Adult Senior Highlight
The Palm Beach County (FL) Senior Tennis League
“If you build it, he will come.”- Field of Dreams
Ray Kinsella (played in the movie by Kevin Costner) listened to this advice, built a baseball field, and he – Shoeless Joe Jackson – came to fields of Iowa.
Taking a page from the Hollywood script, the Palm Beach County Senior League built a league, and they – thousands of senior tennis players, hundreds of tennis teams and nearly 100 public and private facilities – came to the tennis courts of Palm Beach County, Florida!
If you are a senior in Palm Beach County Florida you better have a tennis racquet!
On April 7, 2006, more than 550 players attended the Palm Beach County Senior League annual awards banquet, signaling the end of the season. Play began the first week of January and concluded with playoffs in late March.
The league started in the 1986-87 season with nine teams. Today, the league has grown to include nearly 400 teams from approximately 100 facilities (public & private). There are approximately 5,000 senior men and women playing at all levels in what is believed to be the largest league of its kind anywhere. Many of these thousands of competitors play in other leagues as well – they are among the most frequent of frequent tennis players!
Participating clubs must meet certain criteria. These guidelines include:
· Clubs must have at least four Har-Tru tennis courts
· Courts must be available no later than 1 p.m. ET for scheduled doubles matches
· Clubs must have enough players to field four doubles teams with substitutes to assure compliance with this rule (a maximum of sixteen players per team)
· Each player must be a member in good standing of the club
· To meet the age minimum, each player must have reached his 55th or her 50th birthday by the end of the year
· Home teams supply the balls and provide drinks for the matches
League guidelines are simple:
· Teams are placed in divisions of six teams
· Teams are placed in divisions based on level of play and location
· Each team plays one home match and one away match against every other team in their division - a total of ten team matches
· Women's matches are held each Monday; Men’s are on Thursday
· Matches begin at 1 p.m. (or earlier if agreed to by both captains)
· Each team match consists of four doubles matches
· Each match is best two-out-of-three sets
· Points are awarded in each match as follows:
o Winning team on court one receives six points
o Winning team on court two receives five points
o Winning team on court three receives four points
o Winning team on court four receives three points
· Points are accumulated until the end of the season
· The eleventh and twelfth weeks are reserved for playoffs among winners of each division within their level of play
The secret of The Palm Beach County Senior League’s success is no secret! Great leadership and organization, plus hundreds of dedicated volunteers combine with a large group of seniors seeking fun, competition and a healthy lifestyle.For more information go to www.pbcseniortennis.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org