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3.0-3.5 Afternoon Round Robin Ladder League

Wow, that is a mouthful. This ladder league will be scheduled on Friday afternoons, from 1:00-3:00pm.  It will run for 8 weeks, starting on Friday, October 14th. All matches will be at the Blackburn Pavilion in Mount Vernon. This league is open to female and male SVP club members with self-ratings of 3.0 to 3.5.  Members may only play in one Round Robin Ladder League per season.  The maximum number of players is 16 while the minimum is 8 and we have to end up with a number divisible by 4. If we receive more than 16 sign-ups, random numbers will be assigned to each player with the lowest 16 numbers being selected.  Courts are not dedicated to the league as we have no priority in the afternoon, but I don’t see that as a problem as the courts are usually pretty vacant in the afternoon. Sign-up will be via email to and remember to include the name of the league you are signing up for, your name, and your self-rating. Sign-up emails must be received by 7pm on October 9th.

The format is individual round robin ladder. The initial ladder order will be randomized.  If we have 16 people sign-up, then the first week ladder positions 1 thru 8 (Group A) will play a round robin consisting of one game to 11 (win by 1) each round.  Similarly, ladder positions 9 thru 16 (Group B) will also play a round robin. Scores will be recorded on the paper forms that will be in the SVP storage box on the east side of the courts and then placed back in the box when play is completed. Weekly score will be based on number of games won with the tie-breaker being number of points won in losing games. Each group (A & B) will be ranked by the methodology previously listed, and the bottom two from Group A moving down into B, the top two from Group B moving up into Group A, and a playoff will occur between Group A positions 5 & 6 against Group B positions 11 & 12. This playoff will be one game to 11 win by 2, with the winners moving into Group A in the following week and the losers being in Group B.

Since this is a scheduled league, it is very important that you are able to play each scheduled day for the duration of the league.  If you don’t show up and the others in your group can’t play, you owe them pizza and beer for life. We will allow subs with self-ratings at 3.0 to 3.5, but subs will take a 2 game deduction on their overall game score and can never move a player up into a higher group. Subs can move a player down, however.

If you have questions, please email to  Please remember 2 things – this league should be about having fun and secondly, this is the first attempt at a league by our new Recreational Play committee, so please bear with us as we learn how to put on a recreational league for our members.

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