2021 Singles Ladder
January 18 – March 19, 2021
Definition and Purpose
- A petanque event involving 1 versus 1 play, referred to as the Ladder.
- Offered to broaden the variety of games available to club members.
- Intended to practice and hone pointing and shooting skills.
- Open to all interested club members.
Ladder Process and Structure
- The Ladder allows participants to challenge upward to improve their ranking and requires participants to defend their position from those ranked lower who challenge upward.
- A player may challenge any of the players between one to three places above his or her position on the Ladder.
- Initial player positions on the Ladder will be determined by drawing names of participants out of a hat and placing players’ names on the Ladder in the order they are drawn.
- Players who wish to participate after the initial drawing will be added to the bottom of the Ladder and can begin challenging upward from there.
- The Ladder is managed by the Ladder Coordinator who will circulate standings and communicate regarding the Ladder through daily emails.
Challenging Up the Ladder and Scheduling Games
- Challenge matches may be scheduled at any time of the day on any day of the week except during posted EPC meeting times (Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons, Wednesday afternoons).
- A player wishing to challenge will contact an opponent higher on the Ladder to arrange a match.
- A challenge may be communicated in person, by text, or by email.
- After a challenge has been made, the player receiving a challenge must respond to the challenger within 24 hours. If a challenge receives no response within 24 hours, the challenge is voided.
- The challenged player must afford the challenging player five (5) days within which to play a challenge match after a challenge has been issued.
- If both players wish, a match may be played on the same day that the challenge is communicated.
- A match may not be played later than five (5) days after a challenge has been communicated.
- If a challenged player is unable to provide any time to play within five (5) days of the challenge, the player will forfeit the match.
- In the case of a forfeit, the challenging player will occupy the higher position on the Ladder.
- The player who forfeits will occupy the lower position of the player who had placed the challenge
- If two players both offer time and date suggestions for a match but are unable to determine a mutually acceptable time to play their challenge match within five days of a challenge being issued because of scheduling issues, the failure to schedule the challenge match will not be considered the fault of either player. Their Ladder rankings will be maintained; and the challenge will be dropped.
- A player who has already received a challenge from a player lower on the Ladder must first meet that challenge and report the result to the Ladder coordinator before issuing his or her own challenge to players ahead on the Ladder.
- A player who has just lost a challenge match must wait 72 hours (3 days) before challenging the same player again. A player who has lost a challenge may, however, immediately challenge other players who stand one to three places higher on the ladder.
- A player may only be involved in one challenge at a time.
Playing and Reporting Challenge Matches
- Ladder challenge games will be played to 13 points, following FPUSA and EPC rules, using three boules per player.
- A match outcome is determined when one player wins two games out of three.
- A player who wins a challenge against an opponent higher on the Ladder will exchange positions with that player. The previously higher ranked player will then occupy the position of the player who successfully challenged.
- All matches should be reported to the Ladder coordinator, whether a challenge was successful or not. Please use the EPC Gmail account: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Players have the responsibility of reporting their challenge match outcome to the Ladder Coordinator using email by 6pm of the day on which the match took place.
- Results of all challenge matches will be recorded by the Ladder Coordinator, who will share the standings with participants daily.
- Any measurements or judgements needing adjudication will be resolved by the two players themselves. Since no arbitre will be present during a ladder match, it is the responsibility of the two participants to resolve any other sort of dispute between themselves.
- The success of the Ladder depends on the good sportsmanship and mutual respect of all participants.
Summary of Key Points
- Ladder dates have changed this year: January 18 to March 19
- Participants are to observe all Covid-19 safety protocols, including the need to wear a mask at all times at the courts, social distancing of at least 6 ft, and taking care not to touch anyone’s equipment other than their own.
- It is not necessary to wait for the results bulletin before lodging a new challenge. It is possible, for instance, to lodge a challenge with a player while at the courts, without having to wait for the next results bulletin.
- If a player has already challenged or received a challenge, that player must play the first challenge before accepting or issuing a subsequent challenge.
- A player may be involved in only one challenge at a time.
- Challenges must be played within five (5) days of being issued.
- No Ladder matches may be played during times reserved for Casual Club Games.
- All Ladder results must be reported by 6pm. A daily results bulletin will be emailed to all participants with the results of each day’s play by 9pm.
- A player may not “reserve” a challenge that becomes effective at the conclusion of a pending match. In the case of such a request, the answer to give is: “I cannot accept your challenge yet. I need to finish this challenge match first.”
- Players may ask any one or more of those occupying the three next highest ladder rungs if they are available to play without actually challenging them. Such an inquiry should make clear that no official challenge is being issued. Such a request does not reserve the right to a player’s next challenge. A player who receives such an inquiry remains free to accept a challenge from another player. A subsequent official challenge from another player will take precedent over this sort of “inquiry.” The purpose of allowing such inquiries is simply to allow players higher on the ladder to know that a player lower on the ladder would like to play a match and is interested. In the end, it remains the player who officially contacts another player first who will secure the right to play the next match.
- A match is to be played within five days after the challenge is accepted. If both players agree to cancel the challenge before five days, however, the challenge may be abandoned without any change in standings. This may happen if both players determine that a convenient time and date are just not available.