Central London League

Central London Badminton Friends League

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Central London Badminton Friends League – In Partnership with Badminton England
(A tournament style rolling league for groups of badminton friends)

Summary of the league:

(Updates: Match dates initially set at first weekend of the months mentioned in rule no.10, you can chose either Saturday or Sunday, or both – you can play with same or different group of friends on both days, however results are separate, Saturday only count towards Saturday, Sunday towards Sunday, and Finals will also be separated into Saturday and Sunday)

• The Central London Badminton Friends League will be launching in May 2019!
• Six tournament-style match dates to the Finals!
• Cash bonus for A winners & prize for B & C winners each match day!
• Level separation: higher level players can play more balanced games and practise with your teammates; lower level can improve from match experience.
• 3 or 4 friends form a team, not club based, so very easy to form the team.
• Two teams go up and down after each date and play against different teams next round.
• An event to gather most badminton friends together for competitive and fun games; It is time to buzz your friends to form a team or ask to join a team if you are individual players.

Detailed rules of the league:
1. The aim of the league:
1.1 To encourage more balanced games with social and fun side of badminton competition;
1.2 To meet up and play with groups of badminton friends in a fair & enjoyable environment;
1.3 To help with promotion of badminton activity & encourage people play badminton on regular basis
1.4 To help bring in more values to badminton society and raise statue of badminton in the UK

2. The merits of the league:
2.1 To play with or against groups of players at your level, with more balanced games
2.2 To play at Central London with central court booking from the league organisation
2.3 No need to book the courts yourself & no need to travel home and away
2.4 Number of games and court hours are guaranteed
2.5 Teams move up and down, then play in different level and get to know more badminton friends
2.6 Simple rules used for better team & sports spirit
2.7 Good quality feather Chaopai or iBadds shuttlecocks will be provided for the match

3. Levels Separation:
3.1 A: Advanced & County players: higher division Middlesex league players, or equivalent
3.2 B: Higher Intermediate Level: Lower division Middlesex league players, or equivalent
3.3 C: Intermediate & Social Level: non-league players, or lower end league players
3.4 Further separate to A1, A2…, B1, B2…, C1, C2…if more teams entered; A1 is higher than A2

4. Categories (accept one player to register multi-categories):
4.1 Mens Doubles: A, B C
4.2 Ladies Doubles: A, B, C
4.3 Mixed Doubles: A, B, C
4.4 Mens Singles: A, B&C combined
4.5 Ladies Singles: A, B&C combined

5. Prize:
5.1 Prize may be awarded to winners of each match date or best players of the match day
5.2 Cash bonus for category A winning team, and other gifts for B & C winning teams each match date (Bigger prize for Final Match Date but conditions apply – only players who have played 2 out of 6 matches for that team will be eligible)

6. Terms & League structure:
6.1 Terms:
6.1.1 Division: also meant level of play, such as division A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 etc.; A1 is higher than A2
6.1.2 Team: a group of friends which form by at least 3 friends, not club based
6.2 Three hours per match date with some social game time available after match
6.3 Five teams per division for doubles and four teams for singles (may be 4-6 teams if odd entries, all play all on one match date
6.4 Six match dates per division if joined from initial registration, plus a Final for teams at A1, B1 & C1 place after the 6th match;
6.5 After each match date, top two teams will play one level up, bottom two teams play one level down, and form different teams in each division i.e. up and down very quickly to make sure you play at the right level and know more new badminton friends
6.5 Teams at bottom of level A or B will stay at level A or B after one match date, however may be pushed down to level B1 or C1 if twice at bottom of that level
6.6 Teams at top of level B or C will stay at level B or C after one match date, however may be pushed up to level A or B if twice on top of that level

7. Games Format:

7.1 Ladies & Mens Doubles:
7.1.1 Three friends form a team for each match (3 female friends for ladies and 3 male friends for mens)
7.1.2 Form 3 pairs from 3 friends, each friend plays maximum 2 games against 1 team, and play against 4 teams on the same day; play order can be changed when play against different teams
7.1.3 Minimum 8 games if a team of 3, can bring 1 more friend if willing to play less games & share fees
7.1.4 One demonstration game at the end of match date, competing between two best players from the top two teams at each division (will be selected based on results on the match day)
7.1.5 If any lady wants to play as a man, require 50% votes from opponent team captains
7.1.6 Games order see scoresheet (to be released soon)

7.2 Mixed Doubles:
7.2.1 Three friends form a team for each match (2 men and 1 lady)
7.2.2 Minimum 8 games if a team of 3, can bring 1 more friend if willing to play less games & share fees
7.2.3 Form 3 pairs – 2 mixed & 1 mens doubles pairs if 3 friends per team; if 4 friends, can form either 2 mixed & 1 mens doubles or 3 mixed doubles pairs, but each friend plays maximum 2 games against 1 team. Will play against 4 teams on the same day; play order can be changed when play against different teams
7.2.4 One demonstration game at the end of match date, competing between best mixed pairs from the top two teams at each division (will be selected based on results on the match day)
7.2.5 Games order see scoresheet (to be released soon)

7.3 Singles:
7.3.1 Two friends form a team for each match
7.3.2 Each friend plays maximum 2 games against 1 team, and play against 3 teams on the same day; play order can be changed when play against different teams
7.3.3 Minimum 6 games if a team of 2, can bring 1 more friend if want to play less games & share fees
7.2.4 One demonstration game at the end of match date, competing between the best player from the top two teams at each division (will be selected based on results on the match day)

7.3.4 Games order see scoresheet (to be released soon)

8. Teams:
8.1 Each team Captain should give a unique short name for your team which should be different from a club name & different from other team
8.2 Team captains to bring fruits & snacks for sharing during the matches, captains should recover such costs from team players
8.3 Captains can enter more than one team, based on level of your friends
8.4 Level of players will be confirmed at registration
8.5 New teams may join from bottom of the level which is more suitable for your play, for example, a team with county players should start from the bottom of level A, social players from bottom of level C

9. Players:
9.1 Players need to pay annual Badminton England fee (currently at £16 per year) to play the league. We can apply for it on players behalf and players just need to pay at end of registration time.
9.2 Player is required to register with league two days before the match date; no other restriction on players if fit in the level requirements (friends have no borders). However, for the teams which reach Finals, for fairness, only allow players who have played 2 out of 6 matches
9.3 Lower team friends can also step in for higher team 2 out of 6 matches, but higher-level friends cannot play lower level matches
9.4 If one player has multi groups of friends competing as different teams, such player should select a team which is more suitable for your level of play; if other group of friends need your help to step in their match when short, then require 50% votes from opponent team captains
9.4 Any unfriendly approach on courts may be banned from playing.

10. Match dates and location:
10.1 Matches are mostly scheduled during the weekends, currently set at first weekend in July, August, (not in September due to tournaments), October, December, February, March, then a Final in April (dates may be changed if venue is not available or match dates clash with Badminton England competitions) however two weeks’ notice should be given if any changes made
10.2 Match dates are central booked, so teams cannot change the dates, however team captain can register more friends who are available
10.3 Every team is allowed to freeze one match date if required (play 5 instead of 6 match dates), but need to confirm by registration date of 31 May, otherwise full fees will be charged and not refundable
10.4 Match venue initially set at the nice venues at West Zone two near Latimer Road/Ladbroke Grove area, or East Zone two area near Bethnal Green/Mile End area
10.5 Current schedule is to play same level games on the same day; you may bring more friends if want to enter more categories and share the number of games

11. Registration:
11.1 Initial registration is any time until 31 May (tbc), and matches start from early July
11.2 Team can be registered any time after the deadline, and start playing if enough new teams entered and if courts are available

12. Fees:
12.1 Team registration fee: will be charged by end of registration at £5 per team per year, used for prize & registration administration works
12.2 Team match fee: doubles at £30 & singles at £26, per team per match date. Fees for first 4 match dates will be charged at initial registration time by 31 May when total teams for first part of the season are confirmed. Fees for last 2 match dates will be charged by 31 December when total teams for second part of the season are confirmed
12.3 It is captain’s responsibility to collect fees from players and prepay for the matches by due date, captains should recover the fees for match snacks and team registration fee from team players etc.
12.4 Match fees are not refundable but prepaid players can ask other friends to step in for you and then you may recover the fee from your friends if you are not available on some match dates, just need to register your friends before the match
12.5 Final match fee: doubles at £39 per team & singles at £30, to prepay by 15 March, or just after the last match date if later, and well before the Final date

13. League Management and Tools
13.1 League results may be entered on Badminton England League Management Tools
13.2 Facebook page may also be set up to upload pictures and videos for the matches
13.3 Captains on the day oversea the matches based on rules, no committee members set

14. Other information
14.1 Special for very first match date: teams which register first may be put to higher division first
14.2 More details and any rule updates will be discussed among captains

For more information, or register your team and express your interest, please visit or sign up online: https://ebadders.com/central-london-league/league/
Any questions, please email: centrallondonbadders@gmail.com

DD/MM/YYYY format; Required for Badminton England registration for new player
You need BE number to play the league, but can enter form first, then apply for BE after 31 Aug
You can chose either Saturday or Sunday, or both. You can play with same or different group each day
Please enter Team Name, Player First Name Last Name, Gender, BE number (put TBC if no BE yet)
I confirm I will pay the amount by end of May as part of registration
I confirm I will pay the amount by end of May as part of registration
I confirm I will pay 4 match fees by end of May and 2 match fees by 15 December
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