Rules and Regulations: Badminton (Open)

Last updated: January 11, 2023

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BMT 1 The London Youth Games Badminton competition will run in accordance with rules of the Badminton Association of England.

BMT 1.1 Should any rules listed below contradict those outlined by Badminton Association of England, these rules will supersede those.

BMT 1.2 It will be at the sole discretion of the Competition Director as to the application of these rules, and any subsequent decision made as a result will be final.

BMT 1.3 The Tournament Organisers reserve the rights to alter or amend the playing schedule if necessary and make decisions on any matters arising during the tournament, including any matters not covered by the tournament regulations.

BMT 2 Age Category

BMT 2.1 The following age groups and respective maximum and minimum date of births will apply to the London Youth Games Badminton Competition:

Age Category Oldest DOB Youngest DOB
U17 01/09/2005 31/08/2014

 BMT 2.2 Competitors are not permitted to enter this competition if they are ineligible. No exceptions will be made.

BMT 2.3 It is the responsibility of competitors/parents/team managers/local authority staff to ensure all competitors details are entered correctly at the time of submission, and that they are eligible to compete for their borough under the London Youth Games Games Rules, and in accordance with the age groups outlined for the competition.

BMT 2.3.1 In the instance a competitor is found to be ineligible, they will be disqualified from the competition entirely, and the borough will receive a points penalty as per the Games Rules.

BMT 3 Eligibility Any player(s) listed or competing in the Shires League 2022-23 for the U13, U15 and/or U17 age category will be ineligible.

 BMT 4 Squad Size Boroughs are permitted to enter a minimum of 4 competitors and a maximum of 16 competitors.

BMT 3.1 Boroughs are permitted to bring 10 competitors entered to the event on the day however only 8 will be able to play per match.

BMT 3.2 To field a full team for each match 4 boys and 4 girls must contest each match.

BMT 5 Kit & Equipment Competitors must bring their own racket. Feathered shuttlecocks (speed 3) will be used throughout. No caps to be worn whilst playing.

BMT 6 Competition Format Round robin groups (group size will depend on entry numbers) with top 8 teams progressing to a seeded quarterfinal knockout bracket. The remaining teams will be drawn into a plate knockout bracket.

BMT 6.1 5 games played in a match where each game is played to 21 points with no setting and players changing ends at 11 points.

BMT 6.1.1 The 5 games will be boys’ singles, girls’ singles, mixed doubles, boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles.

BMT 6.2 Top 8 boroughs from the previous year’s competition will be seeded across the round robin groups.

BMT 6.3 If a team brings the minimum number of players, they must win the girls’ single, boys’ single and mixed doubles to win the match and will forfeit the final two games of each match (boys’ and girls’ doubles).

BMT 7 Competition Rules

 BMT 7.1 The competition will be a team competition and each match play 1 set to PAR21.

 BMT 7.2 No team member may compete in more than one game in the same match.

BMT 7.3 For each match a scoresheet (provided) must be completed and signed by both Team Managers. Team Managers are responsible for ensuring the results on the sheet are correct.

BMT 7.4 Once the team has commenced playing a match there may be no substitution, except in the instance of an injury.

BMT 7.5 Any player named on the entry form can play in the competition at any stage.

BMT 7.6 For the top 8 finals, teams must declare their players to registration before each match.

BMT 8 Overall Scoring Points will be awarded for each game to give a borough’s round robin placing.

BMT 8.1 The following points will be awarded:

  • 1 point awarded for a win per match.
  • 0 points for a loss per match.
  • 0 points if the team does not play.

BMT 8.2 Group positions are ranked on:

  • Matches won (a match is defined by a borough against another borough entailing all games played within that match)
  • Games for
  • Points for
  • Points against (in case of uneven group sizes, games/points shall be considered in relation to number of games played)

BMT 8.3 Final Positions Points allocated based on stage reached in the quarterfinal knockout bracket and the plate knockout bracket. Teams reaching same stage will be awarded equal positions and points.

BMT 8.4 Incomplete competition: if the competition is cancelled or suspended, the following steps will be used to calculate a final result:

      • The furthest completed stage of competition will be used as a countback.
      • Any teams tied on position will be separated based on the rules above which determine group positions, using averages.
      • The minimum competition required to determine a result is a completed stage e.g. round robin, quarter final etc.

BMT 9 Medals & Trophies Medals and trophies will be awarded as follows:

BMT 9.1 Overall Borough medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams and trophy awarded the winner of the event.