Instead of the singles league this year there will be a ladder competition In this system players are placed initially on the ladder according to past competition performances. The idea is to climb the ladder by challenging players above and if you win you swap places on the ladder with them. There will be a restriction on the number of places above you can challenge. The ladder will be displayed in the clubhouse and the winning player is responsible for writing the score on the results sheet and changing the positions (If necessary) on the ladder at the end of the match.
The length of match will be the same as the singles league, so 2 short sets and a match tie-break decider at peak weekend times (before 1.00p.m.), and at other times players may play 2 conventional sets with a match tie-break decider at 1 set all. More detailed rules will be given out when the competition starts.
One absolutely vital thing for a ladder to work is that players do not make excuses to avoid challenges from below. The whole point is to get out there and play as many people as you can, and if everyone buys into that a ladder can work really well. So please do not enter unless you are going to be prepared to play people below as well as above you or it ruins the event for everyone. Rules will be in place to help prevent this happening but it would be far better not to have to intervene in arguments over players not making themselves available to play challengers from below.
Rather than having separate men’s and women’s ladders there will be one mixed ladder. Juniors with adult status will be integrated into the ladder - I may well try to run a separate junior ladder for those who do not have adult status but I will send that out separately. The competition will begin in November and run through until the spring. Unlike the singles league there does not need to be a break to calculate new divisions although things will no doubt slow down round the festive period.
You can enter either via the on line entry or by writing your name on the entry list on the clubhouse noticeboard. CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRY - 30th OCTOBER
Players will need to arrange matches by using the contact list on the clubhouse noticeboard. Members must give their consent to have their contact details displayed on the list. If you have not already done so please complete the survey below to give your consent in order to help the competition run smoothly. The survey also gives you the opportunity to confirm whether or not you give consent for any photographs or video footage taken at the club to be included in our publicity, or on social media. In the case of under 18s a parent’s contact details should be supplied.
Matches are played usually at weekends starting at 1.00p.m. and normally last between 2 and 2 and a half hours. There is a mixture of Saturday and Sunday matches, so if you are generally unavailable on either day please indicate this on your entry form. If you have very limited weekend availability it would be best not to enter as it only causes headaches for team captains. It would also help team captains if you include a mobile number and an e-mail address on your entry so they can contact you. You can enter either via the on-line entry or by writing your name on the list in the clubhouse. It would be good to have some new people volunteering to be captains, so please help out if possible. It’s often people who are already doing committee jobs who end up being captains too.
Players of all standards are welcome, but only adults whose membership enables them to play at weekends. Students and juniors with adult status can also enter.
Players are put into squads, each of which has a captain. I will give each captain a fixture list. The captain is responsible for liaising with other captains re match arrangements, and also picking 4 players to form a team for each match. There will be rules to limit the amount of matches each player can play, to make sure captains can’t pick their strongest players all the time. Players just turn up for the fixtures they are selected for.
There is an entry fee of £5.00 per player. This can be paid by cheque to ‘Barnet L.T.C.’ or by cash to team captains, who then pass on to The Treasurer. This money pays for the match balls.
Each fixture is made up of 6 sets, with players from each team partnering each other against their opposite numbers in doubles. Each player therefore plays 3 sets, 1 with each player in their team.
A full list of rules (including substitutions, which is always an issue), fixtures and teams will be published after the closing date.
The Closing Date for Entry is 20th October.
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