About the Ladder Competitions
St Chad’s Tennis Club runs singles and doubles ladder competitions, open to all members at all ability levels. They provide an opportunity for competitive but fun play. For newer members, this is a great way to meet other players at the club.
We run a mixed singles ladder for both men and women, although we recognise the top-placed men and women separately. Likewise, we run one combined doubles ladder for any pairing (mixed, men’s, ladies’) to ensure there are sufficient teams.
The ladders work by ranking players or teams in a table. You can then challenge players above you to a match. If you win, you will take your opponent’s place and your opponent will drop down one position. If you lose, you both remain where you are. Players should naturally reach a level in the ladder where they can play against opponents of a similar ability. The ladder rewards both winning and regular play. Players are free to choose how often they want to play.
The ladders are reset at the start of the summer (March-Oct.) and winter (Oct.-March) seasons, with players carrying over their positions.
You can sign up to play on the ladders by self-registering with TennisRungs at https://app.tennisrungs.com/Public/Register/80451371 . To register you will need a Join Code, which is the same as the number of the court padlock. If you’ve forgotten this code, you need to contact Renske van Englen (Members’ Secretary). During registration you will be asked to provide an email address, which will be shared with other players to arrange matches. If you choose to add a phone number, this will also be shared.
Once registered you can click on ‘Join Ladder’ to join either the singles or doubles ladder (or both). You can then challenge other players and report match scores. There are also apps available: just follow the download links provided on registration.
Initial placement is in order of registration. If you prefer to be moved lower down a ladder, please contact Justin Carveley. You can leave or join a ladder at any time. New players will join at the bottom. If you wish to play doubles but do not have a partner, please contact Penny Rice, who may be able to help. You can suspend participation in the ladders if you are away, injured, or otherwise temporarily unavailable.
The basic rules for our ladders are:
– 3 set matches. The 3rd set to be played as just a champion’s tie break (first to 10 points with 2 point difference) [*].
– You can only challenge one other player/team at a time.
– You can challenge up to 3 places above (or any below, if you want).
– The winner takes the loser’s place. The loser moves down a position.
– Players are expected to respond to challenges within a few days.
– Players will lose 5 places if they don’t play for 21 days.
– Doubles players may register in two different pairings, but this may limit the teams you can challenge.
[*] Alternative match lengths may be played by prior agreement of both players/teams.
If you have any further questions about joining or playing in the ladder competitions, please contact Justin Carveley.