General Tournament Guidelines

General Tournament Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to tournaments conducted or sanctioned by Badminton Newfoundland and Labrador.  These guidelines are meant to ensure that all tournaments run smoothly, and participants have an enjoyable experience.

General Tournament Rules

  1. All tournament rules shall comply with Badminton Canada and Badminton NL regulations unless otherwise specified.
  2. A Tournament Convenor shall be assigned to manage each tournament and is responsible to a member of the Badminton NL Board of Directors or President.
  3. Registration
    1. All players shall be members of Badminton NL prior to registering for a tournament. Membership purchases shall be completed online through badmintonnl@badmintonnl.ca.
    2. All players MUST register by the published deadline.  Only registrations submitted via the published method will be accepted. Registrations submitted via phone or text message will not be accepted.
    3. In doubles, both partners must register individually. Players shall play with their registered partner. Changes may only be made prior to the registration deadline.
    4. In the event that a player’s doubles partner withdraws from that event prior to commencement of play, the tournament director may provide a replacement if there are eligible players available who are not entered in the event. Changing partners is prohibited once the first match of the event has been called.
    5. Players without a partner may enter a doubles event and request that a partner be assigned. If a partner is available from the registered players, he or she will be assigned when the draw is made. This assignment is official and may not be changed.
    6. Players wishing to enter an event but with no assigned partner at the time of the draw may be given a partner prior to commencement of play if a player becomes available. Such a pairing shall be final, and a pairing made after completion of the draw shall not be seeded.
    7. If a player registers and does not show up, no refund of fees will occur. Should a player repeatedly register and not show up, his or her registration may be denied.
    8. Late registrations will be considered by the tournament convenor in exceptional situations and provided the draw has not already been published. No registrations will be taken on the day of the tournament.
  4. The Draw
    1. The seeding for the draw shall be provided by or approved by a member of the Board of Directors of Badminton NL.
    2. The general draw rules shall be those of Badminton Canada and Badminton NL.
    3. At the end of each tournament, the draw sheets must be forwarded to Badminton NL as soon as possible so that results can be added to the annual rankings. Draw sheets must be legible.
    4. Whenever possible, players from the same club should be placed in different sections of the draw.
  5.  Play
    1. A 15-minute default rule shall be enforced, with the exception of pre-arranged late starts on opening day.
    2. Play will be continuous except for a 60 second break in each game when the leading score reaches 11 points and 120 seconds between the first and second games, and between the second and third games.
    3. A rally point system shall be used for all events.
    4. Play in main round matches shall be best of three games of 21 points.
    5. A round-robin format will be used in all cases unless Badminton NL considers this impractical due to the number of registrations in an event, in which case a single elimination or other format may be used.
    6. There is no “championship match” in round robin tournaments. Placings are determined by the results of the pool(s).
    7. Consolation rounds shall be played only in single elimination tournaments. They may be best of three games as in the main draw, or best of three games of 15 points, if necessary due to time restrictions in the judgement of the tournament director.
    8. Players in senior tournaments shall be given a minimum of 30 minutes rest between matches; players in junior tournaments shall be given a minimum of 20 minutes, as stipulated by Badminton Canada. This right may be waived by a player if he/she wishes to play sooner.
    9. Scheduling of finals and semi-finals shall be at the end of each event, or at the end of the tournament, based on the discretion of the tournament chairperson or direction from Badminton NL.
  1. Coaching during tournaments.
    1. Coaches or those approved who are taking the seat and performing the role of a coach in the field of play at a Badminton NL sanctioned tournament are required to dress appropriately in the team uniform (sports clothing) and/or shirt/polo, shirt/blouse or long trousers/skirt. Inappropriate clothing includes, jeans, flip flops/sandals, ball caps and beach/Bermuda shorts. This is not a complete list and the Referee will decide if a coach is inappropriately dressed.
    2. Coaches must remain seated in the designated chairs provided at each end of the court behind his/her player(s) except at the approved intervals. If the coach wishes to move to another court, he/she must do so while the shuttle is not in play.
    3. No coaching may be conducted when the shuttle is in play. Coaches may not in any manner distract the opposing player(s) or disrupt play.
    4. Coaches may not delay the game by coaching in any form.
    5. During the intervals in a game or breaks between games, coaches must return to their designated chairs when there are 20 seconds left in the interval or break. When there is an umpire present, he/she will announce when there are 20 seconds remaining.
  1. The Tournament Convenor shall exercise control over players and fans in the best interest of the sport.
  2. Court clothing may be of any color but should be court/sportswear in good taste.  Badminton NL and the tournament chairperson have the right to interpret “good taste” as they see fit.  For example, vulgar and/or obscene language/pictures, jeans or cut-offs will not be permitted. Shirts advertising or promoting things that are considered inappropriate will not be permitted.  The decision of the tournament chairperson shall be final in these matters.