Flex League – WINTER Schedule 2019

Year #2 of  the  Winter Session of the  NJ Flex Paddle League kicks off on Feb 11th.    

 This is a fairly new opportunity for weekend or weeknight league play for advanced beginner  to high intermediate level women who want some friendly competition but have a limited amount of time during weekdays to play. Whole idea is to accommodate women who want to play, who want to meet other players but who have limited time during weekdays due to work or other commitments. The League’s Commish Tara King motto is  “ITS good to be Flex”! Divisions of play are designated by the players’ APTA Self Rating Scale.  New players to paddle are  welcome!!!! Contact Tara at tara.king@barclays.com.  Tara is a working mom of 2 devoted to providing more opportunities for working MOMs to enjoy the commraderie unique to the wonderful sport of Platform Tennis.

We will place teams into groups of either 5 or 6  Clubs this Winter Session with all teams set  to play each other at least twice. All Clubs in your division will be within 18 miles of each other. One match is a home match and one  match is an away match. TEAMS WILL FIELD TWO COURTS OF PLAY and CAN ADD A THIRD COURT  ANY WEEK IF BOTH TEAMS CAN FIELD PLAYERS and the home club has available courts.  

Our FLEX  Scoring System guarantees one and a half hour of playtime, exactly! If a match is over in under an hour, players have the option to  switch partners and play a fun set with a player from the opposing team using No Ad Scoring.  Partners can stay together for a fun third set if the match was fairly competitive.

Who can play?
Any group of 4-6 advanced beginner to intermediate level women from the same club can form a team.  Ideally teams will be a combination of NJWPTL women, working women, busy women and fun women.

Each team will need a designated Captain.

How will we match up levels of Play for each division? 

We welcome NJWPTL  players who compete is Series 6 and below.   Each team’s  roster  must consist of at least 5 players to be able to  fill out the four spots each week.

Players can Click on APTA Self Rating tab page on this site to take the two minute Self Rating Questionairr  to figure out their level of play. Flex League Players can join the Apta at a discounted league rate by going to the Apta Membership tab on this site.

Teams will be placed into different divisions based on their overall  team rating and their proximity to other clubs.

Team Captains will need to submit the names of 5 players to get started, along with each player’s APTA Self Rating, each player’s Apta Membership Number and each player’s email. 

All NJ Leagues are now offering their players the option to get an Apta Membership at a discounted rate. All Apta sanctioned events require Apta Membership so why not take advantage of our statewide discount that is currently being offered by the Apta.

When are the FLEX Matches Scheduled?
All matches are scheduled for Saturdays between noon and 4pm with the home club determining match times based on each club’s court availability. If a conflict arises for whatever reason and teams can’t figure out a Saturday Time, then matches can be pre played or post played on weeknights or Sundays. All matches must be completed by December 1st. Teams will earn points for every match played and for every set won.  We want the focus to be on having fun, meeting other paddle players and to hopefully get better!

WHO SUPPLIES THE BALLS when you practice or play matches? This comes up all the time, especially in Women’s Paddle. So here is how it goes:

It is considered good etiquette around the country to arrive for play with a new ball that will be used for the warm up and for the match no matter if you are playing a real league match or a fun match. Every player arriving to play a match anywhere in the country is expected to bring a new ball. It is considered good etiquette! Many clubs around the country provide balls for league matches that each player pays for one way or another.  

For The Flex League, it is expected that each court of play will have one new ball available for the match. Players from the HOME TEAM  need to provide new balls. As a visitor, bring a new ball anyway in case the home teams screws up and shows up with a ball left behind on a court after play that they think is OK for PLAY.  It is not OK. The Flex League is FREE so bring a new ball! 

What happens if it rains?  Teams re schedule the match at a convenient time. ALL re scheduled matches must be completed by The FALL AWARDS PARTY/ROUND ROBIN TO GUARANTEE A SPOT IN OUR WINTER LEAGUE.

What happens if we can’t get enough players for a match? Contact one of SUPER SUBS! WE WLL POST A LEAGUE WIDE  Super SUB LIST WITH NAMES OF PLAYERS AND THEIR EMAILS WHO CAN FILL IN IF YOUR TEAM IN STRUGGLING to field both courts.

What if you don’t have a team to play on? Become a SUPER SUB who can float and play for any team who needs a player!

Do club Pros help with lineups? NO!    Captains and players field teams and lineups according to ability and availability!

League Standings: All completed matches earn each team a point, regardless of winning or losing the match. Each set won earns a team an extra point.

What is the cost to enter a team? IT is FREE for APTA Members.

How do I sign up a team?

Email tlynnking@yahoo.com or pattyhogan8@gmail.com.

Patty Hogan and Commish Tara King sets the schedules

I have questions. Who do I email?    

Email our Flex League Commish, Tara King –   tlynnking@yahoo.com or pattyhogan8@gmail.com.

What is the calendar of events for the Winter Session of the FLEX League?

Week 1 of Flex League is Feb 11th

Week 2 is Feb 18th

Week 3 is Feb 25th

Week 4 is March 4th

Week 5 is March 11th

Week 6 is March 18th

Week 7 is March 25th

Week 8 is  April 1st

Week 9 is April 8th

Week 10 is April 15th

All make up matches must be completed by May 1st.

The Following is The Winter Session Schedule 

Winter 2019 Flex Paddle League / Division and Schedule

RED DIVISION
Fish and Game
Minisink
Montclair Golf Club
Morristown Field Club
Orange Lawn
Racquets Club of Short Hills

Week 1 – February 11, 2019 (1 vs 2 / 3 vs. 4 / 5 vs. 6)

RED DIVISION
Team #1 Fish & Game (Home) vs. Team #2 Minisink (Away)
Team #3 Montclair Golf Club (Home) vs. Team #4 Morristown Field Club (Away)
Team #5 Orange Lawn (Home) vs. Team #6 Racquets Club of Short Hills (Away)
Week 2  February 18, 2019 (1 vs. 3 / 2 vs. 5 / 4 vs. 6)

RED DIVISION
Team #1 Fish & Game (Away) vs. Team #3 Montclair Golf Club (Home)
Team # 2 Minisink (Home) vs. Team #5 Orange Lawn (Away)
Team #4 Morristown Field Club (Home) vs. Team #6 Racquets Club Short Hills (Away)

Week 3 February 25, 2019 (1 vs. 4 / 2 vs. 6 / 3 vs. 5)

RED DIVISION
Team #1 Fish & Game (Home) vs. Team #4 Morristown Field Club (Away)
Team # 2 Minisink (Away) vs. Team #6 Racquets Club of Short Hills (Home)
Team #3 Montclair Gold Club (Home) vs. Team #5 Orange Lawn (Away)
Week 4 March 4, 2019, 2019 (1 vs. 5 / 2 vs. 4 / 3 vs. 6)

RED DIVISION
Team #1 Fish & Game (Away) vs. Team #5 Orange Lawn (Home)
Team # 2 Minisink (Home) vs. Team #4 Morristown Field Club (Away)
Team #3 Montclair Gold Club (Away) vs. Team #6 Racquets Club of Short Hills (Home)
Week 5 March 11, 2019 (1 vs. 6 / 2 vs. 3 / 4 vs. 5)

RED DIVISION
Team #1 Fish & Game (Home) vs. Team #6 Racquets Club of Short Hills (Away)
Team # 2 Minisink 1(Away) vs. Team #3 Montclair Gold Club (Home)
Team #4 Morristown Field Club (Home) vs. Team #5 Orange Lawn (Away)
Week 6 March 18, 2019 (1 vs 2 / 3 vs. 4 / 5 vs. 6)

RED DIVISION
Team #1 Fish & Game (Away) vs. Team #2 Minisink (Home)
Team #3 Montclair Golf Club (Away) vs. Team #4 Morristown Field Club (Home)
Team #5 Orange Lawn (Away) vs. Team #6 Racquets Club of Short Hills (Home)

Week 7 March 25, 2019 (1 vs. 3 / 2 vs. 5 / 4 vs. 6)

RED DIVISION
Team #1 Fish & Game (Away) vs. Team #3 Montclair Golf Club (Home)
Team # 2 Minisink (Away) vs. Team #5 Orange Lawn (Home)
Team #4 Morristown Field Club (Away) vs. Team #6 Racquets Club Short Hills (Home)

Week 8 April 1, 2019 (1 vs. 4 / 2 vs. 6 / 3 vs. 5)

RED DIVISION
Team #1 Fish & Game (Away) vs. Team #4 Morristown Field Club (Home)
Team # 2 Minisink (Away) vs. Team #6 Racquets Club of Short Hills (Home)
Team #3 Montclair Gold Club (Away) vs. Team #5 Orange Lawn (Home)

Week 9 April 8, 2019 (1 vs. 5 / 2 vs. 4 / 3 vs. 6)

Team #1 Fish & Game (Away) vs. Team #5 Orange Lawn (Home)
Team # 2 Minisink (Away vs. Team #4 Morristown Field Club (Home)
Team #3 Montclair Gold Club (Away) vs. Team #6 Racquets Club of Short Hills (Home)

Week 10 April 15, 2019 (1 vs. 6 / 2 vs. 3 / 4 vs. 5)

RED DIVISION
Team #1 Fish & Game (Away) vs. Team #6 Racquets Club of Short Hills (Home)
Team # 2 Minisink (Away) vs. Team #3 Montclair Gold Club (Home)
Team #4 Morristown Field Club (Away) vs. Team #5 Orange Lawn (Home)

 

Winter 2019 Flex Paddle League / Divisions and Schedule
WHITE DIVISION
Clearwater
Fiddler’s Elbow
Minsink 2
Mendham
Morristown Field Club 2

Week 1 – February 11, 2019 (1 v 2 / 3 v. 4 / 5 v. 1)

WHITE DIVISION
Team #1 Clearwater (Home) vs. Team #2 Fiddler’s Elbow (Away)
Team #3 Minisink 2 (Home) vs. Team #4 Mendham (Away)
Team #5 Morristown Field Club (Home) 2 vs. Team #1 Clearwater (Away)

Week 2 – February 18, 2019 (1 v. 3 / 2 v. 4 / 5 v. 2)

WHITE DIVISION
Team #1 Clearwater (Away) vs. Team #3 Minisink 2 (Home)
Team #2 Fiddler’s Elbow (Home) vs. Team #4 Mendham (Away)
Team #5 Morristown Field Club (Away) 2 vs. Team #2 Fiddler’s Elbow (Home)

Week 3 – February 25, 2019 (1 v. 4 / 2 v. 3 / 5 v. 3)

WHITE DIVISION
Team #1 Clearwater (Home) vs. Team #4 Mendham (Away)
Team #2 Fiddler’s Elbow (Away) vs. Team #3 Minisink (Home)
Team #5 Morristown Field Club 2 (Home) vs. Team #3 Minisink 2 (Away)
Week 4 – March 4, 2019 (1 v. 5 / 2 v. 4 / 3 v. 4)

WHITE DIVISION
Team #1 Clearwater (Away) vs. Team #5 Morristown Field Club 2 (Home)
Team #2 Fiddler’s Elbow (Home) vs. Team #4 Mendham (Away)
Team #3 Minisink 2 (Away) vs. Team #4 Mendham (Home)
Week 5 – March 11, 2019 (1 v 2 / 3 v. 4 / 5 v. 1)

WHITE DIVISION
Team #1 Clearwater (Away) vs. Team #2 Fiddler’s Elbow (Home)
Team #3 Minisink 2 (Away) vs. Team #4 Mendham (Home)
Team #5 Morristown Field Club (Away) 2 vs. Team #1 Clearwater (Home)

Week 6 – March 18, 2019 (1 v. 3 / 2 v. 4 / 5 v. 2)

WHITE DIVISION
Team #1 Clearwater (Home) vs. Team #3 Minisink 2 (Away)
Team #2 Fiddler’s Elbow (Away) vs. Team #4 Mendham (Home)
Team #5 Morristown Field Club (Home) 2 vs. Team #2 Fiddler’s Elbow (Away)

Week 7 – March 25, 2019 (1 v. 4 / 2 v. 3 / 5 v. 3)

WHITE DIVISION
Team #1 Clearwater (Away) vs. Team #4 Mendham (Home)
Team #2 Fiddler’s Elbow (Home) vs. Team #3 Minisink (Away)
Team #5 Morristown Field Club 2 (Away) vs. Team #3 Minisink 2 (Home)

Week 8 – April 1, 2019 (1 v. 5 / 2 v. 4 / 4 v. 3)

WHITE DIVISION
Team #1 Clearwater (Home) vs. Team #5 Morristown Field Club 2 (Away)
Team #2 Fiddler’s Elbow (Away) vs. Team #4 Mendham (Home)
Team #3 Minisink 2 (Home) vs. Team #4 Mendham (Away)