HAMPSHIRE SINGLES LADDER by Mark Peckham
One of my jobs as Senior Team Manager is to attempt to produce a team to win the English Senior County Championship (SCC). We have finished in 2nd place on two occasions in recent years.
At the present time, each county match consists of 11 games, three men’s singles, two ladies’ singles, two men’s doubles, two ladies’ doubles and two mixed doubles.
So a potential five points out of 11 comes from singles. Due to the schedule of matches played, singles wins become an important start to each match.
The Singles Ladder helps address the lack of singles sessions at Hampshire HQ and across the County as a whole. The Singles Ladder directly helps singles development for our teams. We have two parallel groups running on Wednesdays:
Westgate Badminton Centre 19.45 – 22.00 for players ranked 1 – 15 (run by Ollie Baczala)
Hiltingbury Leisure Centre 19.00 – 21.00 for players ranked 16 – 30 (run by Mark Peckham)
At the end of each month we have promotion and relegation – one player moves up and one player moves down.
Rules are simple – two sets of 21 points (no setting)
The player with the most points over the two sets wins and you move a position above your opponent.
Players can challenge up to three places ahead. A ‘no show’ at an event means you go down three places!
This is a unisex format so anyone can play.
We are currently restricted to 30 players but the more players that are interested will allow us to arrange more sessions.
Senior Team Manager