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National Grading 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 2019/20 season:

  • All players will be eligible to receive a BADMINTON England grading
  • New grading will published on the last Friday of September, January and May
  • Completed tournament results by 12pm on the last Friday will be included in the grading run
  • All Badminton England sanctioned events will be included in the grading system
  • Players grading can be upgraded or downgraded based upon results in sanctioned tournaments in each grading run.
  • U18 ICT, Shires league matches*, Senior and Masters County matches will be included from all divisions
  • U17 Players (born on or after the 1st January 2004) will qualify for Senior Silver and Gold if they are graded 'A-D' in any discipline, but they must enter that discipline of which they are grade D or above to allow them to enter other disciplines.
  • Team events will not award qualifying losses in any discipline.
  • There is a Starting Grade for players. See table below
Age Group Starting Grade Age Group Starting Grade
U11 J Senior & O35 F
U13 J O40 G
U15 I O45 H
U17 H O50 I
U19 G O55+ J

To adjust your grading, you must first play a minimum of four qualifying matches in each grading period.

A qualifying match is:

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



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 14 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.
  • If you are a new player and have just received your starting grade you may appeal outside of the 14 days.

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


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 below. All other circuits remain unaffected.

Tournaments taking place from 1st July 2019 (Season 2019-20)


The following
grades cannot enter

Junior - U12 Bronze

A to H

Junior - U13 Bronze

A to H

Junior - U14 Bronze

A to G

Junior - U15 Bronze

A to G

Junior - U15 Silver

A to F

Junior - U16 Bronze

A to F

Junior - U16 Silver

A to E

Junior - U17 Bronze

A to F

Junior - U17 Silver

A to E

Junior - U18 Bronze

A to D

Junior - U18 Silver

A to C

Junior - U19 Bronze

A to D

Junior - U19 Silver

A to C

Senior - Bronze

A to C

Senior - Silver

'E to J' if aged U17

Senior - Gold

'E to J' if aged U17