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Ladder Rules
 
1. Entry Fees: The entry fee for the ladder is $99 and entitles players to participate in all ladder events and activities until the end of the 2016 outdoor season. The fee after August 15st is $69.
 
2. Joining the Ladder: A person joining an existing ladder has one initial chance to challenge anyone in any position on the ladder. If he or she loses that challenge match they will then be placed on the bottom of the ladder and have to challenge to move up. The new ladder participant who wins that initial match moves into the position of the person they just defeated.
 
3. Playing Format: All matches will be the best of three sets, no-ad scoring. The
third set, if needed, will be determined by a standard tie-breaker, with the match
going to the first player to win seven points first. All other aspects of fair play and
conduct will follow USTA guidelines. Matches stopped for bad weather or similar
reasons must be completed within one week or the leading player wins.
 
4. Challenge Guidelines: Players may challenge upwards a maximum of three
positions. Challengers must issue the challenge to higher players and matches must be accepted and scheduled within two weeks of the challenge, unless both players agree to an extension or the ladder director (Head Pro or Tennis
Director) accepts a reasonable reason for a delay such as a challenged player
being out of town or injured. In any event, all matches must be played within 2
weeks, or the challenged player is dropped from the ladder and will forfeit their entry fee.
 
5. Time Between Challenges: To avoid excess challenges against any single player, a challenged player has the right to postpone a challenged match if they have already played within the previous week.
 
6. Challenger Responsibilities: Challengers will make all needed court
reservations and supply a new can of balls for the match. If there is a preferred
court location, the challenger may choose his or her court. The time of matches must be convenient to both players.
 
7. Reporting Scores: Winners of matches must report scores to the ladder director within 48 hours of the match.
 
8. Post-Match Positions: If the higher position player wins the match, there is no change of position. If the challenger wins the match, he or she moves into the
loser's position and everyone in between moves down one place.
 
9. Ladder Divisions:  Divisions will first be set by level (2.5-3.5 and 3.5 & Up).  As participation increases, men’s and women’s divisions will be added as well as divisions based on more specific level classification