Similar to climbing a traditional ladder, your goal here is to get to the top! Win & move up, lose & move down.
The ladder is in 3 rounds with our Boxing theme:
Round 1: BOUTS! These are your pickleball challenges or fights. (1/3-3/19)
Round 2: PRELIMS! This is the final seeding portion prior to the tournament with slightly modified rules for advancing your ranking. (3/20-3/31)
Round 3: TITLES! All the glory and fame will be on the line in the tournament. All teams/players will advance to the Title Round. (4/2)
Yes. Doubles is a team format & you’ll have the same partner throughout the ladder; choose wisely. If needed you can use a sub on a challenge bout, but you can’t challenge your way to the top with a substitute partner.
Obviously, singles does not require a partner.
There are 2 different formats for a Bout (challenge) and the team issuing the challenge decides whether they are going for a KO (3/5) or a TKO (4/7). Please note, you can only call a bout to a team within 3 ranks above or below you. You can challenge UP or DOWN, but they have different results:
Definitions: Contenders are the team issuing the challenge. Defenders are the team receiving the challenge.
KNOCKOUT (KO): Best 3/5 games, to 11 win by 2. If you are the contenders challenging UP and you beat the defenders, then the contenders move up 1 and the defenders move down 1. If you challenge UP and lose, you keep your spot but the defender moves up 1 spot. If you challenge DOWN and win, you move up 1 but the defenders don’t move down. If you challenge DOWN and lose, you keep your spot but the defenders move up one. If you challenge DOWN and win, you can’t move higher than #4 in the ladder off of down challenges. You have to beat 1st, 2nd or 3rd to overtake a top 3 spot.
TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT (TKO): Best 4/7 games, to 11 win by 2. Only available in UP challenges. You can only TKO challenge the same team twice all season. If you win a TKO, you steal that teams ranking and they move to the spot beneath you. If you TKO challenge and lose, you move down 1 and the other team moves up 1 spot. Similar rule applies here as above…if you defend a TKO, you move up 1 spot but not further than #4. If you’re in the top 3 and you defend a TKO, you keep your ranking and the contender moves down 1 spot.