What a tennis mecca we live in! I could write all day and night and not cover all the tennis we have going on. This is just number two in the series of three league previews. USTA Leagues are on tap, but here we go with some of the other league opportunities we have in town.
|Fun times in BonEro|
|Deb Graziani & Rosemary Goodwin|
|Barb LaSorella & Rosemary Goodwin|
As the 2013-14 season opens, there are nine clubs participating in a 4.0/3.5 Division, seven competing in a new 3.5 Division, and nine competing in a 3.0 Division led by Barb LaSorella. The BonEro leadership does a fantastic job of informing its members via a regular newsletter written by Rosemary Goodwin, one of the League Directors; and via the posting of photos, standings, and other bits of information on two websites. The League also holds an Annual Luncheon for its members.
In addition to the traditional role it has played in the Bonita Springs-Estero area, BonEro will add its first season of men’s play in 2013-14. This inaugural season of men’s play will begin in November, playing on Wednesdays at 2pm. Like the women, there will be two divisions, a 3.0 and a 3.5/4.0 division. However, unlike the women, the league will be for men 60-years-old and above.
I could write for several more paragraphs about the virtues of BonEro, but I’d rather you enjoy the discovery process yourself. Click here for full perusal of the Women’s 4.5/3.5, and 3.5 Divisions, and here for a deeper introduction to the Women’s 3.0 Division. Play starts for the first on October 22nd, on October 23rd for the second, and November 5th for the third. There isn’t a website for the men just yet, but if you play in Bonita or Estero and are interested in being on a team, you can contact J. P. Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Sun Coast “A” Tennis (SCAT)
|Preseason Meet 2012-13|
MEN'S LEAGUESSomewhere I heard that girls develop faster than boys, and I guess that’s applicable to tennis leagues as well. Our Lee County Men’s Leagues, 50-plus, 70-plus, and Southwest Florida Team Tennis are scheduled to start in late November.
|Captain Ed Marcelo|
In any event, the 70-plus League is projecting six teams in its Red, Orange, and Purple Divisions, and eight teams in its White, Blue and Green Divisions. Once they have started play on November 20, they will warrant a blog post of their own! I’m pretty excited about 70-plus this season as The Hideaway will field its first 70-plus team with Ed Marcelo and Richard Fell at the helm.
I’ve got nothing on the 50-plus men just yet, but should by my next League Update. Last season the League fielded 93 teams in 13 divisions, so I would expect nothing less from that league this season.
Southwest Florida Team Tennis LeagueOne of the newest men’s league in town, the Southwest Florida Team Tennis League (SWFTT), may still be a secret to many in our community, but many of the better players in town are becoming familiar with the league that offers weekly competition for players rated 4.0 and above. Seven teams participated in the League last season, and 10 are scheduled to compete in 2013-14.
Other local pros on rosters last season included Larry Albritton of Heritage Palms, Toni Halski of Beachview, Paul D’Amico and Mike Barnes of The Landings, and yours truly. I’ll be playing for a Hideaway team this season, and Larry Gagnon and Armor Persons will also be on the Hideaway team.
|Brad Nash, Peter Redpath, & T. A.|
|Hotdog fun at SWFTT|
Okay, I've gotta get this post done! Still have much to do before this night is done. Until next, game, set, match...T. A.