1. LEAGUE MANAGEMENT - JUNIOR LEAGUE
Junior League will be overseen by a Management Committee which is voluntary (i.e. not elected). One member from each participating club is required. A member of the League executive should be nominated to act as a coordinator and arbitrator in cases of dispute.
2. LEAGUE MANAGEMENT - MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The Management Committee will meet in June or July of each year to set up the next season. They will consider the number of teams, venues, divisions, constitution, sessions, charges, rules and any other matters needed in preparation.
3. LEAGUE MANAGEMENT - NEW TEAMS
New teams will be welcomed at the start of a season to compete for the titles. Any new team joining part way through the season will be accommodated for badminton where logistics permits but cannot compete for the titles. New teams will join at a division judged to be their appropriate level where the league know the players. Where the team is new and unknown they will be asked to join at the lowest division.
4. LEAGUE MANAGEMENT - SESSIONS
A minimum of four sessions are to be held each season at one or more suitable venues dependent on availability. Each session to be a whole day for the duration required to accommodate the number of divisions/teams. Where necessary sessions will be split into morning and afternoon each accommodating the the number of divisions to complete the programme. Sessions will be scheduled to avoid conflict with other Cheshire junior events wherever possible.
5. LEAGUE MANAGEMENT - DIVISIONS
The number of Divisions will be decided at the start of each season and those divisions will be competed for. Trophies are available for 7 divisions but they are not necessarily all played for in any given season.
6. LEAGUE MANAGEMENT - DIVISIONS
Divisions of 4 or 5 teams will be set up wherever feasible such that in a normal session each team plays against each other team in the division. The Management Committee will deal with any anomalies in divisional numbers on the day.
7. LEAGUE MANAGEMENT - ACCOUNTS
The league treasurer will settle accounts and invoices with these venues directly. The league treasurer will keep accounts of junior league activities for presentation at the league AGM as part of the leagues full accounts. This will include: court hire, shuttle usage, medal awards and miscellaneous fees.
8. LEAGUE MANAGEMENT - TROPHIES
As with all trophies the league will pay for engraving, maintenance and new trophies. The Management Committee will decide the policy for the award of individual medals each season.
9. ELIGIBILITY - PLAYERS
A player must be aged under 18 on 1st September of the year in which the season starts to be eligible to participate.
10. ELIGIBILITY - CLUBS
Clubs entering more than one team in the Junior League should rank the teams in order of strength and if calling the team A, B, C etc ensure that the sequence is in strength order starting with A.
11. ELIGIBILITY - CLUBS
All junior clubs competing in Junior League must register their own junior players with Badminton England in a registered Junior club. It is a requirement that players are registered thus for insurance reasons and league constitution which requires all players to be recognised by the official bodies.
At the end of sessions 1 and 2 the team at the top of the division will be promoted for the next session and the team at the bottom relegated.
The third and fourth sessions will be played as a mini championship where results are cumulative over the two sessions. The team leading at the end of the fourth session will be declared champions of the division and will receive the perpetual trophy to be kept until the following season plus individual medals. Divisional winners will be promoted the following season.
14. CHAMPIONSHIP - LEAGUE POSITIONS
League positions will be decided as follows:
a. Points scored on the basis of 2 points for a match win and 1 for a draw;
b. If level then – Total Games over that days session against all other team in the division;
c. If even then – The result of the match between the two tying teams (if equal games then points);
d. If level then – total Points against all other teams on that days session;
At the end of session 3 the divisional table is calculated as above but then frozen and carried forward when the results from session 4 will be added to it. No promotion or relegation takes place.
Session 4 results are added to session 3 results to calculate a final table
17. SESSION MANAGEMENT
For each session teams will be charged the cost agreed before the season begins. Any money taken on the day should be delivered to the League Treasurer.
18. SESSION MANAGEMENT
All results from each session will be recorded on the appropriate paperwork. Results will be entered into the web site where this facility exists.
19. SESSION MANAGEMENT
All matches will be played to the format agreed at the pre-season meeting. Where possible this will accommodate both singles and doubles. The standard format to be used normally is each of 4 players completing a singles against their opposite number. Players should be ranked in order of strength so that competitive badminton is played. Further, two doubles games will be played with pairings to be decided for that match by the captain. Subsequent matches can be played with different pairings, however singles rankings should remain the same unless the initial judgement on comparative strength at the start of the day proves to be incorrect. In exceptional circumstances the Management Committee representatives on the day may alter the format to accommodate all of the games.
20. SESSION MANAGEMENT
All games will be played on a rally point basis
21. SESSION MANAGEMENT
Feathered shuttles provided by the league will be used for all matches
22. SESSION MANAGEMENT
A team consists of 4 or more players of any gender and any age. If more than 4 players are available to a team then in any individual match the team can nominate players for singles and doubles in any mix they wish. Different players are able to represent the team in different matches.
23. SESSION MANAGEMENT
Where two (or more) teams from the same club are playing on the same day then a player may only represent one team for the duration of that session.
24. SESSION MANAGEMENT
Players from other clubs may represent a team by prior arrangement before a match commences in order to fill in for absent players. They should be ranked in the singles at the bottom. The results of those players will not count in the match.
25. SESSION MANAGEMENT
In the event of a team having fewer than 4 players they can still fulfil the fixture. All games that the players present complete normally will count. If any of those players then complete games their absent team mates would have played (e.g. in order to give the opposition a full fixture) those results do not count.
26. SESSION MANAGEMENT
If a team loses one of their players during a session they must complete their fixtures with the remaining players (losing the games that would have been played by the leaver to 21 -0) unless extra players are available to the team at the time.
27. SESSION MANAGEMENT
If a club is fielding a short side in the afternoon session, a player who has already played in the morning session may stand in but is ranked bottom in the singles and the results will not count.
28. SESSION MANAGEMENT
Winning a match will result in 2 match points being awarded to the winners and 0 for the losers. A drawn match will result in 1 point for each team. In addition the number of games and aces (points) won will be counted.
29. SESSION MANAGEMENT
Conventionally (unless changed by the Management Committee) Individual medals will be awarded to members of the winning divisional teams after session 4.
30. SESSION MANAGEMENT
Extra medals can be made available to winning teams to be purchased by those clubs at the cost negotiated by the League.
31. SESSION MANAGEMENT
All junior teams where players are all under the age of 16 should be chaperoned by an adult.
32. SESSION MANAGEMENT
At least two members of the Junior Management Committee must be present at any given session