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Steiner Ranch Singles Challenge Tennis Ladder

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The Steiner Ranch Singles Challenge Tennis Ladder is FREE for men and women 18 and over and is a way for local tennis players to meet and play matches on their own schedules without having to make any commitments to play regularly scheduled matches.  Make sure that you read and fully understand the rules below before signing up.


Here's how it works (rules):​

  • All players are ranked and listed on the ladder.

  • When you join you are added near others with similar tennis ratings and must work your way up.

  • You can leave the ladder at any time, and rejoin at any time.  To leave the ladder, please go to the ladder on the website and click on the red LEAVE button and fill in the information.  When you rejoin the ladder (by signing up on the website again) you will be added either at a similar location from when you left the ladder or somewhere below that.

  • Players can contact and challenge players up to 5 places ahead of them.  For example, if you are ranked #27, you can challenge any player up through #22.  Every effort should be made by both players to complete the match within a week of the challenge.  After the match is played, both players should report the score on the website.

  • If the challenged player is unable to play the match, that player forfeits and it is reported as a forfeit and a win for the challenging player.

  • If the challenging player losses the match, the challenger moves down one rank, and the player who was challenged maintains their current rank.  

  • If the challenging player wins the match, the challenger moves to one rank above the player who was challenged.

  • Any player who loses a challenge match cannot re-challenge that same player until they have completed another challenge match with another player.

  • If when challenging another player they tell you that they are no longer playing on the ladder, please report that on the score reporting page.

  • If you are challenged you must complete the match within 2 weeks or you forfeit.  Refusing to play is a forfeit.

  • Remember that your rank doesn't really matter.  There are no prizes or awards.  The goal of the ladder is to play tennis matches.

  • Players arrange the dates, times and locations of their matches.  Please be respectful of other people’s time.  On-time for your match should be 5 minutes early.  This is a local ladder, so all matches are to be played on one of the following approved “Steiner Ranch” courts:  Town Square Courts, Bella Mar Courts, John Simpson Courts, The UT Edgar O. and Melanie A. Weller Tennis Center, and Vandegrift High School.  Please note that you must be a Steiner Ranch resident or have a club membership to play on these courts, with the exception of Vandegrift High School.  Do not suggest playing on courts other than the courts listed above.

  • The match format will be the best two out of three sets, with the third set being a 10 point tiebreaker if needed.  Players can agree to modify the match format for the situation, but if there is no agreement on something different, then the format mentioned above is the format.  For example, if players are having a great match and are feeling good and want to do a full third set, they can agree to that.  Or if the players are limited on time, or the weather is not ideal, they can play an 8 game Pro-set, or a 2 out of 3 Fast 4 match where the first player to 4 games by one wins the set.

  • Penalties for Late Players:

  • The point penalty system is enforced with the late player losing toss plus 1 game for each 5 minutes late. 

  • Penalties begin at the scheduled time of the match. 

  • The match is a default at 15:01 minutes late & considered a 6-0, 6-0 win for the player/team present. 

  • If the player arrives before the defaulted time, he/she is to receive a 5 minute injury prevention warm-up. 

  • Late penalties will be imposed only when a player’s late arrival is at fault for holding up the start of play. The only exception is if courts are not available at the match scheduled start time(s). 

  • Example of Point Penalty System for Lateness:  Match start time is 8:00. 8:01-8:05 = loss of toss, plus 1 game. 8:06–8:10 = loss of toss, plus 2 games. 8:11–8:15 = loss of toss, plus 3 games. 8:15:01 = Match Default.

  • This means that you should be early for your match.  If you schedule your match for 7:30 pm, then you should be there before that time.  

  • We all know that sometimes life happens and things come up.  If you know that you are not going to be on time, contact your opponent and give them as much notice as possible.  If this happens and the players agree to a new time then the penalties don’t start until that new time.  

  • We all want to play and have fun.  Let’s remember that goal.  But let’s also be respectful of other people’s time.

  • Time Between Points, Games, and Sets:

  • 20 seconds between points

  • 90 seconds on changeovers (odd games)

  • 120 seconds at the end of each set

  • There is no break after the first game of any set, so players change sides right away but can get a quick drink without sitting

  • Drinks should be taken on odd games only

  • Tiebreakers, and Who Starts the Next Game or Set:

  • USTA rules use the COMAN tiebreak both to determine the winner of a set and a match.  From here on out this is the format that we will use.

  • When the set score is 6-6, the player or team who last received will serve the first point of the tiebreaker from the deuce side.  For doubles it follows the normal server rotation for that set.

  • Thereafter, each player shall serve in rotation for 2 points, starting from the ad (left) side of the court, then the deuce (right) side of the court, until a winner of the set is decided. 

  • Players change ends of the court after the first point and every four points thereafter (1, 5, 9, 13)

  • The set tiebreaker is first to 7 by 2.

  • The game and set score is now 7-6, so players change sides and the player who received for the first point of the tiebreaker serves for the first game of the second set.

  • The match tiebreak (after each player or team has won 1 set) is treated as a third set. The individual team can decide which partner will serve first as it is the beginning of a new set. 

  • If the previous set ended in a tiebreaker, then the player or team who received for the first point of that tiebreaker will serve the first point of the match tiebreaker (first to 10 points by 2).

  • The player or team whose turn it is to serve after the end of the 2nd set, begins serving the first point of the match tiebreak from the deuce (right) side of the court. They serve 1 point. 

  • Thereafter, each player shall serve in rotation for 2 points, starting from the ad (left) side of the court, then the deuce (right) side of the court, until a winner of the set is decided. 

  • Players change ends of the court after the first point and every four points thereafter (1, 5, 9, 13)

  • Score reporting to show tiebreakers should be in this format:  7-6(7-3), 4-6, 1-0(10-6)

  • Both players should bring a new can of balls to the match.  One can will be opened to play with.  The winner takes home the unopened can and the loser takes home the opened can of used balls. 

  • Remember that this ladder is for competition, but it’s for fun.  When making calls you should be 100% sure, or give the benefit of the doubt to your opponent.  Be open to asking for your opponent’s opinion on a call, and be friendly.  It’s OK to lose!

  • After the match is over, both players should report the score right away on the website.  Remember that when you report your score, it is asking you for YOUR CURRENT LADDER RANKING (ex. 63), not your tennis rating (ex. 3.5).  Here are the match outcomes that can be reported:

    • Completed - The match was played and there was a winner and a final score.

    • Injury (match not finished) - The match was in the process of being played and one player had to retire due to an injury or sickness.  The non-retiring player gets the win and the score is still reported with a comment on which player had which score.

    • Injury (match not played) - The match was never started due to an injury or sickness of one player.  The non-injured player gets the win.

    • Forfeit - If one player tries hard to schedule a match and the other player makes no effort, the match is a forfeit.  It’s also a forfeit if one player just refuses or can’t play.  Write forfeit in for the score and the other player gets the win.

  • Please keep in mind that the ladder is very fluid month to month.  Players can quit the ladder at any time, and players can sign up for the ladder at any time.  Adding and subtracting players when they join and drop can move things around quite a bit depending on the playing levels of the new players, as players are added to the ladder near their own playing level.  Keep in mind that the primary goal of this free ladder is to have a fun, competitive match.  The secondary goal is to try to move up the ladder.

  • Remember that by signing up for Steiner Ranch Singles Challenge Tennis Ladder, you accept and agree to the following waiver of liability:

I hereby agree to assume full and complete responsibility, risks, liabilities and hazards incidental to participation in the Steiner Ranch Singles Challenge Tennis Ladder. I agree to indemnify, release and hold harmless the Steiner Ranch Singles Challenge Tennis Ladder, its office holders, agents, employees, and all other persons and entities associated with the ladder from any and all claims, costs, causes of action and liabilities including but not limited to illness, personal injury, death and/or damage to or destruction of property arising from participation in the ladder. I agree to follow all policies and rules, its office holders, agents and employees. I understand failure to comply with Steiner Ranch Singles Challenge Tennis Ladder's policies may result in my removal from said ladder. I have read the forgoing and certify my agreement by signing up for the ladder.

  • Remember to be safe.  If you are playing someone you don’t know, it’s always a good idea to play on courts where there are other people around or else bring someone along with you to your match.

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