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Changes to Junior Tournament Structure

In 2015 Badminton Europe international age groups were changed. The domestic age groups were changed to align the domestic and international age groups, whilst retaining a competition season running from July to June.

However, with age groups that do not match the competition season there is still a level of confusion especially in the younger age groups and for new players, and this has been exacerbated by players being a year younger under the new age groups.

As a result, the junior tournament season will be moved to an annual season from 1st January to 31st December to support a more simplified structure. This will align the age groups with the playing season, whilst remaining aligned to the Badminton Europe and Badminton World Federation.

The junior tournament season will be moved to an annual season from 1st January to 31st December to support a more simplified structure. A full outline of all the changes are listed below.

New junior tournament structure changes 

  • The new season will run to the calendar year, 1st January to 31st December. 
  • Player age groups – no changes and will continue to be determined on 31st December each year. 
  • Age groups will remain at U19, U17, U15, U13 and U11

When will this start?

  • Alignment of age groups and tournament season will take place in 2019-20, by extending the season 6 months. 
  • 2019-20 season will run from 1st July 2019 to 31st December 2020. 
  • From 1st January 2021 the season will run each year from 1st January to 31st December

E.g. A current U15 player (born 2005):

  • 1st July 2019 – 31st December 2020 will be an U16 player - playing U17 Circuit
    1st January 2021 – 31st December 2021 will be an U17 player - playing U17 Circuit
    1st January 2022 – 31st December 2022 will be an U18 player – playing U19 Circuit
    1st January 2023 – 31st December 2023 will be an U19 player – playing U19 Circuit
    1st January 2024 onwards becomes a senior player

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Circuit changes for 2019-20

New U11 Gold Circuit to replace the U11 English Nationals

  • 2020 will see the introduction of a new Tier 1 Gold circuit for the under 11 age group, to include three Gold tournaments.
  • These Golds will be in place of the U11 English Nationals, so that we are focused on providing a more relevant progressive structure with opportunities across the breadth of the country without the unnecessary pressure and change in environment that the Nationals creates.
  • These will be 1 day tournaments, group format, played best of 3 to 15 points extended to 21. There will be no mixed doubles.

Senior Silver

  • Group formats Senior Silver tournaments will be changed from a KO format to having the first rounds in groups. This will help reinvigorate the Silver circuit and the transition of players from Bronze to Silver by providing additional group matches and better value for money.

Senior Tier 4 Copper circuit expansion

  • More than 20 Tier 4 tournaments have been sanctioned so far for 2019-20 season, and we hope to get more added to offer even more opportunities for players at grade F and below.
  • If you are a club player and interested to try some more competitive see what tier 4 tournaments are being held near you – use the tournament search tool here.
  • If you are a club or individual interested in running a tier 4 then please contact for more information.

U19 Circuit updates U19

  • Gold will be given the option to run as KO or groups at the organisers discretion but will be advertised clearly in the terms and conditions of entry.
  • U19 Silver will be changed from a KO format, to having the first rounds in groups.

Tournament fee

  • The tournament fee for players without Compete membership will be increased from £5 to £7. It will remain beneficial for any player interested in competing in more than one circuit tournament to upgrade their membership to Compete so that they do not pay this tournament fee and they can take advantage of the other membership benefits that come with Compete. More information on membership here.

Senior Circuit prizes and prize money

  • Senior Gold and Silver prize pots have been increased to £1400 and £700 respectively.
  • Senior Bronze and Tier 4 can choose whether to award prize money or medals and will be stated in each individual tournaments T&C’s.

Junior Silver Circuit

  • Format updated to provide the majority of groups in any one draw to be 4 players/pairs or more. This does not include the mixed if it is run as a KO, which should be stated in the individual tournaments T&C’s.

Seeding regulations for tournaments

  • A new regulation to determine the number of seeds will be implemented. The new regulation will result in more draw sizes having a larger number of seeded players. This will provide better separation of the strongest players in the draw, taking into consideration the results of more players throughout the year and providing more high quality later round matches.
  • The details of this will be available in the updated Regulations for Tournaments 2019-20 here.

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