Athlete Code of Conduct

Badminton NL has established an athlete code of Conduct.  The athlete code of conduct will provide a framework to ensure all participants have an enjoyable experience and to ensure the tournament runs smoothly.  For your convenience a PDF version is can be found near the bottom of this posting.


As a member of Badminton Newfoundland and Labrador, your actions both on and off the court reflect on yourself, the province and the provincial sport association. Every member is expected to adhere to the Athlete Code of Conduct and badminton etiquette in general, all tournament regulations, host club rules and hotel rules.

  1. You are an ambassador of Badminton Newfoundland Labrador (BNL) and shall maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct, which includes self-control and responsible behavior and consideration for other’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
  2. Always treat your opponents, your partners, coaches, officials, tournament organizers and members of the public with respect. Respect property at all times. 
  3. You must uphold the standards of Fair Play and exhibit a high level of sportsmanship and team spirit.
  4. Refrain from the use of loud, profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language. Abusive behavior and racquet throwing are strictly prohibited. In an umpired match, the player’s conduct will be penalized as necessary by the umpire. In a match without an umpire, the referee will address the behaviour.
  5. If a problem occurs with an opponent during a match, athletes are expected to speak to the referee immediately and ask for officials, if appropriate. Coaches, spectators or parents may not get involved in any such problem.
  6. Arrive on court as soon as your match is called but do not walk across, behind or beside a court while the shuttle is in play. Once the match begins, play is continuous.  Players may not leave the court, except during the provided intervals, until the match is finished, unless permitted by the umpire or referee.
  7. Retrieve shuttles falling on your side of the net and return promptly to the player. Call out the score before each service, which should be delivered as soon as your opponent is ready.
  8. Always make fair, quick and accurate line calls, if in doubt the call is in your opponent’s favor. (Note that in the Laws of Badminton, if a linesman is unsighted and the umpire can’t make the call, then a let will be called.)
  9. All athletes are expected to abide by reasonable requests from any tournament official, coach or chaperone.
  10. Players shall dress in the appropriate attire at all times.
  11. Players must abide by the laws of badminton, observe all rules of the club, regulations of the tournament and respect the rules and regulations of the host venue.
  12. Players must abide by any curfew or timelines set by management/coaching staff and/or host organizing committee.
  13. Players must settle all debts with Badminton Newfoundland and Labrador.
  14. Players must:
    1. Not possess or use any illegal drugs, nor any drug banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency
    2. Not possess or use alcohol or tobacco in any form during the event or at any social activities connected with the event if below the age of majority for the location of the event.
    3. If 19 and over, not supply alcohol to minors, nor be under the influence of alcohol while performing official duties as a team coach, manager or player.
    4. Understand that tobacco smoking for athletes is strongly discouraged. Athletes over the age of 19 will only be allowed to smoke in designated smoking areas.
    5. Players or teams incurring costs related to any damage to hotel rooms or other property are liable to the proprietor, and additionally may be suspended from participating in future Badminton NL events.


Failure to abide by this Code of Conduct or any applicable rules or regulations may result in disciplinary action by the referee, host tournament organizing committee, Badminton Canada or BNL. The police will be called for any illegal act. Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to: warning; disqualification from tournament; immediate return home (at athlete’s expense); suspension of BNL funding; suspension from BNL teams; revocation of BNL and/or Badminton Canada membership.
Adapted in part from Badminton Canada, Badminton BC and Badminton Alberta