In line with the USTA League restructuring to take place in 2013, the USTA Florida Section has announced that three additional age divisions will be added for 2013 -- Adult 65 & Over, and Mixed 40 & Over and Mixed 55 & Over.
The Adult 65 & Over division will feature three doubles matches offered at the straight levels of 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, & 4.5 for local league play and the 6.0-9.0 NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) levels at championships. This Adult 65 & Over division joins the three previously-announced adult divisions for 2013 -- Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over.
The Mixed 40 & Over and Mixed 55 & Over divisions will also feature three doubles matches each -- the 40 & Over at the 6.0-9.0 NTRP levels, and the 55 & Over at the 6.0-8.0 levels. These mixed divisions join the previously-announced mixed division for 2013 of 18 & Over.
USTA Florida Section league championships will be offered for all the newly-announced divisions, with national championships to be determined.
The new Florida league restructuring will take effect in January 2013, when the current monikers "Senior" (50 & over) and "Super Senior" (60 & over) will be replaced instead by a more representative grouping based on age (18-over, 40-over, 55-over, 65-over). USTA League research and focus group results predict a significant increase in the coming years in league participation, with changes designed to better align age groups with current and future league populations.
"USTA Florida is very excited about the upcoming age division restructuring as this is going to provide additional play opportunities, and more competitive matches for our members which will result in better NTRP ratings," said USTA Florida Director of Leagues Sandy Marshall. "It will also allow players to participate in more homogenous groupings if they choose."
The 18 & Over and the 40 & Over divisions will feature both singles and doubles, while the 55 & Over and 65 & Over divisions will consist of three doubles positions. Mixed doubles will also consist of three doubles positions.
Additional league restructuring possibilities include rule changes designed to give 5.0 and 5.5-rated singles players more league play opportunities, and will be voted on in 2012.
To keep up to date on USTA Florida league news go to www.florida.usta.com/AdultsSeniors/LeagueNews/