Ladder League Format

RESPECT ON COURT RULE

Scarborough has a "respect on court" rule that we all are REQUIRED to follow in our pickleball leagues. We insist on maintaining a healthy and fun atmosphere for everyone in our pickleball leagues. If the league director gets 3 complaints from different people about the same person**, the league director will ask the offending party to leave the league. The offending player will not be welcome back for 1 year. Remember you are being recorded so it is easy to verify accuracy of the complaint.

** The complaints
can vary. Any unsportsmenlike behavior may qualify. It is at the League Director's discretion. After all, the League Director should not receive ANY complaints about players' sportsmanship. **

LEAGUE PLAY FORMAT

In the ladder league, players will play 3 games every week. Players will switch partners for each game so that each player plays with every other player on their court. The games are to 21 points win by 2.

The ladder format is designed so that players mostly play others of similar skill level. The player's weekly ranking in the league and, thus, which court they play on for any given week, is based on the winning percentage of the previous week. The winning percentage is define as the ratio of points won to total points possible. Two players out of four on each court will move up or down the ladder (or one court) each week. The other two players will stay on the same court.

PENALTIES FOR LATENESS

10:00am-10:10 /

2:00pm-2:10 /

8:05pm-8:15 All players warm-up.


10:10 /

2:10 /

8:15 First games start on all courts.


10:15 /

2:15 /

8:20 If any court has not started game 1 because someone is missing (has not shown up at all), whoever is missing will receive a game score of zero for the first game when the Director adds scores to the official score record. As soon as the missing person is present, game 1 play starts.

10:20 /

2:20 /

8:25 If any court has not started game 1 because someone is missing (has not shown up at all), whoever is missing will receive a game score of zero for all 3 games when the Director adds scores to the official score record. As soon as the missing person is present, game 1 play starts.


12:00noon - Tuesday The entire match must be concluded by 11:59pm at the very latest. Players should be walking off the court with the nets, balls, and ALL of their belongings at 12pm.

4:00pm - Sunday The entire match must be concluded by 3:59pm at the very latest. Players should be walking off the court with the nets, balls, and ALL of their belongings at 4pm.

10:05pm - Monday The entire match must be concluded by 10:04pm at the very latest. Players should be walking off the court with the nets, balls, and ALL of their belongings at 10:05pm.

Everyone but the late player will receive relative points as if the game was played to 21.


Please note that even if a player is 25 or more minutes late and will receive a score of zero for all 3 games, we all expect that late player to show up and play as soon as possible so no players have an incomplete court.


DETAILED RULES GOVERNING COMPETITION

  • 2021 International Federation of Pickleball regulations (EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY) are the guidelines for matches.

  • At the beginning of each game competition, players may flip a coin to determine which team serves first to begin competition. Alternatively, players can simply volunteer to serve or return first since every player will play with and against all other players on the court. Some players use the "curtain" rule where the team closest to the curtain serves first. Since there is no advantage to a player's position on court at Scarborough, AND since the USAPA has had a rule change

  • Each team may take one 60 second time out during one game.

  • There is a maximum 5 minute break between games during which players should enter their game scores.

  • Scores are kept on this website for one year.

MATCHES

  • The match format is 3 games. All games go to 21 points win by 2.

  • This means match lengths will be around 2 hours.

ENTERING SCORES

  • All points and all game results from all matches count!! Game results are recorded by every player after each game is finished. The score entry is done by an online tool (here is an example ). Players should verify scores with each other so any disagreements can be immediately resolved.

  • All scores, once entered on this website, are final.

  • Any match scores above 21 will converted to normal winning percentages i.e. everyone's score will be reduced to fit into the algorithm of 63 possible points per week.

WINNING THE LEAGUE

  • At the end of the season, the player with the most accumulated points across ALL matches of the season is the 1st place winner and receives a medal. We will also present 2nd and 3rd place medals as well as most improved player or the player who has moved up the most courts during the season (at League Director's discretion).

ADDITIONAL LEAGUE INFORMATION

  • Players may enter this ladder league permanently at any time as long as there is a spot open. Alternatively, we can also add an entire court to the league if there are 3 other people waitlisted (you would be the fourth). Our numbers must stay even to have enough players on each court to play a game.

  • Players can also share a permanent spot with one other person. Scarborough will bill one person each month. This person will be the player of record. That player collects the other half of the money from the person with whom they are sharing a permanent spot. A schedule for the season must be kept up to date so that the Director knows what players are expected for each week.

  • Players MUST find their own substitute players if they need to miss a week. To make this very easy, the league director maintains a list with many substitute players names, skill levels, contact info AND availability. Players must get a substitute player with the same or lower skill level.

    A substitute player's game scores are entered as official results no matter what they are just as if the permanent player was there . The game scores are used to determine winning percentages of players. However, to protect against an inappropriately skilled substitute player advancing a permanent player up a court, the league rule is that a sub
    cannot advance a player up to the next court no matter the substitute's game results. A sub can keep a player on the current court or drop a player to a lower court.

    To prevent too much impact from a sub's unexpectedly poor performance on the permanent player's relative position in the league (i.e., accumlated points), the
    average of all 4 players' game scores is added to the absent player's accumulated scores instead of the points earned by the sub.

  • There are 2 requirements for missing a week. First, you find a sub for yourself from the available sub list. Second, you email the director that you will miss a certain week and provide the name and contact information of your substitute player.

  • The only requirement for leaving the league permanently is that a player informs the league Director by Monday at midnight if they plan to drop out of the league before the following week's match (a minimum of one full week notice is *required* so we can find find a replacement player).

  • A "League Management" tab for each separate weekly league is on this website for updated League information (weekly scores, etc).