Junior Tennis Ladders

Ladders give players the opportunity to play singles matches with a variety of players in a competitive, but friendly environment. There are two separate Ladders: one for juniors under age 18; and one for juniors under age 12.

The Ladder Season will run this year from July 1 to the end of October.

The Junior Ladder costs $10 for the season. The club will be donating all proceeds towards the Doug Philpott Inner-City Children’s Tennis Fund.

5263ladderThe type of Ladder that we are playing is a Box Ladder. There will be up to 5 people in a box. The intention is that you will play each person in the box once during each month. At the beginning of the month you can view your Ladder by clicking the Gametime Ladder option and arrange matches with your box opponents. All scores will be entered by the participants directly on Gametime, which will keep track of the standings.

You can join a ladder at any time, but new entrants will only begin play at the beginning of the following month. On the last day of each month the Ladder will be shuffled. The top 2 players will move up a box, the bottom 2 players will move down a box, and any new players will be added. To ensure active participation in the ladder, players who have not played any ladder matches at the end of the month will be removed from the ladder and will need to re-register to participate the following month.

When you begin play, you will be placed in a box with players of similar skill levels. A Ladder is meant to give everyone a competitive match so identifying your current skill level is important. Please indicate whether you are registered for High Performance, Advanced or Intermediate clinics.

All Ladder matches are one hour including warm-up. The Ladder match consists of up to 14 games with each game won being worth a single point. A 3-point deuce should be played at 40 – 40. Should you run out of time, the score recorded will be that at the end of the last completed game.

For example, Player A defeats Player B by a score of 8-6. Player A gets 8 points and Player B gets 6 points.

If you need info on ladders in Gametime see this post.

If you are playing a match and one player has to withdraw because of injury, the other player will get all the remaining points available. For instance if the score is 4-4 and player A retires, player B would win 10-4. Bonus daytime points would still apply.

If match(es) are not played due to injury or cancellation, the score will be 14-0 in favor of the other player. Gametime indicates a default as 1-0, but any scores will be edited to give 13 additional points to the “winner”.

If both players cannot schedule a match after an honest attempt to play, the match score will be 0-0.

If you do not play any matches in a session you will be dropped from the following session.