Adult/High School Tennis Ladder Tournament

2016 Information:
Registration and payment are requested by Friday, May 27, 2016.  Ladder begins Sunday, May 29, 2016.  Ladder ends August 28, 2016.  After the results are reported, the final standings will be sent.

Tennis players – grab your rackets.

Milford Community School Use Program sponsors a town-wide tennis “ladder” tournament for adults and high school players.

The tournament begins in the late spring and continues throughout the summer.  Please register now to guarantee your spot.  When filling out the registration form, please indicate if you intend to play singles or doubles.  If playing doubles, include your partners name.  Your partner must fill out a registration form as well.

Here are the details:

Eligibility: All adults and student players from high school age and up. Male and female players will compete in the same tournament.  Doubles and Singles will be offered.

Skill Level: All skill levels, including beginners, are welcome. If we have enough participants, we will run separate ladders based on experience level.

Registration: To register, please print out a registration form  or pick up a form at the Community Use office inside Milford High School. Students under 18 years of age will need a parent/guardian signature.

Registration Fee: Registration is $10 per person, per program. For example if you are playing both singles and doubles, the cost will be $20.  Paid by cash or check. Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards. You can register in person or mail to Milford Community Use Program, 31 Fountain Street, Milford, MA 01757.

Questions: Call Len Morcone at 508-478-1119 or email us .

How the ladder works

  • A ladder tournament is a common tournament structure for tennis competition.
  • The tournament begins by placing all players on individual rungs of the ladder. The goal is to reach the top rung.
  • As the tournament progresses, players are able to challenge individual players above them on the ladder. (Players may not challenge players below them on the ladder.) When players win, they move up. When they lose, they move down.
  • Challenging players must take responsibility for contacting their opponents. Games are scheduled at the convenience of both players. Players are expected to compete once a week.  If you cannot play during the week, you forfeit.
  • At the end of each match, results are sent into the tournament director for updates.
  • New updated ladders will be re-posted once a week.
  • If you have any questions, contact Len Morcone at 508-478-1119.

Rules and format

  • Match scheduling
    1. One match must be scheduled and played during the course of each match week.
    2. A match week runs from Monday through Sunday.
  • Reporting results
    1. All results from that week’s matches must be submitted to the Tennis Ladder Coordinator no later than Sunday at 8:00 pm. Results must be submitted by email to the coordinator at   Click here to report results now.
    2. Both players are responsible for reporting the results to the coordinator by email. This ensures an accurate reporting process. Please do NOT leave it the other player.
    3. New ladders will be emailed by the Tennis Ladder Coordinator on Monday afternoon.
  • Challenging and scheduling matches
    1. Players may only challenge players who are above them on the ladder.
    2. Challenging players can find contact information for all players on the ladder that is emailed each week.
    3. Challenging players should make contact with their opponent early in the week to give them time to schedule and play their match before the end of the week.
    4. Players may schedule their match at any time or location at the convenience of both players.
    5. The match challenger is responsible for providing the balls for the match.
    6. Every effort should be made to play the challenged match within the seven-day match week period.
  • Scoring
    1. Match can be either a set to 6 games, or a pro set to 8 games. The number of games is to be agreed upon prior to the start of game 1.
    2. Whether you play 6 or 8 games, you must win the set by two games. The set is not considered complete if the score is 6-5 in a six game set or 8-7 in an eight game pro set.
  • Tie breakers
    1. If the score in games gets to 6-6 (or 8-8), one more game will be played to break the tie. (You do not need to win by two games for tie-breakers.) If both players are familiar with the format of playing a 7-point tie breaker, then that may be used instead of a final game to break the tie.

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