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Annika
11-27-2009, 12:46 PM
Wondered how one goes about starting a Flex League (USTA) in singles, during the same time as USTA reg seasons?

Someone just came up with it for doubles but only for the OFF seasons.

Oldracquet27
11-27-2009, 07:55 PM
Hi, what exactly do you mean? i do not understand your point..

Ken Honecker
11-28-2009, 01:51 AM
I guess they live in an area like me where there are no Flex leagues and wish, like me, that there were. If you look at the USTA site they really aren't that common.

catfish
11-28-2009, 06:39 AM
If you want to start a USTA league of any kind, you should start by contacting your District leagues administrator and asking the procedure for starting a league. Since Flex Leagues don't have a post season, you can probably run a flex league whenever you want. I'm not sure what you mean by USTA "Reg" season. There is no USTA League Division by that name.

JavierLW
11-28-2009, 07:59 AM
If you want to start a USTA league of any kind, you should start by contacting your District leagues administrator and asking the procedure for starting a league. Since Flex Leagues don't have a post season, you can probably run a flex league whenever you want. I'm not sure what you mean by USTA "Reg" season. There is no USTA League Division by that name.

In some areas like mine, league tennis is mostly done in the summer.

The rest of the season is considered sort of an "off season", where most people spend time playing in indoor club leagues, PCT, or tennis mixers and clinics for non-members. (except for the occasional non-progressive USTA League)

Cindysphinx
11-28-2009, 08:17 AM
I'm a little confused also.

If by reg season, you mean the spring adult season that runs from April-June, those matches consist of two singles and three doubles, so there is ample opportunity to play singles.

Around here, there is no USTA league singles apart from that spring adult season. Singles players find this frustrating. The problem is that all of our matches are indoors, and it starts to get expensive to field a singles league because the court time would be divided between two players instead of four for doubles.

Most devoted singles players join clubs and play on their ladders. Most of them also play the various doubles leagues, on the theory that it is better than nothing.

catfish
11-28-2009, 08:32 AM
I'm thinking the OP meant Adult League Season (usually 3 doubles and 2 singles). I guess since that league has been around the longest people think of that as the "regular" season.

JavierLW
11-28-2009, 08:33 AM
I'm a little confused also.

If by reg season, you mean the spring adult season that runs from April-June, those matches consist of two singles and three doubles, so there is ample opportunity to play singles.

Around here, there is no USTA league singles apart from that spring adult season. Singles players find this frustrating. The problem is that all of our matches are indoors, and it starts to get expensive to field a singles league because the court time would be divided between two players instead of four for doubles.

Most devoted singles players join clubs and play on their ladders. Most of them also play the various doubles leagues, on the theory that it is better than nothing.

Not every area has a court shortage such as yours.

We have plenty of other activities going on here even during our "regular" season. If enough people wanted to do the flex league, it would work, no need to be too confused about it.

(they'd do it because they want to play singles, AND they desire the "flex" part of the league)

There isnt really ample opportunity to play singles in the regular league because only 2 people get to play singles. Not every team is going to let every single person play singles.

Annika
11-28-2009, 10:49 AM
I did get my answers. It seems like this Flexleague will run in the winter and summer, when the USTA regular season is not running. That's all I needed to know.

JavierLW
11-28-2009, 11:40 AM
I did get my answers. It seems like this Flexleague will run in the winter and summer, when the USTA regular season is not running. That's all I needed to know.

That's probably something you need to ask your local league coordinator or section coordinator. I cant imagine what would keep them from running it during any time of the year (since it is the flex league.....), but that's likely a local decision.

If you go to www.usta.com, and browse to the sections your best bet is to contact whoever the coordinator is for your section and ask them.

Probably asking here is the worst place, because many areas do not have a flex league at all. (we dont in my city, but I dont see why we couldnt if there was enough interest)

catfish
11-28-2009, 01:42 PM
We had a non-USTA Singles "Flex Type" League in our area and it only lasted one year. People signed up for the league and then didn't show up for matches, wouldn't return calls or emails to other players, and it was a big mess. Many of the players said they got too busy, and since this wasn't USTA and the scores didn't go into TennisLink, it didn't "mean anything" and they lost interest. :confused:

Steady Eddy
11-28-2009, 02:05 PM
I did get my answers. It seems like this Flexleague will run in the winter and summer, when the USTA regular season is not running. That's all I needed to know.Then why make the thread? Trolling?

Cindysphinx
11-28-2009, 03:42 PM
Not every area has a court shortage such as yours.

We have plenty of other activities going on here even during our "regular" season. If enough people wanted to do the flex league, it would work, no need to be too confused about it.

(they'd do it because they want to play singles, AND they desire the "flex" part of the league)

There isnt really ample opportunity to play singles in the regular league because only 2 people get to play singles. Not every team is going to let every single person play singles.

See how in my reply to Annika I prefaced my remarks with "Around here"?

I meant to talk about the situation *around here.* Meaning metro DC, where I live.

I guess your situation and circumstances are somewhat different, wherever it is that you live. The things you suggest are not true *around here.*