Constitution and Inter-Club Match Regulations The Alton and District
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The Alton and District Badminton League

Constitution and Inter-Club Match Regulations

CONTENTS

PART 1: THE LEAGUE CONSTITUTION

  1. The League shall be called the "Alton and District Badminton League" and shall be subject to the Laws of Badminton as laid down by the Badminton World Federation.
  2. The objects of the League shall be to promote, organise and control the League, competitions and tournaments and to promote the general interests of badminton in the Alton and District area defined in rule 3.
  3. The League shall consist of Clubs within a 15-mile radius of Alton and who pay the appropriate fee.
  4. Acceptance by the League Committee of a Club's application for membership and affiliation fees shall impose on that Club the complete acceptance of the Alton and District Constitution and Inter-Club Match Regulations.
  5. If upon the winding-up or dissolution of the Alton and District Badminton League there remains, after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall be given or transferred to some other body or bodies having objectives similar, wholly or partially. This course of action to be determined at a General Meeting at or before the time of dissolution. If not as aforesaid then given to some charitable object.

PART 2: LEAGUE MANAGEMENT

  1. The affairs of the League shall be conducted by the Officers and members of the Executive Committee, all of whom shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting or at a General Meeting convened for that purpose. The officers shall be:-
    • Chairman
    • Hon. Secretary
    • Hon. Treasurer
    • Match Secretary/P.R.O.
    • Two other ordinary members elected annually
  2. A President and Vice Presidents may be elected at a General Meeting to acknowledge their services to Badminton.
  3. With the exception of the Chairman and Officers, the remaining two members of the Committee should preferably be from different clubs.
  4. Officers and Members of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election.
  5. The Executive Committee shall have authority to co-opt additional members to assist them in their work. They shall have power to form Ad Hoc Committees as necessary.
  6. The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 31st May each year. 28 days notice in writing shall be given to all Clubs who were affiliated as at 30th September in the preceding year. The agenda to be circulated 14 days in advance of the meeting. Items for the agenda must be seconded in writing by one other club and forwarded to the Hon. Secretary no later than 21 days before the A.G.M.
  7. The Treasurer shall submit to the A.G.M. a Balance Sheet for the previous season. If greater than half of member clubs at the AGM request that the balance sheet be audited, the executive committee shall arrange for an independent person to audit the accounts. The audited accounts will then be sent to each member club before the start of the following season.
  8. Voting at any meeting including General Meetings shall be by a show of hands, or by secret ballot at the Chairman's discretion. Each Club attending a meeting shall be entitled to one vote given by a nominated representative. With the exception of the Chairman, members of the Executive Committee may vote as Club Representatives. The Chairman shall not have a casting vote. If voting is equal the motion shall be declared "lost".
  9. This 'Constitution' and the 'Match Regulations' shall only be altered by a majority vote of the eligible representatives attending a General Meeting.
  10. Rules, regulations and tournaments may only pass between the main constitution and archive the subject to rule 9 above.
  11. The Executive Committee may enact Bye-Laws which must be presented for confirmation at the next A.G.M.
  12. The Executive Committee shall meet not less than three times each year of which one occasion may be the A.G.M.
  13. Affiliation fees shall be paid to the Treasurer on September 1st and not later than October 31st of each year. Failure renders the Club liable to expulsion from the League. The fees for the year shall be determined at the A.G.M.
  14. All matters in dispute shall be referred to the Executive Committee in writing. The Executive Committee's decision shall be final and binding. An appeal may be made to a General Meeting with the support of greater than half of member clubs.
  15. A Club joining from another League can join in a higher division appropriate to their standard of play, providing only that a vacancy exists after one Club in that division has been relegated and one Club promoted to that division from the next lowest division and both on merit.

PART 3: INTER CLUB MATCH REGULATIONS

  1. The League shall consist of divisions of not more than eight teams per division (six preferred). Each team shall play all other teams in the same division twice (home and away) between the beginning of September and the end of April. Clubs are reminded that membership of the League imposes an obligation to fulfil league fixtures in preference to other fixtures.
  2. Players will be registered to a club upon the first match played for that club in the League.
  3. Any Club that plays an ineligible player and fails to declare the fact prior to the match will lose those rubbers played by the ineligible player. The facts must be reported to the Match Secretary, for a decision by the Executive Committee, within 7 days.
  4. In the event that a player wishes to re-register and both Clubs agree, the Executive Committee shall be informed in writing by both Clubs. Re-registration shall be effective if no objection is raised within 7 days of the date of notification. No player may play for a new Club after December 31st, unless they have played less than 3 times for their previous Club.
  5. Any Club whose playing strength has been depleted so that they feel unable to maintain the standard of the division in which they find themselves, may apply to the Executive Committee for placement in a lower division.
  6. More than one team but not more than two from the same Club may compete in the same division in the League. Fixtures between two teams of the same Club must be before the 1st January, unless specific dispensation is given by the Executive Committee. Matches not so completed shall be void.
  7. Where a club enters more than one team in a League Competition, players must be nominated 'A' team, 'B' team, etc, with the exception of the lowest team. A player after playing three times for a higher designated team cannot thereafter play for a lower designated team for the remainder of that season. Nominated players cannot play at a lower level. The penalties for contravention of this Rule shall be the same as for Rule 3 above.
  8. All Clubs in the Alton and District Badminton League must play with feather shuttles in matches.
  9. A match shall consist of nine rubbers each comprising the best of three games except as provided for in Rule 11.
  10. The contesting teams shall be awarded points on the following basis:
    • for each rubber won: 1 point
  11. Play in a match must start within 15 minutes of the time advertised by the HOME team. If time does not permit the completion of a match, any or all of the last three rubbers may be played as a single games, if both teams agree. In the event of the teams not agreeing the Executive Committee will decide the result of the relevant games.
  12. No match may be conceded unplayed. The facts must be reported in writing to the Match Secretary. The Executive Committee will arrange a new date or award points to either team.
  13. Unless mutually agreed by both Clubs, no fixture may be postponed other than for lack of venue or inclement weather, except with the consent of the Executive Committee. Any away club acting in breach of this rule shall be liable for costs incurred by the home team (loss of hall where applicable) or by the away team (loss of match fees), and for the total cost of the rearranged fixture.
  14. In an unfinished match, uncompleted rubbers may not be conceded or played at another time. The facts must be reported to the Match Secretary, for a decision by the Executive Committee, within 7 days.
  15. Match results signed by both captains must be sent to the Match Secretary on the score card provided not later than 14 days after the match by the HOME TEAM. A penalty of 1 point shall be deducted from the HOME TEAM in breach of this rule. In the event a match is not played, notifications must be received by the Match Secretary within 14 days in accordance with rules 12 and 13.
  16. The team which scores most points shall be champions of their division. In the event of a points draw at the end of the season, the Club with most matches to its credit will be held to have won. In the event of there still being a tie, the Club with the most games to its credit will be deemed to have won, and in the event of a further tie, the team with the fewest rubbers (and then games) against will be held to have won. In the event that all possible alternatives are equal there shall be a play-off on a neutral court arranged by the League Executive Committee and the winner of that match shall be champion. There shall be promotion and relegation of one team between divisions but the Executive Committee shall have the power to vary this in order to adjust the number of teams playing in a division. A Club not actually qualifying for that promotion or relegation must be notified by the League. The Club has right of appeal to the Executive Committee.
  17. In the event of any player being incapacitated after a match has begun so that he or she cannot continue playing, a substitute will not be allowed and any unfinished rubbers shall be deemed to have been lost by the depleted team by their score to 21 points. Details concerning any subsequent uncompleted rubbers must be reported to the Match Secretary, for a decision by the Executive Committee, within 7 days.
  18. A player may play for different clubs but may only play for a single club in any compatition e.g. a lady may play Ladies for one club but is permitted to play New Format for another club.
  19. Players must have public liability insurance as provided through membership of Badminton England. The league accept no liability for any breach of this rule.

PART 4: TOURNAMENT RULES

  1. These rules shall apply to all League Tournaments, except tournaments for which there are separate rules (e.g. the archived Rosemary Symonds).
  2. Entries must be made on the official entry forms and entrants must abide by the rules thereon. Entry fees must accompany the entry form.
  3. The League Executive Committee reserves the right to refuse an entry without ascribing a reason.
  4. Entrants must be players registered with the Alton and District Badminton League unless otherwise decreed.
  5. Handicaps, where applicable, will be determined by the Tournament Committee whose decision shall be final. Handicaps may not be adjusted once an event has commenced.
  6. In 'American' Tournaments where there are more than or less than FOUR SECTIONS, the "best losers" shall join the winners of the sections to complete the final stage. .
  7. Selection of the "best losers" shall be determined by calculating the best average when the total points scored are divided by the number of games played.
  8. The decision of the Tournament Referee shall be final.

NEW FORMAT LEAGUE RULES

  1. The New Format divisions are open to all clubs affiliated to the Alton and District Badminton League. Part 3 of the League Constitution (The Inter-Club Match Regulations) will apply with the exception of Rules 9 and 11.
  2. A team shall consist of two ladies and two men.
  3. A rubber shall consist of the best of three games to 21 points using the rally points scoring system.
  4. A match shall consist of six rubbers: one mens, one ladies and four mixed doubles. The order of play shall be as shown on the score card, unless mutually agreed otherwise.

MENS AND LADIES DOUBLES LEAGUE RULES

  1. The Men's and Ladies Doubles divisions are open to all clubs affiliated to the Alton and District Badminton League. Part 3 of the League Constitution (The Inter-Club Match Regulations) will apply with the exception of Rules 3, 9, 10, 11 and 16.
  2. A team shall consist of four men or four ladies who must be nominated according to their ability on the score card.
  3. Any club that plays an ineligible player, will lose those rubbers played by the ineligible player and all those rubbers of players nominated lower than them on the score card.
  4. A match shall consist of six rubbers. Each player will play with every other member of their team against their opposite numbers. The order of play and pairings will be as shown on the score card, unless mutually agreed otherwise.
  5. A rubber shall consist of the best of three games to 21 points using the rally points scoring system.
  6. The contesting teams will be awarded points on the following basis:
    • For each game won 1 point ( i.e. a two games to love win will score two points for the winning team, a two games to one win will also score one point for the losing team).
  7. The team scoring the most points shall be champions of their division. In the event of a tie on points at the end of the season, the team with the most rubbers to its credit will be held to have won. In the event of there still being a tie, the team with the fewest rubbers (and then games) against will be held to have won. In the event that all possible alternatives are equal there shall be a play-off on a neutral court arranged by the executive committee and the winner of that match shall be champion. Promotion and relegation between divisions shall be as detailed in Rule 16 of the Inter-Club Match Regulations.

ARCHIVE

This is an archive of inactive rules, regulations and tournaments. It serves only as a reference and the rules may not be called upon as constitutional while archived at any point. Its purpose is to store rules not currently active such that they may be referenced and, if required, included back into the constitution in the future. The archive was created at the A.G.M in 2009 when it became apparent some rules and regulations were no longer relevant to the league.

CONTENTS

MARTIN MORGAN COMBINATION LEAGUE RULES

The Martin Morgan Combination League was started in 1985 as it became evident that there was a need to offer players a league based on the "Rosemary Symonds" format which would ensure early finishes to matches and would encourage young players of school age to participate. The league was named in memory of Martin Morgan, who served Treloar B.C. and this League in various capacities over many years.

  1. The competition is open to all clubs affiliated to the Alton and District Badminton League. Part 3 of the Inter-Club Match Regulations will apply with the exception of Rules 9, 10 and 11.
  2. Clubs shall enter only players registered with the League. In all divisions below the first division, players who are nominated League Division 1 Mixed or, who have elected to play up are excluded.
  3. Players from another affiliated club may play for a club in the Combination League where their own club does not enter such a team.
  4. A team shall consist of three ladies and three men who must be nominated according to their merit as level doubles and separately as mixed players before the tie begins.
  5. A rubber shall consist of 21 points with no setting. A change of ends will take place at 11 points.
  6. A match shall consist of 9 rubbers: 3 mens, 3 ladies and 3 mixed doubles. The order of play and the pairings shall be shown on the Score card.
  7. The League shall be won by the side scoring the highest aggregate number of points.

ALTON AND DISTRICT LEAGUE TOURNAMENTS

THE ROSEMARY SYMONDS CUP RULES

This tournament is named after Rosemary Symonds, a Treloar Badminton Club player, whose untimely death in 1973 led to the setting up of a Trust in her memory. The interest accruing from the capital sum is available each year by way of a bursary to assist in the coaching or a suitable player or players below the age of 18 years and resident in Hampshire.

  1. The competition is open to all clubs affiliated to the Alton and District Badminton League.
  2. Clubs shall enter only bona-fide fee-paying members of their club. County members and guest players will not be allowed.
  3. Clubs may enter more than one team in the competition, designated 'A', 'B', etc. Players nominated for, or who play in one team, shall not be eligable to play in the other team.
  4. A team shall consist of three ladies and three men who must be nominated according to their merit as Level doubles and separately as Mixed players before the tie begins.
  5. A game shall consist of 21 points with no setting.
  6. A match shall consist of nine games: 3 Mens, 3 Ladies and 3 Mixed Doubles. The order of play and the pairings shall be shown on the scorecard.
  7. A match shall be won by the side scoring the highest aggregate number of points. In the event of a tie on points, the side recording the greatest number of games won shall be the winners.
  8. Matches for each round shall be drawn by LOT. Teams can therefore be changed from round to round (see also Rule 3).
  9. In the event of any player being incapacitated, after play in a tie has begun, so that he or she cannot continue playing, a captain shall be entitled to include a substitute in any subsequent rubbers in which such incapacitated player should have taken part, provided that the substitute selected shall not cause a team to consist of more than six players nor an imbalance in the sexes. A player who is incapacitated before starting their first rubber will not be deemed to have started the match.
  10. Note: A substitute is not allowed to complete an unfinished rubber and such rubber(s) shall be deemed lost by the depleted team by their score to 21.
  11. The trophies shall remain the property of the Alton and District Badminton League and shall be insured by the holders.
  12. A referee shall be appointed by the League. His decision on all matters of fact shall be final.
  13. These rules may only be amended by the Executive Committee of the Alton and District Badminton League.
  14. A minimum of four team entries will be required to run this tournament.

THE PRESIDENT'S SHIELD RULES

Formerly the Mike Goddard Shield. Mike Goddard was a Hammer Badminton Club player who introduced this handicapped event based on the Rosemary Symonds Cup format. Prior to 1976, a club tournament did not exist for other than a few elite clubs. Sponsorship of this event was subsequently taken over by the Ganner family, who have been involved in the game since the foundation of the League, and is now backed by the President's Fund.

  1. This is a handicapped event for Club teams based on the format of the Rosemary Symonds Cup. Club teams will be handicapped on the strength of the players nominated by the Club. Provision is made on the League application forms for clubs to indicate their desire to enter this event.
  2. The competition is open to all clubs affiliated to the Alton and District Badminton League.
  3. Clubs shall enter only bona-fide fee-paying members of their club. County members and guest players will not be allowed.
  4. Clubs may enter ONE team only in the competition.
  5. A team shall consist of three ladies and three men who must be nominated according to their merit as level doubles and separately as Mixed players before the tie begins.
  6. A game shall consist of 21 points at the terms or the handicap with no setting.
  7. A match shall consist of nine games: 3 Mens, 3 Ladies and 3 Mixed Doubles. The order of play and the pairings shall be shown on the scorecard.
  8. A match shall be won by the side scoring the highest aggregate number of points. In the event of a tie on points, the side recording the greatest number of games won shall be the winners.
  9. Matches for each round shall be drawn by LOT. Teams can therefore be changed from round to round.
  10. In the event of a player being incapacitated, after play in a tie has begun, so that he or she cannot continue playing, a captain shall be entitled to include a substitute in any subsequent rubbers in which such incapacitated player should have taken part, provided that the substitute selected shall not cause a team to consist of more than six players nor an imbalance in the sexes. A player who is incapacitated before starting their first rubber will not be deemed to have started the match.
  11. Note: A substitute is not allowed to complete an unfinished rubber and such rubber(s) shall be deemed lost by the depleted team by their score to 21.
  12. The trophies shall remain the property of the Alton and District Badminton League and shall be insured by the holders.
  13. Each Club must submit names of team members prior to l4 days before the date of the first round match, and the handicap will be awarded on the basis of that team. In the event of team changes in subsequent rounds, the handicap shall be reviewed. Team changes must be notified to the Tournament Secretary not later than 7 days before the match date.
  14. A referee shall be appointed by the league. His decision on all matters of fact shall be final.
  15. These rules may only be amended by the Executive Committee of the Alton and District Badminton League.
  16. A minimum of four team entries will be rquired to run this tournament, in the event that there are insufficient teams entered in the presidents shield then the exeutive committee will decide the eligability for the blackdown press by means of tournament rule 13.

THE BLACKDOWN PRESS CUP RULES

Following the success of the President's Shield, the need arose for a secondary handicapped event restricted to players below Mixed A team members, and players not entered in the President's event. In 1980, Dan Air agreed to provide a shield and sponsored the tournament. In 1992, the tournament was then sponsored by the Welford family. Since then the sponsorship has been taken over by Blackdown Press under the directorship of Dave Boorer who has been a long-standing member and supporter of the Alton and District Badminton League.

  1. This is a handicapped event for Club teams based on the format of the Rosemary Symonds Cup. Club teams will be handicapped on the strength of the players nominated by the Club. Provision is made on the League application forms for clubs to indicate their desire to enter this event.
  2. The competition is open to all clubs affiliated to the Alton and District Badminton League.
  3. Clubs shall enter only bona-fide fee-paying members of their club. County members and guest players will not be allowed.
  4. Clubs shall only enter players who are not initially entered in the Presidents Sheild..
  5. Clubs may enter ONE team only in the competition.
  6. A team shall consist of three Ladies and three Men who must be nominated according to their merit as Level doubles and separately as Mixed players before the tie begins.
  7. A game shall consist of 21 points at the terms of the handicap with no setting.
  8. A match shall consist of nine games, 3 Men's, 3 Ladies and 3 Mixed Doubles. The order of play and the pairings shall be shown on the scorecard.
  9. A match shall be won by the side scoring the highest aggregate number of points. In the event of a tie on points the side recording the greatest number of games won shall be the winners.
  10. Matches for each round shall be drawn by LOT. Teams can therefore be changed from round to round.
  11. In the event of any player being incapacitated, after play in a tie has begun, so that he or she cannot continue playing, a captain shall be entitled to include a substitute in any subsequent rubbers in which such incapacitated player should have taken part, provided that the substitute selected shall not cause a team to consist of more than six players nor an imbalance in the sexes. A player who is incapacitated before starting their first rubber will not be deemed to have started the match.
  12. Note: A substitute is not allowed to complete an unfinished rubber and such rubber(s) shall be deemed lost by the depleted team by their score to 21.
  13. Each Club must submit names of team members prior to 14 days before the date of the first round match, and the handicap will be awarded on the basis of that team. In the event of team changes in subsequent rounds, the handicap shall be reviewed. Team changes must be notified to the Tournament Secretary not later than 7 days before the match date.
  14. A referee shall be appointed by the League. His decision on all matters of fact shall be final.
  15. These rules may only be amended by the Executive Committee of the Alton and District Badminton League.
  16. A minimum of four team entries will be required to run this tournament.

JUNIOR BADMINTON CLUB CONSTITUTION

The junior badminton club constitution once formed part 5 of the constitution, the following rule would be added to Part 1, the league constitution: "The Alton and District Junior Badminton Club shall be administered by the Alton and District Badminton League and be bound by the Constitution of the said League. The Junior Badminton Club shall be subject to the rules set out in Part 5". Positions such as junior chair person or coaching secretary may be added to the league committee as detailed in Part 2.

  1. The Alton and District Junior Badminton Club shall be administered by the Alton and District Badminton League and be bound by the Constitution of the said league.
  2. The objective of the Junior Badminton Club shall be the coaching of Juniors below the age of 16 years and instruction in court etiquette. Competitive badminton shall be arranged as appropriate.
  3. An elected member of the Alton and District Badminton League shall form a sub-committee and that elected member will act as Chairman.
  4. The sub-committee shall comprise a Secretary and a Treasurer in addition to the Chairman, together with such other members as considered necessary for the proper and efficient running of the Club.
  5. The sub-committee shall hold at least three meetings during the badminton season and a quorum shall be two thirds of the committee. The Chairman will make a monthly report to the Alton Badminton League Committee.
  6. A proper record of the meetings in the form of Minutes shall be kept and these shall be produced for inspection by the Alton and District Badminton League Committee at the request of its elected Chairman.
  7. Proper accounts shall be maintained and a balance sheet submitted to the Alton and District Badminton League Treasurer not less than 3 weeks prior to the League Annual General Meeting or on demand.
  8. A bank account shall be opened in the name of the Alton and District Junior Badminton Club with two signatories, one of whom shall be the Treasurer.
  9. The Alton and District Junior Badminton Club shall be self financing.
  10. JANE PASSINGHAM (CHAIRWOMAN)
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