The YONEX ALBERTA JUNIOR CIRCUIT opens with the first two GOLD level tournaments being held October 12-14 in Edmonton at Derrick Golf & Winter Club and Royal Glenora Club.
ENTRY FEES – $77.52 per player regardless of age category. Each player will receive one souvenir dry-fit t-shirt per season, regardless of how many tournaments they enter.
ENTRY DEADLINE – entries are due no later than 6:00 pm MST at least ten (10) days prior to the start date of the tournament. Timed draws will be post on www.badmintonalberta.ca by 2:00 PM on the Wednesday prior to the tournament. Late entries may be accepted at an additional cost of $25 per player.
ELIGIBILITY - All participants must be affiliated individually as a Provincial or National member with Badminton Alberta or be a member in good standing with another provincial badminton association. Badminton Alberta membership will be validated prior to the publication of the draws, with any non-compliant athletes being contacted immediately for payment.
CONDITIONS – The Derrick Club Junior tournament is open to athletes born in 2008 or later (u11), 2006 or later (u13), 2004 or later (u15), while the Royal Glenora Club Junior is open to athletes born in 2002 or later (u17), and 2000 or later (u19). Alberta athletes must be at least PROVINCIAL members in good standing with Badminton Alberta. BA membership is required at $30 for athletes 14 years and under and $35 for all athletes 15 years & older.
NEW FORMAT – GOLD Level events will feature main round single elimination style draws in all events. Consolation draws for all those losing their first-round match. Players winning their first match by walkover and losing their second-round match will not be eligible for consolations. Players receiving a bye in their first round and lose their second round will be eligible for consolations.
EVENTS-Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Players may enter one singles, one doubles, and one mixed doubles.
AWARDS – Each host organization will be responsible to present awards to all main draw event winners, runner up and consolation winners.
CLOTHING-"Coloured clothing" rule in effect at all venues, unless otherwise specified.
SCHEDULE – Tournament will begin Friday’s at 1:00pm with u11, 13, 15 singles at Derrick Club. Depending on the size of the entry, at least one round of mixed doubles may occur Friday evening. Doubles events to begin Saturday at 9:00am, with every effort to finish play by 6:00pm Saturday evening. Start times are subject to change depending on the size of entry. Schedule is subject to change, based on size of entry and availability of courts. All finals will be held Sunday morning beginning at 9:00am.
SHUTTLES – YONEX feather shuttles supplied for all matches in u13, u15, u17, u19 age categories. Host clubs will have the option to use YONEX Mavis nylon 300 shuttles in u11 age category. Quantity of shuttles may be limited if abnormal use is experienced.
SERIES RANKINGS –YONEX Alberta Junior Circuit ranking point standings will include GOLD and SILVER level junior tournaments held within Alberta. GOLD level events will use 3* column of Alberta Ranking Points table, while SILVER level events will use 2* column of Alberta Ranking Points table.
The YONEX Alberta Junior Circuit rankings will be calculated and published on Thursday of the following week. These rankings will be maintained separately for singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The final YONEX Alberta Junior Circuit rankings will be based on an athlete’s best five results including the results of the YONEX Alberta Junior Elite (national circuit) and from the YONEX Alberta Junior Provincial Championships.
DRAW MASTER– Jeff Bell (403) 297-2722. Draw times available at 2:00 PM the Wednesday prior to the tournament
REFEREE – to be assigned by the host club and approved by Badminton Alberta.
TOURNAMENT RULES – Three-minute on-court warm-up. Ten-minute default rule will be in effect. BWF rally point scoring format will be utilized. Active coaching will not be permitted. Coaching will only be allowed during the two-minute break between the second and third games. The sixty-second break will be respected between all first and second games, without coaching support. For further explanation please visit www.badmintonalberta.ca
COACHING ELIGIBILITY – Effective January 01, 2016, Badminton Alberta will require that all coaches entering the field of play be minimal Comp Intro Regional certified.
HOST HOTEL – A special rate at The Sutton Hotel Edmonton for use by Badminton Alberta members on selected weekends. The Sutton Hotel Edmonton is conveniently located downtown on the corner of 109 Ave and 101 Street, less than a ten-minute drive from the Royal Glenora Club. Quote ‘Badminton Alberta’ to receive $109-139 + tax.
ENTRY PROCEDURE – Enter on-line at www.badmintonalberta.ca
Additional information can be obtained by contacting:
BADMINTON ALBERTA, 60 Patterson Blvd SW, Calgary, AB T3H 2E1
Tel. (403) 297-2722 / Fax (403) 297-2706