The Howard Park Ladder will be back again in 2018! Check back here for any updates.


  • Men
  • Ladies


$10 per person


The number of Ladder participants is capped at 50 men and 50 women. A waiting list will be available online once this capacity is reached.

Session dates


How to sign up

  1. Online registration for the Ladder opens in April 2018. Please note that Visa and MasterCard payments are accepted.
    >> Click here to sign up.
  2. You may also sign up in person at the Court Managers’ office (cheque, Visa or MasterCard only). Please note Court Managers are not authorized to accept cash payments.
  3. After you have made your payment, please send an email to the Socials Director at: Be sure to include your first and last name, phone number and preferred email address. At the Socials Director’s discretion, you may be requested to attend a rating assessment session beforehand.

Booking court time

  • Participants are encouraged to book their Ladder matches on Friday evenings as three courts are given priority booking for Ladder matches during this time. Alternately, Ladder matches may be booked during regular Club hours.
  • Ladder matches cannot be booked on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7 and 10 p.m. as some courts are committed to InterCounty league team play during these times.
  • When booking, please indicate to the Court Manager that it is for a Ladder match.


  • The Howard Park Ladder is a singles ladder that utilizes a box-style format. The box ladder format is intended to encourage more competitive and consistent play across a wider variety of matches throughout the summer.
  • Ladder participants begin each month in a box consisting of five players of similar skill levels. See example.
  • Within the calendar month, you must arrange to play each of the other four players within your box. All players are equally responsible for arranging matches with their opponents. Participants must respond to Ladder requests within 72 hours; failure to do so results in a loss by default. Declining to play an opponent is also be recorded as a default.
  • Based on the outcome of a match, points are awarded to each player, which are used to move players up and down the Ladder on a monthly basis.
  • Matches should be booked only for the current month. Opponents change from month to month as boxes are re-calibrated based on points accumulated. The top two players move to the upper box, the bottom two move to the box below, and the middle player remains. In event of a tie of total points between players in the same box, the Socials Director will determine the placement of players based on a number of factors, including if points awarded are default points versus earned from games played, or the outcome of the previous match between the two players.


  • Length of match: Each match is a 45-minute pro-set (first to win eight games, with a two-game differential). If the match is tied at seven games apiece, a 12-point tiebreak is played to a two-point advantage.
  • Lateness (based on the Court Managers’ office clock): If an opponent is late by five minutes or less, they begin the match down one game. If they are between five to 10 minutes late, they begin the match down two games. If they are over 10 minutes late, a default loss is recorded.
  • Serves: First in, to a maximum of five attempts, on the first two points of the match.
  • Deuces: One deuce only. The next deuce is sudden death.
  • Point system (see example): A binder is kept at the Court Manager’s office to track the progress of Ladder play. Immediately following a match, the total number of games won by each player should be recorded in this binder, with the winning player’s total circled.

At the end of each month, the Socials Director will apply additional points based on wins, losses, and ties, based on the following:

a. Winning player total points = number of games won + three bonus points
b. Losing player total points = number of games won + one bonus point
c. Tie (each player) = number of games won + two bonus points

In the event of a default:

a. Player who defaults receives zero points
b. Their opponent receives eight points + three bonus points
c. Please email the Socials Director in the event of a default, and record the loss as a default on the master chart (eight points). More than one default per month will result in removal from Ladder.


What happens if a player does not play any matches in a calendar month?

A player who does not play any matches in a calendar month will be removed from the Ladder and will not be reimbursed for the cost of joining the Ladder, regardless of vacation or injury. At the Socials Director’s discretion, this individual may be reinstated provided there is space available, but will be required to pay the entry fee again.

What happens if my opponent doesn’t show up because he/she thought the weather didn’t look favourable or the courts were too wet for play?

If weather is ever in question, both players should call the on-duty Court Manager to get a ruling on if the courts are suitable for play. If a player did not check with the Court Manager and chose not to show up for the match, a default win will be awarded to the player left waiting.

What happens if it begins to rain at the beginning/during match?

Check with the Court Manager to determine if the courts are suitable for play. If they are not, agree to the current score, re-book to a mutually agreeable time and continue the match at that time where you left off.

How do I book a court in advance for Friday night play?

After confirming with your opponent, email the Socials Director with the preferred time and date, at:

What happens if I need to cancel a court on a Friday during Ladder play?

Please notify the Socials Director immediately so that the court can be reassigned to other Ladder participants.

Still have questions?

Please contact the Socials Director at:

All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Board of Directors:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Programs
  • Facilities
  • Socials

  • Marketing &
  • Membership
  • Marc Magnatta
  • Mark MacDonald
  • Nicole Li
  • Joanne Benerowski
  • Lisa Whyatt
  • Stephen Andrulis
  • Manuel Botella

  • Brynn Clarke
  • Vacant