Ladder Rules:

Invitations to play (challenges) can come from either the higher or lowerranked player.

Both players must bring a new can of decent balls to each match and the winner leaves with the unopened can.

All matches will be best of three sets. The third set should be a 10point tie break. Only if both players agree, a full third set can be played.

Sets tied at 66 will be decided by a standard 7point tiebreak, which will count as one game as normal.

The winning player should enter the score into the app immediately after the match has finished (hopefully within 30 minutes). We won't require the loser to formally confirm the result, but if the loser sees a discrepancy, he should resolve it with the winner and one of them should let the ladder coordinator know immediately if a change is needed.

Only one ladder match per day is allowed.

You can only play the same player on the ladder a total of five times during the course of the ladder.

In the event of one person failing to appear for the match, there is no winner and no score shall be entered. Please coordinate with your opponent to prevent this situation.

In the event a player retires during a match, his opponent is credited as having won all remaining games.

Play every match to win by the largest possible margin. Do not try to beat the system.

Ladder position and movement will be based on a threetier point system calculated as follows:

Borrowed Points

Initial ranking in the ladder will be established via borrowed points given to each player; the higher a person is seeded, the more borrowed points he will be given. The purpose of borrowed points is to keep similar skilled players near each other in the ladder initially.

Borrowed points will decrease evenly over the first six weeks of the ladder. For example, if someone starts the ladder with 300 borrowed points, each week, he will lose 50 of those borrowed points until they go to zero.

Since all borrowed points will go to zero in the course of the ladder, final ranking on the ladder will only be determined by Earned Points (Base Points and Distance Points).

Base Points

Winner  The winner of each match will be rewarded 39 points less the number of games won by the loser in the match.

Loser  The loser will receive one point for every game won in the match. If a third set tiebreak is played, each point won in the 10point tie break will count as 1/2 of a point, rounded up to a maximum of six points.
For example, if a match score is 75, 46, 62, the winner would receive 26 points (39 minus 13 games won by the loser) and the loser would receive 13 points.
If a third set tiebreak is played and the set scores are 64, 26, 107 then the winner would receive 25 points (39 points minus 10 games won minus 4 for the tiebreak score). The loser would receive the other 14 points.

Distance Points This scoring system will be in addition to the base points and should reward wins against higher ranked players, as well as penalize wins against lower ranked opponents.

If a winner is higher ranked than a loser, the winner will forfeit 2 points for each rank they are above the loser.

If a winner is lower ranked than a loser, the winner will earn 3 points for each rank they are below the loser.

Note that distance points only apply to winners, not losers. Losers will always keep whatever base points they earn.

Distance penalties cannot take a winner's score to more than 55 or less than 12. In other words, if you win a match, you will always receive at most 55 points and at least 12 points.
For example, if a number 4 ranked player beats a number 8 ranked player 62, 64, the winner would receive 33 base points (39  6 games won by the loser), but would forfeit 8 of those points as a distance penalty (4 lengths * 2 points per length). The loser would earn 6 base points.
On the other hand, if a number 10ranked player beats a number 5 rankedplayer 64; 57; 64, the winner would earn 24 base points (39  15 games won by loser), but would earn an additional 15 distance points (5 lengths * 3 points per length). The loser would earn 15 points for 15 games won.