The 40+ league has made me feel like one of my kids

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  1. dizzlmcwizzl

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    And I don't mean this in a good way!

    I play my non-league tennis at a public facility in the middle of our biggest city. There usually are many 4.0/4.5 folks around to play pick-up tennis ... however, for the last month these folks have simply not been coming out. I believe this is because the same players are already committed to 2 or 3 league matches a week and cannot find time for practice or social tennis.

    With the addition of the 40+ league and it's 5 courts of play there are simply many more chances to play league tennis for someone like me and my friends.

    Right now I truly feel like my kids ... everything for them has to be arranged before hand .... no one leaves the house without a play date already arranged.
     
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  2. Angle Queen

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    Sux, don't it, Dizz.

    We are fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood with lots of kids and lots of cul-de-sacs. But I'll be danged if many of the parents will just let the kids wander over, around...knock on doors and say "can Jane come out and play?"

    I'm actually moving in the opposite direction. After many years of structured league play, I'm making the decision to cut back on that...and concentrate on more informal play. Luckily, I'm a member at an active racquet club with lots of courts and playing opportunities. I'm looking forward to playing a bit more on my schedule, with people I want to...or haven't had the chance to either because of our ratings or teams. It might be a challenge to get things rolling this fall, but I'm looking forward to it.

    All I know is, I'm infinitely glad to not be in the 40+ league, which starts next week. Summer has finally hit here in Richmond -- we're expecting 95F with 90% humidity today -- and I'd rather go splash in the pool with my kiddies. :)
     
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  3. tennismonkey

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    dizzle -- i'll have my mom call your mom and set up a playdate for us to hit. my mom can bring an epi pen in case someone has peanut allergies. maybe some capri suns too.

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    and yes i remember as a kid walking or riding my bike to my friends house and knocking on their door. can timmy come out to play? and then we'd play football or build a treehouse in the woods with real hammers and nails and we'd drink from the garden hose and go to the pool for about 10 hours and not wear sunblock and we wouldn't come home til it was dark or supper time.
     
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  4. dcdoorknob

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    If you think that's bad, trying being under 40 and seeing many of the other players you've been used to hitting with play in extra leagues that you can't participate in (or just flat out moving to 40+ leagues only with a team that used to be 18+), and then not coming out for "pick up tennis" as often. Their extra playing opportunities translates directly into fewer playing opportunities for me.

    (I'm aware that being under 40 is not a bad thing overall :), but the situation with the tennis has become frustrating.)
     
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  5. dizzlmcwizzl

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    Don't forget the sunblock .....
     
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    I think I reached a zenith last August ... I had left the house to do some errands and took my bag "just in case".

    I showed up at our courts because I was in the neighborhood and ended up playing pickup tennis for 3 sets with 3 solid 4.5 players. No plans, no texting, no phone calls ... just walk up and play.

    This summer, absolutely nothing on the pick up end. I have played 11 adult league matches which is way more than I thought I would get .... but I long for the surprise "look what I found" tennis that is way more interesting.
     
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  7. maggmaster

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    I schedule a ball machine at my club every day at 4:30, I almost never actually use it. I hit with juniors and seniors and the pros at the club and really anyone who wants to hit with me. I have found my best practice partners this way.
     
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  8. Mongolmike

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    I've got a couple of non-league friends who are not happy with me at all... 3 leagues and a different social group on a 4rth day is enough for me for a week (and occasionally I like to go hit with my ball machine and hit serves by myself to work on things)... and the non-league friends unfortunately are odd men out. What-cha gonna do??
     
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  9. texacali

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    Yup. I thought this would be a non-league summer for me...now I am in three leagues. So it takes careful schedule choreography with the family to track matches and practice and not create calendar conflicts.
     
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  10. Alchemy-Z

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    Same boat...I use to go to the courts with a basket of balls if no one was their (about 10% of the time-I'd play the wall) the other 90% no matter what level/sex/age you could always say (want to hit and people pretty much always would)

    now the city park courts are dominated by league schedules and just going out for a hit you need a schedule just to know what times courts might be free...

    so far the solution is driving 30min to play with friends who have a neighborhood set of courts that only members and guest can play at.
     
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  11. purple-n-gold

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    ah man, brings back memories, tks monkey
     
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    dittos.

    I'm a city/suburb kid. We didn't have to be home til the street lights came on. :p But we had family from The Country and those were some awesome Summers.

    But good stuff, that.

    We've got a small stream/creek out back. Can't wait to take my two girlies out there...get 'em in trouble. Too bad they're not boys. Then I'd really be able teach 'em how to wreck havoc! Still need to find a place where I can teach mine how to skip stones, catch tadpoles and skinny dip.

    ps...darn...I'm one of those mommies that's gotta bring The Pen. One trip to the ped-ER in an ambulance was more than enough for me. :(
     
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    I've found the "gold mine" of frequent pick up tennis. I live in a mid sized city with popular city park courts that happen to be located right by an academic "hub" (Law School, Pharmacy School, Medical College, Grad School, and even a small undergrad).

    Higher learning typically attracts many international students, and our favorite sport is a world sport! On any given night I'm playing Professors from Africa, students from Russia, Montenegro, Asia, and more.

    Thankfully keeping up with these kids has kept me from having to settle for the 40+ boredom fest that my buddies sometimes drag me to...where the most common statement is "I prefer double"...no thanks!

    My advice to all who want to stay and play young...seek out the college areas!
     
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    I hope this doesn't sound like whining and that everyone takes it in the spirit it is meant---but for crying out loud, how is it a bad thing for there to be more opportunities to play organized tennis? When one guy says he can't find friends available to play pick-up tennis anymore, and blames it on them all playing in the 40+ league, doesn't that in itself tell you that some people, at least all those friends of his, ARE taking advantage of the new league opportunity and enjoying the chance to play more league tennis? I have nothing against pick-up tennis, wherever it may be found, but I have a really hard time seeing a new league to play in as a bad thing.
     
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  15. asimple

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    As much as it seems like a good thing and is, I am happy my USTA year/season is almost over. I played in 4 different divisions 18+ and 40+ 4.0 and 4.5 and pretty much had constant match opportunities. I really enjoyed these matches, but league matches are a bit more stressful than pick up tennis. I will be happy to start playing more of the fun less competitive matches again in a couple of weeks.
     
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  16. Tennisguy3000

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    This is why I love stand alone hitting walls beside tennis courts. Great to warm up on the wall & find other randoms to have a hit.

    I also joined two mixed dubs leagues & met many new hitting partners there.

    Good luck on finding some new players.

    Cheers ~ G
     
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    .... I am grateful for the increased opportunity. I am a new 4.5 and I truthfully thought that I would be lucky to get into 5 league matches this season. With the increased demand to get players on the court I have played 11 matches and we are only halfway through the season.

    .... However, there is this little hideaway in the middle of the city that is a really special place to play. At one time on any random weeknight you would find between 10 and 15 players randomly looking to play or to drill. Unfortunately the flow of players to this spot has diminished to a trickle.

    Instead I am basically partnered with the same guy for each match against players whom I will likely never see again. I miss the diversity of experience I used to have.

    I am still getting to play, so I suppose I should stop whining about it ... but isn't that what TT is for?
     
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  18. tennismonkey

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    i thought TT is for people to complain about pushers. i didn't know we were allowed to whine about other things. tenniswarehouse should really have a sticky about what we are allowed to whine about.
     
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  19. goober

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    Just say no to leagues. I am not doing any this summer. Looking forward to not having to drive across town after work, dealing with minor dramas associated with league tennis and just playing when I feel like it.
     
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  20. chizzle

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    I don't get to this page very often but....maybe I should. It may cure my tennis-holicism....

    Anyway, I'm with you on this. Maybe we are lucky in the ATL area since USTA is constantly working to move the leagues around to not conflict with other leagues.

    I play 18+ and 40+ 4.5... And naturally, I'm not bitter about the 40+ since we advanced to Sectionals at the end of August.! Been to states 4 years in a row at 18+ 4.5 it's just so dang hard to get beyond that point because of the BS self raters who stay under the radar, etc. USTA seems to be very slow to "promote" players who crush players and/or never lose. So for the 18+ it can be frustrating; but still love it...

    We also have ALTA, which is strictly doubles. I don't care for it as much since I play singles. Also fortunate to have Ultimate (flexible singles leagues).

    TennisLink stinks IMO, but USTA is far superior product to ALTA...
     
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  21. texacali

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    I played most of my tennis playing pick up tennis in the 80's. It was very easy to go to the local community college or university courts and find a hitting partner or a match. When I returned to tennis, I was very surprised to see everyone at the public courts already had partnered up or in matches. I usually ended up practicing serves a lot (not a bad thing in retrospect). Finally found my way into league tennis and now have many opportunities to play a wide variety of tennis....including mixed, which I never played before. But, I am playing tennis and have no complaints since I am back to the game I loved growing up... and after 20+ years away, I don't completely suck. I might even be improving.....
     
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  22. J_R_B

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    This has to do with the advent of the internet more than anything else. In the 80s, it was a pain to call people individually to set up matches, so if everyone knew there was a place to gather and find people, it was convenient. Nowadays, it takes a second to email a whole list of people to make sure you have someone to play.
     
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