Summer Singles

Registration for the 2017 Summer Singles season is now open !

 

 

Registration Instructions:

1) You must first create an AAC online account on the AAC website at http://sportsaac.com/my-account/  If you already have an AAC account, simply login using your current credentials. Current AAC members in good standing (annual membership paid) can skip step 2.   Please note that your AAC credentials may not match your credentials on the Second City Tennis website.

2) After creating your account, you must pay a $25 membership fee to join AAC if you are not already a member. Please click the "Pay AAC Membership" to complete this. This membership fee must be paid to participate in the league.

3) Once your AAC registration is completed, head to: http://sportsaac.com/leagues/tennis/ to register for the Summer Singles Program

 

Overview

There will be five or six co-ed Ladder Divisions based on USTA levels: 4.5+, 4.0, 3.5, 3.0, 2.5, and 2.0. Here is a breakdown of the divisions and their descriptions:

2.0 This is a beginning player.

2.5 This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. This player can sustain a slow rally with other players of same ability.

3.0 This player is consistent when hitting medium pace shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks control when trying for directional intent, depth, or power.

3.5 This player has achieved improved stroke dependability and direction on moderate pace shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles.

4.0 This player has dependable strokes, including directional intent, on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident.

4.5 This player has begun to master the use of power and spins and is beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and is beginning to vary tactics according to opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve and is able to rush the net successfully.

5.0 This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. This player can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls, can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes, and has good depth and spin on most second serves.

In our league, we use letters to designate the divisions. Here is how the letters correspond to the above descriptions:

Open = 4.5+

A = 4.0

B = 3.5

C = 2.5

D = 2.0 and below

You challenge your opponents and play at a mutually agreed date, time, and location.

The regular season begins May 1st and ends on August 9th.

In addition to the playoffs, there will be prizes for those with the most matches in each division at end of season.

Cost - $25 per player.  This is non-refundable.  This does NOT include your $25 AAC Annual Membership.

 

Playoffs        

  • There will be a season ending playoff for the Top 16 active players that have played at least 8 matches and completed their required matches by  August 8th. 
  • Division Semifinals and Finals will be played August 26th
  • Rain date is August 27th 
  • Most divisions will have early round playoff matches which will be scheduled between players starting on August 9th.         

           

Challenge Ladder Rules
     
1. Initial Ladder Divisions will be based on USTA "NTRP" rating, previous years' results, and player requests.   The SCT Board of Directors will make final decisions on placement.   All new players in each division will be randomly sorted below returning players to determine initial placement.        
 
2. You can only challenge players who are a certain number of positions above you in the ladder (includes crossing division lines).   This will vary based on the size of your division (see ladder for your number).   If a player moves out of this range after the challenge has been accepted (since ladder standings change constantly), match should still be played as normal.        
 
3. You move up and down the ladder based on your results as shown in table below.        
Your Winning Percentage
(after current match) 
You Play Someone 
Above You & Win 
You Play Someone 
Below You & Lose 
0-49%  Move Up 1 Rung  Drop Down to Opponent's Rung
50+%  Move Up to Opponent's Rung  Move Down 1 Rung

   

4. On May 1 you will be assigned by SCT to play 2 specific players. On June 1, 1 player. And around July 6, 1 more player for a total of 4.  These 4 matches can be played anytime during Summer (don't have to play in month assigned) but must be completed by Aug. 8th to be eligible for playoffs.        

5. You can play and accept as many matches as you like throughout the season.   Players must play at least 8 matches (including the 5 SCT arranged matches) to qualify for the playoffs.        

6. Throughout the summer, there will be 2 milestones. Every active player is required to play a minimum number of matches by the milestone dates.   If you miss a milestone (due to lack of play, injury, etc.), you will be marked as inactive and pulled out of the ladder. 

        Milestone dates:        

        •  July 4 - must have played at least 4 matches        

        •  August 8 - must have played at least 8 matches        

7. Inactivated players cannot rejoin the league. 

8. If a player has to forfeit a match, the winner will have the match counted in their win/loss column but the person forfeiting will not.  

Neither player will be moved up or down the ladder due to a forfeit. 

Forfeiting a match will not help you meet a milestone unless you are the player receiving the win. 

Only 1 forfeit win is allowed per season per player. Forfeits can only be reported for a no show / no call for a scheduled match.

9. Two no show/no calls will result in removal from the ladder.  If you have to cancel a scheduled match within 48 hours of the start time, please call your opponent (do not e-mail as some people do not have constant access to e-mail).  Please report any no show/no calls to the ladder director.   

10. Before you can have a rematch against any player, you or the other player must play a minimum of three other challenge matches.        

11. If a match is interrupted, the match must resume from that point unless the losing player agrees to default the remainder of match.

12. All matches played before the July 4 milestone, must be reported on/before July 4 to be counted toward the total of 8 matches you need.

13. If you retire during a match, you lose that match. Do not reschedule the match to finish at a later time.

14. A ball should be called out only if you can see space between the line and the ball. If you perceive your opponent to make multiple bad line calls, email the league directors. If any one player receives three complaints against them, they will be removed from the league.  

15. Because required matches are required, you are required to respond to your opponent if they contact you to set up the match. If your opponent does not respond to you after three contact attempts, email the league directors. If the league directors receive two complaints about you for this, you will be removed from the league.


        
Reporting Results        

  • Players to report all results online.  Link will be available under the "Summer Singles" menu above once you have logged in. If you cannot see the Ladder or Score Reporting, you will need to login to the website, or register if you have not done so.
  • Matches will be considered played in the order the score reports are received.        
  • Winner or loser can report results and you should decide at the end of each match who can report soonest.        
  • Online ladder standings will be normally be updated twice weekly

Notes 

  • Please be responsible and respectful of other players. A challenge ladder can only work if everyone involved:
    • Returns phone calls and emails promptly  (see above for rule regarding this)       
    • Accepts challenges in the order they are received        
    • Plays challenges in a timely manner after accepting        
    • Shows up on time (or early) for matches        
    • Reports scores quickly        
  • If you feel a player is dodging challenges, play somebody else.   Players are only required to play the 4 SCT-assigned matches and can refuse other challenges.        
  • New players can be added up until June 1st and will be inserted at the bottom rung of their ladder division        
  • If a player is unhappy with initial divisional placement, you can request to be switched to a higher or lower division.  Before you can make this request, you must play at least 3 matches in your division with lopsided scores. The Directors also reserve the right to move a player, without their request, who is obviously in the wrong division.  
  • Players who become injured or wish to drop out for any reason should notify the Ladder Director so they can be inactivated.        
  • All matches are best two out of three sets, with a 12-point tiebreak.        
  • USTA Code & Rules apply        
  • Lower ranked player provides new tennis balls(however both players should have a can of new tennis balls).        

Important Season Dates:

REGISTRATION BEGINS: APRIL 4

OPENING SEASON PARTY: APRIL 29 

SEASON START: MAY 1

REGISTRATION CLOSES: JUNE 1

DEADLINE TO PLAY 4 MATCHES: JULY 4 

REGULAR SEASON ENDS; MUST HAVE PLAYED 8 MATCHES: AUG 8

PLAYOFFS BEGIN: AUG 9

R16 MATCH COMPLETED BY: AUG 16

QF MATCH COMPLETED BY: AUG 23

PLAYOFFS (SF AND FINAL): AUG 26

SUMMER SINGLES PARTY: AUG 26 (NIGHT)

PLAYOFFS RAIN DATE: AUG 27

Players must be available both Aug 26 and 27 to participate in Playoffs. 

Questions?         

Contact Ignacio Cuevas & Zdravko Coric at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        

 

   

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