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                         BADMINTON SOUTH AFRICA
                         CONSTITUTION: BYE-LAWS

                         ANNEXURE E:

                         JUNIOR/SCHOOLS COMMITTEE

1.    AIMS

The Junior/Schools Committee shall be responsible for governing, regulating and
controlling schools and junior badminton on behalf of Badminton SA, and thereby aims to
promote participation and excellence in schools and junior badminton.

2.    OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Junior/Schools Committee are:
~     to be the goal setter and idea creator for the promotion of schools and junior
      badminton, and
~     to implement different programmes for schools and juniors at age levels under 11,
      under 13, under 15, under 17 and under 19, as well as at nursery school level.

3.    FUNCTIONS

3.1   It is the responsibility of the Junior/Schools Committee to:
      ~ help all member associations to reach out to schools and juniors at all levels,
            and
      ~ monitor and control the efficient implementation of programmes for schools and
            juniors.

3.2   It is the responsibility of member associations to:
      ~ ensure the smooth running of schools and junior badminton in its areas of
            jurisdiction,
      ~ help get progress in development, as it is at schools and junior level where
            quantity and excellence begins, and
      ~ let the Junior/Schools Committee know of its programme of schools and junior
            events and what problems are being experienced, through close liaison.

4.    TOURNAMENTS

4.1   Schools and junior closed tournaments should be run in each Province for all age
      groups: U11, 13, U15, U17 and U19, or a fun tournament or something to get the
      schools and juniors interested. If the members’ Junior-Subcommittees need
      assistance with any organising, structuring or running of schools and junior
      badminton, they should ask and help will be given.

4.2   Open tournaments should be supported. This encourages participation and
      teaches juniors to become competitive. This will also help the National Junior
      Selectors to identify talent and to seed and grade the players.

4.3   For the hosting of open tournaments or South African Championships, the following
      rules apply specifically:
      Open tournaments: Finals to be played directly after each event unless otherwise
      directed on application made beforehand to the Junior/Schools Committee.
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      South African Championships and Inter-Provincials: Order of play for semi's, finals
      etc., as laid down by the Junior/Schools Committee. Each year could be different
      according to circumstances.
      Attendance at finals and semi-finals is obligatory, as teams will be required to
      supply line judges. A fine of R200-00 will be imposed for non-attendance. Prize
      money will be forfeited if players are not present when prize money is handed out.
      Levies are to be paid immediately or within one week of hosting an open
      tournament or South African Championships and Inter-Provincials. If a player
      enters a tournament, the fees are payable whether the player turns up or not.

4.4   Criteria to ensure more or less even participation for open tournaments are the
      following:
      a) One official tournament is to held in each of the four regions of South Africa (as
           was used for the development tournaments) for each age group.
      b) In order to be graded at the South African Championships, a player will have to
           play in two of these tournaments, one in their own region and one away.
      c) If a player decides to play in all four tournaments, the player's best results will
           be taken into consideration.
      d) If a player does not participate in two of the tournaments, he will not be
           considered for National Grading at the South African Championships in his age
           group.
4.5   Players are requested to give schools and junior tournaments priority (not to play in
      senior tournaments when resources could have been utilised to attend a schools or
      junior tournament).

5.    SELECTION, SEEDING AND GRADING OF PLAYERS

5.1   All open tournaments plus the SA's and Inter-Provincials of all age groups, will be
      taken into account for grading. Players' ability and performance will be identified.
      A pure points system alone will not be used.

5.2   Seeding is usually done for the following tournament on the previous tournaments'
      results, but this is not a hard and fast rule and the Selectors' discretion will apply.

      a) For open tournaments the seedings are done by the National Junior Selectors
         and are given to the Tournament or Junior/Schools Committee to do the draw.
      b) In some instances the National Junior Selectors can do shadow seeding.
      c) Copies of the draw are to be faxed to the host Province and to the National
         Junior Selectors. Once the tournament has been held the results are to be
         faxed to the National Juniors Selectors by the next day, or given to the
         Junior/Schools Committee member on duty at the tournament.
      d) The Tournament Committee does the draw for all South African
         Championships.

6.    TROPHIES

Member associations are responsible for the return of all trophies received by its teams
and individuals of that teams, in time before the commencement of the relevant
tournament. Engraving is also the responsibility of the individual or member association,
and trophies should be returned engraved.

The Junior/Schools Committee will endeavour to remind member associations regarding
the trophies, but if trophies are lost, etc., a R200-00 fine plus replacement costs will be
imposed for the late return or a trophy lost.



7.    DEVELOPMENT
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A very important part of schools and junior badminton is getting schools involved, starting
new clubs for schools and juniors, and getting new players in all age groups. Badminton
South Africa support development in various structures, such as coaching, court officials,
development and disabled. Member associations and its junior sub-committees must
actively take part in development programmes and transformation.

7.1    All teams for inter-provincial matches must include one boy and one girl player of
       colour. The players of colour must play in 40% of matches being played in the
       inter-provincial tournament, as well as play in the individual championships.

8.     SCHOOLS

Badminton at school level is one of the most important interests of Junior Badminton. All
possible support will be afforded any school wishing to engage in this sport, and feedback
will be given to BSA Junior/Schools Committee of any school showing interest so that the
matter may be addressed.

A National Championship Tournament is staged once a year where a National School
Champion is awarded. The members of team entrants for the Tournament MUST be from
the SAME school. The Tournament is run on a “Round Robin” basis where each player
plays one singles and one Doubles Game against each of the opposing School side
player. The final winner is based on the School that achieves the most points in the
Tournament. The Boys and Girls are staged separately and no Mixed games are played.
A School may therefore enter both teams or one only. The Tournament is run for Primary
and High Schools separately. The teams consist of 4 players for the High Schools
Primary Schools. All the normal rules for a Tournament apply, and is based on the Rules
as set out by BSA.

9. Refer to the BSA Junior/Schools manual for specific details available on BSA
   and Junior/Schools website

10.    GENERAL

10.1   Socialising at Schools and Junior Tournaments

As the tournament is a Junior event, no supply or taking of alcohol is permitted in the
playing area where players frequent.

Due to the nature of these tournaments (children are being transported by
Parents/Committees and placed with the Provincial Committees for the duration of any
tournament), parents/spectators are to respect this responsibility of the Junior/Schools
Committee, but also their own responsibility to the parents whose children are placed in
their custody for the period they are away for tournaments.

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