Ladder League Format: This is a doubles ladder league. You don't need to have a partner. Players that enter the Ladder League must be members of the AZT Pickleball Club in good standing. This means those that have paid the required membership dues, and have signed and dated the Liability Waiver.
The AZT Pickleball Club Ladder is divided into three skill levels: C’s – 3.0, B’s - 3.5, and A’s - 4.0 and runs from mid to late September to mid or late May. It all depends on how many players are available at the beginning and ending of the season. The Ladder Captain shall determine the season.
This format provides for the maximum amount of flexibility for the players. Players may enter or leave a ladder at any time or miss a week or more because of their schedule as long as they inform the Ladder Captain before the schedule is made out for the upcoming week.
The format is designed so that players mostly play others of similar skill level. The ranking is based on the winning percentage (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 will be used for the calculation.
Each week players will be placed in groups of 4 in the order of their ranking on the ladder for match play. You are expected to play every week unless you inform the Ladder Captain that you will be absent. All players will play three 15-point doubles games in a round robin fashion with the other three players.
At the start of the game, players will decide who starts serving first and choice of side. Players are to change ends of the court when one side has 8 points to minimize the effects of the sun and wind or other factors that may affect outdoor play. Missed matches are not made up.
More information and a general description of the Ladder Leagues and Operation can be found by going to www.usapa.org/. Click on Ladder League.
Ladder League Court Schedule (must be a pickleball club member in good standing):
Tuesday – B’s 10:00 A.M. to completion of matches.
Wednesday – C’s 10:00 A.M. to completion of matches.
Friday – A’s 10:00 A.M. to completion of matches.
When Ladder League is in play, other club members may use empty courts. As a way for all members not playing in the Ladder League to have an allotted time to play please use the following process:
4 in – 4 out: During Ladder League Play, other club members should use a sign-up sheet for court play. If more than four to six players are waiting to play when a game is finished, and all courts are being used, all four players should leave the court and add their name on the sign-up sheet.
The next four players on the list would come into the court to play, crossing off their names as they go onto the court, and then add their name on the sign-up sheet when they finish their game.
This same process, of 4 out and 4 in, should also be used on the days when there are more players than courts available, and there are six (6) players waiting to play. Individuals are needed to help monitor this process during club times.
A “No Show” is failure to give 3-days notice prior to scheduled match that you will not be able to play.
If you are a “No Show” (leaving three players without a match), and you have failed to notify your Ladder Captain, at least 3-days prior to a scheduled match, you will receive the following restrictions:
The 1st “No Show” in a calendar year – you will be given a warning!
The 2nd “No Show” in a calendar year - you will be given a 2-weeks suspension from ladder play.
The 3rd “No Show” in a calendar year - you will be given a 4 weeks suspension from ladder play.
The 4th “No Show” in a calendar year - you will be given a suspension for the remainder of ladder play.
A “No Show” as a Bye/Sub is failure to give 3-days notice prior to scheduled match that you will not be able to show up as a Bye/Sub.
BYES are assigned if the Ladder Captain is unable to fill out a foursome. Byes are normally assigned from the bottom of the ladder ranking up, skipping any player who has already had a BYE. Assignment of a BYE is at the discretion of the Ladder Captain. In later weeks when everyone has had a BYE, we will start over again. Byes are carried with any movement between ladders. After being assigned a BYE you will automatically become a SUB for that week’s match play. BYEs are to show up at match time. Failure to show up results in a “NO SHOW” (see “No Show” rules above). The Bye players should be available as a Sub in case a scheduled player cannot play. The Ladder Captain may ask a BYE to stay through the match in case you are needed. If a BYE/SUB has a last minute excused absence, he/she will not earn a BYE.
Players may enter or leave a ladder at any time or miss a week or more because of their personal schedules. The ONLY requirement is to notify their Ladder Captain BEFORE 3-days prior to the match schedule is made out for the upcoming week. If a player cannot play for a period of more than 2 weeks the Captain may place you in an Inactive status until you notify the Ladder Captain that you can play again. The player’s percentage stays the same while on the Inactive List. The Inactive List does not display on the web site. Note: Players who have been on the Inactive List will re-enter the ladder at the ranking at which they left the ladder.
Absences - Can’t Play - BEFORE Schedule is Published
If a player is unable to play on the specified day, he/she should notify the Ladder Captain by EMAIL or phone no later than 3-days prior to the ladder play day. The groupings will then be made without that player. The player’s most recent score will stand until the player resumes play. There is no penalty for being absent as long as the player has emailed or phoned the Captain 3-days before the published deadline. Failure to EMAIL OR PHONE your absence notice may result in your being a “No Show,” because a substitute Ladder Captain would not have access to the Ladder Captain’s phone answering machine.
Player Missing at Match Time
If there is a player missing at match time, then those players that are late (anytime after the published starting time) will be subject to the “No Show” rule (see “No Show” section). The other players will not receive a score for that match unless a Sub is available. Since the standings are based on a point percentage for the games actually played, it is not a penalty to not have a score recorded. The “No Show” rule applies to Byes/Subs also.
The Playing Schedule will be published on the Ladder link of the USAPA website on a schedule determined by the ladder manager, typically a day or two prior to the scheduled play date. The program also provides for the ability to notify players by email that the schedule has been posted to the website.
Movement Between Ladders
The AZT Pickleball Club Ladder is divided into three skill levels: C’s – 3.0, B’s - 3.5, and A’s - 4.0.
The Ladder Manager, along with the Division Ladder Captains, may move players up to the next skill division or down a division based on ladder standing, and after consulting with the player. A player must play a total of 8 weeks before they can be moved. For example, if a player is at the top 1 position for 8 weeks, the ladder manager may choose to move a player to the bottom of the next higher skill division. The process for moving down to a lower skill level division would be the same. If a player remains at the bottom position for 8 weeks, the ladder manager may choose to move a player to the top of the lower division, after consulting with the player.
A Novice Ladder Division shall be developed when there is more than forty (40) players in the C Ladder. The C Ladder shall be divided into two groups, with the top twenty (20) players forming the C Ladder and the bottom twenty (20) players forming the Novice Ladder. New members from the training class may be assigned to the bottom of the Novice group or the C Ladder, upon consultation with the Ladder Manager and Division Captain.