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LEAGUE & CUP RULES

League Rules

League Organisation

  1. Clubs may enter teams for Men’s, Ladies, Mixed and Cup Competitions (Mixed only). These leagues will generally be organised into divisions of up to 7 teams, subject to sufficient teams being available for this purpose.
  2. Promotion and relegation will normally be on a two up and two down basis when there are seven teams in each division. If there is a different number of teams this may change and it is a Committee decision.
    1. A Fixtures Meeting shall be called by the Committee prior to the start of each season to which all participating clubs must send a representative.
    2. Following publication of the Fixture list, alterations to the list may be made with the consent of the clubs involved, and the appropriate League Secretary MUST be advised of such alterations.
    3. A club shall agree to the postponement of a fixture if the venue becomes unavailable for any reason, including when the venue is required to play a HWBA League Cup Match. NB. A club shall not be obliged to agree to the postponement of a fixture because certain players are incapacitated or the lack of a full team.
    1. If a team if unable to fulfil a fixture, their opponents may claim the match 9-0 in the case of the mixed and men’s leagues or 6-0 in the case of the ladies league.
    2. In order to fulfil a fixture, a team must be represented by at least two pairs for men’s and mixed and 3 players for a ladies match.
    3. Any team can request to call on a player from a lower division from any other club or team within the Wycombe League provided it is approved in advance by the appropriate League Secretary.
    4. In the Ladies league only, as well as rule 4c, any team can call on any player from the same division provided that player is not a nominated member who will play over 50% of that team’s games. Again permission must be obtained from the Ladies League Secretary
    5. Registered Ladies may play in a Men’s team which means the Men’s league is effectively an open league. Men may not play in the Ladies league.
      1. Where an away team cannot fulfil a fixture on the due date, that team’s club will be liable for all of the home team club’s court hire fees for that fixture unless the home club has received sufficient notice to enable the courts to be cancelled without incurring court hire fees.
      2. The home team may waive these costs at its discretion, and should inform the away team’s club of such a decision.
      1. The appropriate League Secretary must be advised of any claimed matches.
      2. The team claiming the match must submit a match form claiming the match and send in as usual.
    1. At the discretion of the Committee, where a team fails to complete its fixtures, all its results shall be null and void in its division and its membership of the relevant league shall be liable to termination.
    2. Any mixed or men’s team which fields 2 pairs, or any ladies team which fields 3 players, on three or more occasions during one season may be invited by the League Committee to justify its remaining in the League.
  3. Where teams are level on points at the end of a season the number of rubbers won will decide their league placing, teams level on rubbers will be decided on games won.

    Team’s level on points, rubbers and games at the end of the season must play-off on a neutral court if a question of championship, promotion or relegation needs to be resolved.
  4. New teams will normally be placed in the lowest divisions of the appropriate league, but where an application is received from a team which the Committee considers to be far too strong for the lowest division, they shall have the right to place this team in a division nearer its standard of play. In doing so, the Committee must not relegate a team nor prevent the recently won promotion of a team in order to create a vacancy for the new applicant(s); they may, however, promote a third placed team from a division in order to create a vacancy.

Conduct of Matches

    1. All matches are to be played under the Laws of Badminton as issued by BADMINTON England.
    2. All matches in the Mixed, Men’s and Ladies leagues must be played with feather shuttles and they must comply with BADMINTON England regulations.
    1. Each mixed and men’s team should consist of six players divided into three pairs with each pair playing a rubber against each of the opposing pairs.
    2. Each ladies team should consist of four players divided into two pairs with each pair playing a rubber against each of the opposing pairs, followed by two further rubbers with different pairings.
    3. In men’s, ladies and mixed matches each rubber will consist of the best of three games of 21 points each (with extended play as necessary) except where circumstances do not permit (see rule 11 below).
  1. The order of play in all mixed, men’s and ladies league matches shall be as on the official score sheet.

    If circumstances, such as availability of extra courts, and/or time constraints, demand a change in the order of play, then an alternative order of play shall be mutually agreed by both captains.
  2. Where a home team has to vacate its court by a certain time and there is a possibility the match might not be completed in its usual format then before the match starts or nearing the end of the sixth rubber the home team should advise the opposition that some or all of the last 3 rubbers may have to be played best of 30 points with no extended play. This may only happen provided no pair plays two rubbers in this reduced format. If necessary this can be reduced to best of 21 for any or all of the last 3 rubbers in order to complete the fixture.
  3. Matches should start promptly at the published time. If a team fails to supply a pair ready to play within 15 minutes after the agreed time of starting, the first rubber may be claimed and will be conceded to their opponents 21-0, 21-0. Thereafter at intervals of 15 minutes, rubbers will be conceded 21-0, 21-0, until one hour 15 minutes after the agreed time of starting when a match will be deemed to be conceded 9-0, or 6-0 in the case of the ladies league. Alternatively, a team may waive its right to claim rubbers at the start of the match (as stated above) and agree to play the match with the proviso that should the match not be completed at the agreed finishing time, any uncompleted rubbers will be conceded by the team which was late in arriving. This latter arrangement must be communicated prior to the start of the match.
    1. In the event of a mixed or men’s match taking place where both teams have only two pairs, the un played rubbers will be apportioned equally to each team.
    2. Ladies matches may not be played with only one pair.
  4. If any unforeseen event causes a match to be abandoned, the match should be replayed unless a winner has already been determined, in which case the rubbers will count. The match may, nevertheless, have to be replayed if at the end of the season either team could have secured a championship, promotion or avoided relegation had they won the un played rubbers.
  5. For all league table purposes, the team winning a match will be given two points and both sides will be given an extra point if they field a full team. A drawn match will result in one point being given to each team plus a point for fielding a full team. If a match is conceded then the “winning team” will be awarded 3 points (2 for match and 1 point for an assumed full team) the conceding team will receive no points.
  6. The winning team is responsible for completing the match result sheet and forwarding it to the appropriate League Secretary within 48 hours from the end of the match. In the event of a drawn match the home team is responsible for this task.

Registration of Players

    1. A player shall not (subject to (b) below) represent more than one club in the Mixed League in any one season, nor shall a lady/man represent more than one club in the Ladies/Men’s League during any one season, apart from when Rules 4c and 4d apply.
    2. If a player has played only one match for a club before 31st December, that player may transfer to another club for the rest of the season – this transfer being registered with the appropriate League Secretary between the dates of 31 December and 14 January. The player will not be eligible to play a match for the new team until seven days after re-registration. League Cup Rule No 4 will also apply.
  1. Prior to its first league match of the season, each club must lodge with the Committee a list of players’ names from whom the club intends to select its team(s) for the coming season. All players concerned must be bona fide full paying members of the club concerned. Any additions to this list must be submitted to the appropriate League Secretary and 7 days must elapse from the date of submission before any added player(s) may play in a league match. If a club knowingly fields a player under an assumed name, that club will lose the relevant match 9-0 (Mixed and Men’s) or 6-0 (Ladies) and a point will be deducted from its league points total.
    1. Clubs with more than one team in a Wycombe league must nominate all but their lowest team prior to any of their matches in that league.
    2. Nominated teams must consist of players intending to represent that team and the League Secretary shall have the right to request the reason for non-representation by a nominated player.
    3. Nominated players may be dropped to a lower team provided that they have not played more than three matches for the higher team. Once a player has been dropped to a lower team he/she may not play for the higher team again in that season. The appropriate League Secretary must be advised.
    4. Players of a lower team may play for the higher team, and still remain eligible for the lower team provided all nominated players play 66% of the higher team’s fixtures. After a player has played up on three occasions however permission of the League Secretary should be sought for further matches.
    5. At the discretion of the League Secretary, when a team has played half of its fixtures in a division, before the next match it shall have the opportunity of de-registering one player to a lower team and nominating another as a replacement for the higher team. The de-registered player will only be allowed to play up in any higher team again for the rest of that season at the discretion of the League Secretary.

General Rules

  1. Where clubs enter only one team in a Wycombe league, the Association would like to stress the desirability of such clubs fielding a regular team in order to make that division as equal as possible for their opponents.
  2. Clubs may not enter players into their teams for the last league match of the season, unless such players have played in at least one previous match in that team. In case of difficulty in fielding a full team for this last match, clubs may request the appropriate League Secretary to use their discretion to waive this rule.



Cup Rules

  1. The “Tony Lawrence Memorial Trophy” – HWBA League Cup – is for teams in the Mixed League Divisions. It is a Handicap Tournament with handicaps being decided by the League Secretary in advance of each match.
    1. Each team will comprise three ladies and three men registered for their Club as per the League Rules.
    2. Teams must advise their players to the Cup Secretary at least 4 days before the tie is due to be played so that handicaps can be set.
    3. A Cup Match will consist of nine rubbers (i.e. 1 men’s doubles and 1 ladies doubles followed by 7 mixed doubles) Each rubber will consist of two games to 21 points with no extended play
    4. Each team will play to the handicap as laid down by the HWBA and the result of the match will be determined by the aggregate points score taking the handicap into account. All games will start with the score 0 - 0.
    5. In the event of a tie on points, the side with the highest handicap will be deemed to have won the match. If both teams start the match even then the team winning the greater number of games shall be the winner. If still level, the toss of a coin will decide the winner
    6. Matches should start promptly at the published time. If a team fails to supply a pair ready to play within 15 minutes after the agreed time of starting, the first rubber may be claimed and will be conceded to their opponents 21-0, 21-0. Thereafter at intervals of 15 minutes, rubbers will be conceded 21-0, 21-0, until one hour 15 minutes after the agreed time of starting when a match will be deemed to be conceded.

      Alternatively, a team may waive its right to claim rubbers at the start of the match (as stated above) and agree to play the match with the proviso that should the match not be completed at the agreed finishing time, any uncompleted rubbers will be conceded by the team which was late in arriving. This latter arrangement is to be communicated prior to the start of the match.
  2. The cost of court’s hire and shuttles shall be shared by both teams. Refreshment costs, if any, will be borne by the Home team.
    1. In order to be eligible for the Cup, a player must have played in at least one Mixed League Match for the team in which he is intending to play.
    2. Any player having appeared on four or more occasions in the league for a higher team, cannot play for any lower team in the Cup, nor can a player registered down a team under league rules after 30th December of the relevant season play for the lower team in the Cup.
    3. A player eligible under 4(a) above) may play for a higher team and still be eligible to play for a lower team. Any such matches will not affect their eligibility for the Mixed League.
    4. If there is any doubt concerning eligibility of players, you are advised to check with the League Cup Secretary prior to each round being played, as permission for a player to play in an earlier round does not automatically extend to later rounds. If an ineligible player is fielded by a team, the rubbers thus affected will be awarded to the opposition 21-0, 21-0.
    1. The dates for the completion of each Cup round will be circulated at the fixtures meeting, and must be strictly adhered to.
    2. In the event of difficulties arising from the availability of match venues, a cup match will be deemed to have preference, and if necessary a league match may be re-arranged to accommodate a cup match.
    3. If a match is not played on the due date without an alternative having been agreed, the result will be decided by the toss of a coin, to be carried out by the Cup Secretary, who will then inform the clubs concerned.
  3. BEFORE the start of each match the opposing teams MUST exchange their lists (and order) of participating players as per the result sheet.