This guide aims to inform all players of the club’s core values and the spirit in which we play the game.
By adhering to the club’s guidelines on etiquette, you will be helping us provide a safe, warm, and friendly environment for playing badminton.
- The number one rule is respect and consideration for other players. Under no circumstances shall a player subject anyone to abuse of any kind (verbal or physical). Players in breach of this rule will no longer be permitted to play.
- Look after players who may be graded lower than you. Offer some tips and make them feel welcome. Remember, everyone has to start from somewhere, and you were once a beginner.
- Try not to complain about the games you receive. The organisers are all volunteers, trying their best to ensure the night runs smoothly. If you are not receiving a good mix of games, kindly and calmly let us know.
- Avoid using foul language.
- 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 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 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. COVID-19 UPDATE: No handshake or high fives.
- Keep the court clean by returning all used shuttlecocks to the front desk.
- Make fair line calls when the shuttlecock lands on your side of the court.
- The person nearest to the shuttlecock has the final decision.
- If in doubt, call it in favour of your opponent or play a let.
- Respect and accept your opponent’s calls – no matter how wrong they 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 other obstacles.
- Offer to assist if you arrive early and the equipment (nets, poles, chairs) has yet to be set up.
- Help put away the equipment and collect any remaining shuttlecocks left on the floor at the end of the session.
- Do not walk across the court when games are in progress. Walk around the court instead.
- Ensure all your clothing, bags, and equipment are tucked away neatly in the seating area.
- Please leave the courts tidy. Take away or dispose of any rubbish.
- We encourage friendly competition and rivalries – but more importantly, we want everyone to have fun.
- Don’t take things too seriously.
- Be gracious in victory and defeat.
- Smile and laugh often.