| By Kathy Miller

At the time of this article submission, the mixed-doubles season was coming to an end. The 6.0 and 9.0 Divisions finished up recently with the Hempstead Lake team, captained by Darlene Sotomayor and Adam Moramarco, advancing to the Section Championship in Albany the weekend of May 30-June 1. The 9.0 Division winning team to represent Long Island will be the team from Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Chris Colesanti.

The 7.0 and 8.0 Divisions have to play a three-team round-robin Region Championship before advancing to the Section Championship. Playing the weekend of April 25 for the 7.0 Division will be Eastern Athletic Melville, captained by Jamie Stickney; Sportime Massapequa, captained by Ann Reid; and Sportime Syosset, captained by Dawn Schosberg. Playing the same weekend for the 8.0 Division is the Long Beach team, captained by Andrew Camacho; the World Gym Setauket team, captained by Wayne Freeman; and another team from Long Beach, captained by Anthony Cristi. Good luck to all the teams!

The 40 & Over Men’s and Women’s League begins play the first week of May. The 18 & Over has most levels beginning the first week in June and the 55 & Over Levels starting at the end of June. We are hoping with a little less overlap, things will be more manageable for both the captains and players. 

The 18 & Over League has teams at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0+ Levels. The 2.5 and 5.0+ matches consist of one court of singles and two courts of doubles. The 5.0+ Level may have two players with a 5.5 rating on their team, although only one can play in each match and must play the singles court or on the first doubles court. The other levels matches are two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The 40 & Over League has teams at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Levels. All levels are also two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The 4.5+ teams can have two players on their team with a 5.0 rating. Both can play in the same match, but must play first singles or first doubles.

New this year is the point system on the USTA TennisLink site. The standings Web site of www.litennisscores.com will no longer be in existence. The standings on TennisLink will be accurate and will be followed in determining playoffs and/or advancement. The Long Island rules, as well as grievance information and forms, can be found on www.longisland.usta.com

Anyone looking for a team should contact me (Kathy Miller, USTA Eastern Long Island Region League Coordinator) by e-mail at kathym65@aol.com. When inquiring, please include your level of play and the town you live in.

Looking forward to a good season of great matches, new tennis friends, and above all, good sportsmanship!

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.