Last update June 6, 2018

Arena Ladder 

Q:  What is a doubles team pickleball ladder? 

A:  Teams are arranged like rungs of a ladder. They challenge other teams to a match and as the team wins or loses, it moves up or down the rungs in the ladder.

The objective of a doubles team ladder is to provide a high level of fun in a competitive environment for SCPA members of all skill levels. There is no cost to play beyond the regular SCRD drop-in fee of $4.00 at the Sechelt Arena. We are planning two ladders, one for men and one for women. 

Participants may play their weekly ladder match on either Saturday from 2:30-4:30PM (4 courts only) or on Thursday from 4:00-6:00PM (4 courts only), but not both. The ladder competition will begin on July 7, 2016and conclude on August 27, 2016.

If you wish to participate, please notify John Bell at no later than June 27th. John will require your name and that of your partner, both telephone numbers and email addresses. You and our partner will receive the initial ladder ranking of teams by June 30th, and after that, all communication of scores must be delivered to your ladder coordinator within 24 hours of the result. This will allow for a timely weekly update. 

Ladder Coordinators

Women’s League:           Siena Van Brabant H: 604.740.0468. C: 604.989.0053.  

Men’s League:                  John Bell H: 604-885-2014.

C: 604-363-8220.

How the Ladder Works 

1.       Those keen to participate must find a partner who is willing to play one ladder match per week in their respective ladder (men’s or women’s). The ladders are open to players of every skill level and partners do not have to be at the same skill level. For example, a 4.0 can partner with a 3.25. 

2.       Teams may play a maximum 1 match per week.

3.       The initial rank on the ladder will be determined by SCPA’s rating committee - after that, the rungs on the ladder will change every week according to wins and losses.

4.       All games will be played at the Sechelt Arena on Saturdays from 2:30 to 4:30PM or Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00PM where we will dedicate 4 courts for ladder play.

5.       Teams challenge higher-rung teams and move up the ladder when they win and down when they lose. 

6.       The challengers arrange the match with their opponents.

Basic Rules

1.       In a league with 14 or more teams, a team may challenge up to 3 ladder rungs above their place in the ladder. In a league with under 14 teams, the challenge may be up to a maximum of 2 rungs in the ladder. 

2.       If the lower ranked team wins, they will take the place of the losing (higher ranked) team, and the losing team would move down 1 rung in the ladder.

3.       Either as the challenger, or as the team challenged, every team should play one match a week (best of 3 games). Over the 8-week schedule, each team will be granted 1 bye, meaning their place on the ladder would not change if they did not play. After using 1 bye, a default would be recorded with the defaulting team moving down 1 rung on the ladder, having been replaced by the challenger. 

4.       Each match will be the best of 3 games, first to 11. The winner is responsible for informing the ladder coordinator of the outcome within 24 hours of the match.

5.       All challengers must contact their opponent and have their match pre-arranged and the time of play determined BEFORE coming to the arena.

6.       The ladder will be changed by the coordinator on Monday of the following week, and distributed to all teams by email.

7.       If the ladder has less than 18 teams, new teams can be added at the bottom of the ladder at any time. The maximum # of teams will be 18.

8.       If a team fails to arrive within fifteen (15) minutes of the scheduled start time, the match is defaulted. 

As with any new program, we anticipate some growing pains. Please be patient as we work them out and make rule adjustments where necessary. However, the key determinant for success in ladders is the cooperation and communication of the players. In this regard, we ask that you keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to participate.   

Please be aware that we only have room for 18 teams for each of the two leagues, so if you want to be a part of it, respond early. Best regards,

John Bell

SCPA Director of Player Development

Tom Pinfold SCPA Chair