To ensure the quiet and safe enjoyment of badminton by all members, Club members are expected to adhere to the RA Code of Ethics and the RA Badminton Club Code of Conduct. New members may not be aware of the rules or what to expect in the area of court etiquette or conduct. In conjunction with the Code of Conduct, the points listed below are expected to be adhered to:
Please be aware of games in progress when you are walking by or between the courts. It’s very distracting to those playing when someone walking by is talking loudly or inadvertently strays onto the court. It can also be dangerous if the player does not see someone walk across the corner of the court and backs up to take a shot. Please wait until the rally is finished before you go between and around the courts.
Calling lines is often a controversial issue. However, if you’re in doubt as to whether the bird is in, on the line, or out, you should call it in favour of your opponent. Be courteous and accept line calls in the spirit that most players offer them.
A traditional White-clothing rule in badminton is not observed. Coloured clothing is acceptable. The Club wishes to ensure a standard of dress on the court. Ripped T-shirts or cut-off shorts are not acceptable.
Our hardwood floors are very susceptible to marking from black-soled shoes or scratches from grit-carrying outdoor shoes. Floor re-finishing is very expensive. The use of non-marking court shoes is enforced and players not using them may be requested to leave the courts.
Please turn off your cell phones while on the courts. Please check for messages between games in the badminton lounge.
Always be considerate to your fellow players. Most players like to challenge stronger players, so please accept games with players somewhat below your own level on an occasional basis so they learn to improve. If someone looks lost, offer to help them. Often, new members simply don’t understand the rules and need information. Don’t be afraid to ask someone you don’t know to play with you.
Non-members may enter the badminton court or lounge areas ONLY as guests of a member as detailed under Guests overleaf.
Please refrain from bringing food or drink onto the courts other than normal sports snacks and rinks in non-spill containers.
Enjoy your game!
The existing Ontario Badminton Association (OBA) policy on eye protection is that all Junior players in Ontario must wear protective eyewear meeting the ASTM F803 Standard where there are more than two players on the same court at all OBA, District or affiliated club activities.
The ODBA has adopted the policy that normal prescription eyewear may be used in District and Club activities and in non-OBA-sanctioned tournaments, even though such eyewear does not meet the ASTM F803 standard, on the condition that parents are made aware of the risks involved, AND that parents accept all liability for injuries their children may sustain as a result of not using eyewear that meets the standard. The RA Badminton Club and the RA Centre strongly urge parents to consider the potential for eye injuries and to encourage their children to wear protective eyewear. In allowing their children to NOT wear this equipment, parents are assumed to have accepted any liability for injury.
Nevertheless, all Junior participants in any tournament or event sanctioned by the OBA or the ODBA, MUST wear the protective eyewear in accordance with the policies, or they will NOT be allowed to participate.
RA Badminton Club Code of Conduct
(Please note that as a general rule, playing privileges for all membership types are superseded by the summer badminton camp, sanctioned tournaments, and special events. It is the Club’s practice to provide notice to members in advance by posting information on the web site and notices on the schedule boards in the lounge.)