All club members should be registered both with the District Fixture Secretary
and also with Badminton England before they play in any league event. Junior
players (as defined by Rule 20) shall be eligible immediately upon registration
at all times. Adult players registered after 31st October shall not be eligible to
play in any league event for a period of 14 days after registration with the
District Fixture Secretary. Exceptions to this registration period will only be
considered by the committee under exceptional circumstances and in any
event prior to the player taking part in a league event. Any team that uses a
player whose registration does not meet these rules, unless previously agreed
by the committee, shall forfeit the rubbers concerned.
||The annual subscription per
club plus the fee per team entered in any League or Cup competition
will be fixed at the AGM of the Association. The appropriate
information requested by the Association, including the number
of teams entered in each competition, together with the appropriate
fees must be submitted to the District Secretary not later
than 30th June for the coming season.
||Should a team withdraw from
a competition during the season, no fees shall be returnable
and their record shall be expunged. If the Executive Committee
so decides, withdrawal may constitute an offence.
||No club or members of that
Club shall be allowed to compete in any event organised by
the Association until all affiliation requirements have been
||New Clubs shall not be admitted
to the Association until their application has been approved
by the General Committee. The entry or expulsion of a Club
will require a majority vote. In the event of a tied vote
the status quo will be maintained.
||The League season shall open
on 1st September and no tie shall be played after 30th April
the following year. Matches should be re-arranged outside
this period only with the permission of the League Fixture
||The league shall comprise of
5 sections: Ladies - teams of 6 players, Ladies - teams of
4 players, Mens, Mixed and All Doubles. Each section shall
be organised into divisions, the composition of the divisions
shall be optimum size of 7 teams, with a maximum of 8 and
a minimum of 6 teams, except for the lowest two divisions
which will constitute the balance of the entries. A minimum
of three teams shall be required to make a section viable.
The composition will be at the discretion of the Executive
||The season's fixtures will
be published beforehand or arranged at a Fixture Secretaries'
meeting as decided by the Executive Committee. Where a Club
has 2 or more teams playing in the same division, matches
between these teams must be played prior to 1st November.
||Matches must normally be played
as arranged and may only be postponed or rearranged because
- Non-availability of the
playing venue or
- Inclement weather
In the event that at least
one of these conditions is not met, the non-offending club
shall have the right to request claim the match or to request
a new date for the match to be played. The Fixture Secretary
must be informed as quickly as possible for any postponements
or re-arranged matches. Note that the inability of a particular
player or players to represent a Club on the date originally
arranged shall not be considered a sufficient reason for
||Play shall start at the home
team's notified time.
Should a pair be unable to play within 15 minutes of when required, the non-defaulting team may claim that rubber.
If not started half an hour after the notified time, the match can be claimed by the non-defaulting team. No players arriving
more than one hour after the notified match start shall be allowed to take part without the consent of the opposing Captain.
||Where Clubs are playing on
courts which are not fall size, this fact should be announced
to the visiting team before commencement of play. In all cases
a shuttle hitting the roof of the playing venue is a 'fault'.
Hitting the beams or other court obstructions is to be defined
as a 'let' or 'fault' by the home club and announced as such
before the commencement of play. Unless this is done, at a
point of dissention, concession must be given to the visitors
in all cases.
||Either Captain may request
a scorekeeper who's sole function shall be to score - any
dispute should be resolved by the players on court. When
the request is invoked, teams shall alternate in providing
a scorekeeper, the home team scoring the first rubber.
The scores and results of each match are to be completed
on the score sheet provided, duly signed by the Captain
of each team and sent, by the home team, to the Fixture
Secretary within 72 hours of Midnight on the night the
match is scheduled. The home team shall provide the score sheet.
If the score card is not received by the Fixture Secretary within that period,
a league point shall be deducted from the team at fault.
If the score card is not received by the Fixture Secretary within a further 48
hours, a second league point shall be deducted from the team at fault.
If the score card is not received by the Fixture Secretary within yet a further 48
hours, Rule 22 may be invoked and the club fined.
In all cases, a score card must still be submitted.
What this means in practice is defined by the following table:
|Match Night||First point deduction at Midnight on:||Second point deduction at Midnight on:||Rule 22 can be invoked from Midnight on:|
||The home Club shall determine
whether cork base plastic shuttlecocks or feathered shuttlecocks
should be used in all divisions or competitions.
A Club's preference shall be notified with the Fixture
Mens and Ladies - Teams of 6 players
Teams for Ladies 6, Mens and Mixed section
shall consist of three pairs, each pair to play one rubber
against each pair of the opposing side. Unless otherwise
agreed, where teams consist of three pairs the normal order
of play shall be :
1: A v 1
4: B v 1
7: C v 1
2: B v 2
5: C v 2
8: A v 2
3: C v 3
6: A v 3
9: B v 3
letters denote the home team and couples denote A, B, C,
1, 2, 3, are necessarily in order of merit.
- Teams of 4 players
Teams for Ladies 4 shall consist
of four players (denoted L1, L2, L3 and L4). Six rubbers
shall be played. Pairs shall play against their equivalent
opponents in the following order:
1: L1 & L2
v L1 & L2
L1 & L2 v L3 & L4
L1 & L4 v L1 & L4
2: L3 & L4
v L3 & L4
& L4 v L1 & L2
L2 & L3 v L2 & L3
Doubles - Teams of 2 Ladies & 4 Men
Teams for the All Doubles
section shall consist of two ladies and four men (denoted
L1, L2, M1, M2, M3, M4). Nine rubbers shall be played in
the following combinations and order (home team first):
M1 & M2 v M1 & M2
L1 & M1 v L1 & M1
L2 & M4 v L1 & M3
L1 & L2 v L1 & L2
L2 & M2 v L2 & M2
M1 & M2 v M3 & M4
M3 & M4 v M3 & M4
L1 & M3 v L2 & M4
M3 & M4 v M1 & M2
consist of the best of three games scored to 21 points with
setting. Where there is only one court available for the
match, or where there is any possibility that there will
be insufficient time to complete three games rubbers, it
shall be the responsibility of the captains to decide BEFORE
the match how many games shall constitute a rubber. If there
is any disagreement the match shall consist of two game
rubbers, each game to 21 with setting. A two game rubber
shall be halved if each pair wins one game. Rubbers not
played or completed due to insufficient time will not be
||A winning team will be awarded
two points. In the event of a draw each team will be awarded
one point. If a match is conceded then the defaulting club
shall have two points deducted. If teams tie with an equal
number of points at the end of the season, then the league
position will be decided the difference between the number
of rubbers won and lost, and if still equal, on the difference
between the number of games won and lost. If, however, two
or more teams tie on points at the close of a season's competition,
and one team shall have scored a 9 - 0 win through another
team scratching or conceding, then the winner of the division
and the competition shall be decided by taking the winner
of the matches played between the teams involved in the tie.
In the event of a three or more way tie then the winner will
be decided by creating a league table of the results between
the involved teams. If there is still a tie then the title
and the trophy will be shared.
||At the end of
the season the top two teams of each division shall be promoted
by one division and the bottom two teams relegated by one
In the event of a team withdrawing from a division only
one team in that division shall be relegated.
A Club new to the League will enter its team(s) into the
lowest division(s). In the event of a merger between League
Clubs, team position(s) in the League will be decided by
the Executive Committee.
||When a Club has
more than one team entered in one section of the League, if
that Club withdraws a team during the season or enters fewer
teams the following season, it will always be the team
with the lowest League ranking that will be withdrawn.
In the event of withdrawal during the season the results
of any matches already played will be null and void and
deleted from the season's records.
||A player shall
not play for more than one Club in the Mixed League, a Lady
shall not play for more than one Club in the Ladies League,
nor shall a man play for more than one Club in the Men's League
except by prior permission of the Executive Committee
||Where Clubs enter
two or more teams in any one type of competition, they must
register with the Fixture Secretary the names of:
|Ladies 6 section
Ladies 4 section
|4 team members
6 members for their A team
4 members for other teams
3 Ladies & 3 Men for their A team
2 Ladies & 2 Men for their other teams
1 Lady & 2 Men
in all but the lowest team
before ANY match is played. It is
required that registered players represent that team in
at least 50% of the scheduled matches during the season
unless prevented by injury or other unforeseeable circumstances.
In that event, a further nomination should be made to the
Fixture Secretary. No registered player shall play in a
lower division or team.
||A member of a
Club playing in a lower division or team, may play for their
Club in a higher division or team on up to two occasions during
one season without losing their ability to play in the lower
division or team. If a member plays more than twice in a higher
division or team, they will be automatically transferred to
the higher division or team. Juniors (players not having
reached their 18th birthday by 1st September at the beginning
of a season) will not be subject to this restriction, and
may play up for a higher division team without affecting their
eligibility for the lower division team. However, if the Junior
player is nominated as a "registered" player for
a particular team that Junior player may not play in a lower
division or team and must satisfy the requirements on Rule
||If a team plays an ineligible player
to make up their team numbers, then they must inform the opponents
at the start of the match and all rubbers in which they take part
shall be awarded to the opponents, with "conceded" entered on the
match card for these rubbers. Failure to notify the opponents will
result in the match being forfeited with every rubber awarded to the opponents.
No player may be substituted once he/she in his/her first
rubber has commenced play.
||For offences against these
Rules the Executive Committee shall have the power to impose
a fine not exceeding £20. All such fines shall be paid by
the Club concerned within 14 days of receipt of notice from
the District Secretary otherwise the Club and its players
shall automatically be suspended.