The YONEX ALBERTA JUNIOR CIRCUIT continues with the first SILVER level tournament being held November 3-5, 2017 at the Abbey Centre in Blackfalds.
ENTRY FEES – $67.51 per player regardless of age category. Each player will receive one sourvenir dri-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 Recreational or Competitive 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 Yonex AJC SILVER - Red Deer Junior tournament is open to athletes born in 2008 or later (u11), and 2006 or later (u13), 2004 or later (u15), 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 – SILVER Level events will feature Round-Robin qualifying in all singles events. Seeded players will not be included within pool play, but will receive an automatic bye into the knock-out stage. Pools of four players will be used when possible, with only the top finisher in each pool advancing to the knock out (main round single elimination draw) stage. Players will receive a minimum of two matches in singles and two matches in all doubles events. Single elimination draw type with consolations (time permitting) in all doubles events.
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-"Colored clothing" is allowed at the Abbey Centre.
SCHEDULE – Tournament will begin Friday’s at 1:00pm with singles. At least one round of mixed doubles may occur Friday evening. Doubles events to begin Saturday at 8:30am, with every effort to finish play by 8:00pm 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 8:30am.
SHUTTLES – Yonex AS-40 feather shuttles supplied for all matches in all age categories. Quantity of shuttles may be limited if abnormal use is experienced.
SERIES RANKINGS –Yonex Alberta Junior Circuit ranking point standings will be calculated and post following event tournament. 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 four results from the Yonex Alberta Junior Circuit tournaments, including the Alberta Junior Championships.
REFEREE & DRAW MASTER– Jeff Bell (403) 297-2722. Draw times available at 2:00 PM the Wednesday prior to the tournament
TOURNAMENT RULES – The following are the new intervals for the Rally Point System, and when coaching will be permitted.
a. The 60-second interval is allowed during each game once one side reaches 11 points, but no coaching will be allowed.
b. Prior to the semi-finals, the 120-second interval between the 1st and 2nd games will be permitted without coaching support. During the semi-finals and finals, coaching during the 120-second interval will be allowed.
c. The 120-second interval between the 2nd and 3rd games will be allowed in all rounds and will permit coaching support.
NOTE: Badminton Alberta has decided that no player will be allowed to leave the court during any of these intervals. Sufficient water and extra racquets should be with the player on court at the start of the match.
YOUNG OFFICALS PROGRAM-Badminton Alberta will be continuing with the implementation of phase one of the Young Officials Program, which requires the winner of a match to stay on-court to scorekeep the upcoming match on the same court. Scheduling of the tournament will be adjusted to provide additional rest time between matches to accomodate the additional commitment of the players. In the case of doubles, the decision to whom will stay behind to scorekeep will be decided by Rock-Paper-Scissors between the winning pair. Any player unwilling to cooperate with Tournament Management will be removed from the tournament.
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 HOTELS – The City of Red Deer is hosting the Canadian Finals Rodeo from Oct 30-Nov 4th. Hotel rates may be elevated due to the demand. Hotels in Lacombe and Blackfalds have availablity.
Badminton Alberta has reserved 15 double rooms at the Microtel Blackfalds
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