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Vieques Tennis Fans – Playing “the Ladder”

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

THIS IS FROM BOB GEVINSKI ON PLAYING “THE TENNIS LADDER” IN VIEQUES.  PUBLISHED WITH HIS AUTHORIZATION.

Hello Tennis Fans!

There are a number of online tennis ladders available, and I thought we should start on one Vieques. There’s no better way of finding and playing compatible players than via these ladders, so I’ve set up two separate ladders…one for women and one for men.

For those not familiar with these ladders, the concept is simple. The ladder has the names and contact info of everyone looking to play singles matches here on Vieques. You simply challenge another player by arranging a time and court to play on, play your match (best 2 out of 3 sets), and submit your scores. The online program ranks us based on the outcome of our matches.  The more we play, the easier it will be to find a player for a close match, while adding a little competition to the mix.

There is no cost to be involved with this, and it’s open to anyone that wants to play. If you are interested, please send me your name and e-mail address. I will enter your info into the site, from which you’ll receive an e-mail with further details. And if you know of anyone interested that is not included in this e-mail, by all means please forward this e-mail to them, or send me their contact info.

I encourage everyone to join, whether you are here on Vieques 1 or 52 weeks a year. It’s a great way to find someone looking to play a match on Vieques!

Thanks!

Bob Gevinski
Bob@ViequesPhotos.com

Here’s more specifics about the ladder:

Quality-based Ranking System

Please be advised that this system depends on a reasonable amount of match data. A player or doubles team needs to have at least 3 matches logged before an accurate ranking can be calculated.

The Tennis Engine computes player rankings based upon a proprietary algorithm that evaluates every match played for the life of the league or conference. The system is designed to rank each player based upon a combination of performance (derived from match results) and activity (how many matches played and against whom).

When a new match is entered, the Tennis Engine adjusts your ranking based on the following factors:

1. Current match win or loss

2. Current match performance (% of games won)

3. The strength of each of your past opponents

4. Your overall match winning percentage

5.     Your overall game winning percentage

Furthermore, the ranking of every player who has played you or your opponent will be affected by the outcome of your match.

Winning or losing a close match with a highly rated player could boost your ranking, whereas a close match with a lower rated player could reduce your ranking. Decisive wins over lower rated players could be less rewarding than close wins over higher rated players. Confused? Simply put… winning matters the most, but after that it’s all about whom you play and how close you play them.

Strength Rating

The rankings are based on each player’s current Index value (i.e. the third ranked player has the third highest Index). Each player’s Index is a combination of his Strength Rating and the number of wins. Each player’s Strength Rating is viewable in his player profile.

Your Strength Rating (SR) is the measure of your ability to:

1. win matches against the field of participants

2. win a high percentage of games in all matches

3.     perform well against higher rated players

Your Strength Rating will improve with more matches won and a better percentage of games won. The strength (SR) of the opponents you play is also factored into the calculation (Each player’s SR is located inside his profile along with other information).

Your SR will fluctuate as other participants compete. It might rise as players whom you have defeated accumulate wins over other players. Inversely, your SR might dip if players who have beaten you suffer losses.

The online league is updated every time a match is entered. Any method and combination of scoring can be used.

Each player is expected to bring a new can of tennis balls to the match. One is opened for play, while the winner gets to keep the unopened can.

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