There are 3 grades of tournaments that make up the tournament structure for Scottish tournaments for Junior players. Please see the link below for more information on how ranking points are allocated and how to obtain a Player ID number:
The Scottish National Junior Championships for U13/15/17/19, are the highest grade of tournament for junior players in Scotland and therefore have the highest allocation of ranking points.
The format used for the Scottish Junior National Championships involves the tournament being competed over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday. Competition for all 3 events, singles, level doubles and mixed doubles all take place on the Saturday. For singles and level doubles the competition is played through to quarter final stage, with semi finals and finals being played on the Sunday. The mixed doubles semi finals are played on the Saturday, with only the final being held on the Sunday. All events are played in a straight knockout format, with no consolation event.
‘A’ Grade Junior Tournaments:
- Glasgow Junior Championships U13/15/17/19
- East of Scotland Junior Championships U13/15/17/19
- West of Scotland Championships U13/15/17/19
- Midland Junior Championships U13/15/17/19
Grade ‘A’ tournaments are played over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, with semi finals and finals played on the Sunday. Grade ‘A’ tournaments also consist of competition for all 3 events, singles, level doubles and mixed doubles. The singles and level doubles events are played on the Saturday up to the quarter final stage, with the mixed doubles and semi finals and finals of all events played on the Sunday.
Each tournament organiser will decide which format is most suitable to use for their event, mainly based around number of entries and number of court hours available. The most popular format is for events to be played in pools and then progressing onto knockout draws, to maximise the number of games for players. Another option is for events to played in knockout format from the beginning with a consolation event being run for first round losers.
‘B’ Grade Junior Tournaments
SSBU Age Group Competitions are for age groups Under 11/12/13/14/15/18 and are open to all levels of ability, if you can serve and score a game you can play. These events are played in pools to guarantee each player a number of games, with singles and doubles events played throughout the season. These competitions involve both singles and doubles events and the competition starts with pools with the finishing positions in the pools used for a series of knock-out competitions.
SSBU Age Group Competitions Under 13/14 and Under 15/16 Level & Mixed Doubles Competitions involve pairs starting in pools before progressing to elimination rounds. The first two pairs in each pool will progress to the “A” knockout with the remaining pairs going into a “B” knockout. All players should have at least four matches, if not more, depending on the number of entries.
For further information on all Scottish Schools Badminton Union competitions, including Scottish Schools National Championships for Primary and Secondary, please use the link below:
For further information on all rules for Scottish Schools Badminton Union competitions, please see the link below:
Glasgow & North Strathclyde Junior League
Junior League events are a fantastic way to get started on the competition pathway. These events cater for all junior age groups and are organised by ability rather than age, with an aim to make sure that each player is given a positive experience of friendly competition. There are no ranking points allocated for these events at present.
Throughout the season there is five singles events, four team events and a Christmas doubles event organised. They are all on Sunday mornings from 9am – latest 2pm and mostly at the National Badminton Academy, Scotstoun. The cost to enter is £6 per player and this can be paid in advance or on the day.
These competitions are open to all abilities and ages and players are pooled with players from other clubs of equal ability. They are great fun and spectators and volunteer helpers are always welcome. For dates of all the events and how to enter, please see the link below: