Singles League Rules
Singles League Rules
Keep your eye on the clock
For all time-related rules, the clock on the fence is deemed to be the official time.
What time does the match begin? How long do we warm up?
Allow about 5 minutes to hit practice balls with your opponent. Aim to start your match at five minutes past the hour.
If you require more time to stretch or warm-up, please do so before stepping onto the court.
When is the match complete? What if there is a tie?
The match is complete as soon one of you wins 8 games.
If there is time remaining, you may continue to play but the additional games will not count towards the match score.
If neither of you wins 8 games …
- When you complete a game, if there are more than 5 minutes left in the hour, then you must start another game.
- When you complete a game, if there are less than 5 minutes left in the hour and one of the players is leading, then the match is complete. You may continue to play but any additional games will not count towards the match score.
- When you complete a game, if there are less than 5 minutes left in the hour and the score is tied, then begin one last game to try to break the tie.
- If you are in the midst of playing a game when the 60 minutes is up:
- If one of the players was leading before the start of the incomplete game, that player wins the match and the incomplete game does not count towards the match score.
- If you were tied before the start of the incomplete game, then if possible, you should complete the game to break the tie (i.e. only if one of the courts is available and nobody is waiting to use it). Otherwise, the match score remains tied.
What happens if it rains during my match?
If you must stop playing due to rain and you have already completed more than 30 minutes of play, then the match is complete. Include all the completed games in the match score (a tie is allowed).
If you must stop playing due to rain and you have completed less than 30 minutes of play, then you must reschedule the match at another time.
What do we do if we disagree about the rules during a match?
Keep a good attitude – we play for fun!
Complete your match, and afterwards you can clarify either:
- By referring to the rules on this page,
- By contacting the organizer (email@example.com),
- By leaving a note online in the “Comments” box when you submit your match score.
What happens if my opponent doesn’t show up to the court?
If you arrive at the courts and your opponent doesn’t show up, then you should contact him/her to ensure that you haven’t made a mistake about the scheduled time.
If there was no error on your part and your opponent did not notify you of his absence prior to the match, then you are entitled to the same amount of points as if you had won the match with a score of 8-0.
When you submit the match score online, make sure to include a note in the comments box to explain what happened. Your opponent will not receive any points for the match.
How are points awarded?
- A victory in your group: 1000 pts + 10 pts * the differential
- Lost in your group: 200 pts + 1 point * number of games won
- A draw in your group: 500 pts
- A victory in the 1st group above: 110 pts
- A victory in the 2nd group above: 130 pts
- A victory in the 3rd group above: 150 pts
- ...20 pts MORE at each upper level
- Defeat in a group above: 50 pts
- A victory in the 1st group below: 90 pts
- A victory in the 2nd group below: 70 pts
- A victory in the 3rd group below: 50 pts
- 20 pts LESS at each lower level
- Defeat in a group below: 50 pts
For each victory outside your group, you also get an additional 1 point * the differential.
If the total score is equal, the tie breaker is obtained by the one that has won over the other player, otherwise random selection.
How are players assigned to groups in the ladder?
The aim is to create groups of players that are of similar calibre. This will result in more even matches and more enjoyment for all.
At the beginning of the season and whenever new players join the league, they are placed on the ladder based on our best knowledge of their abilities.
We reserve the right to manually adjust the ladder if we realize that a player has been placed in a much higher/lower level than his/her actual ability.
After completion of each 2-week period, the organizer will gather the match scores that were submitted prior to the Sunday 8:30 pm deadline, calculate points, and create new groups for the following period.
- The player with the most points will move up 1 level.
- The player with the least points will move down 1 level.
- The player in the middle will remain at the same level.
What happens if I can’t play during a certain 2-week period?
*** IMPORTANT ***
If you are unavailable to play during any 2-week period (e.g. injury, travel), you must notify the organizer prior to the start of that period (by Sunday 8:30 pm the latest).
Your name will be removed from the ladder for that period, which will avoid frustrations for other players and also ensure that you will not be penalized for your absence (i.e. your name will be re-inserted at about the same level when you come back).
FIRST TIME: If you don't notify the organizer of your upcoming absence before the Sunday 8:30 pm deadline, your name will automatically be included in the ladder for the current period, and if you don't play any matches during this period then you will go down 1 level for the following period.
SECOND CONSECUTIVE TIME: The following period, if you again don't notify the organizer and don't play any matches, your name will be removed from the ladder. If there are people on the waiting list to join the league, one of them will replace you.
If you wish to rejoin the ladder at a later time, it will be up to you to contact the organizer.
If there is room available in the league at that time (maximum of 60 players), your name will be added back at the same level.
However, if the league is full at that time, then you will be placed on the waiting list and added back only if/when a place becomes available.
How do I find out who is in my group?
Once groups are formed for the next period (e.g. Sunday night or Monday morning), they will be emailed to you.
They will also be published on the “Tableau” page of the web site.
Good luck and most of all - have fun!
Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Your Singles League Organizer