| By Kathy Miller

For the first time, Long Island had a 40 & Over USTA Mixed-Doubles League coordinated by Jamie Stickney. We had a total of 28 teams participate at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Levels. The 6.0 winning team plays out of Christopher Morley Park and is captained by Sharon Tai-Yap. The 7.0. 8.0 and 9.0 Levels are too close to call at the time this article went to print. Good luck to all of our teams advancing to the Sectional Championship.

We also had a Men’s and Women’s Tri-Level League this fall. The Tri-Level League consists of three courts of doubles, with one court at the 3.5 Level, one at the 4.0 Level and one at the 4.5 Level. The playoffs will be played in mid-December, with the winning men’s team and winning women’s team advancing to the Sectional Championships in January. Good luck to all of the Long Island teams!

The 18 & Over Mixed-Doubles League is underway, with matches already in progress. We have teams at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Levels. Matches take place on weekends, and will be played through the end of April, with the playoffs beginning in May. The winning Long Island teams will play at the Sectional Championships in June. For additional information on the 18 & Over Mixed-Doubles League, you can contact Jamie at LIMixedUSTA@gmail.com.

Next up will be the Men’s and Women’s USTA Leagues with the organizing starting in February and play beginning in May. We will have teams in the 18 & Over League (must turn 18 in the 2017 calendar year) at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0+ Levels. The 40 & Over League (must turn 40 in the 2017 calendar year) will field teams at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Levels. Teams at the 2.5 and 5.0 Levels will play one court of singles and two courts of doubles. The remaining Levels play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles.

Long Island also runs the 55 & Over League, and for the first time last season, we fielded a Women’s Division in the 65 & Over League. Both the 55 & Over and the 65 & Over Leagues consist of three courts of doubles at the 6.0 Level (combined ratings of 2.5 and 3.5 or two 3.0 players), the 7.0 Level (a 3.0 and 4.0 or two 3.5 players), the 8.0 Level (a 4.5 and 3.5 or two 4.0 players) and the 9.0 Level (a 4.0 and 5.0 or two 4.5 players).

Registration for all leagues will begin in February. All teams must be entered no later than March 1, 2017 to be in the league. For more information or to enter a team in the League, please contact Kathy Miller at Kathym65@aol.com.

Looking forward to a successful 2017 of USTA League tennis on Long Island!

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.