Burlington Badminton Club

Info � General � Playing � Constitution


Gym Use
BBC has been notified by the City and the Board of Education that during inclement weather, players may�not enter the Gyms with street shoes on. This means any shoe that has been worn outside. This is to protect the floors and prevent damage when grit is tracked in on street shoes. You must remove your street shoes in the hall outside the main Gym doors and put on a court style shoe. Burlington Badminton Club requests that each of us share in the responsibility for ensuring compliance of this rule.

Operating Times and General Rules
  • Tuesdays: Adult play
  • Fridays: Adults and select Juniors as qualified by Junior club coaches
  • Sundays: Adults and select Juniors as qualified by Junior club coaches (Family Badminton courts are also available at 2:30pm for use by all Junior club members and parent/Adult club members). Select juniors may be granted full membership in the Adult club where approved by Junior coaches and the BBC Executive.
  • Singles play is available on Fridays and Sundays if courts are not in use for doubles play
  • Players are asked to vacate the gym by 10:00 (Tuesdays and Fridays) and 4:30 (Sundays)
  • Guests must sign in and pay before playing

Etiquette & General Rules
Please exhibit good sportsmanship at all times. Show respect when crossing the end of a court by yielding to play. Introduce yourself to start play and shake hands upon completion.

Please observe the�Code of Conduct:
  1. Respect the game, play fairly and follow the rules and regulations.
  2. Demonstrate good sportsmanship before, during and after games.
  3. Be courteous and treat all players and members with respect.
  4. Refrain from the use of profanity and abusive language at all times.

Indoor court shoes with a gum or non-marking sole must be worn (no black soles). During inclement weather, please change into your designated court shoes before entering the gym.
  • Eye protection is highly recommended (a well hit bird can reach 250 km/h)
  • Appropriate gym attire (ie. badminton/tennis wear) is required (no jeans, street clothing, ball caps, etc.)

Fees are posted at the start of each season.
  • Adult (age 18 and older as of Sept. 1st)
  • Juniors (age 9 to 17) See Junior club website for details
  • Guests (18 years of age or older) are welcome for a $10.00 fee per visit. We reserve the right to limit guests based on member turn-out. No guests on club event dates — please check the calendar.


Before play begins, the shuttle is tossed up and the side winning the toss (where the cork is pointed) may serve first.

Basic Aim
You win a rally if you hit the shuttle over the net and onto the floor of the opposing side's court. You lose the rally if you hit the shuttle into the net or outside of the court. If the shuttle touches you or your clothing or if you hit it before it crosses the net, you also lose the rally.

The service court is slightly different for singles and doubles. For both doubles and singles however the serving is always done diagonally (ie, from the right service court to the left service court or vice versa). The first serve at the start of the game is always taken from the right service court. The shuttle can fall anywhere in the opposing service court. For the serve, the shuttle must land between the front service line and the back service line. In both games, the server must obey certain serving "laws". For example, the highest part of the racquet must always remain below the server's hand and waistline, thus forcing an underhand serve. Both server and receiver must not allow either of their feet to leave the court surface until the shuttle has left the server's racquet.

Badminton IBF Scoring
Burlington Badminton Club has adopted the IBF standard "rally-point" scoring as our official scoring system. Each�rally ends with one side winning a point and the next serve will be made from that side. 21 points wins a game however you must win by 2 points. If the score becomes 20-20 the side that first scores 2 consecutive points shall win that game, if the score should become 29-29 the side that scores the 30th�point shall win that game.

Club board & choosing matches
When you arrive, are�ready to play�and there is free court space, you may place your name peg on any court.�
When all courts are in use, place your peg on the 'to be picked' row to the right of any pegs already there. The person on the far left of the row will be choosing the next match and selects 3 others within their colour coded range (their own colour, plus or minus 1 level). Please note that the colours are only meant as a gauge to assist in choosing balanced games.

When a court becomes available, move these 4 pegs up to the corresponding court space and move the existing pegs (of those whose game just finished) down to the row of waiting players to keep them in the rotation.
Advise the person whose peg is now at the front of the line to choose the next match.� When your games are completed, come off the court and ensure your name peg is once again on the row to the right of all pegs already there.

Court time is limited to a short warm-up if necessary and the duration of 2 games to 21 points.
Players change ends after the first game.

Games can only be picked from pegs on the row. You cannot re-pick players who are still on court and every effort should be made to choose players who have been waiting the longest. It is the responsibility of each player to move their peg back to the picking line each time they come off court if they are ready to play again. � If you wish to take a break, remove your peg and when ready to resume, place it at the end of the row.

A court or two may be available for Singles play on Fridays and Sundays depending on member turnout.

Burlington Badminton Club Constitution

1. Club Name and Affiliation

The club shall be called Burlington Badminton Club, hereafter called BBC. The BBC is affiliated with Badminton Ontario and the Western Ontario Badminton Association (WOBA) and plays recreational badminton in Burlington, Ontario. The club shall operate as a not-for-profit organization.

2. Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the BBC shall be to:
  • play and promote badminton in the Burlington area
  • increase the standard of play among members
  • encourage a positive and rewarding badminton environment

3. Board of Directors

Number of Directors and Quorum
The number of Directors of BBC shall be a minimum of three (3) directors and a maximum of nine (9) Directors. The number of Directors to be elected shall be such number within the aforesaid minimum and maximum as the members may determine from time to time. A majority of the Directors then in office shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of directors. Notwithstanding vacancies, the remaining Directors then in office may exercise all of the powers of the Board of Directors so long as a quorum of the Board of Directors remains in office. All matters to be decided by the board of directors will be decided by a simple majority vote cast by directors present by a show of hands.

Qualification of Directors
Directors must be a minimum of 25 years of age. To sit on the Board of Directors, a prospective director must be a fully paid member of the BBC for at least the year before elected/appointed and while sitting on the Board of Directors, all directors must be a fully paid member in good standing. All members of the Board of Directors and officers of BBC are volunteers and receive no money or discounts for service. No member of the Board of Directors or officer will have an expense account.

Election and Term of Directors
The election of Directors shall take place at the annual general meeting of the BBC. Directors shall be elected to hold office for a term of two (2) years. At annual meetings thereafter, Directors if qualified may stand for re-election for a further term of one (1) or two (2) years. A Director may resign from office by resignation in writing which shall be effective as of the date specified in such written resignation.

Except as hereinafter provided, vacancies on the Board of Directors may be filled by qualified persons by the remaining Directors if they constitute a quorum. If there is not a quorum of Directors or a vacancy results from a failure to elect the number of Directors required to be elected at any meeting of members then the Directors then in office may forthwith call a special meeting of the members to fill the vacancy and, if they fail to call a meeting or if there are no Directors then in office, the meeting may be called by any member.

4. Officers

Executive Officers
Unless otherwise determined by the Board of Directors, there shall be a President (who shall also serve as the Chairperson of the Board of the Directors), a Vice-President, a Finance Director, a Communications Director, a Membership Director and may also include a Secretary and other Directors at Large to assist with the general running of the BBC. An incoming President is required to serve a minimum of one year as a Director prior to assuming the post.

The Board of Directors shall appoint each of such officers from among the members of the Board of Directors and/or the members of the BBC and shall specify their duties and delegate to them the power to manage their duties. In the absence of a written agreement to the contrary, the Board of Directors may remove at its pleasure any officer of the BBC.

Other Officers
The Board of Directors may from time to time appoint such other officers (including, without limitation, honorary officers) and with such titles as the Board of Directors considers necessary or appropriate. All such officers shall have the power and duties from time to time prescribed by the Board of Directors or which are incident to his or her office. In the absence of a written agreement to the contrary, the Board of Directors may remove at its pleasure any such officer. From time to time the Board of Directors may vary, add to or limit the powers and duties of any officer or officers.

5. Meetings

The BBC shall hold an annual general meeting of its members, the purpose of which shall be to review the operations and financial results of the BBC during the past year, consider amendments to the constitution and elect or appoint members to the Board of Directors. All matters to be decided by the members will be decided by a simple majority vote cast by members present by a show of hands unless a ballot is requested by a member present in person at the meeting.

Agenda for Meeting
  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
  3. President's Report
  4. Financial Report
  5. Any Directors Reports
  6. Unfinished Business
  7. Amendments to the Constitution
  8. Election or appointment of Board Member(s)
  9. New Business
  10. Adjournment
The Board of Directors shall meet as and when it is considered necessary upon not less than two business days' prior notice to all members of the Board of Directors. The President or any director may convene a meeting.

6. Finance policies and Bank Account

All BBC monies shall be banked in an account held in the name of the BBC. The Finance Director shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the BBC and shall keep a record of all income and expenditures. The financial year of the BBC shall be from September 1st to August 31st. Any member using his or her money for BBC business must have supporting receipts to be reimbursed. When required to write a cheque, the cheque must be countersigned by at least two authorized signatories, neither of whom is the payee and both of whom are Officers on the Board of Directors.

The BBC will maintain a reserve balance to ensure its protection against unforeseen economic hardship in accordance with Revenue Canada guidelines for non-profit sports clubs. Any surplus (beyond this reserve amount) is to be used to maintain membership fees or for some other worthwhile promotion of BBC's objectives.

7. Protection of Directors and Officers

No Director or officer of the BBC shall be liable for the acts, neglect or default of any other Director, officer or volunteer of the BBC or for any loss, damage or expense happening to the BBC through the insufficiency or deficiency of title to any property of the BBC or of any security in or upon which any of the money of or belonging to the BBC shall be placed out or invested or for any loss or damage arising from the bankruptcy, insolvency or tortious act of any person, firm or corporation with whom or which any moneys, securities or effects shall be lodged or deposited or for any other loss, damage or misfortune of any member or guest of the BBC or any other person whatsoever which may occur in the course of any BBC activity or the execution of the duties of his or her respective office or trust provided, in each case, that they have acted honestly and in good faith in the best interests of the BBC.

8. Conflict of Interest

A Director who is in any way directly or indirectly interested in a contract or transaction, or proposed contract or transaction, with the BBC shall advise the Board of Directors of the existence and nature of such interest and shall not attend any part of a meeting of Directors or vote on any resolution to approve any such contract or transaction.

9. Membership

The BBC shall be based on a membership model. Membership shall consist of adult 18+ years old and junior members 9 to 17 years old. To become a member, an individual must fully complete, sign and submit a Membership Application form to a BBC Director and pay the applicable membership fee. You may pay the fee in cash or by cheque, no debit or credit cards. The forms will be made available during club hours and online throughout the year.

The annual membership fees shall be decided upon by the Board of Directors prior to the beginning of each season's play. Guest fees and Adult and Junior membership fees will be reviewed annually. That rate will be set and remain unchanged throughout that season. Pro-rated memberships are available at a price fixed by the Board of Directors usually for September to December, for the winter session January to April and the summer session from May to August. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

All members and guests shall be subject to the provisions of this Constitution and any other by-laws or code of conduct adopted by the BBC. A copy of the Constitution and any other by-law or code of conduct adopted by the BBC shall be available on the BBC website.

The Board of Directors shall have the power to decline a membership application, expel a member or to refuse to renew the membership of any member for failure to comply with any provision of this Constitution or any by-law or code of conduct adopted by the BBC or in such other circumstances as the Board of Directors may, in its sole discretion, determine appropriate including, without limitation, in the event of interest between such member and the aims and objectives of the BBC. No reimbursement for paid membership shall be made when a member leaves or is expelled from the BBC.

The Membership Director(s) shall maintain a membership waiting list if applicable. The Board of Directors will then decide whether or not to accept additional applications for membership.

10. Guests

Guests are welcome except on scheduled club event nights, i.e. ladder, feather, club championship match nights. Guests may play a maximum of three times in the season (September-April). A guest shall check in, sign a waiver/liability Guest form and pay the guest fee in advance of play. All guests will be expected to abide by all the rules and codes of conduct that are applicable to members.

11. Data Collected

Information collected on the BBC membership form to the Board of Directors may be held on computer. Our data collection and storage is governed by the Privacy Act and Canada's Anti-spam Legislation and will not be sold or shared with any other entity other than the WOBA which will require only membership type (adult or junior), name and gender. No personal information is exchanged.

12. By?Laws and Regulations

The Board of Directors shall have the power to make or repeal such other by?laws and regulations (not inconsistent with these rules) as it shall determine expedient for the internal management of the BBC provided that the adoption of any such by-law or regulation shall be ratified and approved by the members at the annual meeting held immediately following the adoption of such by-law or regulation. All such by?laws and regulations shall be effective as of the date of adoption by the Board of Directors and shall be binding upon members and guests until repealed by the Board of Directors or if not ratified by or if set aside by resolution at an annual meeting of the members of the BBC.

13. Constitution Changes

The purpose of this Constitution is to provide a means for the efficient operation and management of the BBC, to remove inconsistency and misunderstanding of the BBC rules and to direct the behavior of its members in ways which can be seen to benefit the BBC overall and its members.

This Constitution may be amended by the Board of Directors at any time provided that any such amendment shall be ratified and approved by the members at the annual meeting held immediately following the effective date of such amendment.

14. Dissolution

In the event of dissolution of the BBC, any physical and monetary assets will be kept by Badminton Ontario in Trust until a new board of directors can be set up and run the club. It will be left to the discretion of Badminton Ontario to qualify a new board of directors for the BBC.


  1. Respect the game, play fairly and follow the rules and regulations.
  2. Demonstrate good sportsmanship before, during and after games.
  3. Be courteous and treat all players and members with respect.
  4. Refrain from the use of profanity and abusive language at all times.


  1. Club members and guests must check in on each visit to the facility.
  2. Club members are permitted to bring guests who shall pay a guest fee at an amount determined by BBC. The Club Member is responsible that the guest fee is paid at each visit.
  3. The BBC reserves the right to expel any member in accordance with the Constitution of the BBC and limit the number of guests that are permitted to use the facilities at any given session.
  4. The BBC reserves the right to change, amend or modify rules at any time without prior notice to the members.
  5. BBC is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
  6. It is the responsibility of the parent(s) or the accompanying guardian(s) to look after and control the children in their charge at all times.
  7. Except for guests who have paid the applicable guest fee, non-members (including children) are not permitted to be on the courts at any time.
  8. All players shall provide their own racquets and players must wear appropriate badminton attire. Suitable non-marking indoor footwear must be worn on the court areas at all times. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. No player wearing street shoes or wet court shoes will be permitted to enter the court areas. Players must change into their court shoes prior to entering the court areas. Shuttlecocks shall be provided by the BBC and shall generally be nylon shuttlecocks. Members wanting to play with feather shuttlecocks must provide them at their own expense. Protective eyewear is strongly recommended and is mandatory for any player 18 and under. Those who do not comply with the mandatory eye protection rule will be asked to leave the court until such time as they comply with this policy.
  9. No food or drinks are permitted on the court areas.
  10. All members and guests will exercise and follow proper court etiquette at all times. Members and guests will conduct themselves in a manner that will not disturb other players, their matches, safety and enjoyment of the facilities.
  11. Members and guests shall refrain from using profanity. Profanity, denigratory or offensive slogans on any attire and/or behaviour as such are deemed to be unacceptable. Harassment in any form is also deemed unacceptable.
  12. When approached by any member of the Board of Directors of the BBC regarding breaches of these rules, members and guests shall comply immediately.
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