Provincial High School Badminton Championships
Winkler, MB - May 1 & 2, 2015

1. DEADLINE DATES
 
ONLINE ELIGIBILITY by APRIL 10.  All schools must complete the online eligibility regardless of whether or not they will be attending the provincials.
 
ZONE PLAYOFFS must be completed by APRIL 22
 
ENTRIES must be received by APRIL 23 - 4:00 pm All zone entries are to be submitted online at the provincial championship website.  Late entries may not be accepted.
 
WILDCARD APPLICATIONS are due by APRIL 23 at 1:00 pm sharp.  Wildcards are open to zone semi-finalists and finalists only.  Applications must include the following:
- Complete season record of all games played (exhibition, league, tournament).  Season Record Form available on the MHSAA website.
- Letter of intent to participate signed by the Principal.
- $25.00 cheque made payable to the MHSAA. (If you are faxing or emailing the application please send along a photocopy or scanned copy of the cheque). If your school has multiple teams applying for wildcard spots, please make sure there is a SEPARATE CHEQUE FOR EACH TEAM.  If not selected, your cheque will be returned. 
 
If your application does not include ALL of the above, and/or is late, the application will not be considered. WILDCARD ENTRY will be determined by a committee, as determined by the MHSAA.  The rationale used for the decision will be an applicant’s high school tournament play and high school zone play. The wildcard entry will be awarded outright.  Wildcard decisions will be posted on our website on the Monday, prior to the championship.
 
 
2. FORMAT & RULES
 
A) FORMAT: Badminton Point-a-Rally will be used. The tournament will be seeded into four pools and round robin will be played.  The top two finishers in each pool will go onto a championship draw which will be a double elimination draw.  All playoffs games on the championship side will be a best of three matches, (excluding playoff games 1-4). The third and fourth finishers in each pool will go onto the consolation draw.  During championship playoff games that are a best of three match, a coaching interval not exceeding 90 seconds is allowed between the 1st and 2nd games.  IF a third game is to be played, players will switch courts at the 11th point.  Time between matches will be limited to 10 minutes.
 
Events – Girls Singles, Boys Singles, Girls Doubles, Boys Doubles & Mixed Doubles
 
B) ENTRIES: Zones 1-14 are limited to two entries per event (Zone 15 will be allowed one entry). A player may be entered in only one event.
 
Any athlete or doubles team finishing in the top two (2), of their zone, automatically qualify for provincial competition, with the exception of Zone 15 where only their winner will qualify.  Doubles teams that advance, must advance with the partner that they qualified with, in their zone championship (Substitutions or replacements can NOT be made after zone competition). 
 
ONE ENTRY will go to the HOST ZONE, meaning, that the host zone is now allowed to enter a third representative.  The rational for this is that for most MHSAA sports, there is a host spot and this may be more incentive and a reward for those zones (schools) that are hosting a provincial badminton championship.  It is up to the host zone to determine how they will fill the host spots. If the host entry is the third entry for a single school in a category, that entry will not be allotted points towards the team scoring.
 
C) RULES: all matches will be governed by Canadian Badminton Association rules, except where noted by special MHSAA rules.  In these cases MHSAA rules will take precedent over the official rules.
 
Tie Breaking procedure - if two teams are tied for first place, winner in round robin play finishes first. If two teams are tied for second place, then a one game 21 point play-off will be played to decide second place. If three teams are tied for first place, points for and against decide first place, between the three tied teams involved.  The other two teams will play-off a one 21 point game for second place. 
 
If three teams are tied for second place, points for and against between the three tied decide the bye, other two teams play off one 21 point game.  The winner immediately plays the team who received the bye for second place. In the event of tied teams having the same plus - minus, points for and against in the whole round robin will determine positions to advance.
 
Recording scores - the winner is responsible, we recommend both be present when filling in the score card on your court. When leaving court please leave by the end of the courts when reporting scores or requesting shuttles, etc.
 
Coaching is not allowed from the side at anytime.
 
Officiating: the honor system shall be used throughout the tournament.
Five minute no show in effect.
 
Two minute warm up - coaches, if there is a delay, please ask your athletes to quickly prepare for play.
 
Serving - serve from wrong court is a “let” if it is noticed by the opponent
 
Defaults - Points will only be awarded if an entry does not show up for a scheduled match.  It is the zones responsibility to ensure that their representatives fulfill any commitments. If a player(s) leaves prior to finishing any or all of his/her games, their scores will all be eliminated.  Their zone may also be subject to a $200.00 performance bond violation.
 
Equipment:
- all competitors must supply their own racquets
- Mavis 300 blue band nylon shuttlecocks (optic yellow) - supplied by the MHSAA
- shuttlecocks will be left on the court after a game. If a new shuttlecock is required, the one in use must be returned to a committee member
- Protective eyewear - the MHSAA strongly encourages the use of protective eyewear during Provincial Badminton Championships
 
Uniform Rule: Proper uniforms must be worn.  Players are allowed to wear school uniforms, which must have short sleeves, or a plain white T-shirt.  Doubles must have identical uniforms and shorts.  Athletes can NOT wear other school jersey's that have the name of a sport on the jersey, other than the sport name of badminton.   Appropriate shorts must be worn.
 
Athletes and coaches will not be allowed to wear headwear during competitions, opening ceremonies, awards ceremonies, banquets and/or luncheons. Any athlete or coach deemed in violation may be subject to a performance bond violation in the amount of $50 - $200 assessed to the school.
 
Coaches should be advised that if the uniform rule is not adhered to, the team/player may not be allowed to compete and may be fined up to $200.00.  The school may also be put on probation (probation being that if the school violates the infraction again, the school may be fined $200.00 and be suspended from all MHSAA activities). 
 
Advertising on uniforms must adhere to guidelines as outlined on pages 130-131 of MHSAA Handbook.
 
Scoring System: Points will be awarded from the ¼ finals through to the Championship finals as follows:
 
First place - 12 points
Second place - 10 points
Third place - 9  points
Fourth place - 7  points
Fifth and sixth 5  points
Seventh and Eighth - 4  points
Consolation Champ - 3  points
Consolation second, third and fourth - 2 points
Consolation fifth, sixth, seventh & eighth - 1 point
 
Tie breaker, if tied - greatest number of 1st place finishes. If still tied - greatest number of 2nd place finishes. If still tied - greatest number of 3rd place finishes. If still tied - greatest number of 4th place finishes. If still tied, it will be the greatest number of athletes in the quarterfinal.
 
It is expected that all teams attend opening ceremonies and related functions.    Non-attendance may result in performance bond forfeiture.
 
3. AWARDS
 
A Provincial Championship banner will be presented to the winning school in the “A-AA” categories
 
A Provincial Championship banner will be presented to the winning school in the “AAA-AAAA” categories.
 
Provincial Champions will be declared in each of the events.  They will receive medals and a championship T-shirt. Medals will also be presented to second and third place. Consolation winners will all receive ribbons.
 
4. SUPERVISION
 
At all MHSAA Provincial Championships, interzone and wildcard games, participants must have a teacher from the school division in attendance as a supervisor, or they will not be allowed to compete.  In individual sports where it may be unrealistic for one teacher to accompany one student, the zone may designate teacher supervisors for athletes.  This must be a written request, signed by each principal involved, and approved by the MHSAA, well in advance.  The designated teacher supervisor should have a copy of the letter, with them during the championship.
 
Teachers employed in the school division where they are coaching a team, may be the supervisor for that team.  The responsibility rests with the school to ensure that supervisor(s) are fully acquainted with all MHSAA rules, regulations and consequences.  Violation of this rule may result in a bond forfeiture up to a maximum of $200.00.
 
5. INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURE
 
The MHSAA, in cases of severe weather disruptions, may have to make decisions as to the possible rescheduling of Provincial Championships.  MHSAA decisions will be based on Environment Canada weather reports, the Manitoba Highway reports and weather conditions at the host site.
 
Information on possible schedule changes will be posted on the host website between 6:30 and 7:00 am on the day of the Championship.  Schools will also be emailed any changes.  In case of inclement weather, schools should refrain from travelling to Provincial Championships until they receive notification from the MHSAA Assistant Executive Director with instructions and updated scheduling.  Schools making a decision to travel prior to receiving notification from MHSAA Assistant Executive Director do so at their own risk and will be responsible for their travel and hotel costs, should the event be postponed or changed.
 
Many schools travel to Provincial Championships on the day prior to the championship beginning.  In cases where most schools are already at the host site, the convenor along with MHSAA assistant director will try to modify schedules to accommodate teams that will be arriving later due to weather conditions.



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