League Lines -APTA Leagues Are All Shapes and Sizes
Paddle Leagues are the APTA. Of our roughly 32,000 members, 29,000 of them join the APTA through their local league. The APTA works closely with league heads around the country to continually improve the experience for league members and the volunteers who run those leagues.
In the new League Lines series, we feature leagues from around the country. So far, two new leagues in the Midwest—Twin Cities Paddle, a small interclub league in Minnesota, and Grosse Pointe League, a partner league in Michigan—have been showcased. Over the coming seasons, we will highlight long-established and newer leagues, the leadership behind the leagues, and insights into what makes each league unique.
As a table setter for future League Lines, we wanted to give the platform tennis world a sense of the many different types of leagues out there.
INTERCLUB LEAGUE Teams from one club play teams from other clubs; this type of league works well in areas with lots of clubs and courts…and accounts for the vast majority of APTA league players. Depending on numbers, leagues will typically have multiple divisions (or series or flights), and for each league match, teams will field a set number of “lines” or “courts.”
PARTNER LEAGUE Teams are made up of just two players and slotted into flights or divisions where each team plays every other team in their flight. This league structure is probably the most flexible and easiest to implement because it can handle any size, number of clubs, number of courts, etc.
DRAFT LEAGUE Teams are made by captains drafting their teams from a pool of available players. This type of league works well when there’s a limited number of clubs or courts because it guarantees balance between teams (where some clubs might be much stronger/deeper than others).
BOX/KING-OF-THE-HILL/LADDER LEAGUE No set teams. Each week players are assigned to a court and play one set with each of the other three players on the court. This structure works well in areas with fewer clubs or courts.
INTRA-CLUB LEAGUE Many clubs form their own internal leagues using the Draft, Partner, or Box league formats. This works well both for clubs in areas with vibrant interclub leagues (where Intraclub acts as a supplement to Interclub play) and also for areas where there aren’t enough clubs for Interclub play.
START A LEAGUE/ BRING A LEAGUE INTO THE APTA NETWORK
The APTA is always excited to help new leagues of any size and structure get started. We’ve been very fortunate to partner with Paddlescores (league management software) to help make setting up and running a new league as easy as possible.
Please reach out to APTA CEO Amin Khadduri at email@example.com with any questions.