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22.23 Jr A/B/C and Masters Regulations

22.23 Black Knight Junior A High Performance Series

This tournament series is designed for athletes who are training several times a week to compete at an Elite level. The series features 6 age groups: U11, U13, U15, U17, U19, and U23. By competing in this Series, you acquire ranking points, which are shown on the Ontario and National Ranking System. This allows you to gauge your development and success against other athletes in the province. 

Tournament Regulations

                1. Tournament Dates and Location

1.1.  The A Championships will be held on April 21-22-23, 2023.

1.2.  The tournaments will be pre-scheduled by Badminton Ontario. The tournament dates and location will be published before the following season begins on September 01, 2022.  Any changes will be posted on the website.

                2. Governance

2.1.  All Badminton Ontario events are run under the discretion and direction of the Competitions Committee and are subject to review and change. Tournaments will be governed by the rules and regulations as outlined in each individual regulation. Badminton Ontario adheres to Badminton Canada and BWF rules, unless otherwise outlined in this document. Appeals will be reviewed by the Competitions Committee in a case-by-case manner.

                3. Registration, Entry Fee, and Maximum Entry Restrictions

3.1.  The online registration will open at 8:00 PM on the Tuesday three/four weeks before the tournament.

3.2.  The registration deadline will be when the maximum capacity has been reached OR the Thursday/Friday at 11:59 PM two weeks before the tournament.

3.3.  The maximum number of athletes for each tournament will be posted in the regulations.

3.4.  Entry fees for the Jr A series tournaments will be $90.00 for one discipline, $100.00 for two disciplines, and $110.00 for three disciplines. 

        3.4.1 Entry fees for the Championship A Tournament will be $125.00 for one discipline, $135.00 for two disciplines, and $145.00 for three disciplines.

3.5.  All entry fees are payable online on Tournament Software only via PayPal through an account or as a guest. Entries without payment are not valid and will not be accepted.

3.6.  Athletes must have a valid 22-23 Season Badminton Ontario Performance A Card at the time of registration. Athletes applying for a 22-23 Performance A Card must belong to a club that is affiliated with Badminton Ontario through their respective district.

3.7.  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 of an additional $30.00 will be in effect if any additional entries are accommodated.

                4. Age Groups, Disciplines, and Eligibility

4.1.  Ontario Junior HP A tournaments will remain open to all Badminton Ontario card holders. 

4.2.  Championship Eligibility:

          4.2.1. Each Ontario athlete is only permitted to participate in one (1) Ontario Junior Championship per competition season.

         4.2.2. Ontario Junior Championships will only allow Canadian citizens or Ontario Permanent Residents with a minimum of 12-month residency in Ontario from the date of the championships. Participants will be asked for Government Issued ID (Canadian Passport / Birth Certificate / Citizenship or Ontario PR card) for verification. 

          4.2.3. Athletes cannot have participated or be registered to play in a Junior Championship in another Province/ Territory in the same Competition season.

           4.2.4. Athletes qualifying for any one discipline will allow them to register for all other disciplines.

        4.2.5. Athletes must attain a minimum of 3000 Ontario ranking points in any one discipline to qualify for the ON Jr (A) HP Championships.

        4.2.6. U11 Athletes have no ranking point qualification restrictions to qualify for the Ontario Junior (A) HP Championships.

4.3.  Athlete age eligibility for the 22-23 Season will be as follows:

• U11: born in 2013 or later
• U13: born in 2011 or later
• U15: born in 2009 or later  
• U17: born in 2007 or later
• U19: born in 2005 or later
• U23: 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, 2023, you are eligible to play in the U19 division. If you turn 19 in 2023, you can not play U19 in the 2022-2023 season. You can play up age groups but not down age groups.

4.4.  Tournaments will offer the following disciplines:

          • Boys Singles, Boys Doubles, Girls Singles, Girls Doubles, Mixed Doubles

                5. Competition Format and the Draw

5.1.  Format

          5.1.1. Each discipline draw will be run on a Main Round and Consolation Round format. However, rosters with 3-5 entries may be changed to 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 default. 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 prior to the tournament.

5.2.  Pairings and Partner Requests

          5.2.1. Partner requests, changes, and pairings will be accepted up until two weeks before the tournament start date; thereafter will only be considered in 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 Saturday (seven (7) days before the event) for viewing. Any questions or concerns must be raised to the tournament coordinator and the 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 on 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 to another partner. Please refer to Withdrawal & Default policy after draws are released.

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 Badminton Ontario Ranking System two weeks before the tournament; concerns may be brought forward to the committee before any draws are released.

          5.3.3. For new pairings in the Ontario Junior A HP 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 will use Club separation 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 the 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 and must confirm their participation at 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 they will not participate in the consolation round.

5.6.  Scoring & Service Law

          5.6.1. All matches, including the 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:

                5.6.2.1. Continuous forward movement of the racquet,

                5.6.2.2. Stationary foot contact with service/receiver court,

                5.6.2.3. Shuttle point of contact with server’s racquet,

                5.6.2.4. Whole shuttle below the waist at contact, and

                5.6.2.5. Direction of racquet shaft at contact

                6. Withdrawals and Defaults

6.1.  Athletes must withdraw before any draws are posted. For a withdrawal to be valid, the withdrawal must be accepted and confirmed by the person responsible for accepting tournament entries (BON Staff) prior to the seeds being posted.

6.2.  If the player withdraws after the draws have been posted or fail to appear for his/her scheduled match, he/she is automatically withdrawn from the remainder of the tournament.

6.3.  For doubles, if one player in the pair withdraws, his or her partner will not be penalized.

6.4.  Exceptions

        6.4.1. A player who retires from a match due to illness or injury may continue to play another event at the tournament if the player’s condition has improved to the extent that he/she may perform at full capacity, whether on the same day or a later day.

                6.4.1.1. The Sports Medicine Trainer, if present or Referee shall use his/her best judgment in advising whether the athlete should continue to play another event; however, the final decision will rest with the athlete.

        6.4.2. A player can withdraw from a consolation draw only if:

                6.4.2.1. The player is still competing in another main draw event; AND

                6.4.2.2. The player provides the Referee one (1) hour notice prior to the start of the scheduled consolation match

                                6.4.2.2.1. Communication must be done in person or from the player’s personal email to info@badmintonontario.ca

                                6.4.2.2.2. In doubles, a partner can withdraw the pair from consolations.

                7. Refunds

7.1.  Full refunds are provided to athletes who withdraw by the withdrawal deadline before the start of the tournament.

7.2.  After the withdrawal deadline, but before draws are made, refunds are provided less a $25.00 administration fee.

7.3.  Refunds will not be provided for withdrawals after the draws are released.

7.4.  In the case of an injury, refunds are provided less a $25.00 administration fee. A physician’s letter or medical certificate must be provided to BON to be eligible for refunds.

                8. Coaching Guidelines

8.1.  Any coach wishing to be on the field of play at a competition must have a minimum NCCP Regional Level 1 Trained Status AND a valid 22-23 Season Badminton Ontario Coach Accreditation. This can be renewed at www.badmintonontario.ca.

8.2.  If a coach is not able to produce their Coaching Accreditation if asked by a tournament official, they may be removed from the field of play

8.3.  The maximum number of coaches on the 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.

8.4.  Ontario Junior tournaments will allow athletes to receive advice during a match only when the shuttle is not in play.

                9. Officials and Tournament Management

9.1.  A minimum of one (1) Referee and/or Umpire will be appointed by the Badminton Ontario Tournament Committee to each Junior B Series event. These officials will perform on-court officiating duties as outlined in their responsibilities.

9.2.  A minimum of one (1) draw desk person with tournament software experience will be appointed to each Junior B Series event for match control duties.

9.3.  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 $3.00 per shuttle.

                10. Athlete Clothing and Eyewear

10.1. Generally, coloured clothing is permitted. Organizers may ask competitors to change inappropriate clothing. Shorts that extend below the knee are deemed inappropriate.

10.2. Any name of a Player appearing on the back of the shirt, if used, shall be identical to the name registered as the Last Name (or an abbreviation thereof) in the Badminton Ontario Player database.

10.3. 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 the court. Goggles must be worn on top of prescription glasses.

                11. Prizes and Ranking Points

11.1 Gold and Silver medals will be awarded to the Main Round Champion and Finalists.

11.2. Bronze medals will be awarded to Main Round third (3rd) place finishers. There will be a ¾ playoff match. All semi-finalists will be awarded the same number of ranking points.

11.3. Consolation winners will be awarded ribbons along with a prize.

11.4. 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. Walkovers will NOT count as a win for ranking points.

11.5. 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.

11.6. All Jr (A) High Performance series tournaments will be counted towards ranking points for the ON Rankings and for the Ontario Club Competitions Banner.

                12. Photography, Video, and Email Consent: 

12.1. By registering for any 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 in Ontario. You are also agreeing to receive emails from Badminton Ontario about future events and news items.

                13. Waiver of Rights and Acknowledgment of Policies

You understand and agree to the following:

13.1. 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.

13.2. You agree that you shall be solely responsible for all claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses, actions, and causes of action, whether in law or in equity, resulting from any loss, personal injury, 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.

13.3. 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.

13.4. 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

13.5. You agree that this release and waiver of liability shall be binding upon you and your heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns.

13.6. You and your parent/guardian (if the athlete is under 18 years of age) confirm that you have reviewed the Ministry-approved Concussion Awareness Resources within the last 12 months.

Please read the full regulation of each tournament at www.badmintonontario.ca

22.23 Black Knight Junior B Competitive Series

This tournament series is designed for athletes who may be training a few times a week to compete at a competitive level. This level of play is usually higher than the competition you find in your schools and allows you to develop your skills and work towards competing in the JR A Series.  Tournaments feature up to 5 age groups: U13, U15, U17, U19, and U23. By competing in this Series, you acquire ranking points, which are shown on the Ontario Ranking System. This allows you to gauge your development and success against other athletes in the province.

Tournament Regulations

                1. Tournament Dates and Location

1.1.  The B Championships will be held on April 14-15-16, 2023.

1.2.  The tournaments will be pre-scheduled by Badminton Ontario. The tournament dates and location will be published before the following season begins on September 01, 2022.  Any changes will be posted on the website.

                2. Governance

2.1.  All Badminton Ontario events are run under the discretion and direction of the Competitions Committee and are subject to review and change. Tournaments will be governed by the rules and regulations as outlined in each individual regulation. Badminton Ontario adheres to Badminton Canada and BWF rules, unless otherwise outlined in this document. Appeals will be reviewed by the Competitions Committee in a case-by-case manner.

                3. Registration, Entry Fee, and Maximum Entry Restrictions

3.1.  The online registration will open at 8:00 PM on the Tuesday three weeks before the tournament.

3.2.  The registration deadline will be when the maximum capacity has been reached OR the Thursday/Friday at 11:59 PM two weeks before the tournament.

3.3.  The maximum number of athletes for each tournament will be posted in the regulations.

3.4.  Entry fees for the series tournaments will be $75.00 for one discipline, $85.00 for two disciplines, and $95.00 for three disciplines. 

        3.4.1 Entry fees for the Championship B Tournament will be $125.00 for one discipline, $135.00 for two disciplines, and $145.00 for three disciplines.

3.5.  All entry fees are payable online on Tournament Software only via PayPal through an account or as a guest. Entries without payment are not valid and will not be accepted.

3.6.  Athletes must have a valid 22-23 Season Badminton Ontario Competitive B Card at the time of registration. Athletes applying for a 22-23 Competitive B Card must belong to a club that is affiliated with Badminton Ontario through their respective districts.

3.7.  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 of an

        additional $30.00 will be in effect if any additional entries are accommodated.

                4. Age Groups, Disciplines, and Eligibility

4.1.  Ontario Jr B tournaments will remain open to all Badminton Ontario members. 

4.2.  Athletes with 3000 Ontario ranking points in any discipline (Singles, Doubles, or Mixed) in their actual age group or higher at the time registration closes is restricted from participating in a Jr B Series tournament, regardless of the age groups.

4.3.  Ranking points threshold to determine ineligible athletes will be the points level as of two weeks before the tournament.

4.4.  Jr B Championship Eligibility:

          4.4.1. Each Ontario athlete is only permitted to participate in one (1) Ontario Junior Championship per competition season.

          4.4.2. Ontario Junior Championships will only allow Canadian citizens or Ontario Permanent Residents with a minimum of 12 months residency in Ontario from the date of the championships. Participants will be asked for Government Issued ID (Canadian Passport / Birth Certificate / Citizenship or Ontario PR card) for verification. 

           4.4.3. Athletes cannot have participated or be registered to play in a Junior Championship in

           another Province/ Territory in the same Competition season.

           4.4.4. Athletes who have obtained more than 3000 Ontario ranking points in any one discipline will be restricted to participate in the Ontario Junior B Championships.

4.5.  Athlete age eligibility for the 22-23 Season will be as follows:

• U11: born in 2013 or later
• U13: born in 2011 or later
• U15: born in 2009 or later  
• U17: born in 2007 or later
• U19: born in 2005 or later
• U23: 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, 2023, you are eligible to play in the U19 division. If you turn 19 in 2023, you can not play U19 in the 2022-2023 season. You can play up age groups but not down age groups.

4.6.  Tournaments will offer the following disciplines:

          • Boys Singles, Boys Doubles, Girls Singles, Girls Doubles, Mixed Doubles

                5. Competition Format and the Draw

5.1.  Format

          5.1.1. Each discipline draw will be run on a Main Round and Consolation Round format. However, rosters with 3-5 entries may be changed to 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 the court for their match within 10 minutes of the match being announced will default. No additional warm warm-up 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 prior to the tournament.

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 in 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 Saturday (seven (7) days before the event) for viewing. Any questions or concerns must be raised to the tournament coordinator and the 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 on 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. Please refer to Withdrawal & Default policy after draws are released.

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 Badminton Ontario Ranking System two weeks before the tournament; questions or concerns may be brought forward to the committee before any draws are released.

          5.3.3. For new pairings in the Ontario Junior B 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 will use Club separation 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 the 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 and must confirm their participation at 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 they will not participate in the consolation round.

5.6.  Scoring & Service Law

          5.6.1. All matches, including the 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:

                5.6.2.1. Continuous forward movement of the racquet,

                5.6.2.2. Stationary foot contact with service/receiver court,

                5.6.2.3. Shuttle point of contact with server’s racquet,

                5.6.2.4. Whole shuttle below the waist at contact, and

                5.6.2.5. Direction of racquet shaft at contact

                6. Withdrawals and Defaults

6.1.  Athletes must withdraw before any draws are posted. For a withdrawal to be valid, the withdrawal must be accepted and confirmed by the person responsible for accepting tournament entries (BON Staff) prior to the seeds being posted.

6.2.  If the player withdraws after the draws have been posted or fail to appear for his/her scheduled match, he/she is automatically withdrawn from the remainder of the tournament.

6.3.  For doubles, if one player in the pair withdraws, his or her partner will not be penalized.

6.4.  Exceptions

        6.4.1. A player who retires from a match due to illness or injury may continue to play another event at the tournament if the player’s condition has improved to the extent that he/she may perform at full capacity, whether on the same day or a later day.

                6.4.1.1. The Sports Medicine Trainer, if present or Referee shall use his/her best judgment in advising whether the athlete should continue to play another event; however, the final decision will rest with the athlete.

        6.4.2. A player can withdraw from a consolation event only if:

                6.4.2.1. The player is still competing in another main draw event; AND

                6.4.2.2. The player provides the Referee one (1) hour notice prior to start of the scheduled consolation match

                                6.4.2.2.1. Communication must be done in person or from the player’s personal email to info@badmintonontario.ca

                                6.4.2.2.2. In doubles, a partner can withdraw the pair from consolations.

                7. Refunds

7.1.  Full refunds are provided to athletes who withdraw by the withdrawal deadline of two (2) weeks before the start of the tournament.

7.2.  After the withdrawal deadline, but before draws are made, refunds are provided less a $25.00 administration fee.

7.3.  Refunds will not be provided for withdrawals after the draws are released.

7.4.  In the case of an injury, refunds are provided less a $25.00 administration fee. A physician’s letter or medical certificate must be provided to BON to be eligible for refunds.

                8. Coaching Guidelines

8.1.  Any coach wishing to be on the field of play at a competition must have a minimum NCCP Regional Level 1 Trained Status AND a valid 22-23 Season Badminton Ontario Coach Accreditation. This can be renewed at www.badmintonontario.ca.

8.2.  If a coach is not able to produce their Coaching Accreditation if asked by a tournament official, they may be removed from the field of play

8.3.  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.

8.4.  Ontario Junior tournaments will allow athletes to receive advice during a match only when the shuttle is not in play.

                9. Officials and Tournament Management

9.1.  A minimum of one (1) Referee and/or Umpire will be appointed by the Badminton Ontario Tournament Committee to each Junior B Series event. These officials will perform on-court officiating duties as outlined in their responsibilities.

9.2.  A minimum of one (1) draw desk person with tournament software experience will be appointed to each Junior B Series event for match control duties.

9.3.  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 $3.00 per shuttle.

                10. Athlete Clothing and Eyewear

10.1. Generally, coloured clothing is permitted. Organizers may ask competitors to change inappropriate clothing. Shorts that extend below the knee are deemed inappropriate.

10.2. Any name of a Player appearing on the back of the shirt, if used, shall be identical to the name registered as the Last Name (or an abbreviation thereof) in the Badminton Ontario Player database.

10.3. 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 on top of prescription glasses.

11. Prizes and Ranking Points

11.1 Gold and Silver medals will be awarded to the Main Round Champion and Finalists.

11.2. Bronze medals will be awarded to Main Round third (3rd) place finishers. There will be a ¾ playoff match. All semi-finalists will be awarded the same amount of ranking points.

11.3. Consolation winners will be awarded ribbons along with a prize.

11.4. 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. Walkovers will NOT count as a win for ranking points.

11.5. 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.

11.6. All Jr (B) Competitive series tournaments will be counted towards ranking points for the ON Rankings and for the Ontario Club Competitions Banner.

                12. Photography, Video, and Email Consent: 

12.1. By registering for any 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.

                13. Waiver of Rights and Acknowledgment of Policies

You understand and agree to the following:

13.1. 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.

13.2. You agree that you shall be solely responsible for all claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses, actions, and causes of action, whether in law or in equity, resulting from any loss, personal injury, 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.

13.3. 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.

13.4. 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

13.5. You agree that this release and waiver of liability shall be binding upon you and your heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns.

13.6. You and your parent/guardian (if the athlete is under 18 years of age) confirm that you have reviewed the Ministry-approved Concussion Awareness Resources within the last 12 months.

Please read the full regulation of each tournament at www.badmintonontario.ca

22.23 Junior C Regional Series

This tournament series is designed for novice athletes to get them interested and engaged in Badminton. This level of play is similar to the competition you would find in schools and allows you to develop your skills and work towards competing in the JR B Series. Tournaments feature up to 4 age groups: U13, U15, U17, and U19.  By competing in this Series, you acquire ranking points, which are shown on the Ontario Ranking System. This allows you to gauge your development and success against other athletes in the province.

Tournament Regulations

                1. Tournament Dates and Location

1.1.  The C Championships will be held on May 12-13-14, 2023.

1.2.  The tournaments will be pre-scheduled by Badminton Ontario.  These dates and locations will be published before the following season begins on September 01, 2022.  Any changes will be posted on the website.

                2. Governance

2.1.  All Badminton Ontario events are run under the discretion and direction of the Competitions Committee and are subject to review and change. Tournaments will be governed by the rules and regulations as outlined in each individual regulation. Badminton Ontario adheres to Badminton Canada and BWF rules; unless otherwise outlined in this document. Appeals will be reviewed by the Competitions Committee in a case by case manner.

                3. Registration, Entry Fee, and Maximum Entry Restrictions

3.1.  The online registration will open at 8:00 PM on the Tuesday three weeks before the tournament.

3.2.  The registration deadline will be when the maximum capacity has been reached OR the Thursday/Friday at 11:59 PM two weeks before the tournament.

3.3.  The maximum number of athletes for each tournament will be posted in the regulations.

3.4.  Entry fees for the series tournaments will be $60.00 for one discipline, $70.00 for two disciplines, and $80.00 for three disciplines. 

3.4.1 Entry fees for the Championship C Tournament will be $110.00 for one discipline, $120.00 for two disciplines, and $130.00 for three disciplines.

3.5.  All entry fees are payable online on Tournament Software only via PayPal through an account or as a guest. Entries without payment are not valid and will not be accepted.

3.6.  Athletes must have a valid 22-23 Season Badminton Ontario Regional C Card at the time of registration. Athletes applying for a 22-23 Regional C Card must belong to a club that is affiliated with Badminton Ontario through their respective district.

3.7.  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 of an

        additional $30.00 will be in effect if any additional entries are accommodated.

                4. Age Groups, Disciplines, and Eligibility

4.1.  Ontario Jr C tournaments will remain open to all Badminton Ontario members. 

4.2.  Athletes with 800 Ontario ranking points in any discipline (Singles, Doubles, or Mixed) in their actual age group or higher at the time registration closes is restricted from participating in a Jr C Series tournament, regardless of the age groups.

4.3.  Ranking points threshold to determine ineligible athletes will be the points level as of two weeks before the tournament.

4.4.  Jr C Championship Eligibility:

          4.4.1. Each Ontario athlete is only permitted to participate in one (1) Ontario Junior Championship per competition season.

         4.4.2. Ontario Junior Championships will only allow Canadian citizens or Ontario Permanent Residents with a minimum of 12-months residency in Ontario from the date of the championships. Participants will be asked for Government Issued ID (Canadian Passport / Birth Certificate / Citizenship or Ontario PR card) for verification. 

           4.4.3. Athletes cannot have participated or be registered to play in a Junior Championship in another Province/ Territory in the same Competition season.

           4.4.4. Athletes who have obtained more than 800 Ontario ranking points in any one discipline will be restricted to participate in the Ontario Junior C Championships.

4.5.  Athlete age eligibility for the 22-23 Season will be as follows:

• U13: born in 2011 or later
• U15: born in 2009 or later  
• U17: born in 2007 or later
• U19: born in 2005 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, 2023, you are eligible to play in the U19 division. If you turn 19 in 2023, you can not play U19 in the 2022-2023 season. You can play up age groups but not down age groups.

4.6.  Tournaments will offer the following disciplines:

          • Boys Singles, Boys Doubles, Girls Singles, Girls Doubles, Mixed Doubles

                5. Competition Format and the Draw

5.1.  Format

          5.1.1. Each discipline draw will be run on a Main Round and Consolation Round format. However, rosters with 3-5 entries may be changed to 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 prior to the tournament.

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 in 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 Saturday (seven (7) days before the event) for viewing. Any questions or concerns must be raised to the tournament coordinator and the 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 on 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 to another partner. Please refer to Withdrawal & Default policy after draws are released.

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 Badminton Ontario Ranking System two weeks before the tournament; questions or concerns may be brought forward to the committee before any draws are released.

          5.3.3. For new pairings in the Ontario Junior C 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 will use Club separation 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 the 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 and must confirm their participation at 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 they will not participate in the consolation round.

5.6.  Scoring & Service Law

          5.6.1. All matches, including the 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:

                5.6.2.1. Continuous forward movement of the racquet,

                5.6.2.2. Stationary foot contact with service/receiver court,

                5.6.2.3. Shuttle point of contact with server’s racquet,

                5.6.2.4. Whole shuttle below the waist at contact, and

                5.6.2.5. Direction of racquet shaft at contact

                6. Withdrawals and Defaults

6.1.  Athletes must withdraw before any draws are posted. For a withdrawal to be valid, the withdrawal must be accepted and confirmed by the person responsible for accepting tournament entries (BON Staff) prior to the seeds being posted.

6.2.  If the player withdraws after the draws have been posted or fail to appear for his/her scheduled match, he/she is automatically withdrawn from the remainder of the tournament.

6.3.  For doubles, if one player in the pair withdraws, his or her partner will not be penalized.

6.4.  Exceptions

        6.4.1. A player who retires from a match due to illness or injury may continue to play another event at the tournament if the player’s condition has improved to the extent that he/she may perform at full capacity, whether on the same day or a later day.

                6.4.1.1. The Sports Medicine Trainer, if present or Referee shall use his/her best judgment in advising whether the athlete should continue to play another event; however, the final decision will rest with the athlete.

        6.4.2. A player can withdraw from a consolation event only if:

                6.4.2.1. The player is still competing in another main draw event; AND

                6.4.2.2. The player provides the Referee one (1) hour notice prior to the start of the scheduled consolation match

                                6.4.2.2.1. Communication must be done in person or from the player’s personal email to info@badmintonontario.ca

                                6.4.2.2.2. In doubles, a partner can withdraw the pair from consolations.

                7. Refunds

7.1.  Full refunds are provided to athletes who withdraw by the withdrawal deadline of two (2) weeks before the start of the tournament.

7.2.  After the withdrawal deadline, but before draws are made, refunds are provided less a $25.00 administration fee.

7.3.  Refunds will not be provided for withdrawals after the draws are released.

7.4.  In the case of an injury, refunds are provided less a $25.00 administration fee. A physician’s letter or medical certificate must be provided to BON to be eligible for refunds.

                8. Coaching Guidelines

8.1.  Any coach wishing to be on the field of play at a competition must have a minimum NCCP Regional Level 1 Trained Status AND a valid 22-23 Season Badminton Ontario Coach Accreditation. This can be renewed at www.badmintonontario.ca.

8.2.  If a coach is not able to produce their Coaching Accreditation if asked by a tournament official, they may be removed from the field of play

8.3.  The maximum number of coaches on the 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.

8.4.  Ontario Junior tournaments will allow athletes to receive advice during a match only when the shuttle is not in play.

                9. Officials and Tournament Management

9.1.  A minimum of one (1) Referee and/or Umpire will be appointed by the Badminton Ontario Tournament Committee to each Junior B Series event. These officials will perform on-court officiating duties as outlined in their responsibilities.

9.2.  A minimum of one (1) draw desk person with tournament software experience will be appointed to each Junior B Series event for match control duties.

9.3.  One (1) nylon shuttle will be provided for each match.

                10. Athlete Clothing and Eyewear

10.1. Generally, coloured clothing is permitted. Organizers may ask competitors to change inappropriate clothing. Shorts that extend below the knee are deemed inappropriate.

10.2. Any name of a Player appearing on the back of the shirt, if used, shall be identical to the name registered as the Last Name (or an abbreviation thereof) in the Badminton Ontario Player database.

10.3. 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 the court. Goggles must be worn on top of prescription glasses.

11. Prizes and Ranking Points

11.1 Gold and Silver medals will be awarded to the Main Round Champion and Finalists.

11.2. Bronze medals will be awarded to Main Round third (3rd) place finishers. There will be a ¾ playoff match. All semi-finalists will be awarded the same number of ranking points.

11.3. Consolation winners will be awarded ribbons along with a prize.

11.4. 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. Walkovers will NOT count as a win for ranking points.

11.5. 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.

11.6. All Jr (C) Regional series tournaments will be counted towards ranking points for the ON Rankings and for the Ontario Club Competitions Banner.

                12. Photography, Video, and Email Consent: 

12.1. By registering for any 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.

                13. Waiver of Rights and Acknowledgment of Policies

You understand and agree to the following:

13.1. 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.

13.2. You agree that you shall be solely responsible for all claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses, actions, and causes of action, whether in law or in equity, resulting from any loss, personal injury, 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.

13.3. 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.

13.4. 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

13.5. You agree that this release and waiver of liability shall be binding upon you and your heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns.

13.6. You and your parent/guardian (if the athlete is under 18 years of age) confirm that you have reviewed the Ministry-approved Concussion Awareness Resources within the last 12 months.

Please read the full regulation of each tournament at www.badmintonontario.ca

22.23 Ontario Masters Championship

The Ontario Masters is for players aged 30+ and offer opportunities for competitive play. We are encouraging players from all districts to participate in the tournament and support the growth and success of Masters Badminton in Ontario. This season, there will be only one Provincial Championship event. Players who wish to participate in the Master’s Championship are required to purchase a Badminton Ontario Provincial Masters (P/T Masters) card for $25.00.

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