Ladder

The Ladder is for those members looking for competitive singles play.

You will be matched against members with a similar skill level to ensure the best playing experience.

The better you play, the more points you score, the higher on the Ladder you go.

How high can you climb?!

Capacity

  • The number of participants is capped at 100.

  • There will be 2 categories:

    • Co-ed ladder

    • Women’s ladder

  • Co-ed ladder will have 70 spots, women’s will have 30 spots.

  • A wait list will be available once this capacity is reached.


Cost

  • $5 per person


How to sign up

  • You need to have a rating to participate!

  • Online registration for the Ladder will open in 2023.

  • Go to your club account to sign-up.


Session Length

  • Beginning of June to end of September


Format

  • Box ladder


Booking court time

  • Booking a ladder match is exactly like how you would book a singles regular play.

  • If you book your ladder game for prime-time hour, you will use your any-time booking token.

  • If you book your ladder game for non-prime time hour, you will use your non-prime time booking token.

  • It is your responsibility to manage your booking tokens to make sure that you get to play all your matches or to meet the minimum matches per month.


How to Play

  • A player's start point is selected randomly, but will be based on rating.

  • Within the calendar month, you must aim to play each of the other players within your box.

  • If you play less than 2 matches, or default more than once in a month, you will be removed from the Ladder play for the remainder of the season. Your fee will not be refunded.

  • 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 will 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 although the addition of new players may affect your placement.

  • 4 points is awarded for a win, 2 points for a tie, 1 point for a loss, and 0 points for a default loss (no-show).

  • Matches are booked only for the current month.

  • Opponents change from month to month as boxes are re-calibrated based on points accumulated.

  • In the event of a tie of total points between players in the same box, the organizer 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 matches between the two players.

Match Rules

Length: Each match is a 60-minute pro-set which is first to win 8 games, by a margin of 2 (e.g. 8 – 6). If the match is tied at 7 – 7, a 7-point tiebreaker is played to a two-point advantage.

Warm-up: Keep your warm up time between 5 – 10 minutes.

Lateness:

– If an opponent is late by 5 minutes or less, they begin the match down 1 game.

– If they are between five to 10 minutes late, they begin the match down 2 games.

– If they are over 10 minutes late, a default loss is recorded.

Serves: Each player gets first in, to a maximum of 5 attempts, for their first 2 service points.

Deuces: 1 deuce only. The next deuce is sudden death with the receiver choosing which side to receive the serve.

Point system: Points will be assigned automatically by the system when scores are entered under: Tennis Ladder > Enter Score tab.

Entering Score: Score must be entered within 48 hours since the time of the game. If it is less than 48 hours to the last day of the month, then the score must be entered by 11:59 PM of the last day of the month.

Cancellations: If a game is cancelled with less than 24 hrs notice, it will be considered a defaulted match.


FAQs


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 organizer’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 staff to determine if the courts are suitable for play. If they are not, and a minimum of 5 games total have been played then the leading player is considered the winner. If less than 5 games, then agree to the current score, re-book to a mutually agreeable time, and continue the match where you left off.

If a mutually agreeable time cannot be done before the end of the month then the score must be entered as is.

What happens if we run out of time?

Whichever player is leading, is the winner. In case of a tie, one of the players will enter the game as tied in the system.

Still have questions?

Please contact the Programs Director.