Prove You're The Region's Best

The GCTA Challenge Ladders are underway!. As you'll see below, we have something for everyone: A,B,C levels; men & women; singles & doubles. (Yes, match-ready kids are welcome to play with adults. Sorry. We don't yet have kids-only ladders, but we're talking about about adding them eventually.)

Competition starts in a  new ladder just as soon as we have at least four participants. So, when you're ready to go, just make sure you're a GCTA member, and then send an email to our competition committee to let them know you're in. The committee will share your contact information with everyone else in your ladder, and let the matches begin. Ladders are considered officially in progress just as soon as we have at least four people signed up for a particular category.

Current Rankings

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Level Rank  Men's Singles  Men's Doubles Mixed Doubles
A 1 Rene Ramirez (0-0)
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A 2 James Weaver (1-0)
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A 3 Chris Riley (0-0)
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B 1

Blaine Prescott (2-1)

Kevin Sherrod & Rod Powell (0-0)
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B 2 Don Cudd (1-2)
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B 3

Andy Pierluissi (1-1)

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B 4

Carlos Velez (1-1)

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B 5 Richard Perwien (0-1)

   
B 6 Cody Jackson (0-0)
   
B 7 Mark Whittingslow (0-0)    
         
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Level Rank Women's Singles Women's Doubles
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B 1 Carina Browning (0-0)
Joan Houken & Lisa Myers (0-0)
B 2 Nhu Nguyen (0-0) Add your name here to get us started
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 For details on GCTA levels, see the Self Rating System section of our Membership Terms and Conditions

Get In! Here's How!

Just send an email to the GCTA Competition Committee (Andrew Pierulussa, Carlos Velez and Don Cudd) to let us know you're in. Tell us the category(s) you want to play and, if you're a GCTA member, we'll add you to the list. Then  you can start making and accepting challenges following the rules below.

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Who can play: Any GCTA members willing to let us share their contact information with other members.

How it works: A new ladder is officially in progress when it has at least four members. The Competition Committee will decide the original rankings based on what we know about each player's skill level.  After that, new players enter a ladder at the bottom but can challenge anyone ahead of them. A win puts the challenger one spot ahead of the defender. A loss keeps the challenger at the bottom.  After the original challenge, players move up the ladders by challenging the player immediately ahead. Anyone who makes it to the top of a B or C level ladder can move to the next level by challenging anyone at that level. Lose, and you start at the bottom of the new ladder;  win, and you go in just above the defender.

How to challenge: Once you're on the list above, you'll get emails and phone numbers of everyone else in your ladder. Just contact your challengee, and play your match. Make sure you send the competition committee an email notice of your challenge too.

About the matches: Play on your schedule. Just work out the time and place with your opponents, and get to it. Generally, we encourage challenge matches to be two-out-of-three sets, regular scoring, with seven point tie breakers played in each set at 6-All. But you can play whatever format all players agree too. Challenger sends the results to the competition committee within two days of the match. And, darn it, we want you to actually PLAY!  If a match is not played within 14 days of the challenge, the challenger can ask the competition committee to be advanced in the ladder due to a forfeit. And, if you get two forfeits, we reserve the right to take you off the ladder until we're confident you're really ready to play. Darn it! (The committee will, of course, consider weather and other such factors before declaring a forfeit. We won't declare them lightly, but we really are serious: if you sign up to play in this thing, we want you to PLAY. There. We typed it twice. In capitals. Please PLAY when you're challenged!) Oh yeah, and the committee reserves the right to pull your name off the list if you haven't challenged or been challenged in six weeks or more. Remember, the idea behind this thing is for everyone to get out and PLAY!

Prizes: The top players in each ladder MAY be offered a prize, to be determined by the board of directors, on dates to be scheduled and published on this site. We'll let you know when prizes are up for grabs.

The Committee: The GCTA president and/or board has appointed a committee to run these ladders. Current members are Andrew Pierluissa, Carlos Velez, and Don Cudd. (If you'd like to be on the committee, well, Don is the GCTA's acting president. Just let him know.) These three GCTA members monitor the competition committee's email address and handle the overall administration as a team. The committee should not be expected to settle on-court disputes, however. In general, the committee's decisions will be final, but players may appeal decisions to the president and/or directors who have no obligation to hear the appeal. We ask you to remember that committee members (and GCTA directors) are volunteers, and this ain't the US Open or Davis Cup. Heck, it's not even sanctioned by the USTA. If you happen to get messed over by a decision you don't agree with, chances are strong all will be well if you just remember the GCTA's main goal: have FUN with tennis. And we'll do our best not to mess you over by bad decisions. Nobody likes those.

Oh yeah... We expect some entertaining, grudge match, rivals to develop through this ladder system, and the Committee reserves full right to play up such entertainment value. We may talk publicly about said matches and even try to draw a crowd out to watch. You can bet that A level matches, especially, will sometimes even be worthy of press releases to local media. It's one of the many ways the GCTA is committed to growing tennis. Our fun HAS to be contagious. And we HAVE to be willing to share it.

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