The NDBA Leagues Rules state the following:
10. 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.
14. ... Rubbers shall
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
scored. (Amended 28/4/2014)
Whilst these are clear and remain the formal
rules, this guidance has been provided to assist clubs, teams and
players to operate them
when there is a perceived need to invoke them. Badminton
in the Newbury & District
leagues is played on a friendly basis; every attempt should be made
to continue this tradition, but on the rare occasions that disputes
do arise, following this guidance may help. The NDBA Executive Committee
will always wish that all rubbers of all fixtures are played and
in a competitive but friendly manner. All club officials and team
captains should be familiar with this guidance.
The most important point is to make sure that information is available
before any issues arise; this is the best way of preventing them
from doing so. Home-team start and finish times are published in
the handbook and on the website. A home-team captain should confirm
these times on greeting the visiting team, but if this is forgotten,
or assumed, a visiting-team captain may politely seek confirmation
. If there is any alteration to the notified starting time, this
should be communicated to the visiting (and home!) team by a home-club
official as far in advance as possible. If there is any alteration
to the published finishing time (earlier or later) this should be
advised by the home-team captain on greeting the visiting team; such
an alteration may affect the number of games per rubber to be played
Players have a responsibility to advise their team captain as far
in advance as possible of any reason that they will not be available
at the notified (or altered) start time and their anticipated arrival
time. Captains should share this information with each other as soon
as they know it. If the delay is genuine and unavoidable (eg. traffic
or weather conditions or child-minding problems), every effort should
be made by both teams to accommodate it by the adjustment of playing
order (the rules allow this flexibility), use of additional courts
(if available) etc.
All players and particularly captains, should keep themselves aware
of the time throughout the match, getting quickly on to free courts
and minimising knock-ups to ensure a timely finish.
If all this fails, and the captain of a defaulting team considers
that Rule 10 may have been breached without possibility of an agreed
recovery, the best course of action is for that captain to apologise
and offer the rubber or match or prohibition of a late player to
his or her opposite. If this is not done, and the captain of the
non-defaulting team wishes to claim rubber, match or prohibition,
then this should be done in a factual, non-aggressive manner as soon
as possible after the default has occurred; it should not be left
to the end of the match. A note of the circumstances with relevant
timings etc. should be made. Whilst this may (hopefully will not)
result in a slightly soured atmosphere, it removes the possibility
of the claim being perceived to be made to alter the final result
(eg. turning a loss into a win).
If possible, brief reasons for the claim should
be written on the match score sheet for the information of the
NDBA Fixture Secretary;
include, for example, arrival and start times. The signature of the
captain of the defaulting team on the score card will be taken to
indicate acceptance of the default. Should the claim be disputed,
this should be stated on the signature line (eg. with the words “claimed
default disputed”) and initialled by the captain.
A follow-up telephone call or e-mail to the Fixture Secretary would
be helpful even if there is no dispute. In the event of a dispute,
the disputing captain (preferably) or club should contact the Fixture
Secretary (or, if unavailable, another NDBA official) as soon as
possible (eg. the next day) to explain the circumstances; wherever
possible this should be in writing (includes e-mail).
Secretary will make a final ruling, consulting other members of
the Executive Committee if necessary, and let both teams know as
• Badminton is a friendly sport (there
are more important things in life!).
• Clubs, team captains and players have
• Provide or seek information as early
• Do everything possible to play the whole
• Admit it if your team is in default.
• If you claim, be polite and do so early.
• If you dispute the claim, make this
clear and provide information quickly.
NDBA Executive Committee