Congratulations to Jill Nagahara-Evans on her 18+ 3.5 team for making it to Round 1 of playoffs.
In case you missed the announcement by USTA a couple of weeks ago regarding league schedule changes, here it is again:
Dear Captains, Players and Organization Partners,
We are excited to announce that the popular Adult 40 & Over League will change from the current three line format to five lines for the 2018 season. This change will also cause Mixed 55 & Over and Mixed 40 & Over seasons to be moved on the league's calendar.
2018 Adult 40 & Over local league matches will consist of two singles matches and three doubles contests, just like Adult 18 & Over.
Since its inception in 2013, Adult 40 & Over local league matches have consisted of one singles match and two doubles matches. This format was originally adopted due to concerns from our facilities about the impact of another five-line league on court availability. However, USTA National required that District and Sectional Championships conform to the National format of five lines. Thus, many teams had difficulty qualifying enough players to field full line-ups (8 players) at championships. This resulted in numerous defaults, which are disappointing and create needless travel expenses for their opponents.
Moving to five lines should eliminate the default problem at Adult 40 & Over Championship events. It also will get more players on the court per match throughout the season, and fun, competitive match play is what we are all about! Finally, the teams we send to Nationals will be more fully stocked and better prepared.
We appreciate the USTA NorCal Board of Directors for approving this move, and as always appreciate the service and flexibility of our facilities. To minimize the impact on court usage, we are making several additional changes to the league calendar.
Mixed 40 & Over is moving to the Fall, where it will run alongside 2017 Combo. This will occur Fall 2017. The 2018 Mixed 40 & Over season will actually begin in 2017; registration will open July 17.
2018 Mixed 55 will move to the winter months and play alongside Adult 40 & Over.
In making decisions about the leagues program, your volunteer Adult League Committee and USTA NorCal staff constantly review survey data and seek input from players, captains, tennis directors, facility operators, our Board members and others. Please continue to let us know what you think as we strive to create the best recreational tennis experience possible.
Larry Olmstead Tamara Ramos
Adult League Committee Chair Adult League Manager