Ladder League Play
The format of play is designed so that players, men and women, will play mostly with others of similar skill levels in competitive games. Your ranking on a ladder is based upon your winning percentage (the ratio of points won to total points possible). Players will move up or down the ladder based upon their winning percentage. The results of the most recent weeks of play will be used for this calculation.
Medals will be awarded to the top 3 players at the top of the ladder at the end of the season. To qualify, players must have participated in a minimum of 3 different game dates (a total of 6 rounds of play) meaning playing 3 different months.
How does it work?
- The cost is $6 – payable upon arrival.
- You do not have to play each month. Play one month, skip another. When you come back, your playing percentage remains the same. You can also enter the Ladder League at any time, such as January. (But to qualify for medal, you need to play for 3 of the month’s dates of play.)
- You must register your intention to play by Thursday at 10 pm in order to play on the second Saturday of the month. There are no “drop in” players as an even number of players is required. (However, there is open play on other courts at the same time.)
- An even number of players is required – so if 22 people sign up, the last 2 people to sign up will be cut from the league play that week.
- There is a minimum of 8 registered players required for a Ladder League to take place.
- Each round, players will be placed in groups of 4 in the order of their ranking on the ladder for match play. Note: If you have not played in the league yet, it will be based on your skill rating and likely placement based on players registered that week.
- You will play 3 games, one game with each of the other players assigned. There will then be a break/free time to play while scores are inputted, then round 2 of the ladder league will take place with 3 more games.
- At the start of the game, players will decide who starts serving first. Each person can be the first server (0-0-2 server) only once.
- Each game is to 11 points, win by 1 point. Maximum points to win for the evening is therefore 33 points. At 6 points, you will switch sides. (You can remain on the same side if all agree.)
- Your personal score is recorded on the score sheet after each game.
- The Ladder Captain will post online where each person stands on the ladder within a few days.
- You will need to sign up again for the next time you wish to play – and show up!
- Failure to show up when you signed up to play results in a zero being put on your score which will lower you in the ladder rankings severely. A second “no show” means you will not be allowed to participate in the ladder league. By not showing up, you have impacted the day of THREE other players who had planned to play which is not fair to them.
All USAPA rules will be followed for play as in a tournament. If you are not familiar with the rules, get familiar and look over all of these rules on our website HERE. If any dispute about a call, the Ladder Captain will determine the call or ruling.
After each league play, standings will be posted online within a few days. Scroll to end of page to see current standings.
- Playing percentage is based on the number of points scored divided by the number of points possible (33 for a 3-game match of 11 points per game). So if you get 33 out of 33 points, you get 100%. If you score 25 out of a possible 33 points, you get 76% for that week.
- The Ladder program tracks players’ rankings to eliminate major “bouncing” up and down the ladder. For instance, if you are a new player starting at the bottom of the ladder and your first score is 33, your percentage would be 100. Logically, your next match would be against the top players, which may not be in everyone’s best interest. So the program used has a built-in ONE- FOURTH rule which RESTRICTS a player’s movement to no more than one-fourth of the ladder regardless of their percentage. Hence, one week you could have 85% and be ranked below a player who has 75% because you moved up only 1/4 of the ladder positions from where you were. The reverse holds true going down the ladder should you have a very bad day. The ONE-FOURTH rule overrides your percentage. Hence, you could have 75% and still be ranked higher than someone with 80% because you moved down only 1/4 of the ladder positions from where you were.
What If I Can’t Play?
If you sign up to play and the playing partners and schedule has been posted, we ask that you
- try to provide a substitute player of similar skill level to yourself
- let Jan Lucas know ASAP via email that you are unable to play and need help finding a substitute or already have a substitute and provide the person’s name.
- Note: a sub is very important! If you suddenly can’t play – there are 3 other people that want to play that now can no longer play if you don’t show.
One other option:
The player can contact the 3 other players and see if can arrange another time during the week to play the 3 games to 11. Then someone from that group needs to report all scores to Jan Lucas via email as soon as possible after those games so scores can be entered.
Player Missing at League Time, a “no show”:
The missing player will receive a total of ZERO points for the day. The others in the foursome will record their scores as usual providing they could find a substitute of appropriate skill level.
If no substitute player can be found, then the match cannot be counted and will be noted as a bye week for the players that showed up, and the “no show” player will still receive ZERO points. And yes, you will drop down in the ladder more than a quarter for not showing up.
A player showing up LATE can only receive a maximum of 8 points for each game. By not arriving on time you have impacted the play of EVERYONE who is playing in the ladder league that morning. (Appeals can be made to the Ladder Captain if there are extenuating circumstances and the late person attempted to make contact with the Ladder Captain to alert of lateness AND the other 3 players agree it constitutes a pardon.)
If someone is a “no show” or late twice, then the player will no longer be allowed to play in the league. You signed up with a commitment to play, and failure to follow through impacts more than just you — it impacts the ladder league.
Interruption of a Game (Recording of Scores)
- If the match is terminated BEFORE the final game, DUE to INJURY, then scores up to that point will NOT count, and everyone will get a bye for the match.
- If the match is terminated AFTER the final 3rd game has begun, DUE TO INJURY, then the team in front will be awarded whatever points are needed to bring their score to 11, and the team behind will get the same number of points added to their score. (For example, if the score is 5-0, the team in the lead gets 6 points added to their score to make 11 points, and the team behind will get the same 6 points added to their score, so a reported score of 11-6.)
Ladder League Standings after 2 rounds
Ladder 1 – 3.0/3.5
56% – Joni B
67% – Bart T
71% – Brian P
78% – William B
82% – Rachana M
88% – Suzanne B
Ladder 2 – 3.5/4.0
32% – Roxanne M
52% – Dave B
53% – Cathy E
65% – Derek E
85% – Vivek N
88% – Andrew O
100% – Karen B