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Posted: 2013 Jan 25 - 06:14

Plantation Bay joins USTA masters league

Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach has joined USTA Florida's Masters 55-plus Tennis League, which launched earlier this month with smaller courts and slower balls to make the sport more enjoyable to senior players.

U.S. Professional Tennis Association Master Professional Dave Brown at Plantation Bay Tennis, Fitness & Spa said Masters 55-plus Tennis was designed for beginning players, for former players who would like to get back in the game now that they have time for it, and for seasoned pros who'd like a little less pain with their gain.

In Masters 55-plus Tennis, all players use their own racquets. Beginners play on 36-foot courts with lower nets and -- importantly -- red, low-compression balls that still have plenty of zip but at more eye-catching speeds.

Advanced Masters 55-plus players use the 60-foot court with a regulation-height net and the orange ball, which offers more velocity.

The best Masters 55-plus players use the full 78-foot court and the green-dot ball with only slightly lower compression.

The health benefits are significant. Besides a solid, safe cardio workout, lower-compression balls cause significantly less stress on the body, Mr. Brown said.

Plantation Bay Tennis, Fitness & Spa organized a tennis festival to introduce Masters 55-plus Tennis to Plantation Bay residents and Mr. Brown said interest in the new format is high.

Plantation Bay Tennis, Fitness & Spa is open to the public and anyone can join Masters 55-plus Tennis.

Mr. Brown plans to offer additional instructional demonstrations in the future.

For more information, call (386) 236-4292 or email dbrown@icihomes.com.

Adult softball league to play in Orange City

Volusia County's Parks, Recreation and Culture Division is forming teams for its adult softball league, which will play at PFC Emory L. Bennett Veterans Memorial Park, Orange City.

Coed teams will play Monday nights beginning Feb. 18, and men's teams will play Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning Feb. 26.

The cost is $425 per team. Teams may register at the Parks, Recreation and Culture office, 202 N. Florida Ave., DeLand, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Monday, Feb. 11.

Team managers will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the ball field.

For more information, call (386) 736-5953, Ext. 16702, or email jzarbo@volusia.org.

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