The purpose is to increase activity on the ladder and to generate interest. It gives players targets to aim at to improve. A true rating is generally achieved after 3 or 4 results.
The system can be used by all players in the province, no matter what their standard of play is.
Players have to perform regularly and consistently to maintain or improve their grading. It should therefore prevent a player who is not on the ladder to end up on top of the ladder in one single match.
The loser in a match gets rewarded for a good performance by getting more points for games won, e.g. 1 - 3 or 2 - 3, if there is a big gap in points.
A player can challenge any position on the ladder, but if he wins, he/she won't necessarily take the position of that player he challenged. He could merely move up in position, depending on the point's difference between the players.
The inactive player will gradually move down on the ladder.
The system must be reviewed from time to time to adapt it to our circumstances.
New rule: in the case of a challenge match, the ladder steward will appoint a player to referee the match.
For the current results visit the "Current Results" tab.
Reviewed rules of the Grading System
1.) Bonus Points Active players will be rewarded with bonus points. In this way inactive players will gradually move down the ladder.
1.1) Bonus points will be awarded for the position which the player plays in the league. This will reward the active player but will also prevent the imbalance of players in lower positions who overtake the higher positioned player because he wins more, but in an easier position. Nr 4 - 0,5 points Nr 3 - 1 points Nr 2 - 1,5 points Nr 1 - 2 points These points will be added once your points are calculated according to the formula. Whether you win or loose, you will still get points.
1.2) Tournaments a) In the NW Champs players will earn points depending on their final positions: (draw size dependent) No 1 (men) - 23.5 points (on a 44 draw) No 2 (men) - 23 points No 44 (men) - 2 points No 1 (ladies) - 9.5 points (on a 16 draw) No 16 (ladies) - 2 points b) North West representative tournaments Players who represent North West will earn bonus points. Certain tournaments like SACD, will count more than other. c) Injury in tournament Players who get injured or withdraw in a tournament will lose the match at the time of withdrawal (match after last match completed) - thereafter will not lose any points further.
1.3) Challenges Players who play challenges will earn bonus points, whether they win or loose.
1.4) Penalty points Players who don't play actively will lose points, according to their period of inactivity.
2.) Entry level of players A new comer (person not on the ladder)/Inactive player, can only get onto the ladder by winning. His entry point will depend on the entry level of the league he will play. If he wins, his opponents won't loose/gain points for the first 4 (four) matches (challenge or league match). Thereafter the normal points system will kick in. The entry levels are now as follows: a) Top Premier league players start on 350 b) Premier league starts on 280 c) Top Reserve league players start on 230 d) Reserve league starts on 180 e) Top Second league players start on 150 f) Second league starts on 100
3.) Seperate ladies ladder The ladies ladder will be used if seedings has to be done or teams are to be chosen. There are also different levels for ladies according to their strength. It is: a) Level 1 - 210 points b) Level 2 - 170 points c) Level 3 - 140 points d) Level 4 - 100 points.
4.) Challenges 4.1) Players may not challenge the same person twice in a row. 4.2) The ladder steward will appoint a marker/referee for any challenge match being played.
5.) Teams not honoring their fixtures In the league There are teams which do not turn up for their fixtures or give points. This denies the opponent a chance to earn points on the ladder. The rule will be as follows: Both captains must hand in a score card with the names of the players who would have played. The players of the guilty team will loose points on the ladder. To encourage teams to play even with one or two players, those players who do play will not be punished.
6.) Recess At the end of the season there will be a recess. No matches will count for the ladder. This will take place from middle October (just after the Goldfields tournament), until 10 January.
7.) Reset of the ladder In the recess the ladder will be reset to shrink the gap between the entry level and the top players. Players' points will be adapted if necessary to ensure the ranking system will work effectively when the next season starts.
Rules 1. Any North West official match will count whether it is a league match, tournament match or challenge match. In all cases the match must be officiated with a marker, and the result must be reported to the appropriate authorities (e.g. league steward, tournament organizer, ladder steward). 2. Club Matches can also count for the NW Ladder if it has been registered before the match takes place. 3. The ladder steward must be notified of any challenge matches before the match is played, and a marker must score the match. A challenge match will be played at the courts of the challenged player and the ladder steward is responsible to organize a marker. It is the responsibility of the marker to report the result to the ladder steward in writing and to confirm where the match took place and what the result was. 4. A challenge match must be played within two weeks of the date of challenge, but ideally within a shorter time to encourage more matches. If the challenged player cannot play in that time frame, the match will be awarded to the challenger with a 3 - 0 result. 5. A challenge where the challenger is new on the ladder will not effect the challenged player negatively. If the challenged player looses, he will still remain on the points he/she had, and the challenger will receive the amount of points according to the grading table. 6. The points will be reviewed according to the date of the match, and not the date of registration of the challenge. 7. PAR 15 scoring must be used for challenge games. 8. Injured players may not be challenged, but will loose inactivity points. It is the player's own responsibility to let the ladder steward know of the injury (with a doctor's/fisio's letter stating the injury), and to let the ladder steward know when the player has recovered from the injury.