Pickleball Ladder Instructions

Monday Evening Mixed Ladder Pickleball

When will we be Playing: Monday Evenings

Who Can Play: Mixed ladder is for men and women pickleball players of any ability who are members of the Stouffville Pickleball Players (SPP).

How to Sign up: After having logged into the website go to the Ladder tab and register for the week’s ladder session. You can only register on the Tuesday preceding the Monday’s session. If you change your mind before the schedule is created you can unregister.

If you have to cancel after the schedule is created: It is your responsibility to find a replacement. Each week all the mixed ladder pickleball players will be e-mailed the mixed ladder schedule. It will include all players names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers. If you have to cancel, email the whole group using the e-mail that was sent to you and ask if anyone can play for you. Another player may want to play two sessions, or someone that indicated they could not play that week may now be available. You can also go to the Home tab on the website and find the full membership list. Someone from that list may be willing to replace you. Please try to find a replacement that is at your skill level.

How will you know when you are playing and with whom: Before the event you will be notified by e-mail what time you will be playing, what court you will be playing on and who the other players are that you will be playing with. You will be receiving the schedule. Courts are not numbered but look for the players that are designated to be on your court.

How the Game will be Played: Players will be assigned to a court for a 1 hour and 15 minute period. Either 6:45 to 8:00 or 8:00 to 9:15. Do not be late and limit your warm up time. During that time you will play games to to a predefined number of points(12-16 or 15), win by one point. When the game is done players mark down the scores on the score sheets provided. In a round-robin tournament with 5 players, each player will face off against every other player exactly once. Here’s an example of the match schedule:

  • Round 1: Player 1 vs. Player 2 Player 3 vs. Player 4 Player 5 has a bye (meaning they don’t play in this round)
  • Round 2: Player 1 vs. Player 3 Player 2 vs. Player 5 Player 4 has a bye
  • Round 3: Player 1 vs. Player 4 Player 5 vs. Player 3 Player 2 has a bye
  • Round 4: Player 1 vs. Player 5 Player 2 vs. Player 4 Player 3 has a bye
  • Round 5: Player 2 vs. Player 3 Player 4 vs. Player 5 Player 1 has a bye

In this schedule, each player competes in 4 matches, and each player faces every other player once. The byes are used to ensure that each player gets a break in one of the rounds.

The next game is played but this time with different partners. When this set is finished then sets continue to be played until you  have partnered with all players in your group. Your scores over the games are totaled and that are used to determine your rank within the group.

The aim is to make the top players move up the ladder and the bottom players move down. The top players see their rank decrease, the bottom players have their rank increased. Players who have no score for a week move down the ladder and their rank is increased. Remaining players are then allocated ranks based on their scores that week.

Who you play the following week: Who you play each week will depend on where you are on the ladder and who signed up for that week. New players are inserted in the ladder at approximate places depending on their reported and perceived skill levels. If it turns out that these new players are much better or not as good as expected the next cycle of schedules is used to correct their position on the ladder manually.

Time of Play each Week: Either 6:45 to 8:00 or 8:00 to 9:15. you must be available for both times. If you have entered a travel partner in your profile the schedule tries to take that into account so that you both play at the same time.

How will the Groups Be Made Up: The schedule is calculated to make each player play with players that are similar in ability to themselves. It will not matter if it is a man or woman playing. Groups are made up sequentially by player rank.

You only have one hour and 15 minutes to complete your games. If your game is not finished by the time the hour and 15 minutes is up mark the score on your score sheet and leave the court so that the next team can get on the courts play their game. Games that start at the 8:00 time can continue playing until all games are complete.

Scores that are not entered will be considered as players who did not play that week.

The number of players signing up must fill a group:  If full groups cannot be calculated in the schedule the last players to sign up will not be playing that week and will go on the spare or waiting list. The number of players accommodated each week depends on the number of courts and times available. Sign up early. The first players to sign up will be playing. First come, first served!

Hope you have fun playing Mixed Ladder Pickleball

Stouffville Pickleball Players

90 Pickleball skill videos

PAO Announces New Resource For Members

Pickleball Ontario is pleased to announce the addition of 90 Pickleball skill videos to the PAO website.

At this time these videos will be available to PAO members only. These short videos will help you learn a variety of pickleball skills appropriate for players at all levels and are available in both English and French.

Click here to for instructions to view skill videos

Many thanks to our expert group; Anne Evans, Fiona MacGregor, Jim Parrott, Albert Fong, Luc Germain, Sara McInnes, Carolyn Stevens, Alex Stojkov, Matthew Kawamoto, and Terry Morais that helped create the content for the videos.

A Special Thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation For Their Generous Support