Summer 2018 club league ladders (Senior & Junior)


Four Newcastle Tennis Club summer league ladders (Junior Singles and Doubles; Senior Singles and Doubles – will be up and running again soon.

A tennis ladder or club league is a great way to play more tennis, meet more tennis players and develop your game. Ladders are the gentlest path to get involved in competitive tennis. If you play tennis and keep score, you may wish to join one or more of the ladders. The ladders offer a flexible form of tennis competition. You play whenever, wherever, and with whom you wish. You determine how often you play. You may challenge other players on the ladder, and likewise you may be challenged by other members on the ladder. In the doubles leagues, you can play matches with the same partner or with different partners every time – the choice is yours – the league ladder will reflect your individual performance across all league matches during the season. 

The summer league ladders will operate via tennis website TennisEngine.com, an online ladder system for tennis clubs. Similar to, but more sophisticated than, a traditional tennis ladder, matches are set up and played by league members at their convenience.

While players are not required to have internet access, it is expected that those who do, will use this to record match scores to reduce the workload on the League Administrator, and to enjoy some great features. Any player can go online to enter match results or get an update on other matches played. Since the rankings are continually updated, players get instant feedback on how the latest matches have affected the rankings. Players may also look online at player profiles, stats and match histories.

JOINING THE LEAGUE & SETTING UP MATCHES
  1. League Administrator (Rachel Corrigan, Newcastle Tennis Club’s internal tournaments organiser) will have access to a password-protected area on TennisEngine.com to set up and manage the league ladders and must be sent name, email, telephone number and choice of league(s) for each Club member who wishes to participate. Players will then receive an email with their user name and password to participate in the tennis ladder.  The player just needs to follow the instructions in the email for entering their player info and start playing matches!
  1. Player position at the start of the ladder season, before any matches have been played, is largely random (players are listed in the order in which they signed-up for the ladder). Once matches have been played, players will be arranged on the ladder according to their results.
  2. Members may issue challenges to any other members in their league. When members login, phone numbers / email addresses of other players will be visible. Click the “p” (for profile) button beside the player’s name to see details.
  3. Players must make every effort to make and accept proper challenges both upward and downward.
  4. If a challenge cannot be agreed upon with a particular player, try someone else.
  5. Tips for playing lots of matches:  a) Don’t wait for players to call or email you.  They’re all anxiously waiting for you to contact them!  b) Don’t wait until the last minute to try and set up a match.  c) Contact multiple players. Send e-mail challenges to a few players at a time. This helps ensure that your playing schedule will match that of at least one other person.  d) If a player doesn’t respond to your challenge don’t assume they aren’t interested in playing you.  It’s more likely that they simply missed/neglected your message or already had plans. If you receive a challenge but can’t play, it’s good courtesy to reply and suggest a possible alternative time.
  6. Players must make every effort to make and accept proper challenges both upward and downward.
  7. Ensure that a court will be free at the time you want to play. Book with the Council (Newcastle Centre: 028 4372 5034) if it is at a time when the tennis courts are available for booking by the general public.
  8. If a challenge cannot be agreed upon with a particular player, try someone else.  Players that repeatedly refuse to accept challenges will automatically fall to the bottom of the ladder due to inactivity.
  9. Players may be contacted via email or phone. In the case of Juniors, these contacts details and arrangements must be monitored and approved by parents / guardians.

LEAGUE PLAY
  1. The time and day for a match must be mutually agreeable.
  2. Scoring for the Senior Newcastle summer league ladders is required to be conventional first to 2 (out of 3) sets, while a 7-point tie breaker (first to 7 by a margin of 2) should be used at 6 games all in each set. Important: scoring for a tie-break set will be recorded as a regular set: i.e. 7-6. If the tiebreaker requires playing more than 12 points to achieve a win, the final set should nonetheless be recorded as 7-6.
  3. Scoring for the Junior Newcastle summer league ladders is required to be the first to two (out of 3) sets, but in place of a 3rd set (if this is necessary), players should play a 7-point tie breaker (first to 7 by a margin of 2). Important: scoring for this “3rd set” should be recorded on TennisEngine.com as a regular set: e.g. 7-5. If the tiebreaker requires playing more than 12 points to achieve a win, the final set should be recorded as 7-6.
  4. If a match is interrupted for any reason, it may be continued to completion at another time by agreement of both players. Or the player leading the match at the point of interruption can be considered the winner. A match is only valid if at least one set has been completed. Both players must agree to the settlement. If no settlement can be made, the match must be completed or replayed at a later date – otherwise do not enter a score. Games must be added to the score to make a complete match – Do not enter incomplete match scores.
  5. There are no ties in tennis. If a tied score is entered into the TennisEngine, the player entered on the top line is declared the winner.
  6. When a match is won as a result of one player retiring for any reason, sufficient games must be added to the incomplete sets to complete the match. For example, if Jim was leading Jane 6-2, 4-0, and Jim retired, the score would be recorded: Jane def. Jim 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

AFTER THE MATCH

The winner must enter the match results on the TennisEngine web site from his/her personal member page within 24 hours of the match end. The match results and subsequent new rankings will be posted immediately.

a)       Go to TennisEngine.com and log in with your username and password.

b)       At the bottom of the player listing click the “Enter Match” icon.

c)       Scoring for all Senior Newcastle summer league ladders (singles or doubles) is required to be conventional first to 2 (out of 3) sets. Important: scoring for a tie-break set will be recorded as a regular set: i.e. 7-6. If the tiebreaker requires playing more than 12 points to achieve a win, the final set should nonetheless be recorded as 7-6.

d)       Scoring for all Junior Newcastle summer league ladders (singles or doubles) matches will be recorded as a single eleven-game set: i.e. 11-0, 10-1, 9-2, etc. When entering match result on TennisEngine.com, enter this eleven game result in the space for first set and leave blank the entries for the other two possible sets.

e)       Fill in the form, re-check for accuracy, and click “Enter this Match”.

If a match score is entered incorrectly, or is duplicated, a player cannot correct the error themselves. To make the correction, send an e-mail to: heights5 [at] hotmail.co.uk explaining the error and what change needs to be made. .

If for some reason, the winner (or someone acting on their behalf) cannot enter the match results online, the score must be emailed or texted-in to the League Administrator, Rachel Corrigan (email: heights5 [at] hotmail.co.uk / text message: 07591 762061).

RESTRICTIONS

There are very few restrictions for league play. However we recommend that participants not play the same opponent in back-to-back matches. While this recommendation cannot easily be enforced, it is considered contrary to the spirit of league participation to play exclusively with one or two other participants.


Ranking System

The Newcastle Tennis Club summer league ladders will use the Quality Ranking System – this is the most accurate system for ranking players against the field, across an entire season – based on margin of victory, opponent strength as well as win/loss records. It requires that at least 3 matches be played to establish an accurate ranking for an individual.

TennisEngine computes player rankings based upon an algorithm that evaluates every match played for the life of the league. The system is designed to rank each player based upon a combination of performance (derived from match results) and activity (how many matches played and against whom).

When a new match is entered, TennisEngine adjusts your ranking based on the following factors:

  1. Current match win or loss
  2. Current match performance (% of games won)
  3. The strength of each of your past opponents
  4. Your overall match winning percentage
  5. Your overall game winning percentage

Furthermore, the ranking of every player who has played you or your opponent will be affected by the outcome of your match.

Winning or losing a close match with a highly rated player could boost your ranking, whereas a close match with a lower rated player could reduce your ranking. Decisive wins over lower rated players could be less rewarding than close wins over higher rated players. Simply put… winning matters the most, but after that it’s all about whom you play and how close you play them.

Strength Rating

The rankings are based on each player’s current Index value (i.e. the third ranked player has the third highest Index). Each player’s Index is a combination of his/her Strength Rating and the number of wins. Each player’s Strength Rating is viewable in his/her player profile.

Your Strength Rating (SR) is the measure of your ability to:

  1. win matches against the field of participants
  2. win a high percentage of games in all matches
  3. perform well against higher rated players

Your Strength Rating will improve with more matches won and a better percentage of games won. The strength (SR) of the opponents you play is also factored into the calculation (Each player’s SR is located inside his profile along with other information).

Your SR will fluctuate as other participants compete. It might rise as players whom you have defeated accumulate wins over other players. Inversely, your SR might dip if players who have beaten you suffer losses.

Doubles

You can play doubles matches with the same partner or with different partners every time – the choice is yours – the league ladder will reflect your individual performance across all league matches during the season. Margin of victory, opponent strength, and wins and losses are factored just as in singles – plus the Strength Rating (SR) of your chosen partner. A win or close loss with a weak partner will help build a healthy Strength Rating.


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