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SHSAA Badminton Tie-Breaker

SHSAA Badminton Tie-Break

The SHSAA office has received a few inquiries at the start of the high school badminton season in regard to the badminton tie-break as written in the SHSAA handbook.  To help clarify the tie-breaking steps for competitions occurring as round-robin pool play please refer to the following excerpt from the BWF General Competition Regulations.

16.2     In case of Individual Championships:

16.2.1  Ranking in individual championships will be established by the number of matches won.

16.2.2  If two players / pairs have won the same number of matches, the winner of the match between them will be ranked higher.

16.2.3  If three or more players / pairs have won the same number of matches, ranking will be established by the difference between total games won and total games lost, with greater difference ranked higher.

16.2.3.1  If this still leaves two players / pairs equal, the winner of the match between them will be ranked higher.

16.2.4  If three or more players / pairs have won the same number of matches and are equal in the difference between total games won and total games lost, ranking will be established by the difference between total points won and total points lost, with greater difference ranked higher.

16.2.4.1  If this still leaves two players / pairs equal, the winner of the match between them will be ranked higher.

16.2.4.2  If three or more players / pairs are still equal, then ranking will be established by drawing lots.

16.2.5 If illness, injury, disqualification or other unavoidable hindrance prevents a player/pair completing all the pool matches, all the results of that player/pair shall be deleted. Retiring during a match shall be considered to be not completing all pool matches.

SHSAA Badminton Service Interpretation

Each year the SHSAA office receives inquiries at the start of the high school badminton season in regard to the interpretation of the badminton service rule as written in the Laws of Badminton.  To help clarify the interpretation of the service rule, the following statement has been prepared:

Over the years the badminton service rule has become a rule of interpretation as the Laws of Badminton include the phrase "an imaginary line round the body, level with the lowest part of the server's bottom rib".  This rule similar to many rules in other activities then becomes an interpretation of the official and in most instances the official is simply asking if the serve is creating an advantage in terms of a flat / downward trajectory or driving the shuttle into the body of the opponent.  This should be the same question that a player or coach should ask themselves before addressing their opponent or asking for an official to intervene in a match.