Club Box Ladders Rules

Mixed doubles, adult singles and junior singles box ladders are run throughout the year. These provide a good opportunity to play competitive tennis in an informal atmosphere and for new members to meet other members. You can join at any time by putting your name and contact details on the appropriate sheet on the tennis notice board.

Rules – Singles

* A ladder grouping typically comprises 5 or 6 players, with matches played within a defined time period (4-6 weeks).

* The minimum age for the adult ladder is 14. Juniors aged 14-18 need to submit a signed parental consent form, available from the club manager or the club website.

* Each match involves 13 games and each player scores the number of games won, e.g. if the score is 9-4, then one player scores 9, the other 4. If after 12 games the score is 6-6, the final game is a tie-break. The tie-break winner is the first to 7 points, but with a winning margin of at least 2 points. Scores should be recorded in the ladder grids on the notice board.

* Should a player be unable to play within the defined period, or doesn’t turn up at the agreed time, his/her opponent can claim the match 7-0.

* Should a player be unable to complete a match through injury, the remaining games are awarded to his/her opponent.

* At the end of the period, the player with the most games to his/her name in each group is promoted; the player with the least games is relegated.

* There is a prize for the member who wins the most games during the summer season, so playing as many matches as possible increase the number of games you can win.

* Any player who fails to complete any of his/her matches in the defined period is automatically dropped from the next ladder, unless the organiser is notified in advance by the player that he/she wants to continue. A player may rejoin at a later date by putting his/her name and contact details on the appropriate sheet on the notice board.
Rules – Mixed doubles

* A ladder grouping typically comprises 5 or 6 pairs, with matches played within a defined time period (typically 8-9 weeks).

* The minimum age for the adult ladder is 14. Juniors aged 14-18 need to submit a signed parental consent form, available from the club manager or the club website.

* Matches are the best of 3 sets, with a point awarded for each set won. If the set score reaches 6-6, then a tie-break comes into operation.

* If after 2 sets the score is 1 set each, a championship tie-break is played to decide the match, or, if both pairs agree, a full set can be played. In a championship tie-break, the winner is the first to 10 points, but with a winning margin of at least 2 points.

* Any pair who fails to complete any of their matches in the defined period is automatically dropped from the next ladder unless the organiser is notified in advance by the pair that they want to continue. A pair may rejoin at a later date by putting names and contact details on the appropriate sheet on the notice board.

* Should a pair be unable to complete a match through injury, the remaining games are awarded to their opponents.

Revised and agreed by the Tennis committee on 10 July 2012