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Club Etiquette

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The club has a set of unwritten rules and guidelines to help ensure all players have an enjoyable night of badminton. As the club has doubled in size compared to recent years, it is becoming increasingly difficult to communicate with everyone the fundamentals on which the club is built. This brief guide aims to remind all players of the club's core values and the spirit in which we play the game.

Most of the guidelines are common courtesy, whilst others are specific to the badminton court. By adhering to the club's guidelines on etiquette, you will be helping us provide a safe, warm, and friendly environment for playing badminton.

Courtesy

  • The number one rule is respect and consideration for other players. Treat others as how you would like to be treated. Under no circumstances shall a player subject anyone to abuse of any kind (be it verbal or physical). At the discretion of the committee, players who are found to be in breach of this rule will no longer be permitted to play.
  • At times, you may be paired up with players less advanced than yourself. Look after them, offer help, and make them feel welcome on court. Remember, everyone has to start from somewhere and you were once a beginner too.
  • Try not to complain about the games you have or have not been given. The committee members are all volunteers and are doing their best job scheduling games for 30-50 players at any one night. Any one of the committee members, and occasionally other club members, may be involved in making the games. We simply cannot keep track of each individual's playing preferences. If you aren't receiving a good mixture of games on a particular night, you may kindly bring it to the attention of the committee member who is making the next round of games.
  • Avoid using foul language.

Equipment

  • If you arrive early whilst the nets, poles, and chairs are being set up, offer your assistance.
  • Similarly if you are the last players at the club, please help put away the equipment and collect any remaining shuttlecocks left on the floor.

Court

  • To ensure everyone's safety, do not walk across the court whilst games are in progress. Walk around the court instead.
  • Be aware of the safety guidelines by reviewing the club's indemnity form (that you should have already signed).
  • Please leave the courts tidy. Take away or dispose of any rubbish you are responsible for.

Games

  • Introduce yourself to your partner if you have never met. You may optionally introduce yourself to your opponents, if practical.
  • Follow the shuttlecock allocation system and do not take a shuttlecock allocated for another court.
  • Never use a brand new shuttlecock for warming up.
  • Toss the shuttlecock up to determine which side will serve.
  • If your shuttlecock lands on another court, wait for a break in play before retrieving it.
  • If you lose the point and the shuttlecock is on your side of the court, it is considered polite to fetch and return the shuttlecock to the opponent's court.
  • After a game, thank everyone by giving them a high five or handshake. A high five is customary at the club.
  • Help us keep the court clean by returning all used shuttlecocks to the front desk. If a shuttlecock can be re-used, return it to a committee member.

Line Calls

  • Make fair line calls when the shuttlecock lands on your side of the court.
  • The person nearest to the shuttlecock has the final decision and the call should not be disputed.
  • If you are in doubt as to whether the shuttlecock is in or out, either call it in favour of your opponent or play a let.
  • Importantly, respect and accept your opponent's calls - no matter how wrong it may be.
  • If the shuttlecock hits the ceiling, it is considered a fault.
  • You should play a let if the shuttlecock hits the lights, vents, or anything else below the ceiling.

Have Fun

  • We encourage friendly competition and rivalries, but we place greater emphasis on having fun.
  • Don't take things too seriously.
  • Be gracious in victory and defeat.
  • Smile and laugh often.

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