Ladders

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 The house ladders are an excellent way for players of all levels to meet other players of similar ability for friendly competition. There are two ladders: Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles.

Players are placed in houses of 4-5 players or teams, and have 3 weeks to arrange a game with each of the other players in the house. Players then move up or down the ladder for the next session according to their results.

Thank you for a fantastic 2017 Ladder season!

Congratulations to our Tournament of Champions winners: Rhea Hymes-Hochstadter and Gary Hawkes

Special congratulations to our qualifiers: Carter Chew, Andrew Bradley, Kathy Marshall, Margery Leach, and Jenny Mitchell

Most Dedicated Player Award: Congratulations to Kirsty Morrison and Gary Hawkes


Session 2017 Initial Entry Deadline  Likely Posting Date Late Entries Accepted Until End Date
1 May 17 May 20 May 28 Jun 11
2 June 11 June 13 June 18 July 3
3 July 3 July 5 July 9 July 23
4 July 23 July 25 July 30 Aug 13
5 Aug 13 Aug 15 Aug 20 Sept 5
Tournament Sept 5 Sept 7 N/A TBD


Singles Ladder Rules

Points are earned for participation as well as for winning. You have 3 weeks to contact and play a set with each of the other players in your house. Then the top players move up and the bottom players move down for the next session.

Signing up

  1. You must sign up at the front desk and pay an entry fee of $10 for the season. The contact information you provide will be shared with the other players for the purpose of arranging matches.
  2. The ladders are open to adult members and to juniors holding Senior Playing Privileges.
  3. If you have played the ladders before you will be placed according to your prior results. New players will be placed according to their player rating. (As an accurate rating is essential for proper placement, new players are strongly encouraged to consult one of the tennis pros rather than relying on the Tennis Canada Self-rating Guide).

Arranging and playing matches

  1. Contact the other players in your house as soon as possible to arrange a mutually convenient time to play.
    Don’t wait to arrange your matches. If you wait till the last week your opponent may be away, or you may get rained out! Sessions will never be extended due to weather.
  2. Both players should bring new or nearly new ITF-approved balls. Players must agree on the balls to be used.
  3. Play a normal set (first to 6 by 2 games, tie-break at 6-all).
    Hint: If you can play outside the busiest court times, you will have a better chance of playing a complete set.
    Try to limit your on-court warm-up to 5 minutes to have the best chance of completing a set in one booking period. Experienced players arrive early to jog or stretch or hit on the backboard so they are not starting cold when they arrive on court.
  4. If the set is not finished by the end of one booking period, continue on another court if one is immediately available.
  5. Although the set should be completed whenever possible, sometimes that may not be feasible if another court is not immediately available. Before starting play, players should determine how long they are willing to wait if necessary for another court. A set that can’t be completed will be scored a tie unless a player is leading by 2 or more games.
  6. Both players are responsible for recording the result on the sheet on the bulletin board. See the instructions on that sheet: record only W=win L=loss or T=tie.
  7. Because points and prizes are awarded for participation, you must never record a score unless you actually play the match! In particular you cannot claim a win “by default”! Players recording false results may be suspended.
  8. At the end of each session, players are awarded 3 points for each win, 2 for a tie, and 1 for a loss. The top ranked players in each house then move up and the bottom players will move down for the next session.
    Because players enter and leave the ladder each session, the size and number of houses varies, hence the number of players moving up and down may vary. Because house numbers can change, movement is always relative to other players, not to a specific house number.
  9. You are expected to play ALL your matches; otherwise you spoil the ladder for the others in your house!
  10. If you are unable to play your matches for good reason (e.g. illness, injury, family emergency) you must inform the coordinator, otherwise if you play no matches in a session, or twice play only one match, you will be suspended from all following sessions.
  11. Players suspended once may request re-instatement, but a second suspension in a season will be permanent.
  12. If you know in advance you will be unable to play in a session because of injury, vacation, or any other reason you must inform the coordinator before the end of the previous session.
    Once a session has been posted it is usually impossible to replace you – you must then make every effort to play.

 For more information, contact Don Armstrong, Ladder Coordinator.

Sustaining Partners

OSSC Kunstadt Sports Royal Oak