Frederick Tennis Singles Ladder

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Deadline for spring ladder is 2/28/20

A ladder is a great way to meet new people and we welcome players of all levels.  Players are grouped into “flights” and they can challenge others to move up.  Once challenged, players have a week to schedule the match.  The full set of rules can be found below.

The 2019 Frederick Tennis Fall Tennis Ladder has ended.  Over 120 matches were played in the fall ladder.  The spring ladder will run from 3/1/20-5/30/20.  Then the summer tournaments begin!

Frederick Tennis: Men’s and Women’s Singles Ladder Rules
1. REGISTRATION PROCESS & INITIAL RANKINGS – Registration for the spring ladder is closed on 2/28.  The kickoff email is sent to all participants and will have everyone’s contact information in a spreadsheet.  Fee is $5 for the season.
2. RANKINGS – Rankings are based on past results and random insertion of new players.
3. CHALLENGING – May challenge a player ranked within 3 spots of your ranking. If you win your match you take the place of the person you defeated.
4. IF YOU ARE CHALLENGED – If you are challenged you will receive a call, text, or email from your challenger. You then have two options (please be responsive): 
a. ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE – You have 7 days from time of being challenged to play the match. 
b. DECLINE THE CHALLENGE – Instead of accepting the challenge, you may Decline the Challenge and forfeit the match. This is the option you should choose if you cannot accept the challenge due to illness, vacation, busy schedule, etc. Although you forfeit matches you decline, this process will keep the ladder moving and allow players to participate in more matches. This option is also the default if you do not respond to a challenge within 48 hours. 
c. REMATCH- The winner of the challenge match need not accept another challenge from the match loser for 14 days.
5. MATCH RULES – 
a. 10 GAME PROSET (unless both players agree to Best Two out of Three Sets format) – If Proset score is 10-10, play a 7-Point match tiebreaker to determine the match. Players will spin a racquet or flip a coin to determine the initial serve or side of the court.  If 2 out of 3 sets, I recommend a tie-breaker to 10 points in lieu of a full third set.
b. RULES – The Rules of Tennis will apply to all challenge matches so please become familiar with such rules. These rules may be found at www.usta.com.
6. AFTER EVERY MATCH – After every challenge match, the winner must report the score to me by texting me at (203) 668-5993 or emailing me at fredericktennis@yahoo.com. Report the scores within 24 hours so we can adjust the ladder standings in a timely manner. Ladder standings might be posted on the Frederick Tennis website and the Frederick Tennis Facebook Page.
7. EQUIPMENT, COURTS & WEATHER – Each player must bring a new can of balls. The match winner keeps the new can and the match loser keeps the used balls. Both players are responsible for determining the match location and paying all required court fees (if applicable). You may schedule the match indoors (Frederick Tennis Ladder rate is about $40/hour) at The Tuscarora Tennis Club (301-473-5050).
8. LADDER SEASON – This spring ladder will run from 3/1-5/30. The fall ladder runs from 9/1-12/1.