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Doubles Ladder Description

General Information

The format of play is designed so that players play mostly with others of similar skill levels. A player’s ranking on a ladder is based upon the 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.

Each week, on Sunday, players will be placed in groups of 4 in the order of their ranking on the ladder for match play. Players are expected to play every week unless they inform the Captain that they will be absent. All players will play three doubles games in a round-robin fashion with the other three players of the foursome. The number of points per game is 11 won by 1. At the start of the game, players will decide who starts serving first and choice of side. It is recommended that the players change ends of the court when one side has reached 8 points. That will minimize the effects of the sun and wind or other factors that may affect indoor/outdoor play. Missed matches are not made up.

The percentages are based only on the matches that are actually played. The ladder is designed to be perpetual with no particular start or end date. Players can enter or leave the ladder at any time. After the games have been played, players record their individual scores and the total for all three games.

When scores are entered, standings are automatically posted on the ladder page of the website.

Publishing the Players Schedule

The Playing Schedule will be published on the Ladder link of the website on each Sunday evening. The players will be notified by email that the schedule has been posted to the website. Players from each foursome groups are required to get in touch and schedule the date and location for the match. Registered players' email addresses and/or phone numbers are listed onto VPA Ladder>Schedules tab under weekly schedule.

Ladder Displays

Only players on the ACTIVE list will be published on the Ladder page of the website under “Standings”. Player who cannot play for a given number of weeks will be placed on an INACTIVE list which is seen only by the Captain. A player on INACTIVE status will remain there until Ladder Captain receives notice from the player to return to active status. The schedule is displayed each week showing only those players who are available to play that week or are assigned a bye/sub.


Can’t Play – BEFORE Schedule is Published

If a player is unable to play one round, the player should notify the Ladder Captain no later than the day before the schedule is published. This is normally a couple of days before the play date. 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 notified the Captain before the stated deadline.

Can’t Play – AFTER Schedule is Published

After the schedule is published and prior to the actual match:

If a player is unable to play, the player should do one of the following in this order:

  1. Call/Email a Bye from the published Schedule.
  2. Call/Email the other 3 players in the foursome to reschedule the league match at a more convenient time, but BEFORE the Schedule for the following week is published. Report the scores to the Captain before the next week’s Schedule is published.
  3. Call the other 3 players in the foursome to have them agree to take an absence for that week.

Player Missing at Match Time

If there is a player missing at match time, and the other players have not been notified, 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 should apply to Bye/Subs also.


Substitutes / Byes

Any player could substitute an absent player to complete a foursome. When looking for a sub, players should ask the byes first. If a bye completes a foursome will be awarded that match's score points. If there are no byes to choose from, players could ask any other registered player to substitute. In this case the substitute will be awarded NO points for those games.


Inactive Players

Players may enter or leave a league at any time or miss a week or more because of their personal schedules. The only requirement is to notify their Ladder Captain BEFORE the match schedule is made out for the upcoming week. If a player cannot play for a number of weeks, the Ladder Captain may place the player in an Inactive status until notified that the player 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 league at the ranking at which they left the league.


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 Byes is at the discretion of the Captain. In later weeks when everyone has had a Bye, the ladder captain may choose to start over again. Byes are carried with any movement between ladders. Bye players should be available as a Sub in case a scheduled player cannot play.

Sub Scores

Sub scores count if the Sub is one of the players listed on the schedule as a Bye/Sub – and the sub played all 3 games. A Sub’s score would not count if the Sub played a partial match (i.e. fills in for an injured player). A Sub’s score would not count when the Sub player played an assigned match PLUS agreed to Sub in another match.

Interruption of a Match (Recording of Scores)

Scoring for interrupted matches due to weather or injury should be handled as follows:

  1. If the match is terminated before the start of the third game, scores should not be recorded.
  2. If the match is terminated sometime during the third game, points for the third game will be assumed to be in the same ratio of the score up to that point. For example, if the score was 9 to 7 at termination, the winning team would get 11 (assuming a 11-point game) and the losing team would get 7/9 of 11 = 9 (rounded to the nearest point).

No Shows

A player is a “No Show” (leaving three players inconvenienced without a match), if has failed to notify the other players and the ladder captain. The following penalties will be applied:

  - First incident: a warning and suspension for 1 round
  - Second incident: suspension for 3 rounds.
  - Third incident: removal from the ladder.



  1. The rules will be interpreted and disputes between members will be settled at the sole discretion of the ladder captain.
  2. As is prudent in any recreational activity, and especially when involved with others, members should exercise due care in their involvement in this ladder. The operators of the ladder cannot be responsible for injury to members or others, damage to property, or other liability arising out of membership in and use of the challenge ladder. By participating in a challenge ladder, each member accepts and agrees to abide by its rules. 

Email addresses

You agree to share your entered email address will all Ladder Registered members. Email addresses will be used for Ladder play ONLY - no personal non-ladder purposes are allowed.


 By sending the Join Ladder Request I agree with ALL the above.



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