Throughout the March 7th weekend in Dothan Al., we played 4 matches within our flight--against North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi--and went undefeated, losing only 3 courts in the process. In the finals, we played Alabama (winner of Flight 1), and won all 3 courts, two of them in 3rd set tie-breaks. It was an
awesome weekend. (contributed by Chris Jones)
You must be age 65 or 55 in the year 2014 to register. Registration will close on March 28, 2014 at midnight. We hope to start both leagues on 4-13 and 4-12. The 65+ league will play on Sun afternoon at 2:30 pm. The 55+ league will play on Sat morning at 9 am.
The following levels of play will be offered: 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0. There will be 9.0 offered in the 55+ only. The 9.0 Mixed 55+ may play their local season at the State Championships. The partnership ratings can’t add up to more than the level of the team, and the man and woman can’t be more than 1.0 apart in ratings.
by Susan Mock
.I have been playing USTA tennis since 1991 so you would think that I know all of the rules of Friend at Court and The Code. Well, it turns out that I don't! So, I would like to share some of my new knowledge with you. If you are already aware of my new discoveries, that is fabulous. Okay, on to rule 28 of The Code. What is interesting about The Code is that these are not part of the IFT Rules of Tennis. It is, according to the sub-title, "The Players Guide to Fair Play and Unwritten Rules of Tennis." You do not have to follow these rules, but will be considered an unprincipled lout if you don't. My italics, not USTAs.
The Code is divided into several sections; Preface, Principles, Warm-Up, Making Calls, Serving, Scoring, Hindrance Issues, When to Contact Official and Ball Issues. The first one under discussion today is under Serving. It reads "Obvious faults. A player shall not put into play or hit over the net an obvious fault. To do so constitutes rudeness and may even be a form of gamesmanship. On the other hand, if a player does not call a serve a fault and gives the opponent the benefit of a close call, the server is not entitles to replay the point." Thus, if you receive a serve that is out, long, wide, whatever, do not hit it back. If you hit it back, and do not call it, it can be considered a good serve and the point counts. Of course, we would never do that.
What I also found interesting was rule 22. "A player is not required to show an opponent the mark. The opponent shall not pass the net to inspect the mark." How about that one!
I have been guilty of the first one forever, but have never asked to see a mark. I guess I am only a slightly unprincipled lout, but I thought these were really interesting. I also don't get out much.
Hope you are all having a wonderful season.
Your LLC in training,