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Ladder Play

Ladder play will be coming back to Pictona in 2023! Stayed tuned!

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 (play to 11 win by 2) 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 

Men’s Singles 


Register for the Pictona Ladder Play by completing a Ladder Registration Form which will be available at the Welcome Desk. Complete the form and return to the Welcome Desk. There is no fee for Pictona members to enter a ladder. Nonmembers will pay the $12 daily rate. 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.

If it occurs during the holiday season the following dates will be blackout dates where teams are not required to play. Meaning if you challenge a team on November 22 the 5-day window to play the match will be November 26 – November 30:

November TBD (Thanksgiving)

December 23-26 (Christmas)

December 30 – January 2 (New Years)

Procedure and Rules

  • Register you and your partner.
  • All teams will be randomly placed in the ladder at the outset. The starting ladder positions will be drawn on a date TBD. 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 Ladder League coordinator 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 cannot schedule an additional match until the first match is completed. 
  • 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 must miss a match and has a valid reason, be sure to let your opponents and the Ladder League Coordinator 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.
  • If a team has played at least 2 matches in their division and are at the top of the ladder in their division, they may challenge the bottom team in the next ladder division. If they win the teams will swap places, with the winner moving into the last position in the higher division and the loser moving into the top position of the lower division. The losing team that drops down must play at least one match in the new division before they can challenge to move back up to the higher division.
  • At the completion of the ladder league, the teams at the top of each division will be named champions. 

The ladder divisions and standings will be posted on the whiteboard located by the double doors as you exit the Welcome Desk lobby to the covered courts.

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