Ladder Play

Singles Ladder

The Singles Ladder at Credit Valley runs the entire season. Once you become a member, you can sign up for the ladder from your member account. When your entry is approved by the manager, you will be able to start challenging other players.  Members are then responsible to organize their own matches and record their scores online.

The Singles Ladder allows you to find people that are a similar level to you so you can enjoy some friendly completion during your chosen date and time.

Singles Ladder Rules

How to Use the System:

  1. Every player has a rank number (the highest is 1) and a total number of points. At the beginning of the season players are ranked based on the NTTP ranking provided at time of registration. If players register at a later time, they have to start without a ranking and slowly make their way up by challenging players.
  2. ​​To be in touch with an opponent, click on “Challenge Player” find the member you’d like to challenge and then “Send email to member.” Please fill out “My Tennis Profile” so others are aware of your availability. 
  3. The system will award points to the winner and deduct points for the loser and will automatically re-rank players if a player’s point score changes. A Win over a higher ranked player will earn more points than a win over a lower ranked player. 

Challenge Ladder Rules:

  1. Players must play at least 3 ladder matches each month or will be dropped 5 positions.
  2. A player may challenge another player who is up to 5 positions ahead or down.
  3. If you beat a player above you, you take their place on the ladder and they go down one position. If you beat a player below you, nothing changes.
  4. Once a challenge has been made, both players must find a mutually acceptable time and date for the match and book a court through the online system.
  5. Players must contact themselves both by email and by phone. Players may have up to 5 challenges at a time in order to be able to book matches faster. If a player does not respond to a challenge within 48 hours system will auto cancel the challenge.
  6. The winner is the first to win 8 games. Remember all matches must have a winner! If the score is tied at the end of the court time, the players must play one more point to decide the winner of the game. 
  7. Results of all ladder matches must be reported using the ladder system in the member accounts. It is the responsibility of the winner to ensure that the match scores are reported within 24 hours after the match.
  8. Players who become injured and unable to play or who are going on vacation, should inform the ladder coordinator, and ask to be marked as “unavailable” for a period of time.

Keep it Active!

Please keep the Ladder active and play a minimum of two matches per month.  If players aren’t entering scores, The Club Pro may remove them from the system.  House League matches should be entered as Ladder matches. 

Let the Challenges begin!

Rating System

The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) is a classification system that identifies and describes general characteristics of tennis-playing ability. Use the following guide to rate your own ability that you can then use when registering for the ladder.

NTRP Rating

1.5 This player has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play. 

2.0 This player needs on-court experience. This player has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play. 

2.5 This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability. 

3.0 This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up, one-back. 

3.5 This player has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing teamwork in doubles. 

4.0 This player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident. 

4.5 This player has begun to master the use of power and spins and is beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. This player tends to over hit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles. 

5.0 This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. This player can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys, overhead smashes, and has good depth and spin on most 2nd serves. 

5.5 This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hits dependable shots in a stress situation. 

6.0 to 7.0 The 6.0-player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior and collegiate levels and has obtained a sectional and/or national ranking. The 7.0-player is a world class player.