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Ladder Play!

Posted on November 5, 2020

Pictona Ladder Play

Ladder play is coming to Pictona beginning November 16.

What’s ladder play? Teams (doubles partners) are randomly listed from top to bottom, like the rungs on a ladder. The goal is to climb to the top of the ladder and retain that position. A team may challenge the two teams immediately above it. If the challenger wins a 2-out-of-3 match it swaps places with the defeated team. A team can then challenge further up the ladder working to ascend to the top.

Pictona will offer the following ladders with registration of a minimum of 5 teams per ladder and an unlimited maximum number of teams. Each team is responsible for assessing its combined skill level. To review what the ratings mean go to https://pictona.org/play/skill-ratings/. The more accurately you can assess your skill level the more even the competition will be and the more fun everyone will have in the ladder.

Men’s Division

Men’s 3.0 to 3.49

Men’s 3.5 to 3.99

Men’s 4.0 to 4.5+

Mixed Division

Mixed 3.0 to 3.49

Mixed 3.5 to 3.99

Mixed 4.0 to 4.5+

Women’s Division

Women’s 3.0 to 3.49

Women’s 3.5 to 3.99

Women’s 4.0 to 4.5+

Singles Division

Women’s Singles 3.5 to 4.49

Men’s Singles 3.5 to 4.49


Register for the Pictona Ladder Play by completing a Ladder Registration Form which is available at the Welcome Desk. Complete the form and return to the Welcome Desk. There is no fee to enter a ladder. You may enter any gender-appropriate ladder in each division – Men’s, Mixed, Women’s, Singles. Separate registrations are required for each ladder you enter.

Each ladder will extend from November 16 to January 31, 2021. League play and new ladders will begin February 1, 2020.  The ladders are maintained on the whiteboard in the Games Room.


Procedure and Rules


  • Register you and your partner.


  • All teams will be randomly placed in the ladder at the outset. A new team may join the ladder at any time and will be placed at the bottom.


  • A team can challenge another team one or two places above its location. The challenge is made in person, by email, or phone.


  • Challenge matches will be 2 games out of 3 to 11 points, win by 2. Teams change sides after game 1 and 2 and at 6 points in game 3.


  • If the challenger team wins, they move into the place of the team they defeated and the defeated team moves into the place of the challenger. In short, they swap places.


  • When a challenge is made the team making the challenge contacts the challenged team to find a time to play the match. Both teams must make reasonable accommodation to each other’s schedules, but a common time must be found and the match played within 5 days of the challenge. If a common time cannot be found, the Division captain will arbitrate the matter. If the challenged team does not have any availability within 5 days, a forfeit is declared and the challenger and challenged teams swap places.


  • The challenger is responsible for obtaining a Ladder Challenge Result Card obtained at the Welcome Desk. Record the first and last names of both teams, the date and time of the match, the court used, and the result of each game, and the winner of the match. One representative from each team will verify the result by signing the card. Return the card to the Welcome Desk and move your names to the appropriate position on the white board.  


  • The challenger is responsible for reserving a court or playing on an open-play court with the risk of having to move courts if the courts become busy.


  • A team may challenge a team to which it lost no more often than once each 10 days.


  • A team that already has a match scheduled may only schedule an additional match for a date after the previously scheduled match.


  • A team is not required to play more than one match every 5 days. If already challenged in the next 5 days, a team may delay a new challenge for another 5 days beyond the date of the first scheduled match.


  • If a team has to miss a match and has a valid reason, be sure to let your opponents and the Division Captain know at least 2 hours before match time. The cancelled match is to be rescheduled within 3 days.


  • If a team does not show up for a scheduled match or is more than 15 minutes late, the match is a forfeit. If a team forfeits, it is penalized by being lowered two places in the ladder.


  • If a team withdraws from the ladder, all teams below the withdrawing team move up one place.


The results of the ladder tournament will be used for seeding in future ladder tournaments and league play, which will begin in February 2021.


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