Tennis Ladder


Tennis Ladder

Ladder Positions
Ladder Results
Ladder Members


General Rules (courtesy of Matthew English)

The ultimate goal of ladder play is to be the player in the top position on the ladder.  Also, other goals are to provide an opportunity for players to have fun, meet some new players, and get a chance to work on improving their tennis game. All players will have volunteered to participate in the programme, therefore, please display good sportsmanship by adhering to the guidelines set to govern fair play.  A list of current ladder members' details can be found using this link.

The season will run from June 1st to September 30th 2006.

Players must abide by all LTA and Rhondda LTC rules.

Entrants must be a current, fully-paid member of Rhondda LTC.

Starting placements on the ladder will be randomly drawn (date to be arranged).  New members wishing to join the ladder will be placed at the bottom.

Each player must provide a telephone number (preferably mobile) and if possible an email address where he/she can easily be reached for setting up matches - the ability to text arrangements would be beneficial to the smooth running of the scheme.

The players are responsible for contacting, challenging and setting up the matches.

Matches are to be the best of three sets, (with tie-break played at 6-6 first to 7, win by two clear points).  Players can decide to play a championship tie-break (first to 10) in place of the third set, however this must be agreed before play commences.

New balls are to be used for each match. Balls are to be arranged by mutual agreement. It is suggested that as new balls are to be used, (£5 when bought from the club), the player who provides (and keeps) the balls should receive a donation of £2 from the other player.  This should be agreed in advance.

Match results can be submitted on the 'Scoresheet' page of this website, preferably immediately but not later than 7 days after  the match was played.  It is the responsibility of the winner to submit the scores and the result.  If preferred, a  paper copy of the results can be left in the cupboard in the clubhouse or  sent/given to the referee.  Alternatively, forms can be emailed to John Davies @ for immediate inclusion in the 'Ladder Results' and 'Ladder Positions' pages on this website.

If a player fails to show or cancels without giving 24 hrs notice, he/she will forfeit the match. A grace period of 15 minutes will be allowed for late arrival.

A player may only challenge a player up to 3 places above him/her.  For example, if you are #7, you may challenge players #6, #5, and #4. However, you may not challenge #3, #2, #1 or any player below your position.

If a challenger wins his/her match, the challenger takes his/her opponent's position on the ladder while the opponent drops down to the challengerís position.

The Ladder Referee is a volunteer appointed by the RTC Committee. The Referee maintains the ladder standings, interprets and enforces the rules, settles disputes, and periodically distributes membership listings (should there be any alterations).

The players should make all possible attempts to schedule the match at a convenient time.

The challengee must respond to a challenge within 24 hours after being challenged (providing the challenger has actually spoken to the challengee and not left a message) and set up a reasonable day and time within fourteen days of the challenge or give a default.

A player may make only one challenge at a time. A second challenge may be made only after the first is played. However, if someone challenges you, you must accept the challenge even if you have already challenged someone else and not yet played the match.

If a player makes a challenge and loses the match, the player must wait seven days before re-challenging the same player, they are however free to challenge an alternative player.

A player may not accept more than one challenge at a time. The first match must be played before the second challenge can be accepted. The challengee should tell the challenger(s) that he/she has already accepted a challenge, and as a courtesy, give the challenger(s) the name of the first challenger and the date set for the match.  (Remember, a player may make a challenge even though they have already accepted a challenge).

If you challenge someone in person, by email or via phone (not by just leaving messages but by actually talking to them) and they do not consent to schedule a match with you, then you are to report that to the Ladder Referee. The match will then be re-scheduled by the Ladder Referee. (In other words, please donít avoid playing a match when challenged.)

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