RULES

Here are the LA Tennis Ladder basic rules:

  • Best 2 out of 3 tiebreak sets.
  • Both players bring balls. 2nd can opened for a third set. Winner takes unopened can if straight set win.
  • All rules must be agreed upon by both players at the start of each match.
  • Matches can be played at any mutually agreed upon location.
  • To challenge a player, just call or e-mail and schedule a mutually convenient match time.
  • If you are new to the ladder, you can challenge anyone as high as #11. In order to challenge a top ten player, you must be in the top twenty (11-20). Once you are in the top twenty, you can challenge anyone in the top ten except the #1 player. If you are in the top ten, you can challenge anyone, including the #1 player.
  • If a challenge is unsuccessful, you must wait two weeks before challenging that player again unless a wild card is granted.
  • Match results are submitted by the winner via our new automated system, and ladder rankings are updated automatically.

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LA TENNIS LADDER COMPLETE RULES

USTA rules govern play except areas where the rules below state otherwise.
USTA rules.pdf

Standings
New players are placed at the bottom of the Ladder in the order that they sign up.

If you are new to the ladder, you may challenge anyone on the ladder, up to the 11th position. In order to challenge a top ten player, you must be in the top twenty (11-20). Once you are in the top twenty, you may challenge any player on the ladder except the #1 player. If you are in the top ten, you can challenge anyone, including the #1 player.

  • If a challenge is unsuccessful, you must wait two weeks before challenging that player again unless a wildcard is granted.

Challengers take the rank of the defender if their challenge is successful. If you are challenged and lose you move down one spot regardless of the challenger’s rank.

No ranking change occurs if a challenge is unsuccessful.

Four Week Rule
It is to your benefit to play matches within the four week periods. The four week periods run from the beginning of the month to end of the month.

At the end of every four week period (end of play on the last day of the month), players who have not played a match in the past four weeks will drop one position.

Challenges
Again, if you are new to the ladder, you may challenge anyone on the ladder, up to the 11th position. In order to challenge a top ten player, you must be in the top twenty (11-20). Once you are in the top twenty, you may challenge any player on the ladder except the #1 player. If you are in the top ten, you can challenge anyone, including the #1 player.

A wildcard may be given to a lower ranked player at any time at the discretion of the higher ranked player.

A player issues a challenge by phone or email.

You may not challenge the same player within a two week period, unless you have challenged someone else after your first challenge, or unless it is agreed upon by the higher ranked player.

A player issued a direct challenge must respond within 48 hours of receiving the challenge with a time and location that he/she is able to play. Failure to reply to challenge may result in a win for the challenging player.

You may log your challenge emails with the site by cc: vienna1@pacbell.net

If an opponent does not return a message within 48 hours, contact site administer. At that time, the opponent will be given 48 hours to establish contact, or a default will occur.

Etiquette Rules
Both players bring a can of balls.The lower ranked player opens the can for the match. The second can is opened for a third set. The winner takes the unopened can if it is a straight set win.

Challenger attempts to play at the higher ranking player’s location.

Report unsportsmanlike conduct to the site. This includes:

  • Match no-show
  • Arguing your line calls
  • Hitting balls off the court
  • Hitting balls in opponents direction
  • Racket abuse
  • Blatant repeated line calling errors

Two complaints from two separate individuals results in a warning. Three complaints from separate individuals will result in removal from the ladder.

You may be removed from the ladder at anytime for any reason

Changing Match Scheduling
If you change an agreed upon match time or cancel a match you must get confirmation from your opponent.

Defaults
A default results in the defaulted player moving down one spot.

Defaults can result if a player is over 20 minutes late for a match or if a player cancels a match less than 24 hours prior to match time.

Line Calling
Here is a summary of how players should call lines without an umpire from the USTA Governing Rules:

Players call balls only on their side of the court

Players on the opposite side of the court may ask for verification on a call but they can not argue the call beyond that.

A ball must be 100% outside of the lines to be out. If a ball barely hits the edge of the line then it is considered 100% in. Basically, if you can not see space between the ball and the line then you should call it in. Try to give the benefit of the doubt. If everyone does this, the calls will even out and it will help avoid arguments.

Reporting Scores

Report all match results using the automated ranking system.  The winner of the match should go to the Match Results Submission page to log in the match results.

The ladder will be updated immediately upon submission of match results.  If we feel you made a mistake during the score submission process, please contact the site administrator.

Match Rules

2 out of 3 sets, ad scoring, with 12 point tie break if needed.

Default request can be made if opponent is 20 minutes late.

A match that has begun must be continued until completion unless agreed to by both players. If there is a dispute that cannot be agreed upon, players are to get a neutral 3rd party mutually agreed upon by both players. If there is no 3rd party available, players should call the site director (818.601.9566) in order to resolve issues. If site director is unavailable, players are to leave a message and wait at least 15 minutes to receive a phone call back. Otherwise, if players cannot resolve a dispute amongst themselves, find a 3rd party linesperson, or reach the site director,  play may be suspended until a neutral 3rd party is available to act as a line judge. If this occurs, players will resume play where they left off in the match at the time of the dispute.

Either player may stop a match for safety reasons such as darkness or weather.

The player that is unable to complete the match is defaulted unless the match suspension is agreed upon by both players.

Vacation or Injury
You can notify the Site Director that you will be away on vacation or out with injury

Your only penalty for not playing is the standard four week rule that applies to everyone.

Notify the Site Director when you are ready to resume Ladder matches.

Upcoming Money $$ Tournament (Coming Soon)
The tournament is optional

  • Cash Prizes
  • Each round must be completed within a one week period
  • Final will be played at a predetermined location (tbd) on a predetermined date(tbd).

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