Challenge Ladder Rules

CMTO Singles & Doubles Challenge Ladder Rules

 

Singles & Doubles Ladder Dates

The Ladder division season is May through August. However, for purposes of calculating standings and recognition awards, records entered until 11:59PM on Sunday, August 14, 2016 will be accepted.  Only scores submitted on or before August 14, 2016 are weighted towards seeding in the season-ending tournament and awards ceremony.

Players may join the ladder at any time during the season up to July 1, 2016. However, the entry fee is not pro-rated.

Process to Join the Ladder:

Join the ladder by registering on this web site: Online Registration. Click on the section called “2016 Singles & Doubles Challenge Ladders”. Registration confirmations are sent by April 30, 2016 and will include your login ID and a password.  You may only register with one doubles team in the Doubles Ladder.

CMTO administers its ladder leagues through TennisEngine.com. After registering in the Ladder league, go to TENNISENGINE.COM to set up your profile or update your user ID, password, or profile. Completing this step enables you to see match scores and contact information for ladder participants. Please be sure that the information in your profile remains accurate throughout the season so that players can contact you with ease.

Scoring and Reporting:

Scoring is best two-of-three sets.

Both players must bring a can of balls to the match; the winner of the match receives the unopened can after the match is completed. The winner of the match must enter the match scores in TennisEngine.com within 24-hours.

How to Challenge

For singles, a player’s position in the ladder is determined after they have played three challenge matches. Singles players can challenge any singles ladder player. After the first three (3) matches are played, singles players may challenge any singles player five (5) positions above, or two (2) positions below their current spot in the ladder. A singles player may have no more than two outstanding challenges at any one time.
Once a singles challenge is received, the challenged player must accept or decline within 48-hours. The match must be played within seven (7) days of the response. If a challenge is declined, select another player to challenge. A player cannot challenge the same person within two (2) weeks unless one of the players has played another match before receiving the challenge. Singles players must play one challenge match during a three-week period to remain active in the ladder. If a player will not be able to play during a three-week period, the player must advise the ladder administrator.

For Doubles Challenge Ladder, doubles teams play two challenge matches to determine their ladder position. They may challenge anywhere within the ladder. After the first two (2) matches are played, teams may challenge another team five (5) positions above, and two (2) positions below their current spot in the ladder. A team may have no more than two outstanding challenges at any one time.

Joining Singles or Doubles Ladder Mid-Season

Players who join the ladders after May 1 l have to play three challenge matches to determine their position on the ladder. They may challenge anywhere within the ladder. After the first three (3) matches are played, players are limited to challenging five (5) above or  two (2) below their ladder position.. However, this challenge restriction may be altered if the ladder administrator assesses based on play results that the positioning is not correct.

Quality-Based Ranking System

Quality points are calculated for matches played and for the score of the match. More matches played, the more points earned. The ranking system encourages play.. Declining challenges and not playing does not prevent a player from falling in the rankings. Players must complete one challenge match during a three-week period to remain active in the ladder.

Players record match scores at TennisEngine.com. TennisEngine.com computes uses a proprietary algorithm to compute player rankings. The system ranks each player based upon a combination of:

  1. Current match win or loss
  2. Current match performance (% of games won)
  3. The strength of each of your past opponents
  4. Your overall match winning percentage
  5. Your overall game winning percentage

In a nutshell, each player and the outcome of each match influences overall and individual rankings.

Strength Rating

The rankings are based on each player’s current Index value (i.e. the third ranked player has the third highest Index). Each player’s Index is a combination of his Strength Rating and the number of wins. Each player’s Strength Rating is viewable in his player profile. Your Strength Rating (SR) is the measure of your ability to:

  1. Win matches against the field of participants
  2. Win a high percentage of games in all matches
  3. Perform well against higher rated players

Your Strength Rating will improve with more matches won and a better percentage of games won. The strength (SR) of the opponents you play is also factored into the calculation (Each player’s SR is located inside his profile along with other information). Your SR will fluctuate as other participants compete. It might rise as players whom you have defeated accumulate wins over other players. Inversely, your SR might dip if players who have beaten you suffer losses.