It seems that the head coach at my club can't decide on the best format for playing singles internally, and keeps changing it. I'm curious how it's done at other clubs, and how well it works. We started with a straight forward ladder, where you could challenge anyone up to 4 places ahead of you. If the lower placed player won, then the two swapped places on the ladder. This didn't work very well, as higher placed players didn't like the idea of dropping up to 4 places; when they were challenged, they effectively had nothing to gain and everything to lose. So a lot of challenges were rejected, hardly any matches were played, and the ladder stagnated. In an attempt to fix this, it was converted into a box league. This was done with a standard linear structure, with 5 players in a box. Each player played everyone in their box in a 6 week period, after which the top 2 were promoted and the bottom 2 relegated. I thought this was working pretty well, but apparently not as it's been changed again... We now have a pyramid structure, with a horribly convoluted system. At the top is box 1. Below that are boxes 2a and 2b. And below that are 3a, 3b and 3c. Box 1 is as before: the bottom 2 players will be relegated. They will be replaced by the winners of boxes 2a and 2b. Second place in 2a moves to 2b and vice-versa, third place stays where they are, and the bottom two are relegated. The winners of 3a, 3b and 3c are all promoted, along with the best placed runner up from all three. There is then some shuffling between the rest of the places as they switch boxes. To me, this seems a mess. I believe the idea is to ensure a larger variety of matches, but it seems horribly over-engineered and I wouldn't be surprised if the complexity puts off some people. I also don't know how he plans to handle things if it were to become more or less popular - the structure relies on keeping the same number of boxes. I was wondering how others do it, and what success they've had.