March 31, 2023
Did you know that for every verified squash venue in the Squash Players App, a free public* squash ladder is automatically created and good-to-go?
(*On our to-do list is to offer up private ladders, i.e. invite-only. These will likely attract a small subscription fee to support the development and maintenance of this feature).
To get your name on the ladder for a venue, simply
- Record a (true!) match result for a venue with another verified Squash Players App member.
- Make sure your opponent verifies the result in the app (they’ll get prompted to do so).
- That’s it! The result is made public, your names are on the ladder, and your result is recorded for all other app users to see.
The promotion/demotion system is fully automatic. Enter a result, and the system does the rest.
Here’s how it works:
FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME A RESULT IS APPROVED FOR A VENUE (i.e. where there are no players on the ladder for that venue yet)
- The winner gets added as #1, the loser gets added as #2
- If it’s a draw, we arbitrarily choose the person who approved the result to be added as #1, and the player who first added the score to be #2.
IF TWO PLAYERS APPROVE A RESULT, WHERE NEITHER HAS RECORDED A RESULT FOR THE VENUE BEFORE
- The winner gets added at the mid-point of the ladder, rounded up if necessary to the nearest whole number.
- The loser gets added at the mid-point of the players below where the winner just got added.
- If it’s a draw, then we arbitrarily choose the person who approved the score to be added at the mid-point, and their opponent to be added immediately below him/her.
IF TWO PLAYERS APPROVE A RESULT, ONE WHO IS ALREADY ON THE LADDER (THE ‘EXISTING PLAYER’), AND ONE WHO ISN’T (THE ‘NEW PLAYER’)
- If the existing player already on the ladder player wins, then their position on the ladder stays the same, and the new player gets added at the mid-point of the players below.
- If it’s a draw, then the new player gets added one place below the existing player, and the existing player stays the same.
- If the new player wins, they get ranked at the mid-point of players above the existing player, and the existing player stays the same.
IF TWO PLAYERS APPROVE A RESULT, BOTH ARE ALREADY ON THE LADDER
- If the higher player wins, the higher player stays at the same rank, and the lower player moves down one place.
- If it’s a draw, the higher player stays the same, and the lower player moves up 1 place, which can be above the higher player if they were previously next to each other on the ladder.
- If the lower player wins, they move one place above the higher player.
- Are these rules perfect for all situations? That’s a partially subjective question! The main thing is that the rules are the same for everyone, i.e. an even playing field.
- We reserve the right to improve/update the rules if we’re presented with sufficiently compelling reason(s). If so do, then the rules will apply going forward, not retrospectively.