouts in the last 15 minutes of a timed match.

4. Sportsmanship, sportsmanship, sportsmanship! Yes, it’s nice to win your match, but have that win be based on your playing ability. Does it feel good to win a timed match based on stalling? I would think not yet it is the number one complaint.

5. Decide on match ending devices before the start of the match. Try not to have it be the home captain calling the match. Set a cellphone alarm, have the front desk flash the lights, etc.

6. Please do not have your spectators or teammates assist in making line calls from wherever they are watching from. There should not be any outside involvement.

I think that covers the things that have come up so far!

Captains have all playoff, Regional, Sectional and National Championship information. Below are the Playoff, Regional and Sectional (all to be played in Greenburg, N.Y.) and National Championship dates:

18 & Over
Ladies 2.5: Playoffs: Day & Night First vs. Second between July 13-17 & Regionals: Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Point Set. Sectionals: Aug. 7-9 & Nationals: Oct. 16-18 at Indian Wells, Calif.

Ladies 3.0: Day Playoffs: First vs. Fourth & Second vs. Third, then Winner vs. Winner playing between July 22-29 & Night Playoffs: Same format as the day playing between July 26-31 & Regionals: Sunday, Aug. 2 at Carefree Racquet Club. Sectionals: Aug. 14-16 & Nationals: Oct. 2-4 in Tucson, Ariz.

Ladies 3.5: Day & Night Playoffs: Same format as 3.0, playing between July 27-Aug. 7, & Regionals: Aug. 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Carefree Racquet Club. Sectionals: Aug. 21-23 & Nationals: Oct. 9-11 at Indian Wells, Calif.

Ladies 4.0: Day Playoffs: First vs. Second between July 27-31 & Night: First vs. Fourth & Second vs. Third, then Winner vs. Winner between July 27-Aug. 1 & Regionals: Aug. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Sportime Lynbrook. Sectionals: Aug. 14-16 & Nationals: Oct. 2-4 at Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Ladies 4.5: Playoffs: First vs. Second between Aug. 3-10 & Sectionals: Aug. 21-23 & Nationals: Oct. 9-11 at Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Ladies 5.0: Sectionals: Aug. 7-9 & Nationals: Oct. 2-4 at Indian Wells, Calif.

18 & Over
Men’s 3.0: Sectionals: Aug. 14-16 & Nationals: Oct. 2-4 at Tucson, Ariz.

Men’s 3.5: Playoffs: First vs. Second to be played the week of Aug. 3. Sectionals: Aug. 21-23 & Nationals: Oct. 9-11 at Indian Wells, Calif.

►Men’s 4.0: Playoffs: First vs. Second week of July 27. Sectionals: Aug. 14-16 & Nationals: Oct. 2-4 at Rancho Mirage, Calif.

►Men’s 4.5: Playoffs: First vs. Second, week of Aug. 10. Sectionals: Aug. 21-23 & Nationals: Oct. 9-11 at Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Men’s 5.0: Playoffs: Round One, the week of July 20. Round Two week of July 27. Sectionals: Aug: 7-9 & Nationals: Oct. 2-4 at Indian Wells, Calif.

40 & Over League
Women’s 3.0: Playoffs: Day First vs. Fourth & Second vs. Third, then Winner vs. Winner between July 19-July 22. Night is First Place Nassau vs. Second Place Suffolk and vice-versa between July 19-July 24. Regionals: July 26 at 9:00 a.m. at Carefree Racquet Club. Sectionals: Aug 7-9 & Nationals: Oct. 16-18 in Tucson, Ariz.

Women’s 3.5: Playoffs: Day First Place Nassau vs. Second Place Suffolk and vice-versa between Aug. 5-12. Night: Same format between Aug. 7-14. Regionals: Aug. 16 at 9:00 a.m. at Carefree Racquet Club. Sectionals: Aug. 28-30 & Nationals: Oct. 23-25 in Tucson, Ariz.

Women’s 4.0: Playoffs: Day 1 First vs. Fourth & Second vs. Third, then Winner vs. Winner between July 20-23. Night: First Place Nassau vs. Second Place Suffolk and vice-versa, then Winner vs. Winner between July 19-24. Regionals: July 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Carefree Racquet Club. Sectionals: Aug. 7-9 & Nationals: Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Indian Wells, Calif.

Women’s 4.5: Sectionals: Aug. 28-30 & Nationals: Oct. 23-25 at Indian Wells, Calif.

40 & Over League
Men’s 3.0: Playoffs: First vs. Second week of Aug. 10. Sectionals: Aug. 28-30 & Nationals: Oct. 16-18 at Tucson, Ariz.

Men’s 3.5: Playoffs: First vs. Fourth & Second vs. Third week of July 27 and Winner vs. Winner the week of Aug. 3. Sectionals: Aug. 28-30 & Nationals: Oct. 23-25 at Tucson, Ariz.

►Men’s 4.0: Playoffs: First vs. Fourth & Second vs. Third, Winner vs. Winner between July 26-31. Sectionals: Aug. 7-9 & Nationals: Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Indian Wells, Calif.

►Men’ s 4.5: Playoffs: First vs. Second, the week of Aug 10. Sectionals: Aug. 28-30 & Nationals: Oct. 23-25 in Indian Wells, Calif.

55 & Over League
All Sectionals will be held Sept. 18-20 in Greenburg, N.Y. All Nationals are in Surprise, Ariz.

Women’s 6.0: Playoffs: First vs. Second, the week of Aug. 17. Nationals: Oct. 23-25

Women’s 7.0: Playoffs: First vs. Fourth and Second vs. Third, the week of Aug. 17, and Winner vs. Winner, the week of Aug. 24. Nationals: Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Women’s 8.0: Playoffs: First vs. Second, the week of Aug. 24. Nationals: Oct. 23-25.

55 & Over League
All Sectionals will be held Sept. 18-20 in Greenburg, N.Y. All Nationals are in Surprise, Ariz.

Men’s 7.0: Playoffs: First vs. Second, the week of Aug. 24. Nationals: Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

►Men’s 8.0: Playoffs First vs. Fourth & Second vs. Third, the week of Aug. 10, Winner vs. Winner, the week of Aug. 17. Nationals: Oct. 23-25.

Men’s 9.0: Playoffs: First vs. Second, the week of Aug. 17. Nationals: Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Good luck in the remainder of your matches!

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.