BOX LADDER RULES
Players are placed in Boxes based on their skill level.
New players can be added on a monthly basis and will be placed according to their NTRP rating. (If you do not have a NTRP rating, you will be added accordingly by the competition director).
Players play matches against each other player in the same Box.
Players can send invitations and arrange matches through the email system.
Each match will be a Pro set, played and scored as per the guidelines below.
At month end players are promoted/demoted into higher/lower Boxes based on previous month's total games recorded.
Players are responsible for logging in online and recording their own game scores. Unrecorded scores will not be counted.
Competition director will be responsible for final arbitration of any issues or disputes.
A match is a pro-set to 8 games. You do not have to win by two games.
Before a match is started, players must agree by the end of the booking period if the match has not been completed that they will either stop and round their completed games to 8 (see below), or agree to complete the match on the next available court for the evening. In the latter case if a court is not available the completed games are rounded up to 8 (see below). An incomplete match cannot be carried on to another day unless courts are unplayable.
If a match cannot be completed by the end of the booking time or evening, the players round up their games completes to 8 e.g. 6-4 becomes 8-6 and 7-5 becomes 8-6, etc.
Matches cannot be tied. By the end of the booking session, whoever is ahead in the game wins the match. Worst case scenario – flip a coin.
Matches are recorded on the members portal by the number of games.
When serving for the first time, please allow FIRST IN. As warm-up time usually does not allow for serve practice, this is recommended. If both players agree NOT to play FIRST IN, that is acceptable.
At the beginning of the match, both players should agree to either play out Deuces (as in normal in tournament play) or play No-Ad scoring (which is normal for a Pro Set). If both players agree, you can play the way that is agreed upon. If you cannot agree which way to play, you should play with No-Ad scoring. Note that playing out Deuces will reduce the amount of games that you are able to finish and thus reduce your point totals for the match.
If you decide to play No-Ad scoring, games that go to Deuce are decided on the next point, with the receiver’s choice of side to return serve from. So there is only 1 point played after Deuce. The winner of that point is the winner of that game.
If you have not reached the end of the Pro Set in the allotted time, whoever is winning after the court time period has expired is declared the winner and the games rounded up to a pro-set score. Note: if you are part way into a game and cannot complete the game, the match score will be only completed games. E.G. at 5-4 and the 10th game is 30-15, the match score remains 5-4 and is recorded as 8-7. If the score in games happens to be tied, the winner is the person who has one the most points, and would record an additional game. E.G. at 5-5 and the 11th game is 30-15, the winner is the person with 30 points. The game score would be considered 6-5, and should be entered as 8-7.
If a match has been set up and a player does not show up or cancels within 24 hours before the match was to have taken place, the offending player loses by DEFAULT. The player who defaults is awarded ZERO games. The “winner” of the match is awarded 8 games.
If a player fails to respond to a match request or declines to play, they will lose by Default. The player who defaults is awarded zero games. The “winner” of the match is awarded 8 games. This type of Default win will only be given in the last few days of the particular ladder and must be requested by the Player who has not received any contact from the missing player(s). Every chance should be given to your fellow players to get your matches played. Do not assume that they are avoiding you, as life is busy.
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