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CFPC Ladder Leagues

CFPC Mixed Doubles Team Ladder League

Mixed Doubles Standings
Singles Ladder

General Information:

  1. A  Spring Mixed Doubles Team Ladder League will be played at Robert Strange Park courts (corner of 8th and Ann streets) in Wilmington. The league is scheduled to start on March 8, and run through the end of May.
  2. Teams consist of one male and one female CFPC member. There are no age or skill level restrictions. League is limited to 24 teams due to court availability. There is a $5 entry fee per player, which will be used for league awards and/or social activities.
  3. With so many teams, and a need for lighted courts, the plan is to have 2 shifts of league games. The early shift will tentatively start at 5:30pm and the late shift at 6:45pm. You will receive an e-mail each week telling you what shift your team/group is in for the upcoming Thursday. Each week groups of 4 or 5 teams, near the same “rung” on the ladder, are formed and play each other in a round-robin format. Teams typically play 3 or 4 games each league night. Team positions are updated after the results of each week, and are determined by using the percentage (cumulative) of points a team scores each game.
  4. Each week, teams will be assigned to a group and play the other teams in their group once (3 or 4 games). With 19 (or more) teams, there will normally be 4 groups. The “ladder” process allows teams to move up or down (using game results) and eventually “settle” into a group with teams of similar skill level. This makes the games each week fairly competitive. The first 4 weeks of the league will be used to stabilize group assignments, and there will be a great deal of fluctuation with several teams changing groups each week. Starting with week 5, it will become harder (but still possible) for teams to change groups (more details at a later date).
  5. New teams may join the league after the start date if space is available.
  6. Teams must have at least one original member playing for game results to count. If one player will be absent, a team may get a substitute (CFPC member, men for men, women for women), but may only use the same substitute once during the season.
  7. An award will be given to the team at the top of each group (i.e. 4 groups, 4 winners) at the end of the league. There will also be a few “Weekly Challenges” throughout the season, where the team that wins the most points in their group that night wins a prize.
  8. Contact Mike Walz at mike.walz@hotmail.com or (910) 599-4970 if you are interested in joining the league or have any questions.

 


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CFPC Singles Ladder League

Singles Standings

The Cape Fear Pickleball Club is organizing a Singles Ladder League to start on February 27, to run through the end of May. The League Director will be Mike Walz, Director of Competition for the CFPC. Details follow:

Objectives: Fun/competitive games; opportunity to exercise & build stamina; improve pickleball skills.

WhenEvery other Tuesday evening at 6pm. There are currently (as of February 6) 20 players signed up. With so many players we’ll never find a perfect day/time, but from player feedback it appears Tuesday evenings at 6pm will work for the vast majority.  Plan to start the league on Feb 27 (weather permitting).  The League will run through the end of May.

Where:  Robert Strange Park courts (Wilmington, corner of 8th and Ann streets, next to MLK Center)

Format:  The league will divide into 3 groups, loosely described as follows:

Group 1 – lots of singles experience, good stamina & court coverage

Group 2 – played some singles, average stamina & court coverage

Group 3 – relatively new to singles, slower paced game with limited court coverage

The idea is to group players of similar skill levels (could be men or women) together to make games fun/competitive.  Initial group assignments will be based on first-hand knowledge, player feedback, or a wild guess.  Some players may be put in the wrong group to start, but no worries, the “ladder” function will sort this out over a few weeks as everyone will have a chance to move up (or down) based on results.  After the first week, players will be ranked within each group.

Game matchups:   Players can expect to play at least 3 games (to 11 win by 1) each league night.  Using all 6 courts at RSP, only 12 can play at once, which will allow for others to rest (usually welcome when playing full-court singles!) between games.  Only 2 matchup guidelines: 1) Games are between players from within the same group; except, 2) One of the 3 games should be against the person directly below you in the rankings.  For example, the lowest ranked person in Group 1 against the highest ranked player in Group 2, and likewise for Groups 2 & 3.  If the lower group player wins that matchup, he/she may move to the upper group for next week.  These guidelines should maximize competition, make scheduling flexible, and allow players to advance to the group above them.  Scores will be recorded and used to determine rankings  (using head-to-head results and point winning percentage) each week.  [Note: you may have time to play more than 3 games if desired, but only those against others in your group, or the player directly below, will count for ranking purposes.]

If you find this format appealing , you can still join the Singles Ladder League. Just send an email to Mike Walz ( mike.walz@yahoo.com ) to express your interest.


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