LEAGUE PLAY -- DETAILED RULES GOVERNING COMPETITION
Our pickleball leagues are open to anyone. You do not have to be a member of Scarborough East Tennis Club. However, if you are a club member you receive a discount.
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.
- You can drop out of the league at the end of any month, but we do ask for 1 full week notice so we can find a replacement player.
2021 International Federation of Pickleball regulations are the guidelines for matches.
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 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 according to whether they have the highest winning or a losing percentage. The other two players will stay on the same court.
If two players on the same court tie on a given week, the league director will choose one of the players. The league director will try to allow all players at least one chance to play on a higher court.
There is no rule of which team's starting server begins the game (i.e. serves the first ball in the game). 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.
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
The match format is 3 games. All games go to 21 points win by 2. This means match lengths will be around 2 hours.
Only the yellow Franklin X-40 outdoor ball is allowed on court. **Players rightlyfully 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.
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 match scores above 21 (i.e. 25-23) will be counted so all players receive all points they earn!
MAKING LINE CALLS (including No Volley Zone lines, sidelines and baselines)
Calling the ball in or out is done by either player on the side of the court where the ball bounces last. Everyone MUST respect a player's call (even when we 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.
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 (chosen at League Director's discretion).
There is a non-refundable registration fee of $15 for any league that you join. If you share a spot or join two leagues, the registration fee will be adjusted accordingly.
You pay $10 per match at the beginning of each month for the matches taking place during that month. You may pay for only the current month or pay for all months of the league as you prefer.
ALL MONTHLY FEES ARE DUE BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THAT MONTH. Your name may be left off of the COURT ASSIGNMENT TABLE until you pay if you are continuously late on your payments.
You pay online via the monthly payment tab under payment options using a PayPal process. You do not have to have a PayPal account as long as you have a credit card.
If you are a Scarborough member, you may pay at the club's front desk. You get a club discount if you are a member.
If you want to pay at the front desk, you must have either a Scarborough member or a non-member account so we can easily track your payments.
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
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.
Players must use 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 what day(s) the player will be absent and provide the name of the substitue player. If the sub is not in the sub list (see below) the player must also include the sub's contact information.
A substitute player's game scores are entered as official results no matter what they are just as if the permanent player was there . However, 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.
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.
Players may find a sub that is NOT on the sublist 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!
TIMEFRAME FOR PLAY AND PENALTIES FOR BEING LATE
8:05pm-8:15 All players warm-up.
8:15 First games start on all courts.
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.
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.
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.
12:00noon - Tuesday/Thursday 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.
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
Players may enter this ladder league permanently at any time as long as there is a spot open. Alternatively, we may also be able to 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. 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 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).
--Monthly fees are due **BEFORE** the beginning of each month. Your name may be left off of the COURT ASSIGNMENT TABLE until you pay if you are continuously late on your payments.