Welcome to the Tennis Singles ladder!

The ladder is a fun way of getting opponents for 3 or 4 matches arranged every 4-6 weeks. As you progress up (or down or sideways!) you’ll get to meet different players and hopefully have enjoyable and competitive matches.

How long?

Most ladders last one calendar month, but there are four longer ladders (6 or 7 weeks) to cover summer and Christmas:

All this is, of course, currently disrupted because of covid.

How does it work?

You are free to get in touch by text, email or phone. Also, to make things easy, there’s a Group Email button on the opponents page. Tap it to send an email to all your opponents in one go (with the email addresses filled in for you). You can tell them when you’re available and/or ask them when they are.

Do's and Don'ts...

A month can go by quickly, and some people are slow to reply, so please do get started as soon as possible, and please answer ladder emails promptly - your opponents want to play their matches! If you’re not sure when you can play: tell them when they can expect to hear from you – don’t leave them waiting!

Do start arranging matches early! If you don’t play at least 2 matches you’ll be removed from the next round (unless there's a good reason and you've let the organiser know it!)

Do answer texts or emails promptly, even just to say when you'll be ready to arrange your game

Do offer specific dates & times as much as possible, otherwise the emails can go on and on. If the emails fail to get a response, do try again / send texts / try calling.

If you know you're going to be busy for a big stretch of the month do let your opponents know as soon as possible

If you've agreed to share the cost of a court booking, do repay your share promptly, don't wait to be asked!

If you know you just won't have time to play your matches in the following month, do go to Withdraw before the end of the current round to indicate that you want to drop out of the ladder temporarily. You can then return without losing your position.

Q & A

“I won my last ladder and yet this month I’m still in the same league number. How come? Referee!”

This happens when the ladder is expanding month by month and can affect everyone.

FIRST look at the “Last ladder” column. You’ll see that for this ladder you are above the people you beat last ladder, and below those who beat you. For example, if you were first in league 15 last month, it should say “15 (1st)” in that column. All your competitors from the last ladder who are still in the ladder this month should be positioned below you this month.

That’s the most important thing... it’s all relative!

THEN take a look for players marked with a ↩️ (someone re-joining) or a ➕ (someone new to the ladder) Newcomers and returners need to be slotted in at an appropriate level. Should you wish to temporarily leave the ladder due to being busy or injured, you too will wish to return at more or less the same place in the ladder as where you left it. Also, don’t just look at your league. There may be many returning players above you in this ladder. They all “push” you down. That’s just the way it works. But are you getting good games? If so, that’s what it’s all about (if not, then sorry!) Once winter is upon us, the ladder usually start contracting, and you may find you go up more quickly than you expect (and I somehow doubt anyone will be getting in touch to complain about that!)

“One of the coaches says that with my level of play I should be in league 12 but I’ve been started in league 18”

- the general idea is that newcomers to the ladder work their way, at least partly up the ladder. This allows them to meet lots of other players, which is good for newcomers to the club, and for existing players too. If the newcomer is a strong player, then this also gives existing members the opportunity (and pleasure and pain) to play against a stronger player, rather than always playing against someone at a similar level. - each month the results are published of the previous ladder. This shows not just points and matches won, but also the number of games each player has lost. This is a way for the ladder organiser to check if a player is clearly at much too low a level. In such cases, the player gets a “super” promotion to a more suitable level (usually this only ever happens once per player).

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