| By Kathy Miller

The Mixed-Doubles League is now underway with playoffs beginning soon. To get the up-to-date League standings, go to www.litennisscores.com. The Long Island winning team from the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Divisions will advance to the Section Championship in Schenectady, N.Y. the weekend of May 30.

The League for the upcoming men and women’s season has a few changes: 

The 40 & Over League will begin as early in May as court time allows. We are hoping to start the first week in May and the League will run until the beginning of July with playoffs and the Regional Championship being completed by the third week in July. All Divisions, the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Divisions, are two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. Night matches can be played any night from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Day matches will follow these guidelines: The 3.0 and 4.0 Divisions will play Tuesday, Thursday and Friday starting no earlier than 9:30 a.m. and ending no later than 5:00 p.m. The 3.5 Division will play Monday, Wednesday and Friday following the same time restraints.

►​The 18 & Over League will have the 2.5 and 5.0+ Levels which are one court of singles and two courts of doubles. The 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 Levels are two singles and three doubles. The League will begin in early June and conclude mid-August. (except the 4.0 Level). Due to an earlier Section Championship, the 4.0 Level will begin mid-May and be completed by the first weekend in August. Night matches will follow the same guidelines as the 40 & Over League. Day matches will be as follows: 2.5 and 3.5 will be played on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The 3.0 and 4.0 Divisions will be played Monday, Wednesday and Friday following the same time restraints as the 40 & Over League.

►​The 55 & Over League is three courts of doubles and is based on combined ratings. We will have the 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 or a 3.5 & 4.5), and 9.0 (two 4.5 players of a 4.0 & 5.0) Levels. The League will start toward the end of June and will run as late into August as possible. Night teams will follow the same guidelines as the 18 & Over and 40 & Over Divisions. The days teams play are Monday-Friday, starting no earlier than 2:00 p.m. and ending no later than 7:00 p.m.

►​Matches are two hours in length and are $20 per player, which is paid to the club hosting the match. There is a $28 roster fee to be on a team and you must be a USTA member. If you would like to join a team, please e-mail kathym65@aol.com with your name, level, which league you are looking for, and if you want to join a day team or a night team.

Last year was very difficult for all involved with all three leagues running concurrently. With the limited court time, we are trying to come up with alternate options to have as little overlap as possible. This is something we will try this year and hope for better results than last season. With these challenges, we thank you for your patience. Please also be aware of how thin you are spreading yourself with the number of teams you are signing up for. 

Section championship dates
Weekend of Aug. 8-10: 18 & Over 2.5 and 5.0, 40 & Over 3.0 and 4.0

►Weekend of Aug. 15-17: 18 & Over  4.0, 40 & Over 3.5, 4.5+

►Weekend of Aug. 22-24: 18 & Over 3.0, 3.5, 4.5

►Weekend of Sept. 26-28: 55 & Over

Looking forward to a great season of USTA tennis!

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.