Ladder Play

Singles Ladder

The Singles Ladder at Credit Valley runs the entire season. Once you become a member, you can sign up for the ladder from your member account. When your entry is approved by the manager, you will be placed in a box based on your level of play. You will then have access to everyone’s contact information that is in your box. Members are then responsible to organize their own matches and record their scores online. At the end of the month top two players are moved up and bottom two players are moved down.

The Singles Ladder allows you to find people that are a similar level to you so you can enjoy some friendly completion during your chosen date and time.

Singles Ladder Rules

1.     Players are placed in Boxes based on their skill level.

2.     Players play matches against each other in the same Box.

3.     Players can play each other in the Box as may times as they want with in the month and points will be awarded for every match played.

4.     Players can send invitations and arrange matches through the email system.

5.     A player has one week to reply and schedule a match or a default win will be entered.

6.      Each match will be a Pro set, first player to win 8 games with a tiebreaker at 7-7, or until time runs out. If you choose, you can play 2 out of 3 sets but the score can only be recorded as an 8 game pro set at this time.  Convert your score and give the winner 8 games and the other player something lower.

7.     4 points is awarded for a win, 2 points for a tie, 1 point for a loss, and 0 points for a default loss (no-show).

8.     At month end players are promoted/demoted into higher/lower Boxes based on the month’s results.

9.     New players can be added on a monthly basis, and will be placed according to their rating.

10.     Players are responsible for logging in online and recording their own game scores. Unrecorded scores will not be counted.

11.     The Club Manager will be responsible for final arbitration of any issues or disputes.

Rating System

The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) is a classification system that identifies and describes general characteristics of tennis-playing ability. Use the following guide to rate your own ability that you can then use when registering for the ladder.

NTRP Rating

1.5 This player has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play. 

2.0 This player needs on-court experience. This player has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play. 

2.5 This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability. 

3.0 This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up, one-back. 

3.5 This player has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing teamwork in doubles. 

4.0 This player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident. 

4.5 This player has begun to master the use of power and spins and is beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. This player tends to over hit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles. 

5.0 This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. This player can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys, overhead smashes, and has good depth and spin on most 2nd serves. 

5.5 This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hits dependable shots in a stress situation. 

6.0 to 7.0 The 6.0-player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior and collegiate levels and has obtained a sectional and/or national ranking. The 7.0-player is a world class player.