Basford Lawn Tennis Club

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Winter Ladder

During the autumn and winter months many of the adults play a Winter Ladder on Wednesday evenings.


  • The ladder is mixed sex and is open to senior, intermediate, country and student members of the club.
  • The ladder is played from the beginning of October through to the end of March.
  • Matches are played on Wednesday evenings, starting at 6:30 and 8:00 when more than two divisions are playing, or at 7.00 if two or fewer divisions are playing that week.
  • At least one court will be left free for social play from 6:30 onwards and at least two courts left free after 8:00.
  • The ladder can accommodate up to forty players in up to ten divisions of four players. If more than forty players wish to play, names will be chosen by lottery.
  • There is an entry fee of £1.50 per person per round, which covers the cost of lighting and must be paid before playing.
  • Rubbers starting at 6:30 are played on the courts specified on the match sheet. Players are responsible for checking which court has been allocated for their rubber.
  • Rubbers starting at 8:00 are played on the court on whichever 6:30 rubber finishes first, unless there are four or more social players waiting to play and starting another Winter Ladder match would cause there to be only one court available for social play.
  • Each rubber consists of three one-set doubles matches, with each player in a division playing one match with each of the other players in the division as a partner.
  • Each match is played as a first to 6 set with a tie-break at 5-5 and traditional deuce/advantage points.
  • Each player adds together the games he or she won in the three matches. The player winning the most games is promoted to a higher division. The player winning the fewest games is demoted to a lower division.
  • If there is a tie, the promotion or demotion is decided by lottery.
  • If a player cannot play one week, he or she may nominate a substitute player. Substituted players cannot be promoted, but can stay in the division or be demoted. Substitute players should be chosen from the list of substitutes, providing one is available. If another Winter Ladder player needs to be used as a substitute, the substitute should not be playing in a division more than three divisions higher than the player being replaced.
  • If a player fails to turn up for play, he or she will be demoted.
  • A leader board is used to show how many points each player has obtained throughout the season. The overall winner is the person with the most points at the end of the season. In the event of a tie, appearances are taken into account.