What's the Ladder all about?

Last year, over 180 players participated in the ladder. It's a great way to meet new hitting partners and improve your game. 

We run an "A" ladder and a "B" ladder, with men and women welcome in either one.

  • The "A" ladder is for more advanced players (3.5 - 5.0).

  • The "B" ladder is for beginners and intermediate players (2.0 - 3.5) or players that are looking for more game play experience.

The competition runs from May till late September, with the ladder tournament in October. The 2019 Ladder is closed for the year, but registration will begin next spring for 2020.

The cost is $60. The fee will help support our efforts to recycle tennis balls in Fort Greene.

Here's How the Ladder Works

Ladder players try to work their way up the rankings throughout the summer by winning matches against other ladder players. If you challenge someone and win, you take their spot in the rankings and they are bumped down 1 spot. 

Initial ladder rankings are based on the results of last year’s ladder with new players starting at the bottom. You can challenge a player who is up to 10 spots ahead of you, unless if you have a wildcard, which allows you to challenge anyone above you. All players receive one wildcard at the beginning of the season and players receive one more wildcard after they have played 5 matches. 

Fort Greene ladder competitors may agree to play at any facility, not just Fort Greene Park. Players should also agree on a preferred match format before they begin a match. You can play 2-out-of-3 sets, an 8-game proset, or another match type that you prefer. Just keep in mind that no matter the match format, you will have to abide by NYC Parks rules regarding court signups (1 hour for singles, 2 hours for doubles).

At the end of the season, the top 16 from each ladder will participate in a tournament for ladder players only.

Ladder Rules and Regs

  • You may issue 2 challenge(s) at a time.

  • You can only be challenged by one player/team at any given time. This prevents outstanding challenges from accumulating against you.

  • You may challenge up to 10 spots.

  • If the challenge is successful, you will take the spot of the person you challenge and your opponent will be bumped down 1 spot.

  • If you hold a wildcard, you may challenge anyone above you.

  • An additional wildcard will be granted after 5 matches have been played.

  • If challenged, you will have 2 days to "Accept" or "Deny" the challenge or the challenge will be considered a "forfeit" and the challenger will be granted the win.

  • By accepting a challenge, you agree to play the challenge within 10 days after the date of acceptance.

  • If you cannot play within 10 days, simply "Deny" the challenge.

  • If a challenge is accepted and not played within 10 days, it will expire and the challenge will be deleted from the system and will have to be re-issued. Of course, since rankings continually change, a re-challenge may not be possible.

  • Your ladder admin is Ben Stickney and can be emailed at benstickneya@gmail.com if you have any questions.

On Game Day


  • Add up the number of games won

  • Example: Joe wins the first set 6-3, but he’s down 0-4 in the second set when court time expires. Joe loses the match: he won 6 games, his opponent won 7


  • Each player should bring a fresh can. The winner goes home with a fresh can.