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Palo Alto Pickleball Club Challenge Ladders (2019)

The club will begin with 7 separate ladders:

  1. Mixed doubles

  2. Men’s doubles

  3. Women’s doubles

  4. Co-ed Singles

  5. Men’s singles

  6. Women's Singles

  7. Skinny Singles

Click button to view and update the Ladder spreadsheets:


Rules:  (Most importantly – Remember to have fun!)

  1. All participants must be current Palo Alto Pickleball Club members.

  2. Participants will sign up as a team (for doubles) and provide email and/or phone number for each player that will be distributed to everyone on the ladder.

  3. You may only challenge up to three places above you.

  4. All challengers must contact their opponent and those challenged should try to set up a day/time that is good for both teams, but no later than 2 weeks from the first contact.

  5. Each match will be best 2 of 3 games to 11 points, win by 2 points. If there is a third game, switch sides at 6. The higher team can pick side to start the match.

  6. The teams can agree on what balls to use for the match, Franklins by default if no agreement

  7. Results are to be recorded in the club ladder Google spreadsheet on PAPC website with a copy emailed to ladder coordinator.

  8. If either player fails to arrive within fifteen (15) minutes of the scheduled start time, the challenge is either dropped or defaulted, depending on which player is late. If a match is defaulted, it should be recorded as such.

  9. f the challenged is unable or refuses to play the match within 2 weeks, a default should be recorded, and the challenged moves down one spot and the challenger takes their place. To accommodate player traveling, the 2-week period starts when player returns from being away.

  10. If the challenger wins, the challenged move down one spot and the challenger takes their place. If the challenger loses, positions remain the same.

  11. Teams should only have one open challenge per ladder scheduled at one time.

  12. You can’t challenge the same team more than once every two weeks.

  13. Avoid playing ladder matches during peak club open play times, e.g. Sat/Sun 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mon/Fri 10-12 noon

  14. Do not play ladder matches in the big courts (Tennis courts #5,6,7) if all 11 PB courts are taken and people are waiting for open play

  15. Hang the 'Ladder Match in Progress' sign on the net so others would know not to challenge the teams until the match is over

  16. After the initial ladder is formed, newcomers can join the ladder by taking the last slot and work their way up.

  17. If a team changes a player it is a new team and will be moved to the bottom of the ladder. Similarly if a player is injured and can’t play for extended period, the team is removed.

  18. Club president and ladder chair will have ultimate decision power regarding any issues related to the club ladder and matches.

Initial setup:

  • Sign up to play on the ladder by sending email to Billy (2019 Ladder chair – mrbillychow@yahoo.com) with name(s), email, and which ladder.

  • Initial ladders were formed on April 30, 2019. All new teams will be added to the bottom.

  • Let the fun begins!


By participating in the ladders, you have given permission for other ladder participants to have your contact information.