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Spring Mixed Doubles League

The Spring Mixed Doubles League is the least formal league event that we run.

Its primary function is to help us get our great tennis form back into shape after a long winter of hibernation and to prepare us for the more competitive summer league. The format is a mixed doubles event that will see you playing with a different partner each match in a round robin rotation.

Playing in the spring league is a great way for new members to show their stuff, which is valuable in determining placement in other league functions. The focus should be on tuning your game and getting to know new members. Have some fun!

 

Summer Mixed Doubles League

The Summer Mixed Doubles League is a reasonably competitive and structured league event.

Its primary function is to provide an opportunity to play competitive matches against players with a similar level of skill. The format is a mixed doubles event that will see you playing with a different partner each match in a round robin rotation. We accomplish this by grouping players into 3 flights to form the A (advanced), B (intermediate), and C (beginner) leagues. When the number of players in any one flight gets large, we will often break it into two sub-groups (e.g. B1 & B2) so that in an ideal situation, you would play with each player once in the league rotation.

Signup for the summer league occurs mainly on our annual Membership Day which is usually held on Mother's Day. A league cut-off date is typically set for one week later. A League Coordination Committee is then formed to take the names of all those who signed up and break them into the various leagues. This is a very complex task as we attempt to balance playerís abilities, within the constraints of the number of players we can accommodate and the assigned blocks of league court time.

When this balancing exercise is complete, hopefully most people will achieve a league placement that will provide competitive match play throughout the summer.

 

Summer Team Doubles League

The Summer Team Doubles League is perhaps our most competitive league event.

Its primary function is to provide an opportunity to play competitive matches against players with a similar level of skill. The bonus twist with this league is that you get to pick your partner and you stick with them for the duration of the league. This is a great opportunity to develop your mental game and doubles' strategy with a partner you know and whose playing style compliments your own.

Historically, only the more advanced players have stepped up to the plate to participate in this league. However, it would be great to see some newcomers get involved as well. If there is enough interest, we can easily create A/B/C flights just like the summer league.

With this format, rivalries often take shape as we race to the finish line to see who the top doubles partners will be for the year. Itís not for the faint of heart, but it is GREAT fun!

 

Fall Mixed Doubles League

The fall league is our season closer.

Its primary function is to provide ample opportunity for the tennis die-hards who just canít get enough tennis. The format is a mixed doubles event that will see you playing with a different partner each match in a round robin rotation.

Playing in the fall league is much less formal that the summer league, and the schedule rotation will be very much dependant on how many players sign up. Names are usually collected during our year end banquet event in August. Again, this is intended to be more of a fun event.

 

How The Leagues Are Formed

Creating the league schedules each year is not a simple task. We start each year with a list of names of people who have signed up for placement in the Ďleagueí that is typically 40-60 players long. A League Coordination committee is then formed to take the names of all those who signed up, and break them into the various leagues. This is a very complex task as we attempt to balance the following variables:

  • the number of players signed up

  • level of tennis skills and physical abilities

  • league placement and ranking for the previous few years

  • reliability in meeting their league commitments (i.e. no-shows)

  • the number of players we can accommodate in any one league rotation

  • ensuring each league is a multiple of 4 players to match the doubles schedule format

  • court time availability to accommodate league requirements

As you might imagine, this process is not an exact science. For newcomers, it is often difficult to place them since skill level is often an unknown; so the default placement is usually as a beginner unless early scouting reports say otherwise. For past league players, progressing up to more competitive leagues is most often determined by the previous 1-3 year's ranking, coupled with openings in the schedule of the next higher league. At times, moving down to a less competitive league may also occur if rankings were poor in previous year's or injury or abilities necessitate a change. Changes in league placement can also occur from year to year just based on sheer number crunching. For example, you might have 17 A-class members and 15 B-class members signed up for the league, but you must balance to a multiple of 4, or in this case 16 in each league. These types of situations are often decided by much more arbitrary decision making such as who signed up first.

When this balancing exercise is complete, hopefully most people will achieve a league placement that will provide competitive match play throughout the summer. Itís discouraging to lose overwhelmingly to stronger opponents. Likewise, itís not a lot of fun for stronger players to dominate play against weaker opponents. While the process is never perfect, for the most part, we are successful in achieving the desired result.

 

What Are My Responsibilities As A League Member?

You must have a paid up membership to participate in the league each year.

When you sign up for league you need to take your commitment seriously. Please show up promptly for each and every match you are scheduled to play. Arrive 15 minutes early to allow some warm up time. Supply 3 NEW tennis balls if the schedule shows that itís your turn to do so. If you can not play a scheduled game, you have 2 options:

  1. Call the other players and try to arrange an alternate date to play. As a common courtesy, do this well in advance, so that the other players can make alternate plans for the night. Itís frustrating to be heading out the door in your tennis gear, only to receive a call from someone saying they canít make it.

  2. Call someone on the Spares List and arrange for someone else to play on your behalf. The league rules allow you to do this twice in a league rotation but this is best reserved for such events as vacation time. Again, do this well in advance so the Spares List players can plan their personal lives as well.

Remember, if you donít show or make these alternate arrangements, your score for that week is 0 and all other players get 18. But even worse, you have to face those players next week and explain why you left them stranded on the court twiddling their thumbs, when they should have been playing their favorite game!

NOTE: Refer to the Events web page for specific league dates for the current year.
 

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