Policies - BC Provincial and Canadian National Championships

Summary of Policy and Eligibility Criteria for BC Provincial and Canadian National Championships for BC Players and Coaches

Following the Badminton Canada and Badminton BC Annual General Meeting in 2015 the following policy and criteria was approved and distributed to the membership.  To serve as a reminder, this is a summary:

Eligibility Criteria
For BC Circuit tournaments the following summarizes the eligibility criteria for provincial and national championship participation:

Junior
•    Play 50% of BC Junior Circuit events to qualify for BC Junior Provincial Championship.
•    Must play the BC Junior Provincial Championship to qualify for the Badminton Canada Jr/U23 National Championship.

U23
•    Must play the BC Senior Provincial Championship to qualify Junior/U23 National Championship.
•    BC AAP assisted U23 players must play in a minimum of one (1) BC Senior Circuit event and the BC Senior Elite to qualify for BC Senior Provincial Championship.

Senior/Open
•    Play one (1) BC Senior Circuit tournament or BC Senior Elite to qualify for the BC Senior Provincial Championship.
•    Must play the BC Senior Provincial Championship to qualify for the Badminton Canada National Championship in the next playing season.

Exemption Policy
The following exemption policies were created in consultation with Badminton BC’s current Competitions and High Performance Committees, and apply to all ages/categories of competition where Badminton BC maintains a participation based eligibility criteria.

Application Process
The Badminton BC Competitions Committee will consider all exemption requests on a case-by-case basis. Requests must be submitted by email to executivedirector@badmintonbc.com from the athlete’s coach of record at least 15 days prior to an event entry deadline. The request must provide the reason that an exemption is requested as well as any documentation to support the request. Both the coach and athlete must be current members in good standing with Badminton BC.

Types of Exemption

Scheduling
In the event of a direct conflict in scheduling between a Provincial ranking event and a National or International ranking event of the same age/category relevance, the athlete’s participation in either event can be considered towards their participation based eligibility criteria.

Athlete Out of Province
In the event that an athlete is temporarily studying, training, or living out of Province, participation in an equal number of age relevant National Circuit events can be considered towards their participation based eligibility criteria. Only under special circumstances will this exemption be provided for a Provincial Championship.

Athlete Out of Country
In the event that an athlete is temporarily studying, training, or living out of country, participation in an equal number of age relevant local events can be considered towards their participation based eligibility criteria. Only under special circumstances will this exemption be provided for a Provincial Championship.

Injury
In the event that an injury prevents an athlete from participating in a competition, provision of a doctor’s, physiotherapist’s, or chiropractor’s note clearly identifying the injury, the recommendation to avoid competition, and the suggested length of treatment/recovery can be considered towards their participation based eligibility criteria.

Citizenship for BC Provincial Championships
Citizenship requirements to participate in the BC Junior Provincial Championship are:
1.    Permanent Residency (PR) card must be dated 1-year from the start of the BC Junior Provincial Championship
2.    In the period between the issuing of the PR card and the BC Junior Provincial Championship the athlete must participate in a minimum of 50% of the BC Junior Circuit events 
3.    In the period between the issuing of the PR card and the BC Junior Provincial Championship the athlete must participate in one (1) BC Junior Elite Series event
4.    In the period between the issuing of the PR card and the BC Junior Provincial Championship the athlete must participate in one (1) BC Provincial Championship

Uniforms
All athletes and coaches participating in any sanctioned Badminton BC Provincial Championship will be restricted to having uniforms inly personalized with their NAME and/or CLUB/PROVINCE on their competitive clothing. The athlete clothing is not required to have any indicators on their competitive uniforms.

NCCP Mandatory Certification Standards
Beginning with the 2016 BC Provincial Championships, Badminton BC will implement minimum National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certification standards for coaching accreditation at the BC Provincial Championships. Minimum certification standards will be implemented on the following schedule:

Year Provincial Championship Certification
2016 BC Junior Championship Level 1 CERT or Competition Introduction - Regional Coach Trained
2017 BC Junior Championship Level 1 CERT or Competition Introduction - Regional Coach CERT
2018 BC Junior Championship Level 2 CERT or Competition Introduction - Provincial Coach Trained
2019 BC Junior Championship Level 2 CERT or Competition Introduction - Provincial Coach CERT
2016 BC Senior Championship Level 2 CERT or Competition Introduction - Provincial Coach Trained
2017 BC Senior Championship Level 2 CERT or Competition Introduction - Provincial Coach CERT
2018 BC Senior Championship Level 3 Trained or Competition Development - Trained
2019 BC Senior Championship Level 3 CERT or Competition Development - CERT