Norton Radstock Badminton

Terms used on this page:

the club - the collective group of all members of NR Badminton or the organisation of NR Badminton
juniors - participants of the club aged from 11 to 16 or 18 if in further education
members - participants who have paid in full for the forthcoming season
committee - selected members who have been voted or agreed to stand as officers of the club

Rules Of Etiquette

Within the sports hall, the following must be adhered to:

  • No smoking
  • No 'horseplay'
  • No alcohol
  • No walking across courts when they are in use
  • No offensive language
  • Membership

Joining and Paying

  • Badminton players at an intermediate beginner level and aged 11 or over are welcome to apply for membership to the club
  • The season fee is to be paid in full within the first 2 weeks a new season
  • If a new member joins the club mid-season, a proportional fee may be decided by the committee
  • Refunds for membership fees will only be given in certain circumstances to be decided by the committee and then only by the balance after deducting £3.00 for every evening attended
  • If the club membership is full, any prospective members will be added to the waiting list and will be notified if a vacancy becomes available
  • Junior membership is from 11 to 16 years old or 18 years if they are in full-time further education
  • All fees will be reviewed on a seasonal basis
  • The committee reserves the right to refuse or terminate membership although a percentage of any fees paid would be decided and refunded

Renewing membership

  • Existing members will have first refusal to renew their membership in the new season
  • Existing members will have 2 weeks into the new season to renew their membership. Failure to do this may result in their place at the club to be given to the next person on the waiting list
  • If an existing member is unable to attend the club within the first 2 weeks of a new season but wishes to renew their membership, they must contact the committee within those first 2 weeks. Failure to do so may result in their place been offered to the next person on the waiting list
  • It is not the policy of the club to contact old members who do not renew their membership within 2 weeks of a new season or who have been absent for 6 or more consecutive weeks so consequently lose their right to renew their membership


  • All junior members under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult up to 2 juniors per adult
  • The club operates a curfew system. After 9 pm, juniors are asked to sit out from playing badminton. If an empty court is available, they will be welcome to continue playing there
  • Junior members are expected to 'want' to learn the game and this includes keeping score


Rules Of Play

The diagram on the right shows the selection board used at NR Badminton. All players have a peg with their name written on it. This is placed on the bottom panel (waiting to play). First in line then selects players to play on the next available court and subsequently moves their pegs to the Court # panel. The following points explain this system as well as how the games are controlled.

  • All members will be given a peg with their name written on it
  • Visitor players (new players) will be given a 'Visitor' peg until they become members
  • In an attempt to ensure all players have equal time playing, a rotation system is used
  • Once a game has finished, players will remove their pegs from the 'Court #' panel and place them to the right of the 'waiting to play' panel
  • Once a court is available, the first person to the left of the 'waiting to play' panel is free to select players for the next game
  • When selecting players from the 'waiting to play' panel, selections are to be made from the first 6 players on the left side therefore selecting the players who have been waiting the longest regardless of their (and your) playing ability
  • Experienced members must not only pick other experienced players and vice-versa
  • The committee ask that experienced players take into account the experience of their opponents and to suit their playing level accordingly
  • During busy times, all games must have 4 players
  • Many aspects of the game are decided by the players e.g.
    - Who starts
    - Do you play side-to-side or back-front
    - Who is the designated score keeper(s)
    - General umpiring
    - What happens if the score is 20-20 (the club recommends playing the first to win 2 points)

What To Expect From The Club

As part of the membership to the club, members can expect the following:

  • The club will provide shuttlecocks and badminton nets
  • An emergency badminton racquet will be available for a temporary period (the evening)
  • Occasional email or notices will be produced when required

Your personal information

As a member, your name and email address will be stored on a private computer and retained for club communication purposes only. At no point will your details be passed on to a third party or be accessible in the public domain.