League Format

and Policies

COVID POLICIES

  • Scarborough follows Columbus City health department guidelines.

  • Our club is privately owned and may have at any time additional policies regarding COVID.

  • Our club currently has a minimal observer policy for all events. This includes our pickleball leagues. The club prefers NO observers at the club solely for watching the pickleball league play.

LEAGUE PLAY


DETAILED RULES GOVERNING COMPETITION OF ALL PICKLEBALL LEAGUES

WHO CAN JOIN OUR LEAGUES

  • Our pickleball leagues are generally open to anyone who already knows how to play pickleball, who has been playing for a year, and who has at least a 3.0 skill level. We ask that total beginners do not join our leagues at this time. There a lots of beginners already in the leagues, and we need to have achieve some balance to the "ladder."

  • You do not have to be a member of Scarborough East Tennis Club to join our pickleball leagues. However, if you are a club member you receive a 20% discount on league fees.

  • Any league may be co-ed so men and women all play together, or any league may be gender specific. Any league may also be age specific generally following accepted USAPA practices. Any league may have skill restrictions.

LADDER LEAGUES

  • You do not need a partner to join a ladder league. You will be placed on a court each week with 3 other people. Each week you will have 2 different players on your court. You may also share a permanent spot -- and the costs -- with one other person if you want to play less than once per week, or if you know you are going to miss several weeks straight.


FORMAT & RULES

LADDER LEAGUES

  • 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 player's winning percentage of the previous week. The winning percentage is defined 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 according to whether they have the highest or the lowest winning percentage. The other two players will stay on the same court.

  • If two players on the same court tie for the most points on a given week, the league director will choose one of the players to move up to the next court. The league director will try to allow all players at least one chance to play on a higher court if they earn the most points. However, if there is a clear skill difference between the tied players, the League Director may select the higher skilled player regardless so the 3 people and the player moving up on the higher court will have the best match possible the following week .

  • There is no rule stating which team's starting server begins a new game (i.e. serves the first ball in the game). Players are not compelled to use another player's personal preference of who serves first.

  • 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 3 months

SINGLES LEAGUES

  • Singles leagues are based on specific USAPA skill levels and skill level definitions, and accepted match formats for tournament competition.

  • Players rate themselves often times so one player's opinion of his/her own or someone else's skill level may differ. If players have official USAPA ratings, these ratings must be used as a player's stated skill level.

  • Singles leagues are conducted via a round robin format. This means each player in a specific league plays every other play in the same league one time.

  • Each player may take two 60-second time outs during one 11 pt game.

  • The league director will randomly pick who is server #1 for each singles match and let the players know ahead of their matches who is first server.

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

  • Scores are kept on this website for 3 months


MATCHES

  • The match format is 3 games.

  • All ladder league games go to 21 points win by 2. This means match lengths will be around 2 hours. NOTE: Due to the win by 2 rule, the matches may go to 25-23, for example.

  • All singles league games will go to 11 win by 2 NOTE: Due to the win by 2 rule, the matches may go to 15-13, for example.


GAME BALL

  • Only the yellow Franklin X-40 outdoor ball is allowed on court. **Players rightfully expect the same ball to be used throughout a league season. Ladder league players expect the same ball on every court as they move up and down the ladder.**

  • Any player bringing another type of ball to use in the league is subject to REMOVAL FROM THE LEAGUE.


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 the online ENTER GAME SCORE tool on this website. Players should verify scores with each other so any disagreements can be immediately resolved.

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

  • Any doubles match scores above 21 (i.e. 25-23) will be counted so all players receive all points they earn!

  • Any singles match score above 11 will be counted.


MAKING LINE CALLS (including No Volley Zone lines, sidelines and baselines)

  • Calling the ball in or out is done by either player that is on the side of the court where the ball bounces last. Everyone MUST respect a player's call (even when we may disagree with the call).

  • All players MUST give the benefit of the doubt for balls very close to the lines i.e. if you are not 100% positive that a ball is out, then, by definition, you MUST call the ball is IN. If team members disagree with each other on a call, by definition (you both don't see the ball OUT), you MUST call the ball IN. This is different than one player seeing the ball bounce, and the other player being unable to see the ball bounce. In the latter case, two players cannot call the ball since only one saw the ball bounce.

  • Here is an excellent detailed post on line calling.


WINNING THE LEAGUE

LADDER LEAGUES

  • 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 (chosen at League Director's discretion). In the case of a tie, all players who tie get medals.

SINGLES LEAGUES

  • At the end of the season, the player with the most match wins across ALL matches of the season is the 1st place winner and receives a medal. We will also present 2nd and 3rd place medals . In the case of a tie, the official tournament rules will determine a tie. Namely head to head results is the first tiebreaker, and differential points is the second tiebreaker.


AUTOMATIC BILLING FOR LEAGUE FEES

  • You pay $10 per match at the beginning of each month for the matches taking place during that month.

  • Scarborough requires your credit card to be on file if you are not a club member. Scarborough will bill the monthly fee to your credit card automatically. Otherwise, if you are a Scarborough member, your account we be charged the monthly fee

  • You get a club discount on league fees if you are a member.

RESPECT ON COURT RULE

Scarborough has a "respect all players on court" rule that we all are REQUIRED to follow in our pickleball leagues. We insist on maintaining a healthy, fair, 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 unsportsmanlike behavior may qualify as a strike. This is ultimately at the League Director's discretion. After all, the League Director should not receive ANY complaints about players' sportsmanship. **

Other complaints such as these also qualify:

-Continually making incorrect line calls in your favor

-Continually being late

MISSING A DAY OF PLAY - USING A SUBSTITUTE PLAYER IN LADDER LEAGUES

LADDER LEAGUES

  • If a player must miss a day of the ladder league, that player must use a substitute player so the league can stay on schedule.

  • A substitute player's game scores are entered as official results no matter what they are just as if the permanent player was there. These results determine if the absent player will stay on the same court or move down a court. To protect against an inappropriately skilled substitute player advancing a permanent player up a court, 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.

  • The points added to the absent player's accumulated point total is the average of all four players' game totals. This protects the absent players from a sub's poor game while also preventing the absent player getting a substitute player who is too skilled for the absent player's court.

SINGLES LEAGUES

  • If possible, 9 players will be in each singles round robin. This means all players get 1 bye. The players can tell the League Director which one day of the 8 weeks they cannot play. The League Director will try to schedule that player with a bye on that date.

  • If a player must miss a 2nd day of the league, that player must use a substitute player so the league can stay on schedule. That substitute player's results are counted as an official score.

USING A SUBSTITUTE PLAYER

  • 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 for each league with many substitute players names, skill levels, contact info AND availability. To protect substitute players' contact information, the league director does not keep sub lists online. The league director will include a link to the sub list in the "Important Information for The First Day of League" email that all players receive shortly before league begins. In addition the league director will frequently email this link to each league member in subsequent "league update" emails so the sub list link is easy to obtain. Players should BOOK MARK this link for easy access.

  • Players must get a substitute player with the same or lower skill level.

  • Players must follow the notes in the sub lists that indicate which subs can play only on the higher courts.

  • Players must fill out the MY SUBSTITUTE form with what day(s) the player will be absent and provide the name of the substitute player. If the sub is not in the sub list (see below) the player must also include the sub's contact information.

  • Players may find a sub that is NOT on the sub list as long as that sub is of equal or lesser skill. The player must give the sub's name and cell number to the league director.

  • The league director prefers everyone who substitutes to be on the official sub list so we have ready access to the sub's contact info AND emergency contact info. Please ask your preferred person to sign up to be a sub!

  • Subs play for free. Invite your friends to sign up to be a sub at https://www.copleagues.com/substitute-list

  • NOTE THAT SUBSTITUTE PLAYERS MUST COMPLY WITH ALL LEAGUE RULES!

OPEN SPOTS IN THE LEAGUE ARE FILLED WITH SUBS UNTIL A NEW PLAYER JOINS

At times a league may have an "Open Spot" shown on a specific court. Open spots happen when there is an odd number of players in the league such that an entire court cannot be filled. To allow any permanent player to play in the league on a court with less than 4 players, the League Director puts substitute players in any open spots until another permanent player joins the league. These open spots commonly exist at the beginning of the season when the league is still filling.

A new open spots occurs during the league when a player has to drop out. The League Director puts the open spot on the court where the player drops to keep the level of play the same on that court.

When a new player joins, if there are any open spots in the league, the new player will take the open spot exactly where it is if the new player's skill is roughly the same as the court where the open spot exits. If new player has greater or less skill, the open spot goes away, and existing players move up or down to fill the existing open spot and to create another open spot for the new player.


TIMEFRAME FOR PLAY AND PENALTIES FOR BEING LATE

10:00am-10:10 /

11:00am-11:10/

1:00pm-1:10 /

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


10:10 /

11:10/

1:10 /

8:15 First games start on all courts.


10:15 /

11:15/

1:15 /

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 /

11:20/

1:20 /

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.

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


2:57:00pm - Sunday The entire match must be concluded by 2:57pm at the very latest. Players should be walking off the court with the nets, balls, and ALL of their belongings at 3pm.

10:04pm - Monday /Thursday 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.

11:57am - Tuesday The entire match must be concluded by 11:57am at the very latest. Players should be walking off the court with the nets, balls, and ALL of their belongings at 12pm.

12:57 - Wednesday The entire match must be concluded by 12:57am at the very latest. Players should be walking off the court with the nets, balls, and ALL of their belongings at 1pm.


PLEASE NOTE: 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.


ADDITIONAL LEAGUE INFORMATION

  • All league members and substitute players must abide by Scarborough East Tennis Club's rules. Our club is a family friendly club and our club rules reflect this. All players must have shirts on at all times. This includes women playing in shirts and NOT just sports bras regardless of how much covering the sports bras provide.

  • Players may enter a ladder league permanently at any time as long as there is a spot open. The League Director reserves the right to add new players where those players generally belong in the rank order of players. In other words, a high skilled player won't start on the bottom court. The high skilled player will be put on a court with similarly skilled players and start there. Alternatively, we may also be able to add an entire court to the league if there are 3 other people wait listed (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. Payments can be made online via the "SHARED PAYMENT OPTIONS" section of the monthly payment tab. A schedule for the season must be kept up to date so that the Director knows what players are expected for each week.

  • The only requirement for leaving the league permanently is that a player must leave at the end of a month and must inform the league Director 10 days before they plan to drop out of the league. This way Scarborough can cancel the payment of the next month's league fees as well as get a replacement player

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