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GLTTC Ladder Rules
The GLTTC ladder is a whiteboard with space for many names.
It represents the current ranking of all the players on the ladder.
The history of top-ranked players will be listed here.
So you can only challenge another player if they are one of three
nearest, higher players or one of the three nearest, lower players on
the ladder that are present at the club today. But if you have played
all of them that are present today already, then you may challenge
anyone on the ladder.
- Start at the bottom of the ladder: put your first and last name and today's date (formatted MM/DD as in 10/16).
- Climb the ladder by challenging other players.
- Matches are three games out of five. USATT rules apply.
- Challenge anyone within three of your name (counting only the people who are present today).
- If you have already played everyone within three, today, then you can challenge anyone in the gym.
- If you get a valid challenge, you must accept, or your name goes to the bottom.
- If you beat a higher player, swap positions by exchanging your names on the ladder. Update the dates.
- If the higher player wins, update both your dates but don't swap positions.
- The date represents the last time you played. If you haven't
played for a month, you can be moved to the bottom of the ladder.
- A challenge is not valid unless it meets one of two conditions:
- First, a challenge is valid if it comes from a person who is
one of the nearest three people on the ladder to you (three above
or three below you), counting only those who are present today.
- Second, a challenge is valid from anyone, if the challenger has
already played all three higher and all three lower players
nearest them on the ladder who are present today.
HOW CAN I CLIMB TO THE TOP?
If you are new or haven't played in more than a month: put your name
at the bottom. You can challenge anyone within three of the
bottom. Put your paddle down at their table, or just grab them and
play on a free table. The person that you challenge must accept and
play you. If the lower player wins, you swap positions on the ladder
board, writing down your name and the date. You can then challenge
another player, within three positions of your new location. Since you
can move up three positions for every match by making your highest valid
challenge, you can potentially move up to your proper level very quickly.
HOW DO I STAY ON TOP?
If you are the top player: you just have to accept all valid
challenges and play more than once a month. A player more than three
below you must play everyone in the gym that is within three positions
of them, above and below, so the only way to say No to them is to
check for the six names on the ladder above and below their name, and
see if any of them are in the gym and have not yet played your
challenger. If so, your challenger has to play them first, before
playing you. And if they go up or down, the list of players within
three changes, and they might have to play again before they can
challenge you on the ladder.
WHAT IF I PLAY A FAR-HIGHER PLAYER ANYWAY?
If a far-lower challenger has not played their nearest six opponents
but put their paddle down on the table and waited for their turn, that
is fine; they get their turn at the table and you must play them
anyway by the regular club rules of turn taking, but it's not a ladder
match and an upset won't count as a ladder win unless they have met
the conditions for a valid challenge to play you in a ladder match. So
they should play their six before challenging you if they want it to
WHAT IF I DON'T COME FOR A MONTH?
You will probably find yourself at the bottom of the
|9/16-9/18/2009|| Tom Veatch|
|9/19/2009-|| Kim Goldov|