Is there one singular sports league in the Charleston area that forms an umbrella to more active participants than the Lowcountry Tennis Association?

I wonder. I know there are little soccer players and little baseball players everywhere you look at certain times. But more than 4,000 under one local governing body?

That’s not counting all of the multiple registrations for participants. The number comes to more than 11,000 various LCTA league registrations in 2013 at $12 a click.

Like all of the other captains, I’m just happy to serve as captain of eight 18-plus adult league teams annually (I also captained one 40-plus mixed team this year).

Where am I coming from? Friday night’s huge outdoor party at Family Circle Tennis, better known as the LCTA’s annual member/guest party. It was outstanding in terms of attendance, dining choices and good conversations.

Approximately 800 or 900 people were on hand to feast on ample supplies of pork barbecue and grilled chicken, along with the side dishes, and wine and other beverages. All free, compliments of league tennis registrations.

Between the party and waiting for coach Kristin Fleming’s Bishop England girls to conquer Mid-Carolina for a third straight Class AA state championship, I had time to think about what league tennis means to me.

My wife might not always be pleased, but league tennis ranks pretty high on my pecking order. League tennis obviously has played a major role in my health, conditioning and well-being. I know I speak for many others.

I confess that I enjoy league tennis much more than jogging. Even more than biking.

The conditioning, competition, camaraderie and social interactions that league tennis provides are difficult to top. And Friday night’s party likely will help grow the LCTA in popularity and participation in the next year.

Local notes

Local senior women’s league tennis teams continued their stellar state tournament play last weekend as three teams captured state titles in locally held competition. Elisabeth Pickelsimer’s 55-and-over 3.5 women out of Charleston Tennis Center won a state title, while non-playing captain Penny Gorby’s 75-and-over 3.5 women also won a state title, along with a 55-plus 9.0 team out of Maybank Tennis Center captained by Kitsy Wise.

Daniel Walters of St. George has been named the winner of the 2013 USTA SC state volunteer service award.

Charleston’s Brian Burke, George Clonts and Deanna Vroman are members of a 10.0 mixed doubles team based out of Hilton Head Island that won the Southern championship and will play in the nationals in two weeks in Arizona.

Charleston Tennis Center will hold the Charleston County School District’s After School Showcase next Saturday. Anyone interested in helping with the event can contact Meg Farrelly at

Charleston Tennis Center will hold a Turkey Day mixed doubles event on Nov. 24 from 2-5 p.m. Sign up at Charleston Tennis Center.

The Charleston Thanksgiving Junior Classic is scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Charleston Tennis Center. Registration is available at

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