Ladder Management Rules

CURRENT and NEW PLAYERS should familiarize themselves with these Rules on a periodic basis as updates will take place.

Purpose of Ladder Rules

These rules are established to maintain consistency of play and record keeping within ladders. (Mixed Ladder, Intro to Ladder Play, Men’s Ladder, Ladies’ Ladder)

Ladder Communications

All communication with ladder coordinators is by email to:

If a player does not have a unique email (an email not shared with another GPC member), he/she must have an email “buddy”.

To Join the Pickleball Ladder Program

  1. You must be a Grand Pickleball Club member in good standing.
  2. Read and understand the Ladder Rules for Players and Coordinators on the web site.
  3. You must be willing to commit to playing a minimum of 6 times every season (October – April).

General Information

The ladder is a competition, not a training forum.

The format of play is designed so that players play mostly with others of similar skill levels.

Your placement or court assignment will be based upon your scoring percentage (the ratio of points won to total points possible). Players will move within the ladder based upon their scoring percentage. The results of the twenty most recent weeks of play will be used for this calculation. Each week, players will be placed in groups of 4 or 5 in the order of their ranking in the ladder for match play.

Players are expected to indicate their intent to play by responding to the weekly ladder invitation

Your ranking on a ladder is based upon your 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 twenty most recent weeks of play will be used for this calculation. Each week, players will be placed in groups of 4 or 5 in the order of their ranking on the ladder for match play.

The number of games played and the number of points per game will be determined by the number of players assigned to each court. If 4 players are assigned to a court, players will play three 15-point games in a round robin fashion with the other three players in the foursome. If 5 players are assigned to a court, all will play four 11-point games with the other 4 players. The first players/team to score the required 11 or 15 points in the game are the winners.

The schedule of play and court assignments will be available when players arrive for ladder play.

It is required that the players change ends of the court when one side has 8 points (in a 15 point game) or 6 points (in an 11 point game) to minimize the effects of the sun and wind.

After your games have been played, players record their scores on the score sheet that is available in the area. Record the individual scores and the total for all games played. There is a maximum of 45 or 44 points.

A player’s scoring percentage will be developed as matches are played. Over time, the results of the twenty (20) most recent matches will be used to calculate the player’s percentage.

If a player is not able to maintain a scoring percentage of 64% and above for 3 out of the last 4 weeks played, they will be moved to the next lower skill level. Those players dropping lower than the 2.5 skill level will be removed from ladder play.

Scores will be posted on Trackithub within 24 hours after the end of play.

Interruption of a Match (Recording of Scores)

  • If the match is terminated BEFORE the final game, DUE to WEATHER or INJURY, then scores up to that point will not count, and everyone will get an absence for the match.
  • If the match is terminated AFTER the final game has begun, DUE TO WEATHER or INJURY, then the team in front will be awarded whatever points are needed to bring their score to 11 or 15, and the team behind will get the same number of points added to their score. (e.g.…if the score is 5-0, the team in the lead gets 6 or 10 points added to their score and the team behind will get the same 6 or 10 points).

Ladder Schedule

Ladder play is as follows: (October thru April)

  • Mixed Ladder: Mondays
  • Introduction to Ladder Play: Tuesdays
  • Men’s Ladder Wednesdays
  • Ladies’ Ladder: Fridays
  • Seasonal Round-robin: Saturdays

Note: Play times for all Ladders and Round-robin are Noon-2pm

Watch for updates in the weekly Ladder invitation, on the club website, on the court reservation website or email from the Club President.

Absences

Can’t Play – BEFORE Schedule is Published:

If a player is unable to play on the specified day, they should respond ‘NO’ to the ladder invitation.

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 Coordinator is informed before the published deadline.

“No-Show” Rule

You are a “No-Show”  if you replied ‘yes’ to the ladder invitation, do not change that status prior to the established deadline, and have not arrived by 10 minutes before the start of Ladder play. The first time you are  a “No-Show” you will be suspended from ladder play for 2 weeks. The second time you are a “No-Show” within a Ladder season, you will be suspended from ladder play for a period of 4 weeks. A third “No-Show” during a Ladder season, suspends you from play for 12 months from the date of the last infraction.

The above suspensions also pertain to anyone leaving their matches prior to the completion of Ladder play unless due to a medical issue.

Percentage Establishment

When a new player is added to a ladder, he/she will develop a playing percentage as matches are played. Over time, the results of the up to twenty (20) most recent matches will be used to calculate the player’s percentage.

Player Movement between Skill Levels

Player movement between Skill Levels is based on the player’s percentage history.

A player in the 2.5 or 3.0 skill level will qualify to move up to the next higher skill level if they have a standings percentage of 84 or more for the last 3 out of 4 weeks played. A player in the 3.5 skill level must achieve a percentage of 88 or more for the last 3 out 4 weeks played to qualify for movement to the 4.0 skill level. Likewise, a player will move down to the next lower skill level if they have a standings percentage below 64 for the last 3 out of 4 weeks played.

If a player in the 2.5 ladder cannot maintain a standing percentage of 64 and above they will be considered to be a 2.0 level and can no longer participate in Ladder play.

Ladder Coordinators will notify players of their movement between ladders prior to the move.

Rule Changes

These rules are subject to change. A written proposal should be submitted to the Ladder Manager. He/she will review and discuss your suggestions with you. The Ladder Manager will review your proposal with the Ladder Committee and then make a final decision. You will be informed of that decision with an explanation should it be necessary.

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Edit History

Prepared: January 29, 2004

Last update: See list of updates

2/2/04 – Added start date clarification for movement between ladders. Also clarified review period to agree with Boards decision (4 out of 5 weeks).

3/1/04 – No longer show Inactive players on the club’s website. Modified the one-third percentage establishment rule with the addition of a new program developed by Bill Booth to record and communicate players’ scores, ranking, etc. See notes under Percentage Establishment. This new program should be introduced during March 2004.

Modification to No Shows – You can makeup a match prior to the player’s schedule being published for next week. You must notify your ladder captain of the scores.

3/9/04 – Added clarification to Can’t Play after Schedule is Published section. Specific wording added to actions to be taken at match time with no shows. Changed 1/3 and 1/2 rules to just the 1/3 rule with the new program. Also, updated the match injury section from rationing the scores after the midpoint of the third game to anytime after the start of the third game.

3/24/04 – Injury returns to competitive ladder play.

5/21/04 – Deleted PICL; Added changes to 2.5 Ladder; Changed definition re: Player movement UP and DOWN between ladders.

10-3-04 – Clarified who can and cannot be a SUB.

10-23-04 – Deleted references to PICL

12-27-04 – Added emphasis on emailing absence notices rather than calling. Changed rules of movement between N and 3.0s. Removed reference to N ladder being a Player Development Center. Added Bye/Sub subject to No Show rule.

2-15-05 – Clarified ladder movement downward, and the Sub’s responsibility to show up for the match.

3-11-05 – Removed the paragraph about Injury Returns to Ladder Play

5-16-05 Changed determination of players’ movement between ladders from rankings-based to percentage-based. See “Player Movement Between Ladders”. Updated the list of Skill Assessors. Deleted reference to Xs.

6-7-05 Clarified scoring procedures if a SUB fills in after the match has begun. See chapters on SUBs, SUB Scores, and Interruption of a Match.

8-5-05 – General editing throughout. No policy changes or additions.

10-1-05 – Revised BYE assignment to be at the discretion of the Captain. Clarified positioning of player moving from Inactive to Active status to be based on percentage.

01-01-06 – Changed percentage requirement for movement between ladders to 84% up and 65% down, 3 out of 4 times. See “Player Movement Between Ladders”.

05-09-06 – Added paragraph to Inactive chapter, regarding returning to Active at same ranking after a long absence.

05-15-06 – Changed the restriction rule from one-third to one-fourth the ladder up or down. See “Percentage Establishment”.

05-20-06 – Added paragraph on how to join the ladder. Removed chapter regarding skill assessors. Changed wording to indicate that new players are to assess themselves using the tools provided on the web site. Clarified that the 2.5 ladder is not a training forum, that beginners are to learn the basic skills and rules of pickleball before joining the ladder program.

05-30-06 – Reinstated skill assessors.
01-05-09- Amended, clarified, changed etc., a number of rules from top to bottom. Too many to enumerate here.

02-09-09- Amended PLAYER MOVEMENT BETWEEN LADDERS.

03-19-09–Amended PLAYER MOVEMENT from B to 4.0 ( To take effect 4/1/09 ). Amended INTERRUPTION of a MATCH.

01-15-13–Grammatical changes made only by George Cox

10-15-14 – Change “Can’t Play – AFTER Schedule is Published” rule as requested by Ladder Manager, grammatical changes and conversion from php to pdf.

April 2017 – Changes related to transition to TrackitHub. Several changes – too many to enumerate here.

May 2018 – Changes related to Ladder Names, Player Movement between Ladders and other minor changes.

Sept 2018 – Changes related to addition of the Ladies League and the minimum participation requirement.

Oct. 2018 – WordPress page created for these rules by George Cox.

Oct 2019 – Multiple changes. Captains rename Coordinators, ladders are not based on level but rather men’s, women’s and mixed, etc.