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LCTA Mixed Doubles Announcement

March 26, 2009 02:43 AM
2009 Mixed Doubles

Most of the Adult and Senior teams are past the midway point of their seasons; so, while there are still many important matches to play, it is time to start thinking about mixed doubles. To that end, teams can begin registering, via TennisLink, for the LCTA Mixed Doubles League, Senior Mixed Doubles League, and Super Senior Mixed Doubles League starting on Monday, March 23. Once the captain has created the team in TennisLink, he/she should provide the team players with the team number so that they can register for the team. The registration fee continues to be $9 plus the TennisLink fee of $3, for a total of $12. Please note that, for the first time, we will be having a Super Senior Mixed Doubles League, and will have competition at the 6.0. 7.0, and 8.0 levels.

In order to play in any of the Mixed Doubles Leagues, the team must be signed up in TennisLink by midnight on Friday, April 24. Furthermore, there must be at least enough players on the roster in order to field a complete team for a match, i.e., three eligible partnerships.

What is an eligible partnership? Except for the 2.5 flight, it is a man and a woman whose combined rating is no higher than the level of the flight and who individual ratings are no more than 1.0 apart. For the 2.5 flight in the Adult and Senior Leagues, an eligible partnership is a man and a woman each with a 2.0 or 2.5 rating. Additional players can be added to the team after April 24 (until the start of the last scheduled match for that level), but that is the minimum number of players for a team to be included in the 2009 Mixed Doubles leagues schedules.

Finally, the South Carolina rules require approvals to play in South Carolina for those people who have addresses with USTA that are in another state. It is the responsibility of the captain to make sure that everyone on the roster has a SC address. If someone does not, there are two options. If the person has moved to SC and not changed their address with USTA, they should send an email to memberservices@usta.com and ask them to correct the address in the USTA Membership Database. If the player truly lives in another state, and is here on a part-time basis, but wants to play Mixed Doubles in our league, then the player or captain needs to contact me or Dee Mack as soon as possible in order to get a form to request the approval.

These requests require the approval of two people; so you may not get an approval in time if you submit the request only a day or two before the player is scheduled to play a match. The one exception to this requirement is that if the person has had approval in the past to play in SC and the same level they are going to play, and they played at that level in the LCTA last year, then they do not need to seek another approval.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, Dee Mack (LCTA Mixed Doubles Coordinator), or Judi Fillinger (LCTA Senior and Super Senior Mixed Doubles Coordinator). Our phone numbers and email addresses are available on the LCTA web site under About/Contact Us.

We are looking forward to a great mixed doubles season, and hope that you and your teammates will be playing.

Bob Peiffer
President and Local League Coordinator
peifferr@musc.edu
lcta@knology.net

 

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