18.19 BLACK KNIGHT Badminton Ontario Jr HP A Series Championships – Markham Pan Am Centre – U11/13/15/17/19
Maximum number of entries for Jr HP A Series Championships = 260 athletes
Please read the Regulations in full. There is significant information that all participants should be aware of prior to the start of the tournament.
1. Tournament Date, Location and Contact
1.1. The tournament date will be April 26-28, 2019
1.2. The tournament will be held at the Markham Pan Am Centre located at: 16 Main St, Markham ON, L3R 2E4
1.3. Approximate start times: Singles will be played on Friday starting at 9:00 am. Doubles and Mixed will be played on Saturday starting at 9:00 am. Finals and 3/4 playoffs will be played on Sunday at 10:00 am. Please note that start times are estimated and dependent on the number of entries per age group and discipline.
1.4. Registration/entry contact: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
1.5. Referee: TBD
1.6. Draw Desk: TBD
2.1. All Badminton Ontario events are run under the discretion and direction of the Competitions Committee and are subject to review and change. This tournament will be governed by the rules and regulations as outlined in these regulations. Badminton Ontario adheres to Badminton Canada and BWF rules; unless otherwise outlined in this document. Appeals will be reviewed by the Competitions Committee on a case by case manner.
3. Registration, Entry Fee, and Maximum Entry Restrictions
3.1. The registration deadline will be April 12, 2019 at midnight OR until the maximum capacity has been reached.
3.2. The maximum number of athletes for this tournament will be 260 athletes.
3.3. Entry fees for the tournament will be a $90.00 for the first event, $10 for an additional event, and free for the third event.
3.4. All entry fees are payable online through the Tournament Software link only. Entry fees are payable through Paypal through an account or as a guest. Entries without payment are not valid and will not be accepted.
3.5. Athletes must have a valid 18-19 Season Badminton Ontario Performance A Player Card at the time of registration. Athletes applying for a 18-19 Performance A Player Card must belong to a club that is affiliated with Badminton Ontario through their respective district.
3.6. After the online registration portal is closed, there will be no entry extension for new entries. Entries thereafter are deemed late and will only be CONSIDERED for doubles and mixed doubles provided that the athlete’s partner has entered and paid before the online portal is closed. Late fees will be in effect if any additional entries are accommodated.
3.7. Late entries that are permitted at the discretion of the tournament coordinator and the Competitions Committee will be subject to a $30.00 late fee in addition to the registration fee.
4. Age Groups, Disciplines, and Eligibility
4.1. Season Tournament Eligibility: Ontario Junior series/circuit regular season tournaments will remain open to all Badminton Ontario members.
4.2. Championship Eligibility: please see Championship Regulations #13 for full details.
4.3. Athletes must be a member of a badminton club affiliated with Badminton Ontario. All athletes must be a 18-19 season Badminton Ontario Performance A Cardholder. Player cards can be renewed at www.badminton.ca.
4.4. All athletes must be a Canadian Citizen. Non-Canadian citizen, must have landed immigrant status (PR card) and must have resided in ONTARIO for 12 months prior to the date of the tournament. An athlete is not eligible if such athlete has played in a closed championship in any other province or in any other country in the playing year in which the tournament is held.
4.5. Athlete age eligibility for the 18-19 Season will be as follows:
U11: born in 2009 or later
U13: born in 2007 or later
U15: born in 2005 or later
U17: born in 2003 or later
U19: born in 2001 or later
For every age group, the year stated is the year of birth. For example, if you turn 18 on or after January 1st, 2019, you are eligible to play in the U19 division.
4.6. The tournament will offer the following disciplines:
5. Competition Format and the Draw
5.1.1. Each discipline draw will be run on a Main Round and Consolation Round format. Rosters with 3-5 entries will be entered into a Round Robin format.
5.1.2. Athletes are entitled to a minimum interval of 15 minutes between matches, if needed.
5.1.3. Athletes are required to be ready to play at least 30 minutes before their scheduled match. Athletes failing to report on court for their match within 10 minutes of the match being announced will be defaulted. No additional warm up time will be allotted for players arriving late.
5.1.4. All draws are approved by a Provincial or National Referee. The tournament draw will be completed and published by the Tuesday (four (4) or three (3) days before the tournament/championship).
5.2. Pairings and Partner Requests
5.2.1. Partner requests, changes, and pairings will be accepted up until two weeks prior to the tournament start date; thereafter will only be considered on a case by case manner. Athletes registered with a partner request may update their partner status up until two weeks prior to the tournament given they have consent from their partner to be paired up for the event.
5.2.2. Partner request pairings and Seeds will be posted by the Saturday (seven (7) days before the event) for viewing. Any questions or concerns must be raised to the tournament coordinator and Competitions Committee before the draw is published.
5.2.3. Athletes whose partner withdraws due to injury/illness after the registration portal is closed will be entered into the partner request pool. Athletes with a partner request status once the registration has closed will be paired up on a first register first serve basis. Those who are not paired up will be put into a reserve list.
5.2.4. Athletes who do not wish to participate with the assigned partner may choose to withdraw from the category entirely before the draws are released; they may not choose to switch for another partner. However, Badminton Ontario strongly recommends all athletes demonstrate fair sportsmanship by participating with the assigned pairings.
5.3. Seeding and Ranking
5.3.1. The minimum number of seeds in a standard draw will be:
Two (2) seeds: up to fifteen (15) teams
Four (4) seeds: for sixteen to thirty-one (16-31) teams
Eight (8) seeds: thirty-two or more (32+) teams
5.3.2. All seeding will be done using the latest results of the Badminton Ontario Ranking System; questions or concerns may be brought forward to the host committee before any draws are released.
5.3.3. For new pairings in the Ontario Junior HP A series tournaments and Championship, tournament coordinators will estimate the strength of the newly-formed pairs by taking a combination of their separate ranking points.
5.4. Draw Separation
5.4.1. Separation of entries in each draw will use Club separation rules in the draw making process to reduce the number of same club matches occurring in the first round of a draw. Draws with entries from outlying districts may be reviewed to avoid same district matches in the first round for those from outlying districts.
5.5. Consolation Draw Registration
5.5.1. An athlete may choose whether he/she wants to play in the consolation round. An athlete must confirm their participation status to the draw desk immediately after their first match of each discipline. If an athlete does not register for consolation, the draw desk will assume that that athlete will not participate in the consolation round. There will be no penalty for declining consolation round participation before the consolation draws are made.
5.6. Scoring & Service Law
5.6.1. All matches, including main round and consolation round, will be two (2) out of three (3) games to 21 points with rally point scoring extended to 30 points.
5.6.2. Tournament officials will be observing for correct service. The following faults will be called if necessary:
188.8.131.52. Continuous forward movement of the racquet,
184.108.40.206. Stationary foot contact with service/receiver court,
220.127.116.11. Shuttle point of contact with server’s racquet,
18.104.22.168. Whole shuttle below waist at contact, and
22.214.171.124. Direction of racquet shaft at contact.
6. Withdrawals and Defaults
6.1. Athletes withdrawing 2 weeks before the tournament start date will receive a full refund. Athletes withdrawing after this date will not receive a refund unless they provide a medical note signed by a physician. This refund will be the registration fee less an administrative fee of $10. All refunds will be performed a couple days after the tournament via method of payment.
6.2. After the release of draws, if an athlete withdraws his/her name from one discipline, he/she is automatically withdrawn from the remainder of the tournament; unless they have been affected by a partner withdrawing. This includes the case that he/she does not desire to play in the consolation round after they have signed up for consolations. If an athlete decides not to sign up for consolations, he/she will still be permitted to play in the remaining disciplines.
7. Coaching Guidelines
7.1. Any coach wishing to be on the playing surface at a competition must have a minimum NCCP Regional Level 1 Trained Status AND a valid 18-19 Season Badminton Ontario Coach Accreditation. This can be renewed at www.badmintonontario.ca.
7.2. If a coach is not able to produce their Coaching Accreditation if asked by a tournament official, he/she may be removed from the playing surface.
7.3. The maximum number of coaches on court during any interval of any match shall be two (2) coaches. Coaches may leave or join behind the court only when the shuttle is not in play.
7.4. Ontario junior tournaments will allow athletes to receive advice during a match only when the shuttle is not in play.
7.5. Coaches must check-in with the Referee along with their Coach Accreditation upon arrival at the Coaches Meeting for the JR (A) High Performance Championships, details to be communicated.
8. Officials and Tournament Management
8.1. A minimum of one (1) Referee and/or Umpires will be appointed by the Badminton Ontario Tournament Committee to each Junior (A) HP Series event. These officials will perform on-court officiating duties as outlined in their responsibilities.
8.2. A minimum of one (1) draw desk person with tournament software experience will be appointed to each Junior (A) HP Series event for match control duties.
8.3. Two (2) feather shuttles will be provided per match and unlimited feather shuttles (at the referee’s discretion) will be provided for all main round finals. Additional shuttles are to be provided by the participants or can be purchased from the draw desk for $3 per shuttle.
9. Athlete Clothing and Eyewear
9.1. Generally, coloured clothing permitted. Organizers may ask competitors to change inappropriate clothing. Shorts that extend below the knee are deemed inappropriate.
9.2. Any name of a Player appearing on the back of the shirt, if used, shall be identical with the name registered as the Last Name (or an abbreviation thereof) in the Badminton Ontario Player database.
9.3. All junior players in Ontario must wear protective eyewear meeting the ASTM F803 standard whenever there are more than two players on the same court, at all Badminton Ontario or District run events. Badminton Ontario strongly recommends that all players wear protective eyewear meeting the ASTM F803 standard whenever on court. Goggles must be worn over top of prescription glasses.
10. Prizes and Ranking Points
10.1. Gold and Silver medals will be awarded to the Main Round Champion and Finalists.
10.2. Bronze medals will be awarded to Main Round third (3rd) place finishers. There will be a 3/4 playoff match. All semi-finalists will be awarded the same amount of ranking points.
10.3. Consolation winners will be awarded ribbons along with a prize.
10.4. All participating athletes will be awarded ranking points based on where they finish in a draw; each athlete/pair must win at least one match in a draw to gain points.
10.5. Ranking points are the sum of your top four results in any discipline (with the same partner where applicable) over a 52-week period. More details can be found in the Ontario Junior Ranking System document online or in the handbook.
10.6. All Jr (A) High Performance series tournaments will be counted towards ranking points for the OJRS and for the Ontario Club Competitions Banner.
11. Photography, Video, and Email Consent:
11.1. By registering for this event, you are agreeing to permit photographs and video to be taken of you for the purposes of promoting the sport of badminton and Badminton Ontario. You are also agreeing to receive emails from Badminton Ontario about future events and news items.
12. Waiver of Rights and Acknowledgment of Policies
You understand and agree to the following:
12.1. You are participating at your own choice and, intending to be legally bound, you hereby acknowledge and agree to assume all risk of injury and loss of any kind whatsoever in participating in this event;
12.2. You agree that you shall be solely responsible for all claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses, actions, causes of action, whether in law or in equity, resulting from any loss, personal injury, or property damage, or for the loss or theft of any property, however caused, as a result of, relating to or arising from your participation in this event;
12.3. You hereby indemnify and save harmless Badminton Ontario and its members, agents, and/or representatives and its successors and assigns from and against all liability whatsoever resulting from any loss, personal injury, property damage, loss or theft referred to in the preceding paragraph. You hereby waive, release and forever discharge Badminton Ontario and its members, agents, and/or representatives and its successors and assigns, to the fullest extent permitted by law, from any and all claims, actions, causes of action, liabilities, obligations, damages, omissions or costs as a result of, relating to or arising from your participation in this event;
12.4. You acknowledge that you have fully read and understand the Policies put forth by Badminton Ontario on the Badminton Ontario website and agree to abide by any rules and regulations outlined therein from the time of online entry until the completion of the event; and
12.5. You agree that this release and waiver of liability shall be binding upon you and your heirs, executors, administrators and assigns.
13. Championships Eligibility
13.1. An athlete is only permitted to participate in one (1) Ontario Junior Championship for the 18.19 season.
13.2. The following players, as of the most recent OJRS, are automatically qualified for the Junior (A) High Performance Championships:
13.2.1 U11: no ranking/seeding qualification restrictions
13.2.2 U13: top male & female players with 4,000 or more points in any one event (singles, doubles, or mixed)
13.2.3 U15: top male & female players with 4,000 or more points in any one event (singles, doubles, or mixed)
13.2.4 U17: top male & female players with 4,000 or more points in any one event (singles, doubles, or mixed)
13.2.5 U19: top male & female players with 4,000 or more points in any one event (singles, doubles, or mixed)
13.3. Each District Member Association of Badminton Ontario may nominate athletes to participate in the Junior (A) HP Championships who did not qualify by points. Badminton Ontario must receive all nominations from the Districts seven (7) days before the registration deadline. Badminton Ontario will respect the nomination process set by each District.
13.4. Request for Exemption and Appeals may be made directly to the Competitions Committee at least seven (7) days before the registration deadline.
13.5. Athletes who do not qualify by points, did not receive a District nomination, and did not apply for an exemption to enter the Championships before the registration deadline will be removed from the event during the athlete validation process.