Challenge Ladder
Hey Gulf Hills, 

We are starting a club singles tennis ladder open to anyone (male or female) who would like to participate.  This is the first ladder I will be organizing, so you will have to forgive me for any hiccups along the way.  We will be using tennisengine.com to manage the ladder. The ladder scoring format will be a 20 point leap frog scoring.  It is designed to promote club play.  If you are interested in playing, please email name,contact phone number, and email address to ghtennisladder@yahoo.com. Below are some guidelines and info on how the ladder will work.  If you have any questions, please contact me (Jeremy Lofton) at ghtennisladder@yahoo.com or 601-248-4458. 

GUIDELINES 

SETTING UP MATCHES 
Members may issue challenges to any other members in their league. When members login, phone numbers of other players will be visible. Likewise, email addresses are available only when logged-in. Click the "p" (for profile) button beside the player's name to see email address. Players must make every effort to make and accept proper challenges both upward and downward. If a challenge cannot be agreed upon with a particular player, try someone else. 

LEAGUE PLAY 
The time and day for a match must be mutually agreeable. Both players should bring a can of balls to the match and the winner keeps the unopened can. 2 out of 3 set scoring will be used for all matches.**  The third set will be a 7 point tie breaker. ** 

If a match is interrupted for any reason, it may be continued to completion at another time by agreement of both players. Or the player leading the match at the point of interruption can be considered the winner. A match is only valid if at least one set has been completed. Both players must agree to the settlement. If no settlement can be made, the match must be completed or replayed at a later date - otherwise do not enter a score. Games must be added to the score to make a complete match - Do not enter incomplete match scores! 

There are no ties in tennis. If a tied score is entered into the TennisEngine, the player entered on the top line is declared the winner. When a match is won as a result of one player retiring for any reason, sufficient games must be added to the incomplete sets to complete the match. For example, if Jim was leading Bob 6-2, 4-0, and Jim retired, the score would be recorded: Bob def. Jim 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Loss of condition means loss of match. Unless otherwise stated, all competition will comply with USTA playing rules. 

AFTER THE MATCH 
The winner should enter the match results on the TennisEngine web site from his/her personal member page. The match results and subsequent new rankings will be posted immediately. Otherwise the score must be emailed,text, or phoned-in to me (Jeremy Lofton). I will make every effort to post results from score sheets on a timely basis. 

SPORTSMANSHIP 
There are very few restrictions for league play. However we recommend that participants not play the same opponent in back-to-back matches. While this recommendation cannot easily be enforced, it is considered contrary to the spirit of league participation to play exclusively with one or two other participants. Obviously, any system can be abused if the participants attempt to "beat the system." The main goal here is to have a good time and reward personal accomplishment with some small public recognition. So let's have fun! 

20 Point LEAP FROG SCORING 
If the winner is higher ranked he receives 20 points added to his previous point value. If the winner is lower ranked, his previous point value is replaced by the value of his opponent's points - plus 20 points, thus "leap-frogging" his opponent. The loser receives 1 point for each game that he wins. 

If this is confusing, don't worry. Tennis engine should do all the work.  All we have to do is play matches and enter scores.