Brighton Badminton League Rules 2016/2017
Definitions – Brighton League.
CHAIRPERSON: JULIA ALKEMA
PRESIDENT: DEREK WEBB
TREASURER: SARA ADDISON
SECRETARY: HELEN MOORE
LEAGUE SECRETARY: PAUL JACKSON
MEMBER: LINDA PARK
MEMBER: AMBER ROBERTS
14 WHITE HOUSE PLACE, DURRINGTON HILL, WORTHING, BN13 2PF
FIXTURES MEETING (DATE)
12th Sept 2016
START OF THE SEASON
1st October 2016
END OF THE SEASON
30th April 2017
The full group of 6 (combi) or 9 (full) GAMES
The best of three SETS played 6 (combi) or 9 (full) times in each MATCH
A competition of points usually up to 21 under Badminton England rules
A competition structure, specifically:
A group of TEAMS playing Home and Away fixtures in a season. Each league TYPE may contain multiple DIVISIONS.
A group of players entering TEAMS into the league and affiliated to Badminton England
The group of players representing a CLUB in a MATCH
Details of all the planned MATCHES issued by the LEAGUE SECRETARY before the START OF THE SEASON
No points will be allocated to players’ records but the GAME will be awarded to the WALKOVER recipient
L1: The management of the league shall be the responsibility of the COMMITTEE.
L2: Changes to the league rules can only be made at an AGM or EGM.
L3: The league shall be open to all CLUBS subject to the approval of the COMMITTEE. New CLUBS or additional TEAMS from existing CLUBS desiring to take part shall forward their applications in writing to the LEAGUE SECRETARY. The deadline for applications will be one week before the FIXTURES MEETING.
Rules of Play
R1: All MATCHES shall be played according to the Laws of Badminton England.
M1: Full ladies’ and men’s MATCHES will consist of three consistent pairs playing each opposing pair. Nine GAMES in total.
M2: Full mixed MATCHES in the Worthing League will consist of three consistent pairs playing each opposing pair. Full mixed MATCHES in the Brighton League will consist of seven mixed GAMES using consistent pairs and one men’s and one ladies’ GAME. Nine GAMES in total.
M3: Men’s and Ladies’ Combi MATCHES will consist of two consistent pairs playing GAMES against each opposing pair. The fifth and sixth GAMES should involve each pair swapping partners (Player 1 with Player 3, Player 2 with Player 4 as per scoresheet). Six GAMES in total.
M4: Mixed Combi MATCHES will consist of two consistent pairs playing GAMES against each opposing pair. The fifth and sixth GAMES will be a men’s GAME and a ladies’ GAME. Six GAMES in total.
S1: Scoresheets MUST be signed by a representative of the Home and Away TEAMS before being submitted to the LEAGUE SECRETARY.
S2: It is the responsibility of the home TEAM in each MATCH to send the scoresheet to the LEAGUE SECRETARY within 7 days of the date of the MATCH.
S3: These can be either be scanned/photographed and sent to the LEAGUE E-MAIL address or sent to the LEAGUE ADDRESS.
S4: The LEAGUE SECRETARY is expected to work as flexibly as possible, but reserves the right to award MATCHES to the away TEAM should the home TEAM fail to adhere to rule S2.
E1: A player is eligible to represent only one CLUB in each TYPE of competition per season.
E2: For clarity, a player is ineligible to represent two CLUBS in different DIVISIONS of the same TYPE. (e.g. a player is not eligible to play Division I Men’s for one CLUB and Division II Men’s for another CLUB.)
E3: The first CLUB which a player represents for each TYPE of competition will be the only CLUB for which that player is eligible for the rest of the season.
E4: Any GAMES played for subsequent CLUBS in the same TYPE of competition will be forfeit as per rule E5.
E5: The GAMES involving ineligible players will be forfeit and awarded as a WALKOVER in favour of the opposing TEAM.
E6: Players MUST be affiliated with Badminton England by the 31st October each season. Any player who is not affiliated with Badminton England by this time will forfeit their GAMES as per rule E5.
E7: In the case of a new player joining a CLUB during the season, the new player MUST be affiliated with Badminton England BEFORE representing the CLUB in a MATCH. If the new player is not affiliated, their GAMES will be forfeit as per rule E5.
E8: In the event of uncertainty over player eligibility, the final decision rests with the COMMITTEE.
Multiple TEAMS from the same CLUB
Where a CLUB has two or more TEAMS in the same TYPE of competition:
E9: MATCHES played between the two or more TEAMS from a single CLUB must be played in advance of all other MATCHES that those TEAMS play in that DIVISION.
E10: The ranking of the TEAMS must be specified before the START OF THE SEASON.
E11: Before the START OF THE SEASON and for each higher-ranked TEAM, CLUBSMUST nominate 3 players for each combi TEAM and 5 players for each full TEAM. These players MUST be the strongest players as judged by the CLUB and will be expected to play regularly for the higher-ranked TEAM.
E12: The nominated players are strictly only eligible to play for the higher-ranked TEAM.
E13: Players who are not nominated may represent any TEAM, however once they have played three times for a higher ranked TEAM, they will become ineligible to play for any lower ranked TEAMS.
E14: Where exceptional circumstances such as player injuries occur, the CLUB may appeal to the COMMITTEE and rules E11-E13 may be relaxed at the discretion of the COMMITTEE.
E15: CLUBS should notify the LEAGUE SECRETARY of their list of registered players before the START OF THE SEASON. Any subsequent additions to this list are at the approval and discretion of the COMMITTEE.
Behaviour and Etiquette
B1: It is expected that MATCHES will be played with the spirit of utmost sportsmanship.
B2: TEAMS are expected to arrive at the agreed time at the agreed location as per the FIXTURES LIST. However, the COMMITTEE recognises that this is not always possible and reasonable tolerance should be given. If a dispute arises due to a TEAM failing to comply with this, which cannot be resolved by the CLUBS involved, this should be referred to the LEAGUE SECRETARY.
B3: The COMMITTEE holds a zero tolerance approach to the use of abusive language or aggressive behaviour. Where incidences of such behaviour occur, the COMMITTEE reserves the right to award the GAME or MATCH to the aggrieved TEAM and to suspend players from future MATCHES as deemed appropriate.
B4: If a player is injured during the course of a MATCH and cannot fulfil their GAMES, the unplayed GAMES will be awarded to the opposing TEAM as a WALKOVER.
Arrangement of Divisions and Fixtures
A1: The LEAGUE SECRETARY will contact CLUBS, around early August requesting details of the TEAMS that each CLUB wishes to enter into the league.
A2: The LEAGUE SECRETARY will arrange the TEAMS into DIVISIONS. Promotions and relegations from the previous season will be reflected where possible.
A3: The LEAGUE SECRETARY will issue details of the proposed DIVISIONS in advance of the FIXTURES MEETING.
A4: A FIXTURES MEETING will be set up, usually in early September and representatives from each CLUB should attend to arrange fixture dates.
A5: Each TEAM should arrange one home and one away fixture with all other TEAMS in the same DIVISION.
A6: Where the number of TEAMS in a DIVISION is fewer than 5, TEAMS may vote on whether to play each home and away MATCH twice.
A7: Each CLUBMUST provide details of their home fixtures to the LEAGUE SECRETARY at the meeting or within 7 days of the date of the meeting. Failure to do so may result in a TEAM being withdrawn from a DIVISION.
A8: Fixtures should be arranged to be played after the START OF THE SEASON and before the END OF THE SEASON. Any exceptions MUST be agreed with the LEAGUE SECRETARY.
A9: The FIXTURES LIST will be issued to all CLUBS by the LEAGUE SECRETARY after the FIXTURES MEETING.
Fulfilment of Fixtures
F1: CLUBS should endeavour to fulfil all fixtures during the season by fielding a TEAM of eligible players.
F2: If a CLUB is unable to field an eligible TEAM and wishes to rearrange the fixture, 48 hours’ notice must be given to the opposing TEAM and the CLUBS should agree an alternative date.
F3: Where less than 48 hours’ notice is given, the opposing TEAM can request that the MATCH be awarded to them. This should be referred to the LEAGUE SECRETARY for a final decision. However, the COMMITTEE would prefer that a mutually convenient rearrangement date be found.
F4: Where a mutually agreed rearrangement date cannot be found, the CLUBS should try to agree a score to be provided to the LEAGUE SECRETARY in lieu of a MATCH taking place. If this agreement fails, the circumstances should be referred to the LEAGUE SECRETARY for a final ruling.
F5: Where a CLUB cannot field a full TEAM of eligible players, ineligible players should play in order to fulfil the fixture. However, rule E5 will apply.
F6: If a CLUB fails to fulfil sufficient fixtures, as deemed appropriate by the COMMITTEE, the COMMITTEE can withdraw that CLUB’S TEAM from the DIVISION.
F7: Exceptional circumstances, such as EXTREME WEATHER can be used to exempt a TEAM from the 48 hour notice requirement. If this cannot be agreed between the TEAMS, the issue should be referred to the LEAGUE SECRETARY.
F8: It is expected that when court or other costs are incurred by a CLUB as a result of a request from an opposing CLUB to rearrange a fixture, those costs are borne by the CLUB seeking the rearrangement.
D1: CLUBS must nominate both a first contact and second contact for correspondence with the LEAGUE SECRETARY and/or COMMITTEE and e-mail addresses and contact numbers should be provided before the start of August.
D2: CLUBS must also provide details of the location for their home MATCHES to the LEAGUE SECRETARY before the START OF THE SEASON.
D3: The LEAGUE SECRETARY will compile this information and send to all the CLUB contacts before the START OF THE SEASON.
D4: League fees will be set by the TREASURER at the AGM. Failure of a CLUB to pay the fees before the season may lead to the COMMITTEE removing the CLUB from the league.
G1: The home TEAM shall provide feather shuttles of an appropriate quality for each MATCH.
G2: Disputes regarding shuttles should be referred to the LEAGUE SECRETARY or the COMMITTEE.
G3: The home TEAM shall bear all expenses of the fixture excepting the visiting TEAM’S travelling expenses.
League Results and Tie-breakers
T1: The TEAMS will be ranked based on the number of GAMES won during the season.
T2: In the event that T1 does not resolve the tie, the percentage of SETS won will determine the ranking.
T3: In the event that T1 and T2 do not resolve the tie, the percentage of POINTS won will determine the ranking.
T4: In the event that T1, T2 and T3 do not resolve the tie, the results between the two TEAMS will determine the ranking.
T5: The COMMITTEE reserves the right to make the final decision on the ranking of TEAMS, regardless of the rules stated in T1-T4.
Player and Team Awards
P1: The COMMITTEE intends to provide trophies for the following:
Top performing man in each mixed and mixed combi DIVISION
Top performing lady in each mixed and mixed combi DIVISION
Top performing man in each men’s and men’s combi DIVISION
Top performing lady in each ladies’ and ladies’ combi DIVISION
P2: Player records will be ranked based on the rules T1-T5 with the following three exceptions:
Players are only eligible for a trophy if they have played in at least 50% of the TEAM’SMATCHES in the DIVISION.
Players are firstly ranked based on the percentage of GAMES won rather than the absolute number of GAMES won.
Where players have won an identical percentage of GAMES, players playing in a higher number of MATCHES will rank higher and will be the first tie-breaker.
P3: The COMMITTEE reserves the right to award different trophies or to award no trophies depending on the financial position of the league.
P4: TEAM trophies may be awarded.
P5: Where returnable TEAM trophies are awarded by the COMMITTEE at the AGM, these must be returned to the COMMITTEE at least two weeks before the next AGM.
C1: Any decision taken by the LEAGUE SECRETARY on behalf of the COMMITTEE can be appealed by a CLUB and will be referred to the COMMITTEE.
C2: The COMMITTEE’S determination will be final.
AMENDED September 2016.