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LanceStern
01-04-2009, 11:42 PM
Don't know if anyone else has signed up or even knows about the Flex League, but it's (in my opinion) an awesome idea by the USTA to get those of us with really busy schedules to get out there and play some matches that are still official.

I'm a busy college student myself and would love to play more official USTA matches, but just can't find the time. With flex leagues supposedly you can get the chance to set up the match times and dates yourself (within a certian limit) and play people your own level, and it's still official!

Best part is, I don't have to pay to be a USTA member to join, though you do get a discount.

Anybody a part of it in the So. California region? I'm doing the 4.0 level cause I'm not too sure where I'm at compared to 4.5s. The next league is coming up real fast (end date is Jan. 26)

VAmazona
01-13-2009, 12:00 AM
Would love to do it in my area, but i don't live in OC/SD (anymore :( ) Wish they had one for LA and the SFValley.

goober
01-13-2009, 05:16 AM
Don't know if anyone else has signed up or even knows about the Flex League, but it's (in my opinion) an awesome idea by the USTA to get those of us with really busy schedules to get out there and play some matches that are still official.

I'm a busy college student myself and would love to play more official USTA matches, but just can't find the time. With flex leagues supposedly you can get the chance to set up the match times and dates yourself (within a certian limit) and play people your own level, and it's still official!

Best part is, I don't have to pay to be a USTA member to join, though you do get a discount.

Anybody a part of it in the So. California region? I'm doing the 4.0 level cause I'm not too sure where I'm at compared to 4.5s. The next league is coming up real fast (end date is Jan. 26)

Although USTA flex leagues are part of the USTA, they are not official matches in the sense they do not affect your NTRP computer ratings. The competition at each NTRP level is easier than in an official league match. There are a lot of self raters playing up or computer rated players that play up a level. Just FYI

tennisgirl4evr
01-13-2009, 08:32 AM
You should try the original Flex League, http://ultimatetennis.com. It's been going on for years in Tampa, Atlanta and now in SoCal and NoCal as well as other cities. USTA just started their flex leagues in response to their success. UT has great competition at all levels, and prizes for the championships. Their spring season is starting soon, too, not sure of exact deadline, but the website will tell you. I've played it for years and love it.

GeoffB
01-14-2009, 06:48 AM
Although USTA flex leagues are part of the USTA, they are not official matches in the sense they do not affect your NTRP computer ratings. The competition at each NTRP level is easier than in an official league match. There are a lot of self raters playing up or computer rated players that play up a level. Just FYI

Having played three 4.0 flex leagues in NorCal last year, I completely agree with you. The level of competition in adult (team) 4.0 league was clearly tougher. This partly because of "playing up" in the flex leagues - a couple of 3.5s and even 3.0s entered the flex league (no way would they have gotten a spot on a 4.0 team). A new rule in NorCal disallows playing up more than .5 above your ranking - we'll see if this helps. The majority of my flex opponents were legitimate 4.0 players, but these were often doubles players who were using the flex league to enjoy a bit of singles. Nothing wrong with that - they're fine players. But obviously 4.0 singles specialists will be better at singles competition.

That said, it's good practice, it's inexpensive, and it's a great way to meet players in your area. I may not continue to play flex league, mainly because I've met so many players through flex league by now that I'd rather just call up the stronger players and schedule a friendly.

TennisDawg
01-24-2009, 09:29 PM
Seems like a great idea. But it is only offered in 4 states Calif, Florida GA and forgot the other State.

goober
01-25-2009, 05:55 AM
Seems like a great idea. But it is only offered in 4 states Calif, Florida GA and forgot the other State.

These are the cities they have now for winter season:

Buffalo
Miami
Orange County(CA)
Orlando
Palm Beach County
Phoenix
San Diego
St Pete/Clearwater


They are adding Brooklyn, Rochester and Queens next session and Chicago, Manhattan after that.

You can always play Kswiss/ultimate or Peach. They are basically the same thing.

J-Mac
01-29-2009, 08:45 PM
I know they don't have flex leagues everywhere yet. I used to play in a flex league but they don't have one where I live now.

It probably won't be long though.

I tried out the TennisTour over the winter. http://www.tennistour.org
The site is pretty slick.

It looks like they have leagues in nearly every large city.

Might be worth checking out. I liked the flex league idea but this actually works out better for me because I get to pick who I play.

dabudabuda
01-31-2009, 12:07 PM
anybody playing the 4.5 or 5.0 san diego usta flex league? since it is pretty new here i wanted to get an idea how many players are in each division->mostly whether there are enough to make it worth.