The following shall govern play in all League matches:- (a) Each team shall play home and away matches with every other team in the same division. (b) All league matches shall be played with a feather shuttlecock that meets the Badminton England standards.
(ci) MIXED LEAGUE: Each match shall be played by teams consisting of three men and three ladies. Each couple will be graded for the match into couples one, two and three and will remain in those combinations for the whole of the match, unless rule 13(d) shall apply. Each couple shall play each opposing couple two games of 21 and a game is won when the first pair reach 21 points by two clear points up to a maximum of 30 points and the first pair to reach 30 points wins the game. Each match will consist of a total of 18 games of doubles.
(cii) MENS LEAGUE: Each team shall consist of six ladies/gentlemen. Each couple will be graded for the match into couples one, two and three and will remain in those combinations for the whole of the match, unless rule 13(d) shall apply. Each couple shall play each opposing couple two games of 21 and a game is won when the first pair reach 21 points by two clear points up to a maximum of 30 points and the first pair to reach 30 points wins the game. Each match will consist of a total of 18 games of doubles.
(ciii) VETERANS LEAGUE: Each team shall consist of two ladies and two gentlemen. Each match shall consist of six events, these being, one men's, one ladies and four mixed. Each couple will be graded into couples one and two and will remain in these combinations for the mixed games, unless rule 13(d) shall apply. Each couple shall play each opposing couple two games of 21 and a game is won when the first pair reach 21 points by two clear points up to a maximum of 30 points and the first pair to reach 30 points wins the game. To be eligible to play in this League, gentlemen must be over 45 on the 1st September, and ladies must be over 40 on the 1st September.
(civ) LADIES LEAGUE: Each team shall consist of 4 ladies. Each match consists of 12 games. a game is won when the first pair reach 21 points by two clear points up to a maximum of 30 points and the first pair to reach 30 points wins the game. Two ladies pairings (player1 and player 2, player 3 and player 4) will play against their opposite numbers yielding 8 games. Player 1 will then partner player 3 to play their opposite number in 2 games. Player 2 and player 4 complete the match with a further 2 games against their opposite numbers.
(d) If any player is unable to continue play during a match through illness or injury, the match shall proceed and the player thus handicapped shall cease to take any further part in the match as a player. Games completed shall count. If injury or illness occurs during a game, that game shall be forfeited by the player so handicapped by 21 aces to whatever his/her score at the time of illness or injury. A reserve may then take the place of the absent player in succeeding games, providing that he/she is not already playing in the match with another partner and that he/she is registered with the League, and that the opposing captain is notified of the reserve(s) before the game commences. A gentleman may not replace a lady player or vice-versa. All games completed by the substitute shall count in the final score.
(e) All match score sheets shall be checked and signed by a member of the opposing team and the completed score card to be recorded on-line by the designated person or representative of the Home Team, within 7 days of the match being played. The opposition will then have a further 7 days to either accept or reject it.
(f) Captains of teams shall, prior to the commencement of a match, complete the score sheet with the names of their players, in their pairings. No alterations shall be permitted during the course of the match except as provided for in rule 13(d).
(g) Visiting teams shall abide by the playing rules of the Home Team providing these do not contravene the Laws of Badminton and it shall be incumbent upon the Home Team to declare to the visitors before the match starts, such rules which are likely to affect play.
(h) Only 'bona-fide' members of the Club who are liable to its full subscription may represent it in League Matches. Each Club Secretary shall send a Player Registration Form to the Fixture Secretary before their first match of the season; and only players so registered are eligible for league matches. Players selected to play in the Inter League Teams must have played for their Club in this League during the current or previous season. After the first match, additional members may be registered anytime during the season. This registration must be in writing (includes e-mail) and must be with the Fixture Secretary prior to the player taking part in any League match. The Fixture Secretary must report on any player not complying with these requirements and playing in a League Match. The Executive Committee shall then decide upon the action to be taken.
(i) All disputes on any matter connected with League Matches shall be submitted to the Hon. Fixture Secretary (copy to the Hon. General Secretary) within 72 hours of the scheduled date of the fixture. The opposing Team Secretary or Captain must be informed of intention to lodge a complaint. The dispute shall initially be dealt with by the Fixture Committee and any subsequent appeal must be sent to the Hon. General Secretary to be dealt with by the Executive Committee.
(j) All matches must be played according to the scheduled dates on the Fixture List and only with the consent of a member of the Fixture Committee can a rearrangement be allowed. The only circumstances under which re-arrangements will be permitted are non availability of the match venue or inclement weather preventing travel to the match venue. Matches not re-arranged as above, and yet not played, will fall under one of the following two headings, and will be dealt with as detailed:
(ji) A club is unable to field a team and advises the opposition accordingly with a minimum 24 hours notice. The defaulting team is deducted two league points and the match must be re-arranged.
(jii) A club is unable to field a team and advises the opposition accordingly with less than 24 hours notice OR a team fails to turn up without notice. The defaulting team is deducted two league points and the opposing team is awarded a match win to love.
(k) All matches must commence within 15 minutes of the Home Team's stated start time. In the event of a team not having two couple present to play a match within 15 minutes of the home clubs start time, the offending club (either home or away) shall forfeit two games of 21 aces (an event) and a further two games of 21 aces (a second event) for every 15 minutes late. This will continue until 1 hour and 15 minutes from the arranged start time. If no couples have attended, that team shall forfeit 2 league points and the team in attendance shall record an 18-0 victory and receive 2 league points. Visiting Clubs will not be obliged to adhere to a start time of earlier than 7 p.m.
(l) A player may play for different clubs (or the same club) in different Leagues (provided he/she fulfils the eligibility rules for that league), but may not play for different clubs in the same league, or for the same club in the same league unless rule 13(n) shall apply.
(m) Every club which has two teams in a particular league shall before playing their first match of the season submit to the Treasurer and Fixture Secretary the names of that club's best six players who shall only be eligible to play for that club's first team. Also any club which has three teams in a particular league shall submit the names of that club's second team. Any registered player may play above his nominated position but no player shall play below. Players may be re-nominated but shall not be allowed to play for that team for a period of seven days from receipt of such application by the Fixture Secretary. There shall be no such re-nominations after 1st February. Re-nomination may in certain circumstances require the sanction of the Fixture Committee.
(n) If only one of either a home or away fixture takes place the defaulting team will be expected to pay the costs of the hall hire.
(o) Any club having more than one team in any division should play the internal club ties before 31st October.