1.      These rules supersede relevant sections of the existing formal league Rules which will be    appropriately updated once the new formats have settled down.

2.      In both of these formats, unlike in traditional matches, each pair does not play each other pair. Specified pairs on one side play the equivalent pair in the opponent’s team. This approach requires the players participating to be ranked in order of strength – so that the strongest players play each other etc.

3.      For consistency the ranking will be based on a general view of each player’s match play - not specifically linked to mens doubles, ladies doubles etc. Each club will have submitted to the Region’s Match Secretary a list of all their players in ranking order and the order used for each match must conform to this list. Thus – if Mary is ranked higher than Liz on the club list then Mary must be listed above Liz in any match in which they both play. Where players are listed as of the same standard on the club list they may be used in any order in a match.

4.      It would generally be expected that, for example, the pair 1 & 2 would be the strongest in the team and pair 3 & 4 the weakest. It is possible that in some teams this will not be the case – players do not always play well in some pairings etc. However the club ranking list should be followed. If necessary it will be revised during the season.

5.      In 4-player matches there are 6 rubbers in all - the four players play in all 6 possible combinations. Each player plays in 3 rubbers pairing up with each of the other 3 players in their team in turn.

6.      Composite matches consist of 9 rubbers. The teams of 2 ladies and 4 men play a mixture of doubles events – 1 ladies, 4 mens and 4 mixed. Each lady plays a ladies doubles and 2 mixed; each man plays 2 mens doubles and one mixed. Only some of the possible mens and mixed pairings are used.

7.      The sequence of play is not important. It should be agreed between the teams to make best use of the available courts and players. Care needs to be taken if more than one court is used; plan ahead to avoid a block in play because a necessary player is already on court.

8.      It will sometimes be necessary for a player to play in two consecutive rubbers – the same as occurs in a traditional match played on more than one court. A reasonable (short) rest period should be taken.

9.      The hope is that full teams will turn out to play these matches. Where this (rarely!!) doesn’t happen the captains should sort out something which follows the spirit of the event and gives the players a reasonable evening’s badminton.

10. There are separate match cards for these different formats. Copies are available from the web site (to provide your own copies if you wish).

Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained within the pages are accurate, but no responsibility can be accepted for errors or omissions.
Last updated: 22 August 2003