National Gradings

National Gradings

The National Gradings has been introduced for players of all ages and abilities to identify their individual playing standards - and then find sanctioned tournament circuits that meet their on court levels.

For the 2015/16 season:

  • All players will be eligible to receive a BADMINTON England grading
  • New gradings will be released on the last Friday of the month, every 3 months:
    October - January - April - July
  • All Badminton England sanctioned events will be included in the grading system
  • Player gradings can be upgraded [promoted] or downgraded [relegated] based upon results in sanctioned tournaments
  • U17 ICT, Shires league matches*, Senior and Masters County matches will be included from all divisions*
  • U17 Players (born on or after the 1st January 1999) will qualify for Senior Silver and Gold if they are graded 'A-D' in any disciplane, but they must enter that discipline of which they are grade D or above to allow them to enter other disciplines.
  • Appeals may be made within 28 days following a grading publication. All appeals made outside of this will not be considered.

    * Team events will not award qualifying losses in any discipline.

To adjust your grading, you must first play a minimum of four qualifying matches in each three onth period.  A qualifying match is:

  1. A win against a player/pair* of the same grade

  2. A win against a player/pair* of a higher grade

  3. A loss against a player/pair* of a lower grade

Players achieving a 80%+ win ratio will move up a grade.  Players achieving a 20% or less win ratio will move down a grade.

* For doubles the individuals grade will be compared to the average of the oppositions grades.

To find your latest GRADING - click below:




Entry to some circuit tournaments will be restricted by Grade.

With the introduction of singles, doubles and mixed grades, all tournaments are now restricted by each individual event grade. For example a player may be restricted from the singles event but still eligible to compete in the doubles and mixed.

A concise list of affected circuits are listed belowAll other circuits remain unaffected.


The following
grades cannot enter

Junior - U13 Bronze

A to G

Junior - U15 Bronze

A to F

Junior - U15 Silver

A to E

Junior - U17 Bronze

A to E

Junior - U17 Silver

A to D

Junior - U19 Bronze

A to C

Senior - Bronze

A to C

Senior - Silver

'E to J' if aged U17

Senior - Gold

'E to J' if aged U17


Wish to appeal your grading? 

Using your results history on sanctioned tournaments, BADMINTON England will be creating a unique win/loss ratio for each player.  This win/loss ratio will form the basis for the starting grades.

Players can appeal to be up upgraded or downgraded by CLICKING HERE.

Please note:

  • Appeals may be made within 28 days following a grading publication. All appeals made outside of this will not be considered.
  • Ensure you give detailed supporting evidence to assist with the review.

Players involved in the appeals process will be notified of the outcome within 10 working days of the appeal.


Wish to adjust your starting grade?

If, on the initial grading list issued in July 2012, you are a Senior player [18+] graded 'G' OR a Junior player graded 'I' you can apply for a review of your starting grade.

This also applies to players who do not appear on the latest list and are effectively considered 'ungraded' by BADMINTON England.

To apply for a review, CLICK HERE

[All reviews will be processed within 10 working days and applied to the next publication]