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[tennisbiz] Re: Tennis Challenge Ladder Rules

From: Joe Dinoffer <>
Date: Wed 14 Jul 2004 08:30:42 -0500

Always cautious about adding another that can be construed as trying to
create business on this forum, I always wait until someone else first
directs the group to a website or something similar. That being done with
Ladder rules, already, I thought to add a resource for those interested to

First, below please fine a copy of the Ladder Rules that go with our Oncourt
Offcourt Tennis Challenge Ladder. They are more or less generic and
obviously should be adjusted for each circumstance. Those who maintain
active and successful ladders inevitably must work hard to maintain them.
Typically, make the ladders seasonal rather than on-going so as to avoid
boredom and disinterest becoming an eroding factor.

If you want to see an image of a phsycial ladder option, here is a link to
paste into your browser:

All for now. Good luck and have fun!

Joe Dinoffer
President, Oncourt Offcourt, Inc.

1. Entry Fees: The entry fee for the ladder entitles players to participate
in all ladder events and activities for a full calendar year. Anyone joining
the ladder after July 1st will pay 50% of the annual fee.
2. Joining the Ladder: A person joining an existing ladder has one initial
chance to challenge anyone in any position on the ladder. If he or she loses
that challenge match they will then be placed on the bottom of the ladder
and have to challenge to move up. The new ladder participant who wins that
initial match moves into the position of the person they just defeated.
3. Playing Format: All matches will be the best of three sets, no-ad
scoring. The third set, if needed, will be determined by a standard
tie-breaker, with the match going to the first player to win seven points
first. All other aspects of fair play and conduct will follow USTA
guidelines. Matches stopped for bad weather or similar reasons must be
completed within one week or the leading player wins.
4. Challenge Guidelines: Players may challenge upwards a maximum of three
positions. Challengers must issue the challenge to higher players and
matches must be accepted and scheduled within three weeks of the challenge,
unless both players agree to an extension or the ladder director (Head Pro
or Tennis Director) accepts a reasonable reason for a delay such as a
challenged player being out of town or injured. In any event, all matches
must be played within five weeks, or the challenged player is dropped from
the ladder.
5. Time Between Challenges: To avoid excess challenges against any single
player, no player may be challenged within one week of having played any
challenge match.
6. Challenger Responsibilities: Challengers will make all needed court
reservations and supply a new can of balls for the match. If there is a
preferred court location, the challenger may choose his or her court. The
time of matches must be convenient to both players.
7. Reporting Scores: Winners of matches must report scores to the ladder
director within 48 hours of the match.
8. Post-Match Positions: If the higher position player wins the match, there
is no change of position. If the challenger wins the match, he or she moves
into the loser's position and everyone in between moves down one place.
9. Questions or Suggestions: Please bring any suggestions to the ladder
director, who is the final decision-maker for all disputes or questions.
However, the ladder director may appoint an impartial ladder committee to
rule on disputes as needed.

Received on Thu Jul 15 2004 - 07:50:20 CDT

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