The York & District Badminton League consists of Mixed, Mens, Ladies & Combined divisions. This document contains information on how to join the league & gives an outline of the League Rules. The full version of the League Rules can be found here.
Joining the League
To join the League a request should be sent to the General Secretary prior to the League AGM (usually the last Wednesday in August), stating how many teams the club would like to enter into each section. Teams are admitted into the League from the start of each season. New teams are automatically entered into the lowest division.
The cost of entering a team is £5 per team. There is no requirement for clubs to be affiliated to Badminton England.
A representative of the club should attend the League AGM. Your club may send more than one representative to the AGM, but only one vote per club is allowed.
The Club Secretary is usually the person responsible for arranging your club’s fixtures. Their details should be sent to the League Secretary for inclusion in the League Directory which is circulated to all clubs.
The Club Secretary or other club representative should attend the fixtures meeting (held the week after the AGM) to compile the Club’s fixtures for the forthcoming season. The subscription charge & any fines are payable to the League Treasurer at this meeting. Clubs will also receive a supply of match score cards at this meeting.
Following the meeting, the Club Secretary must send a copy of their fixture list to their opposing clubs within their division & the League Match Secretary. Upon receipt Club Secretaries must check the details for their matches against their own fixture list & email confirmation to the Secretary concerned confirming receipt of the fixture list & agreement of the match dates/times.
The season commences in September & all matches should be played by 30th April.
Each team in the Mens’, Ladies’ and Mixed Divisions shall consist of three couples. A match consists of 9 rubbers with all couples playing each other. Rubbers are the best of 3 games & are played using the Badminton England/International Badminton Federation scoring. One point is awarded for each rubber won with 2 extra points awarded to the overall match winner.
Teams in the Combined Division shall consist of three ladies and three men with each player playing three rubbers made up of one Mixed rubber and two Ladies’ or Men’s. All pairs shall play in order of merit but the order of merit being independent between each type of doubles. One point is awarded for each rubber won with 2 extra points awarded to the overall match winner.
It is usual, but not compulsory, for the home team to provide refreshments in the form of squash & biscuits for the opposition.
Prompt arrival for away fixtures is essential as rubbers can be forfeited if a player/players are absent when required to play, with the exception that 15 minutes grace is granted from the start time of the match.
The home team must provide the shuttles. Where possible, feathers should be used, but if not synthetic shuttles that are a type certified as complying with the Laws of Badminton can be used. Clubs should notify opponents which type of shuttle they use at the Fixtures Meeting.
The fully completed score card signed by each captain should be posted by the home club to the League Match Secretary within 7 days of the match taking place.
All matches are to be played. The only reason for postponement shall be for non-availability of the hall, inclement weather or national emergency. A fixture should not be cancelled without the consent of the opponents.
Promotion & Relegation
Promotion and relegation issues shall be decided by the number of points won. Should two or more teams finish on level points, the total number of matches won will decide. Should these be equal, a play-off will be arranged in order to reach a decision.
It is usual for the teams occupying the first and second position in each Division to be promoted & for the teams occupying the last two positions in each division to be relegated (where applicable). However, this is subject to the number of teams entering the League the following season & the League Committee reserve the right to increase or restrict the number of teams to be promoted or relegated if considered desirable in the interests of the League.
The composition of the divisions for the following season is agreed at the League AGM.
Fines are levied as follows:
Ø Failure to email a copy of the club’s fixture list to the League Match Secretary - £10
Ø Late receipt of/incomplete match card - £4 per card
Clubs will be advised of any fines they have incurred during the season at the AGM.
Dates/times of the League AGM & Fixtures Meeting will be posted on the website nearer the time.