Welcome to the new Badminton America Leagues
Leagues are a great way to play with your friends competitively or recreationally against other local teams. Leagues provide all the action-packed play of a tournament without waiting for your next match to be called, or having to spend your whole weekend from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon waiting in a gym for only a few games. In a tournament you may play a few matches per event, but in leagues you will play up to 24 matches in a six week season, and the top teams will battle in the playoffs for the League Championship!
The Badminton America Leagues offer a professional setting for new players and experienced competitors to compete and enjoy badminton in a team-centric community. Currently all league matches will be hosted at the state-of-the-art HARBOUR POINTE BADMINTON CLUB facility and will use Badminton America’s online ratings software to record the results and generate player ratings to be used in future leagues.
Our Winter Leagues will have an Open Division and a Recreational Division where you and your friends form teams and compete against other teams in the same division (5 players minimum). Given many folks have busy schedules and might not be able to make all the weeks for the league, you can add extra players (up to 7 total) to your roster to make sure you have at least 5 players each week.
The six-week season will consist of ‘ties’ which are a series of matches one team plays against another. The winning team of each tie is the one that wins the most matches. Both divisions will play 5 matches per tie. All matches will be ‘open doubles,’ meaning any gender combination is allowed. In each tie every doubles team must be unique, meaning if PlayerA is paired with PlayerB, PlayerA must play with PlayerX next match. Each week teams will play two ties so everyone will get to play plenty of games and it ends up being quite a good workout!
The top teams will advance to the playoffs and play for the League Championship in the final week. The playoffs will be a semi-final feeding into a final and a third-place match.
Building Your Team
When joining a league you have a few options; create a team, join an existing team, or join as an individual “solo” with no team (yet). If you create a team you will be the Team Captain for that team and be responsible for recruiting teammates, payment, submitting weekly rosters, and choosing the color of your team’s free dry-fit t-shirts! Choose your teammates wisely as they will need to be committed for the season and show up on time to your ties.
When joining an existing team you must communicate with your team captain as they must put you on the roster, AND you must sign up for that specific team upon registration.
When joining as a solo the league admin will either put you on a team, or if there is no space you may become an alternate in case other teams will need a substitute during a given week of the season. If you have under five players in your group but would still like to play together, sign up as a solo player and write the names of the other players in the notes section of the registration form.
To get started, the basic details of the available leagues are listed below…
Recreational and League
- Team: Co-ed; minimum 5 players, maximum 7 players
- Duration: 2 ties, 5 matches per tie, 2:15 (up to 28 matches per player per season!)
- Schedule: Sundays any time during 10am-6pm, and Saturdays after 7pm, January 20-February 25, Playoffs March 4 (top four teams qualify)
- Price: $575 per team. Must register by 11:59pm PST Wednesday January 8, September 24
- Notes: Feather shuttles provided for all league matches. Free shirt provided with entry. Ask your company about reimbursing your payment for your portion of the payment as many companies reimburse or subsidize fitness and wellness activities for their employees.