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  1. Angle Queen

    Is your USTA experience getting better or worse?

    Like you, MathGeek, I have let my $ and time go another way and enjoy another, non-USTA league very, very much....mostly because I genuinely enjoy the concept of "league" tennis -- I like playing on/for a team and having a reasonably set schedule. I even think that, as a tennis player, I'm...
  2. Angle Queen

    New USTA Mid-Atlantic Campus

    Yep. The Metro DC area operates quite differently than the rest of VA...and not just when it comes to tennis. :p Here in Richmond, it's almost the exact opposite. The clubs and HOAs drive the USTA leagues; it's the rare division with an "independent" team (usually run out of a county...
  3. Angle Queen

    We Need To Talk . . .

    Ha! I'll give that reply back but continue to politely contradict, openly admitting I'm in that ladies 4.0-3.0 world. 1. At "our" level, in ladies tennis mind you and only in the very best of circumstances, is an OH the "most advantageous." It's rarely a winning shot. Many are shanks...
  4. Angle Queen

    Lesson learned. The folly of not calling out the score

    Ok, so our thread discussion on the whole 3-4-5 thing isn't as old as I thought. Just last year.
  5. Angle Queen

    We Need To Talk . . .

    I should've read @OrangePower response first. "Go for it" on volleys...to be sure! Lobs, you got time to talk. No need to apologize for the passion @stevenymets . That's why we're here. At least you try to articulate your position. On the court. ;) I will say, for me, it's the fun of...
  6. Angle Queen

    Does calling "out" and changing call to "in" create a hindrance in doubles

    emphasis mine The Friend At Court suggests talking while the ball is traveling away from you is discouraged, it's only a "should" and the fourth sub-point is the more overriding one: that when talking/shouting does interfere, regardless of the timing of it, it's still a hindrance. If I seem...
  7. Angle Queen

    Lesson learned. The folly of not calling out the score

    I hate the 3-4-5 thing (although I have used 30-5). I also hate 30-30 being called "deuce" and 30-40 as "ad-out." Old, long argument but still a pet peeve. I don't care how much I'm getting blown out, my opponent better call the score. If not, I'll ask for it. Every time. Eventually, they...
  8. Angle Queen

    We Need To Talk . . .

    Surprised it took this long to get this reply. As the "baseline" player, you are in a better position to see the entire court and play quarterback. Instead of waiting for the net person to make a decision on if they're gonna hit/leave it, you make it for them...preferably before it even...
  9. Angle Queen

    Inagural Women's All TT Team

    Can I appeal down? :p Too late. Haven't played USTA in years. No regrets...except I sincerely thought I deserved the bump down. Now if (and it's a really big IF) I return, I'll dread being even older and still a bottom-feeder 4.0.
  10. Angle Queen

    Inagural Women's All TT Team

    repeat post (due to TT technical difficulties)
  11. Angle Queen

    Inagural Women's All TT Team

    "Thank you, thank you very much," she says, channeling an inner Elvis. Sad there's only four of us for two entire NTRP levels. Figures the range would be where it is especially since I know two of the others personally. We're all bunched up. While part of me would like to see more women...
  12. Angle Queen

    2017 All TT Team

    Oh my. Talk about a "Fantasy" team up against the peeps that do it for real. Can you image the winning "Fantasy" Football team going up again the "Pro-Bowl" NFL selections? Every/Anyone put in their $10/50/100 bucks for the "chance" (with their own stats) to compete in an expense-paid trip to...
  13. Angle Queen

    2017 All TT Team

    Ha! If you need to throw in another F to complete an NTRP level, by all means, use my 3+ year old data. :p You had me going down to 3.5 (where I thought I belonged) but, in their infinite wisdom, USTA said "stay (stupid) where you are".
  14. Angle Queen

    Why I left league tennis.....and am happier for it..

    I too am a USTA Dropout...and happier for it. And, while there were several reasons, one of my main ones was the/is the politics, namely the way USTA-MidAtlantic shafted USTA-VA. Utter disgust in how all that shook down. On the logistic side, the messing around with the age categories and...
  15. Angle Queen

    Would you be comfortable with co-ed play in a flex league?

    Where do I sign up? LOL. Like OnTheLine, I've played guys...who start out being, well, nice...but it quickly ends. And much better tennis ensues. Shall I get up on my long-known soap box about how the whole USTA NTRP should NOT be defined or separated by gender? It's supposed to be about...
  16. Angle Queen

    Watch the Pros Warm-up

    Just on both sides? LOL. We will sometimes even play it for the entire first game. And...it's rarely an issue since none of us are trying to crush it in practice or a match. It's more about loosening up the shoulder, finding the range for placement and actually playing (rather than accepting...
  17. Angle Queen

    If you play up you should have to play the lowest line.

    Yep. This is why I think we should be required to play it straight up, as I've said many times before. :)
  18. Angle Queen

    If you play up you should have to play the lowest line.

    Very much agreed. While I'm all for States, oops, Section, rights...the playing 'up' rule should also be more standardized across the country (just as how I think DQs for post-season play should be more consistent)...if, for nothing else, because there is a Nationals. All this...
  19. Angle Queen

    If you play up you should have to play the lowest line.

    YoooWhooo. Yep, that would be you. Didn't wanna call you out by name but thanks for stepping up. It is a rather interesting one as, like I mentioned, at least around here, players playing up are (knowingly) played at the bottom of the lineup. Most times, it's at least somewhat competitive...
  20. Angle Queen

    If you play up you should have to play the lowest line.

    But that's more of the playing "down"...and is somewhat (I believe, can't remember ATM), scripted by National USTA. My curiosity is more peaked by the OP's contention and suggestion. It's about playing "up."
  21. Angle Queen

    Double Bump - ever see it?

    ^^ Thanks for the explanation. You show your true character by living within the Rules. Personally, I have always enjoyed your rather unique perspective and have sincerely appreciated the insight you provide...quite frankly, on a free basis. I have availed myself of your service and found it...
  22. Angle Queen

    If you play up you should have to play the lowest line.

    Yep, I get that. But they're not quite the same. The 5.0s are playing "down"... Wonder if one of the stats folks could do an analysis of the rarity(?!) and/or results of a up-player in a higher line. And, on the whole, I agree..and that's what I did the two years I did it...except for one...
  23. Angle Queen

    If you play up you should have to play the lowest line.

    But only once USTA requires playing in order of strength. Until then, it's a crap(py) shoot.
  24. Angle Queen

    "Did you bring any new balls?"

    A lot of dittos here. Shared (ok, well, given) the hair thingys/bobby pins/clips...and I have passed out a few new (came as promos with a pack of cans) sweatbands...that I do NOT expect back. Gave out a new ACE bandage to a teammate who needed one...and she brought me a brand-new one the next...
  25. Angle Queen

    Two doubles questions

    Keep in mind this is W3.5-4.0 doubles experience talkin': I also take a quick peek back...but only after I realize the ball is not coming to me...and, hopefully, before my (at the baseline) partner takes a swing. I'm looking for several things: are they already in place to get it (if not, I...
  26. Angle Queen

    Tapping Out of USTA

    Welcome to my world...although I quit USTA after '13 for some different reasons (local, state and regional politics) and the $$$ and the time & energy it was just sucking out of me. Still play in a non-USTA league and love, love, love it! Can definitely relate to the issues a full-time job...
  27. Angle Queen

    Why Do Club Hacks Object to 4 Ball Cans?

    Oh no, no, no. It's bag on the Bench.
  28. Angle Queen

    Skidding forehand

    emphasis mine This. This. And This. Especially from the 'look at where/how they like to hit it'...and don't give it to them. Remember, this is lower level ladies. And, as Wee Willie (or Yogi?) usedta say: Hit 'em where they ain't. The corollary is, I guess, If you can read them...don't...
  29. Angle Queen

    Why Do Club Hacks Object to 4 Ball Cans?

    Yeah, you're probably right. It's about what you get used to. And I have worn some baggy shorts over the years, but seriously? I am far (like universe far) from a fashion maven but do you guys really wanna see us in baggy shorts to solve a, ah, pocket problem? Would you (read: Guys!) ever...
  30. Angle Queen

    Skidding forehand

    I'll still jump in. A 'wicked' slice from a 3.0-3.5 is just her personal stroke, especially if there's not much else in the toolbox. Certainly at that level, if she can get the ball over the net and in the court, it's probably gonna be an outright winner or at best receive a cupcake reply. I...
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