Entering Tournaments

For those unsure of which tournaments to enter, the following may be helpful.


Domestic Tournaments and Rankings

Please note, players should not enter more than one tournament held on the same day, unless they have sought (and received) permission from the organisers of both tournaments. This applies to Scottish players playing in tournaments held outside Scotland as well as in domestic Scottish tournaments.

Additionally, players should advise Morag McCulloch if playing in a tournament outside Scotland and have not been entered by Badminton Scotland. A link should also be sent to Morag of these results.

All tournament players in Scotland now have an ID number to allow Badminton Scotland to implement the new Scottish ranking system on tournament software.

Badminton Scotland’s player database, containing individual ID numbers for all players who have entered a sanctioned tournament in Scotland, can be downloaded here.

Which Tournaments Should I enter?

For those unsure of which tournaments to enter, the following may be helpful in providing guidance on how to decide on which tournaments to enter, as well as explaining the different grades of domestic tournaments (eg Grade A, B, C).


Before any tournament entries can be accepted, a player must be affiliated to Badminton Scotland ie have a paid membership for the season in question.  Affiliation (membership) payments are due at the start of each season (August/September), and full details of how players can join (affiliate) can be viewed on our website by clicking on this link.

Tournament Grades

In any Scottish ranking tournament, points are awarded to players/pairs according to their results in each event, with winners gaining the highest number of points, runner(s)-up next largest number and so on.

Any Scottish National Championships (senior or age group) receive a national grade higher than Grade A.  Restricted Tournaments do not receive ranking points.  Other non-Scottish International tournaments are awarded ranking points on the Scottish ranking list, except where no points are allocated by the nation holding the event.

In short, the higher ranked the tournament, the higher the points awarded.

Scottish ranking tournaments are graded, so a Grade A tournament would offer more points than a Grade B, and so on.

As you progress through the younger age groups, the points available in each category of tournament are lower:  for example, the Winner in a Grade A 2006+ (U13) event would be awarded 750 points, with the runner-up gaining 563 points ie less than a Grade A tournament at U15.

Why Do Points Matter

  • A player’s Scottish ranking is directly related to the number of points they have;
  • Whether or not a player is seeded for a tournament is related to their ranking points. Simply put, the benefit of a player / pair being seeded is that when the tournament draw is made, the first and second ranked players / pairs, will be at opposite ends of the draw, theoretically   ensuring that the “best” ranked players/pairs do not meet until the final stages of the competition.
  • For junior international team selections, at U15, U17 and U19 level, players must play their age group championships, as well as three out of four listed, Grade A tournaments at the  appropriate age group, before they can be considered for selection.  The points from these tournaments dictate selections.
  • You can view existing junior team selection criteria – and how points are allocated – by clicking here.

Ranking Points

You can view ranking points by clicking here, selecting the event you are interested in looking at, and then the age group.

The ranking lists give the total number of points awarded to each player, then selects the best 6 to count towards the ranking list for each discipline. There is also an age filter built in.  The system automatically calculates ranking points on a 52-week cycle so, for example, if an athlete plays the Dunfermline Open in 2021, and then again in 2022 (12 months later), the earlier points you accrued will drop off, to be replaced by the points attained in 2021.

For seeding in level doubles and mixed events, the 6 tournament total for each player shall be added together. Rankings for tournaments shall be taken from the ranking lists 3 weeks previous to the week number of the event.

(In Scotland, only National Championships, Grade A and Grade B tournaments require to be seeded – Grade C tournaments do not).

Where Can I Find a List of Tournaments?

The quickest way of finding out which tournaments are of interest is by going onto the Badminton Scotland website, and looking at the Events Calendar section.

At Senior tournaments only Nationals, Grade A and Grade B tournaments require to be seeded – Grade C does not.

A new set of ranking points will be published from January 2020 onwards.

For information about ranking points allocated to each event click here.

Please also note that no ranking points will be awarded to an event with less than 4 players or pairs competing.

For U11 and U12 age group tournaments, in the event that a particular event (for example girls’ singles) receives less than 4 entries, tournament organisers are advised to consider combining boys’ and girls’ in a mixed gender event. Mixed gender events at U11 and U12 age groups will receive the same ranking points as single gender events.

View ranking lists for all age groups in Scotland.

As before there are specific persons appointed to oversee the seedings for events who have been informed that the ranking lists should be used for seeding and only under exceptional circumstances should there be any deviation from the lists. The appointed persons’ details are shown below:

For Senior Ranking Tournaments and U19 Ranking Tournaments:
Mr Robert Blair
Badminton Scotland
0141 445 1218

For all other Junior Ranking Tournaments :
Mr Josh Neil email

For Masters (non-ranking) Tournaments:
Mr Dan Travers
Chairperson Masters Selection Committee
07801 793038

Entering International Tournaments

All international tournament entries require to be made online by the governing body.  Individual players / parents are unable to do this.   The exception can be for some U15 overseas tournaments, where some organisers allow individuals to submit paper entries (becoming increasingly rare).

Any player wishing to have such entries must have a BWF number – if you don’t, this is easily rectified: simply email Robert McLean (robertm@badmintonscotland.org.uk), confirming you are affiliated to Badminton Scotland, and providing your date of birth.  She can then obtain a BWF number fairly quickly.

Entries for international events (senior or junior) should be emailed to Robert; additionally, where a player is entering level doubles, or mixed doubles, their nominated partner also require to advise Robert of entries, in writing.  Such requests should be emailed to Robert (robertm@badmintonscotland.org.uk) in advance of the closing date.  Generally closing dates are a Tuesday, so, wherever possible, players are asked to advise of entries no later than the Friday before.  The reason for this is that online entries are listed in ranking order, and it provides time to correctly rank all the entries.

Unlike many domestic tournaments, entry places for international events are restricted, with many having a main list (confirmed accepted entries), a qualifying list and a reserve list.  Those on the reserve list only move towards the qualifying list (ie where they play qualifying rounds with the aim of reaching the main draw), if a player above them drops out.

In terms of ranking players/pairs for the entry submission, the following process is followed:

For senior tournaments, Scottish rankings are used.  BWF / Badminton Europe may change this, using their own ranking systems

Please read the undernoted carefully, as this information applies to all players who are funding their own trips:

As you know, Badminton Scotland as Governing Body, makes entries to individual tournaments for players who are self-funded.

Players are responsible for:

  • Ensuring they are affiliated to Badminton Scotland
  • Payment of any entry fees, per tournament organisers’ instruction (in advance or on arrival); and making all appropriate travel/accommodation arrangements.  Occasionally tournament organisers agree to players paying entry fees in cash on arrival, which saves the cost of bank transfers;
  • Arranging visas if necessary;
  • Arranging any necessary insurance cover for their trip;
  • Agreeing to all tournament conditions and rules; and
  • attending the tournament Team Managers’ meeting *
  • Ensuring they have read and understood the BWF General Competition regulations, in particular relating to potential fines; and in relation to BWF’s retention of personal data
  • Ensuring they check the BWF website for any tournament cancellations
  • Ensuring they check the BWF website regarding clothing regulations
  • Paying any fines (clothing, advertising, late withdrawal, for example)

Players also should agree to Badminton Scotland signing any tournament documentation on their behalf as and when required.

If a player has to withdraw from a tournament, they should advise Badminton Scotland immediately; in turn Badminton Scotland will notify the organisers of the tournament.

Tournament Withdrawals

If a player withdraws even five minutes after the closing date/time (usually midnight Kuala Lumpur time), they are liable to pay the entry fees due.

In the event of a player requesting a late withdrawal (ie one made after the draw has been released) from a tournament, they will be responsible for any fine sent to the Governing Body.  This fine will be sent to the player with the requirement to make full settlement to the tournament organisers within 14 days of any request for payment.   Each tournament has a listed “draw date”, as well as listed date after which time withdrawals will be accepted, but a late withdrawal fine will be levied.

Please note that should a Player be entered in more than one Event, by retiring or withdrawing from that one Event, the Player must be withdrawn from all other Events in which the Player is entered.    This applies any time after the closing date of entry which means that if a player is entered in all three events, and, for example, they need to be withdrawn from singles the day after entry deadline, this player needs to be (or will be) withdrawn in both of the doubles events.

Please note that for Badminton Europe Junior Circuit tournaments, as well as other International Junior tournaments, BWF regulation 7.10 applies:  No alterations, except withdrawal, can be made to the entries after the close of entries until the draw has been made.

Similarly, where a player is in breach of any BWF regulation resulting in a fine being levied, that player will be responsible for any fine sent to the Governing Body.

Where a player has been requested to pay an entry fee on arrival at a given tournament and fails to do so, resulting in the Governing Body receiving an invoice, the player will be required to pay to the Governing Body the cost of the entry fee, the cost of and bank transfer charges arising in settling the account and an administrative charge.

*BWF regulations dictate that attendance at certain Team Managers’ meetings is mandatory:  non-attendance at these meetings may result in a fine being levied to the governing body.  If you are attending a Tournament, on a self-funded basis, it is imperative that you ensure your travel arrangements are made to ensure you arrive in time to attend such Team Managers’ meeting.  If you do not, BWF will levy a fine:  please note that such fine, if applicable, would be passed on to you.

Information on Badminton Europe Circuit Events

Like senior international tournaments (and many junior internationals) entries for Badminton Europe circuit tournaments are made online (by me).  Once I have received all entries, our junior selectors rank these using the current Scottish rankings.  I then make the online entries.

It is important to note, however, that when Badminton Europe receive the online entries they then re-rank:

  • Step 1: any player having any Badminton Europe Circuit (“BEC”) ranking points, is given priority over players with no ranking points **
  • Step 2: players without BEC ranking points are then listed according to the home nation ranking list.

**  these points are only acquired by playing BEC tournaments.  For info, you can view the 2020/2021 U19 circuit tournaments by clicking here.

An example might be if my colleague and I wanted to play singles, where she was the top ranked girl in Scotland, and I was the bottom ranked girl.  Normally that would mean my colleague most probably would be accepted into the draw, and I wouldn’t be.  However, under the BEC regulations, if I have played one BEC event and my colleague has not, I would have BEC ranking points, and colleague wouldn’t so in BEC terms I’d be ranked above her.

The BE Circuit tournaments have a strict limitation on the number players/pairs in the draw for each event.  That means that, in the event of a tournament receiving a large number of entries, there is NO guarantee of players/pairs being accepted into the Draw, and some may be placed on a reserve list.  Should any player / pair withdraw from the Draw, then others will be effectively moved up.