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Ladder A & B Signup

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Each year, around 100 players participate in the McCarren ladder. It's an amazing way to meet new hitting partners, and improve your match play. We run an "A" ladder for more advanced players (USTA 4.0-5.0+ rated) and a "B" ladder for beginners and intermediate players (USTA 2.0-3.5 rated). Both ladders are open to men and women.

Registration fee is $80. Proceeds fund tennis programming and future court improvements.


Since the very first ladder, all entry fee proceeds have been specifically earmarked (by North Brooklyn Parks Alliance) for the improvement of the McCarren Park public courts. $10,000 of previous entry funds were allocated for the installation of the new LED lights for (3) courts for night tennis until 11pm! Now with the formal 501(c)(3) formation we hope to put the money to even better use.

General Overview

Ladder participants will work their way up the rankings throughout the summer by winning matches against other players. If you challenge someone and win, you take their spot in the rankings (and they shift down 1 spot).


The official ladder season begins on May 15th and ends on August 31st.

Beginning in September the top 16 ranked players from each ladder will play in a single elimination tournament to determine the 2022 McCarren Park Tennis A & B champions!

We use Tennis Rungs (recommend downloading the app) to track player rankings/challenges/match results. Detailed ladder-specific rules will be listed there and built into the functionality of each ladder. Once you sign up below, you will be added to your respective ladder.

Ladder matches do not need to be played exclusively at the McCarren courts.

Ladder A and B have slightly different challenge and match rules which are outlined below. 


Ladder Admin:

  • You are only allowed to make (1) challenge at a time

  • You can only challenge a higher ranked player 5 or less spots ahead (as long as that higher ranked player is not currently in a match challenge)

  • Once a challenge match is accepted, it is required to be played within 7 days of the acceptance date.

  • If a player’s challenge is denied, the lower ranked played wins by default & takes the higher ranking.

  • The challenge match is an 8-game pro-set. Prior to the match both players need to agree on rules should time expires before completion. Recommended rules: if match is on-serve, continue at another time/date. If one player is up a break (and has consolidated said break), that player is victor.  Please notify ladder admin of rescheduling and final score, so that it can be entered manually.


Ladder Admin:

  • 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.

  • You will receive a wildcard each time you play 5 matches. This allows to challenge anyone above you.

  • 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.

Note on Payment

Payment above is process via Paypal. If you'd prefer to pay via Venmo, simply select "Offline Payment" at checkout and submit (so that we have your information saved. Then Venmo $80 to @McCarrenTennisAssociation.

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