| By Kathy Miller

Registration has begun for USTA League Summer teams! We will have teams for the 18 & Over League, the 40 & Over League, 55 & Over League, and we are working at getting teams for the 65 & Over League.

18 & Over League
The minimum age for players is that they must turn 18 in the 2016 calendar year. We have teams at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0+ Levels. The 2.5 and 5.0+ play one court of singles and two courts of doubles. The 5.0+ League can have two 5.5 players on their team. All of the other levels play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. League play begins in mid-May and runs through the end of July.

40 & Over League
The minimum age for players is that they must turn 40 in the 2016 calendar year. We have teams at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Levels. All matches feature two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The 4.5+ League can have three 5.0 players with two playing in each match. The 40 & Over League also plays from mid-May until the end of July.

55 & Over League
The minimum age for players is that they must turn 55 in the 2016 calendar year. We have teams at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Levels. The 55 & Over League is run with combined ratings. The 6.0 Level is for 2.5-3.5 players, the 7.0 for 3.0-4.0 players, the 8.0 for 3.5-4.5 players, and the 9.0 for 4.0-5.0 players. Matches are three courts of doubles. This League plays from the first week of June until mid-August.

65 & Over League
The minimum age for players is that they must turn 65 in the 2016 calendar year. This will be the first year for Long Island to have teams play in the 65 & Over League. Right now, we have a women’s 7.0 League and would love to get more levels playing. The 65 & Over follows the same rating and format of the 55 & Over.

Playoffs for all leagues have not yet been determined, as teams are still registering. However, the Sectional and National Championship schedule can be found at LITennisMag.com/UpcomingEvents.

I must know of all teams by early March 1. Scheduling will then be done and the Captain’s Cocktail Party where the schedules will be distributed is on Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y.

Anyone looking to be placed on a team, please let me know and I will do my best to get you placed. Please understand that I do not put the teams together. Team captains assemble the teams, and I cannot guarantee finding spots for all people looking, but will try.

I look forward to a successful season of USTA League tennis where everyone’s goal is to show the best possible sportsmanship … okay, so I’m a dreamer!

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.