The season will run from 17th April 2019 to Saturday 14th September 2019 inclusive, leading to a play-off to determine who competes in the club’s Single’s Final to be played on Finals Day which has been set for Sunday 29th September 2019.
The objective is to challenge another player who is within your range as eligible to challenge, with a view to beating them and moving up positions on the ladder from starting positions as drawn from a hat.
A player may only challenge a player up to 3 places above them. For example, if you are #7, you may challenge players #6, #5 and #4. You may not challenge #3, #2 or #1 or any player below your position.
The challenging player is responsible for contacting, challenging and setting up a match, and for supplying 4 new or good quality balls for their match.
If a challenger wins the match, the challenger takes their opponent's position on the ladder while the opponent drops down one position, unless the opponent’s position has moved so that he/she starts the challenge in a position more than three places ahead in which case the challenger just moves up three places and the opponent remains in his previous position. This situation may occur where the opponent has made a challenge themself which has been played and won before the match against the challenger has been fulfilled.
If the person being challenged (the challengee) wins, no movement results.
Matches are to be the best of three sets. The first two sets will have a tie-break played at 6-6 first to 7 points, win by two clear points. The third set is to be a championship tie-break - first to 10 points, win by two clear points.
Each competitor must play at least one match (subject to matters outside of their control) either as a challenger or challengee in each of the following blocks or be relegated to the bottom of the league:
• 17th April to Sun 9 th June 2019
• 10th June to Sun 28th July 2019.
• 29th July to Sun 15th September 2019
A player may only make one challenge at a time but if the challengee is not able to play the match as quickly as hoped then the challenger can rescind the challenge if wanted and challenge someone else instead. The challenger must make it clear to the challengee that the challenge has been rescinded. If someone challenges you, you must accept the challenge even if you have already challenged someone else and not yet played the match. This challenge can be played before the match where you are being challenged if wanted.
A player may accept up to two challenges at a time. The first challenge must take priority over the second challenge but if an early date cannot be set for this match but one can be set for the second challenge then that one can be played first.
A player may make a challenge even though they have already accepted a challenge(s) and may play it first if so wished.
The challengee must respond to a challenge within 24 hours after being challenged (providing the challenger has actually spoken to the challengee and not left a message) and schedule a mutually convenient date and time within fourteen days of the challenge or give a default.
If a player makes a challenge and loses the match, the player must wait seven days before re-challenging the same player, they are however free to challenge an alternative player. However if a player makes a challenge and wins but does not overtake the challengee due to the maximum three place rise then they can challenge the same person again immediately if their new position gets them to within three places of the challengee on the ladder.
If a player fails to show or cancels without giving 24 hrs notice he/she will forfeit the match. A grace period of 30 minutes will be allowed for late arrival.
If you challenge someone in person, by email or via phone (not by just leaving messages but by actually talking to them) and they do not consent to schedule a match with you, then the match is forfeited by the challengee.
If a challenge is made within the last fortnight of play then the challengee should make every effort to fulfil the challenge but it must be appreciated that they may not be able to do so in the time-scale in which case the challenge is voided.
From players able to play on the Final’s Day date, the player finishing highest of the ladder at the end of play will play-off against the player finishing fourth highest for a place in the final. The person finishing second highest at the end of play will play-off against the person finishing third highest for the other place in the final. These play-off matches follow the same format as ladder play and must be played between Monday 16th September and Saturday 28th September 2019.
It is strongly encouraged that match results are posted directly onto the OTC website by the winner. They are to be posted up not later than 24 hours after the match was played. (Passwords and instructions on how to post the results up will be supplied to each participant). However if this proves difficult for any reason then the result must be emailed or texted by the winner to Matt Grice and/or Gary Edwards not later than 24 hours after the match was played so that they can post it up. The 24 hour rule is to assist with the smooth running of this tournament by having up-to-date ladder positioning and so any results not posted up within this timescale may be voided at the discretion of the tournament referee.
If two matches are played within a short space of time then the results must be posted up in the order of completion if known but if the earlier match is not posted up or communicated to Matt, Linda or Gary within 24 hours then the second match result can then be posted up and treated as superseding the other match.
Entrants must be a current, fully-paid member of Oswestry Tennis Club.
A member may join the ladder at any time after commencement but will join it at the bottom. Each player must provide a telephone number (preferably mobile) and if possible an email address where he/she can easily be reached for setting up matches - the ability to text arrangements would be beneficial to the smooth running of the tournament. Should any participant not wish for their contact details to be made available to all other participators then they should contact Gary Edwards by 16th April 2019.
The Ladder Referee Linda Davies interprets and enforces the rules and settles disputes. It must be remembered at all times that she is a volunteer.