The format of play is designed so that players, men and women, will play mostly with others of similar skill levels in competitive games. Your ranking on a ladder is based upon your winning percentage (the ratio of points won to total points possible). Players will move up or down the ladder based upon their winning percentage. The results of the ten most recent weeks of play will be used for this calculation. We will use holdmycourt.com for the ladder leagues which all can access to see current rankings. (A link to our ladder league play will be posted once registrations are in.).
How does it work?
All USAPA rules will be followed for play as in a tournament. If you are not familiar with the rules, GET FAMILIAR and look over all of these rules on our website HERE. If any dispute about a call, the Ladder Captain will determine the call or ruling.
League Play Times:
League play will take place on Thursday evenings starting at 6 pm at Oak Park Pickleball courts in Onalaska, WI. (For directions to Oak Park, see our Where to Play webpage.)
The exact times for each ladder league will be published HERE once registrations are received. For example, if there are 20 people signed up, we may have 8 of those players play on 2 courts from 6-7 pm, and 12 players play on 3 courts from 7-8 pm. As we want to do our best to honor drop-in play time with just 4 courts, we will do our best to schedule the ladder league in a way that we will leave 1 to 2 courts available for open drop-in play by others. As a result,
There are times when weather may impact league play. Games will either be sought to made up during the week, or that week will be a bye week.
You don't need a partner. Each week, you will be assigned 3 other players to play against on Sundays. You will play 3 games, each game to 11 points, win by 1 point.
It is required that the players change ends of the court when one side has reached 6 points to minimize the effects of the sun and wind.
After each league play, standings will be posted online within a few days.
What If I Can't Play?
If you sign up to play and the playing partners and schedule has been posted, we ask that you
One other option:
The player can contact the 3 other players and see if can arrange another time during the week to play the 3 games to 15. Then someone from that group needs to report all scores to Jan Lucas via email as soon as possible after those games so scores can be entered.
Player Missing at League Time, a "no show"
If there is a player missing at match time, every effort will be made to find a replacement from other players in the ladder who may be able to fill in. In that case, the replacement players score will only be counted from their official match; the match in which they fill in will not be scored for that player. The missing player will receive a total of ZERO points for the day. The others in the foursome will record their scores as usual providing they could find a substitute of appropriate skill level.
If no substitute player can be found, then the match cannot be counted and will be noted as a bye week for the players that showed up, and the "no show" player will still receive ZERO points.
A player showing up LATE counts as a "no show". IF the other players that are supposed to play agree to stay after league play to play the games, the other 3 players will receive the points earned in play, but the LATE person can only receive a maximum of 8 points for each game. (Appeals can be made to the Ladder Captain if there are extenuating circumstances and the late person attempted to make contact with the Ladder Captain to alert of lateness AND the other 3 players agree it constitutes a pardon.)
If someone is a "no show" or late twice, then the player will no longer be allowed to play in the league. You signed up with a commitment to play, and failure to follow through impacts more than just you -- it impacts three other people.
Interruption of a Game (Recording of Scores)
Why does Ladder League money cost money?
The La Crosse Pickleball Club will use the money to help defray the website expenses.