Sunday, March 12 was the final day to register for a USTA Men’s and Women’s team for the upcoming 18 & Over, 40 & Over, 55 & Over and 65 & Over Leagues. To register a team, please contact Kathy Miller by e-mail at Kathym65@aol.com.
The 18 & Over League has teams for men and women at the 2.5 Level (plays one court of singles and two courts of doubles), the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 Level (plays two courts of singles and three courts of doubles). There is also a 5.0+ Level which allows two 5.5 players on the team (plays one court of singles and two courts of doubles). Play will begin in May for all levels and will run approximately 10 weeks.
The 40 & Over League has teams for men and women at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Levels (all play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles). The 4.5+ Division allows three 5.0 players on the team. Play will begin in May for all levels and will run for approximately 10 weeks.
The 55 & Over League has teams at combined levels of 6.0 (two 3.0 players or a 2.5 & 3.5), 7.0 (two 3.5 players or a 3.0 & 4.0), 8.0 (two 4.0 players of a 3.5 & 4.5), and 9.0 (two 4.5 players or 4.0 & 5.0). All levels play three courts of doubles. Play will begin mid-June and run for approximately 10 weeks.
The 65 & Over League is relatively new. Last season, we had teams at the 7.0 Level for both the men and the women. We have interest in the 8.0 Division and would love to get teams. Please reach out to people you think might like to play and we will get some teams together! Matches consist of three courts of doubles with play beginning the end of June.
The Captain’s Cocktail Party, where the seasons schedule is distributed, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club on Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, N.Y. This Party is for one captain per team only. New rules will be discussed, schedules distributed and questions answered, while enjoying the Cocktail Party with the other captains in your divisions. It’s a nice way to kick off the upcoming season!
The Tri-Level League is played from October to December, with the Sectional Championship in January. The women’s team from Sportime Roslyn, captained by Gigi Banks and Alyssa Bonadonna, and the men’s team from Christopher Morley, captained by Mitchell Low, were the winning Long Island teams! Both teams fought hard and came in second at the Sectionals. Great job!
The 40 & Over Mixed-Doubles League was also played in the fall and will play their Sectional Championship in September 2017. The winning Long Island teams are: The 6.0 team out of Christopher Morley, captained by Sharon Tai-Yap. The 7.0 team is out of Blue Point, captained by Hank Winnicki; the 8.0 team out of Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Donna Healy; and the 9.0 team out of Hempstead Lake/Sportime Roslyn is captained by Cecil Hollins and Roz Chua.
Good luck to all teams!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.