Cradley Heath Badminton League Rules 2019 – 2020

Cradley Heath Badminton League                          

Rules 2019-2020

 

1   The league shall play to the ‘Laws of The Game’ laid down by the Badminton Association of England.

 

2 (i) The only valid reason for a fixture to be postponed is the unavailability of a court or inclement weather.

 

  (ii) An original fixture may only be re-arranged once, with the consent of both parties. The club requested to make the rearrangement have the right to refuse the request. On the rearrangement being made both clubs must inform the Match Secretary of the revised date within 7 days.

 

  (iii) Fixtures shall be made at the fixture meeting and fixture lists must be in the hands of the Match Secretary within 7 days of the meeting. Failure to comply will result in a fine.

 

3 (i) Any club changing venue for matches should first obtain approval from the Management Committee.

 

  (ii) If a team captain/secretary is not satisfied with the conditions under which a match had to be played they should make such a complaint to the Management Committee.

 

4 (i) The start times of home Clubs shall be strictly adhered to.

 

  (ii) If a match cannot be completed in the court time available because of the late arrival of players from either team any unfinished or unplayed rubbers shall be awarded to the team not at fault. No starting time shall be before 7.00.pm unless by mutual consent.

 

  (iii) Men’s and Mixed Matches – At the stated start time for the match, two pairs from both sides must be available to commence play.

 

  (iv) Ladies Matches – At the stated start time for the match, three players from

both sides must be available to commence play.

 

5   The use of umpires/scorers and line judges in matches shall be by agreement between team captains. If they disagree then there shall be these officials.

 

6   Shuttles used in matches shall be of a suitable speed for the hall in which they are being used (BA of E Laws). An adequate supply of shuttles of differing speeds MUST be available at all matches. The choice of shuttle should be at the discretion of the home team and shall be cork based. CLUBS TO STATE IN ADVANCE THE TYPE OF SHUTTLE THEY INTEND TO PLAY WITH THROUGHOUT THE SEASON FOR EACH TEAM.

 

7   Any rules particular to individual clubs shall be posted up and the visiting

team notified.

 

8   Teams shall comprise as follows:-

 

Mixed – 3 men, 3 ladies

Mens – 6 men

Ladies – 4 ladies, nominated 1 to 4 in order of playing ability

Combi – 2 men, 2 ladies in following order:

1 = strongest man, 2 = 2nd strongest man

3 = strongest lady, 4 = 2nd strongest lady

 

 

 

9 (i) USING RALLY POINTS SCORING Men’s and Mixed matches shall consist of 9 rubbers. Each rubber shall consist of 2 games to 21 points. When the game score reaches 20 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first wins that game. At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point wins that game.

The order of play shall be STRICTLY ADHERED TO UNLESS CHANGED BY MUTUAL CONSENT. The away side to play 1. 2. 3. in order as follows: (Home side first)

Rubber 1 1v1 Rubber 2  2v2 Rubber 3  3v3

Rubber 4 2v1 Rubber 5  3v2 Rubber  6 1v3

Rubber 7 3v1 Rubber 8  1v2 Rubber  9  2v3

The team winning most games shall receive 2 league points and if a draw results the teams shall each receive 1 point.

 

  (ii) USING RALLY POINTS SCORING Ladies and Combi matches shall consist of 6 rubbers. Each rubber shall consist of 3 games to 21 points. When the game score reaches 20 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first wins that game. At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point wins that game.

The order of play if all members of both teams are available shall be as follows:

Rubber 1  1&2v1&2, Rubber 2 3&4v3&4, Rubber 3 1&3v1&3, Rubber 4 2&4v2&4,

Rubber 5  1&4v1&4, Rubber 6 2&3v2&3

The team winning most games shall receive 2 league points and if a draw results the teams shall each receive 1 point. If one or both teams fail to have all their players available at the start of the match then the order of play will be from the first rubber that can be played. For example – if home players 1,2,and 3 are available and away players 1and 3 are available the order of play would be:

Rubber 3  1&3v1&3, Rubber 4 2&4v2&4, Rubber 5 1&4v1&4, Rubber 6 2&3v2&3’

Rubber 1  1&2v1&2, Rubber 2 3&4v3&4

No rubbers can be claimed until one side has a full team.

Ladies shall be numbered 1 to 4 in order of playing strength.

Combi players shall be numbered 1 to 4 – 1 =strongest man, 2 = 2nd strongest man,

3 = strongest lady, 4 = 2nd strongest lady

 

 

  (iii) In the Masters league the teams entered are to be made up of 2 men and 2 ladies all players to be over 40 years of age on the 1st September. USING RALLY POINTS SCORING teams shall play 4 mixed doubles rubbers 1 men’s doubles rubber and 1 ladies doubles rubber all consisting of 3 games to 21 points. When the game score reaches 20 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead wins that game. At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point wins that game. The team winning the most games shall receive 2 league points and if a draw results the teams shall receive 1 point each.

All other rules of the League apply.

 

  (iv) When play is delayed by missing players see Rule 4.2

 

10 (i) A club entering more than one team in the league shall nominate 6 players [Men’s], 3 ladies and 3 men [Mixed] and 4 ladies [Ladies] for the higher team(s) before the first match of the season is played. Nominations must be in the hands of the Match Secretary before the club’s first match of the season. These players cannot play for a lower team.

 

  (ii) Any nominated player must play in at least 30% of that teams matches. Should unforeseen circumstances arise which may prevent a nominated player from fulfilling their commitment, the club shall immediately send substantial reasons to the match secretary. (It is no longer necessary to play higher teams first with nominations of all players in a team).

 

  (iii) Any other club player may play for a higher team but if any such players play FOUR times in one season for a higher team that person shall be ineligible to play for a lower team in that season.

 

 

 

11 (i) No player shall represent more than one club in the same divisional group (i.e. Mens, Ladies, Mixed or Combi) of the League, otherwise the games played for the second club shall be null and void

 

  (ii) A player cannot represent a club unless the player is a subscribing member of that club.

 

 

  (iii) Any club fielding an unregistered player will have any games involving that player awarded to the opponent. In addition, the team will have 2 points deducted.

 

12 (i) In the event of a player incurring an injury during the course of a match causing that player to retire, a rubber shall be forfeited to the uninjured team. The rubber to be forfeited shall be:

a)   the rubber in which the injury occurred if the player was forced to retire before finishing the rubber, or

b) If the player continued to play to the finish of the rubber in which the injury occurred but then retired between rubbers, being unable to carry on, the next rubber in which he/ she should have played.

 

  (ii) If a substitute is to play in the place of an injured player in any remaining rubbers that are not forfeited, a draw shall take place to select two team members from the remainder [Men’s], and these two shall spin to decide the first player to substitute. In a Ladies Match if no reserve is available then all further rubbers in which the injured player is involved shall be forfeited. This is due to the complicated structure of the ladies matches.

 

13   Clubs with two teams in the same division must play both matches of which the teams are to play against each other in that season by the 31st December. It is the responsibility of the home team to ensure that the match result is in the hands of the Match Secretary by 7th January. If the result has not been received by that time – both teams shall be deemed to have lost 9-0.

 

14 (i) If any teams within the league fail to play in more than one of its matches, all results shall be declared void and the club relegated. The Management Committee reserves the right to decide that a match shall be played when the result of it affects a third club.

 

  (ii) Should a team arrive fielding only one pair, that team would be deemed to have conceded the match. If any match is conceded a point will be deducted.

 

  (iii) If a team arrives with less than a full team a second time in any one season and any subsequent occasion, a point will be deducted.

 

  (iv) If both teams arrive with only two pairs – the match must be rearranged.
15   The top two teams in each division shall be promoted, and the bottom two teams relegated.

 

16 (i) Club members must be registered with the league, using the approved registration form, by the 15th September, or before the first match whichever is soonest. Anyone joining a club after that date may only play in a team after being registered (using the approved registration form) 7 days before they can play for a club, for approval of the Management Committee.

 

  (ii) A player’s forename and surname must be given at registration. Names entered on the scorecard must match the name given at registration. Failure to complete names accurately and legibly may be penalised by the League Secretary with approval of the Management Committee.
17   All league matches to be finalised by 30th April.

 

18   The team finishing first in each division shall be awarded the Division Trophy.

 

19   Division 1 of the Men’s, Mixed and Ladies shall consist of 9 teams each. In the lower divisions the maximum number of teams shall be 9 and the optimum shall be 6 teams per division.

 

20   Affiliation of clubs to the league is a prerequisite for clubs to participate in league activities. All affiliated clubs must pay the League Levy.

 

 

21   The fine for non-attendance at league meetings is £5. This does not apply if an apology is presented.

 

22   The League levy shall be £10 per club plus £2 per registered match player. Payment to accompany the Registration List of match players by 15th September or before the first match whichever is soonest.  The joining fee for new clubs is £10.

 

23 (i) Home clubs shall be responsible for the completion and sending of the match result sheet to the Match Secretary. Full names of players shall be given. Match sheets are to be received by the Match Secretary within 7 days of the match being played.

 

  (ii)  Failure to comply with Rule 23.1 will result in a fine of £5.

 

  (iii) Should a completed match sheet not be received within 14 days of the match being played, the home team shall forfeit all rubbers, games and points     gained.

 

  (iv) In the event of a claimed match, the team claiming must complete a result sheet with a brief explanation and submit within the specified period to the Match Secretary.

 

24   In the event of a match being unfinished, the home team shall forfeit the remaining rubbers subject to Rule 3.

 

 

 

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