Amended September 2023
- The name shall be The Ipswich and District
- Member Clubs may choose to
affiliate to Badminton England and the County Association. All Clubs who
choose not to affiliate to Badminton England must provide evidence to
the league that like for like insurance is in place. Play must be
conducted in accordance with Badminton England Laws of Badminton
- The Annual General Meeting will be called
during the first two weeks of September. Any affiliated club member may
attend with only two representatives of each club allowed to vote. It
will be followed by a meeting to enable clubs to finalise their fixtures
for the coming season.
- The league shall be administered by a committee
consisting of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and up to seven committee
members, all to be elected annually. The county secretary or county
nominee to be ex officio. A quorum will consist of any three members of
- The annual subscription shall be determined at
the Annual General Meeting. It will be doubled if not paid by the 30th
November. The club may be expelled if still not paid by the 31st
- League Structures
Entries to and withdrawals from the league must be
received by the Secretary before the 21st of July prior to the AGM. The
committee with then draw up the stackings for the coming season. These will
be shared with the clubs on or before 31st July to allow fixtures to be set
during August. The AGM will ratify the stackings.
With the exception of promotion/demotion between
Divisions One and Two, the league secretary will promote the winning team and
the runner up to the next higher division. The bottom two teams will be
demoted in each division.
In the case of promotion/demotion between Divisions
One and Two only the winning team of Division Two will be promoted and only
the bottom team of Division One will be demoted.
Rules 6b and 6c apply to Mens, Ladies and Mixed
- A match shall consist of two teams of six
persons playing a total of eighteen games. Each team shall be divided
into three pairs playing two consecutive games against each of the pairs
in the other team. No person may play in more than one league and/or cup
match in any one evening. The term "league" shall apply to any
league affiliated to BADMINTON England
- Match Nights
- Each team shall play one home and one away
match with each other team in the division. Club secretaries must
arrange these matches
before the Annual General Meeting or immediately
following and must forward a list of their club's matches to the league
secretary before the first match is played. All matches are to be
played on Monday - Friday evenings unless both clubs mutually agree on
some other time. It is the responsibility of the home club to confirm
the match date, time and place to the away club before 1st October.
- The date of a match may be altered if both
clubs concerned and the league secretary agree. If both clubs do
not agree, the match may only be altered due to the unavailability of
the hall or adverse weather conditions. In the event of a match being
cancelled the offending team shall concede the match 0-9 and in
addition have two points deducted. If a club is unable to raise a full
team, as many games as possible are to be played and the unplayed games
shall be awarded to the opposing side. The offending team will have one
point deducted from the result.
- If a team by a combination of rules 8b and 8c
has more than 5 points deducted it shall automatically be
- All matches are to be played to a conclusion
on the agreed night. (Excluding rule 8b)
- All matches must be arranged to be played
before the end of March. Any matches postponed due to unavailability or
adverse weather conditions may be played in April with the agreement of
the league secretary.
- No club shall be permitted to have more than
two teams in any one division. Where a club has two teams in the same
division, all matches between these teams must be completed by the end
- No club shall play in Divisions 1 and 2 of the league unless their playing
conditions are passed as satisfactory by the league committee.
- All matches are to be played with cork based shuttles. All division 1 matches are to be played
with feather shuttlecocks.
- Prior to a match opposing captains or their
representatives shall exchange details of the constitution of teams.
- It is the responsibility of the home club, to
forward the result card to the league results secretary within fourteen
days. Where a card with an incorrect and/or incomplete information is
submitted a fine of £3 - £10 will be made on each club at the
discretion of the committee. If the scorecard is not received by the
league secretary within 14 days of the match taking a place a fine will
be imposed on the home team only, The first
late card will be a fine of £3 rising by £1 for every subsequent late
- Each team is to be given two points for a win
and one point for a draw. In the event of two or more teams tying with
an equal number of given points, the final placings will be decided by
the number of rubbers won and if still equal followed by the greatest
difference in rally points..
- Matches may be played without umpires providing
both captains agree to this measure.
- Players can represent only one club in the
mixed league and only one club in the mens/ladies
league in any one season.
- When a club enters more than one team in a
league, the seniority of each team will be designated by the suffix of
consecutive letters starting at "A" for the most senior or
- The Mixed, Men’s and Ladies
leagues will be treated separately for the purpose of nomination of
players. A club must nominate six members of each team other than its
lowest or only team in writing to the League Secretary before any team
plays its first match. Failure to do this will result in each team
(except the lowest) being deducted two points.
- Nominated players will be
ineligible to play for lower teams.
- All players nominated for a
team have to play at least four matches in a division of seven teams or
more during the season in that team or a higher team or at least three
matches in a division of six teams or less during the season in that
team or a higher team.
- A replacement must be
nominated if a club becomes aware during the season that an original
nominated player will be unable to complete his/her required number of
matches. If a club fails to comply with this the league reserves the
right to impose penalty points on the offending team/s.
- A player may not play in a
team if he/she has in the same season appeared in four or more
matches for any more senior team.
- The league agrees to adopt BADMINTON England Child Protection Policy and
Implementation Procedures. All individual members are deemed to have
read, understood and assented to the BADMINTON England Code of Ethics
and Conduct (“Code”) and as such recognise and adhere to the principles
and responsibilities embodied in these documents.
- These rules shall be submitted to the Suffolk Badminton Association.
- No alteration will be made to these rules
except at an Annual General Meeting or a meeting specially convened for
that purpose. Notice in writing of any resolution or any proposed
alteration of these rules must be forwarded to the league secretary six
weeks before any such meeting.
- The Committee shall have power to decide on any
matters not covered by these rules and its decisions shall be final.