Rogue Pickleball Club is excited to host the 2021 Fall Ladder League. The league is open to all 3.0 to 4.25 players who are members of the club. Games begin on Thursday, September 30.

What is a Ladder League?

A Ladder League is a fun & competitive format of play that matches players of similar skill levels in weekly games against each other. The “Ladder” part of the league describes the ranking of players in the league and determines who they play each week.  Your ranking on a ladder is based upon your winning percentage (the ration of points won in relation to total points possible). Each week, players will move up or down on the ladder based upon their winning percentages.

How do Games Work?

Depending on how many people have signed up for that week’s games – players are placed into Groups of 4 or 5. Winners of each group is determined by % of winning points scored. See below examples for a Group of 4 and a Group of 5. 

Groups of 4
In groups of four, participants play a total of three games – changing doubles partners each time. Each game is played to 15 points (for a total of 45 winning points). Below is an example score card showing order of play, scores for each game and the % of points for each player: 

Name1/2 vs 3/41/3 vs 2/41/4 vs 3/2Totals% of Points (45)
Player 1154153476%
Player 21515104089%
Player 364102044%
Player 4615153680%

Player 2 finished in 1st with 89%, Player 4 came in 2nd with 80%, Player 1 is in 3rd place with 76% and Player 3 finished in lasts place with 44%.

Groups of 5
In groups of five, participants play a total of four games (each player has one bye) – changing doubles partners each time. Each game is played to 11 points (for a total of 44 winning points). Below is an  example score card showing order of play, scores for each game and the % of points for each player:

Name2/5 vs 3/41/4 vs 2/35/3 vs 1/24/2 vs 5/13/1 vs 4/5Totals% of Points (44)
Player 1bye11119114295%
Player 2961111bye3784%
Player 31166bye113477%
Player 41111bye1174091%
Player 59bye6973170%

Winners, as in Groups of 4, are determined by % of points won.

How do you rank players and determine which groups people play in?

During the first week of the league, players are assigned to groups based on self rankings as well as the best evaluation of the league director.  After the results for the first week are tabulated, new player rankings are determined.  This process of rankings, playing games, and then re-ranking happens each week.  It’s a Ladder!

What makes a Ladder League both fun and competitive… is that not all points won are scored equally. 

In the example under “How to Games Work” – a point scored is a point scored.   The 2021 Fall Ladder League is open to players of different skill levels and as such – points are weighted different for each group.

In the example below, there are four groups with four to five players in each group. The score card shows the Total # of Points each player scored during the games they played x the Group Adjusted Total.  The Group Adjusted Total is how points in each group are weighted. Each point scored in the top group are worth 1. Points scored in lower level groups on the ladder are worth .95, .90, .85, etc.  

Group #Total # of PointsGroup Adjusted Total% of Points Won
1 (4.25 - 4.0)4444 x 1 = 44Adjusted Total / 44
Player 1383886%
Player 2303068%
Player 34444100%
Player 4282863%
Player 5323272%
2 (4.0)4545 x .95 = 43Adjusted Total / 45
Player 6403884%
Player 7454396%
Player 8383680%
Player 9201942%
3 (3.5)4545 x .90 = 41Adjusted Total / 45
Player 10151329%
Player 11383476%
Player 12454191%
Player 13272453%
4 (3.5 - 3.0)4545 x .85 = 39Adjusted Total / 45
Player 14383271%
Player 15232044%
Player 16302658%
Player 17443987%

After each week’s play – new rankings and groups are assigned for each player. Using the results from the example above, this is how groups for week two would look like: (note – players will not move up or down more than one group at a time).

Group #1 (4.25 - 4.0)Group #2 (4.0)Group #3 (3.5)Group #4 (3.5 - 3.0)
Player 3Player 5Player 11Player 14
Player 1Player 2Player 9Player 10
Player 7Player 4Player 17Player 16
Player 6Player 12Player 13Player 15
Player 8

Note – rankings are based all games played (points are cumulative and player ) during the league and not just the week before. 

At the end of the league – how is a winner determined?

Everyone is a winner when we are able to play fun and competitive pickleball!  During the ladder league, winners are determined in a variety of categories including Total Points Scored, % of Points Scored, Biggest Move up the Ladder.

There will be an awards ceremony/social at the end of the league!

Do I need to play every week?

We understand that life happens and you might not be able to come for all seven weeks worth of Thursday night games. We As there are only a maximum of 20 players that can play in the league – signups are on a first come, weekly basis using Play Time Scheduler. If you are unable to attend, we ask that you please remove your name from the list for that week so other people can come and play.

Note – to be eligible for the end of league prizes you must play in at least 5 of the 7 nights.

Who is Organizing this? Who keeps track of scores? This person must be really awesome!

The Ladder League is being run by David Conover, the Operations Director for the Rogue Pickleball Club. He will work on seedings, and keep track of game scores, post results and highlights on the Rogue Pickleball Club News Facebook page.  Yes… there is a spreadsheet. 

When and Where do games take place? How Many People can Play? does skill level matter? How do I sign up?

Games take place at Morrison Park in Grants, Pass between 5:30pm and 8:00pm on Thursday nights at between September 30 and November 11, 2021. The 2021 Fall Ladder League is open to a maximum of 20 players per week – five players assigned to each of the four courts.  As the goal of a Ladder League is to match players of similar skill levels – anyone between 3.0 and 4.25 is welcome to join.

Sign up for each week’s games on

Do I have to be a member of the Rogue Pickleball Club in order to play?

Yes and no. We won’t turn away anyone who wants to play. But we ask that non-members consider joining Rogue Pickleball Club to help us cover expenses related to running the league. Visit for details.

+ 1 (541) 930-9568