For Shriners Hospitals for Children


Official Rules & Regulations

  • Shuttlecocks and racquets will be provided at the event, though it is encouraged to bring your own racquet(s).


The Bracket & the Games:
  • The bracket will consist of doubles competition (2 vs 2), single elimination matches, leading up until the championship round, which will be best two out of three matches

    • Example: One match is best two out of three games. Championship round you will need to win two matches in order to win

  • All elimination round games are generally self-officiated; leading up to the Championship round games, which will have either one or two officials overseeing the matches

  • Individual games are to be played to 21 points; a team must win by 2 points

  • Winner of a best-of-one rock-paper-scissors has the option of serving first, receiving first or choosing the side of the court to start on

    • Loser of rock-paper-scissors will have the choice of the remaining options

    • There will be no “volleying for serve” in order to save time

Gameplay and Scoring:
  • A player / team wins a rally by hitting the shuttle over the net and onto the inbounds floor / ground of the opposing team’s court

  • A player / team loses a rally if the shuttle:

    • Hits the net without going over

    • Passes through or under the net

    • Lands outside the boundaries of the opposing court

    • Fails to cross over the net at all

    • Touches a person or their clothing before being hit

  • Because this year’s tournament features games to 21 points, players / teams can earn points while serving and receiving the serve (known as “rally point”)

  • Players may not strike a shuttle before it enters their side of the court, although the follow through of a racquet may break the plane of the net provided the shuttle was contacted on the player’s own side of the net

  • Players may not hit the net with a racquet or other body parts; if this occurs, play is immediately stopped, and the point is awarded to the side opposite of the offender

  • Players may only hit the shuttle once on a side

  • The shuttle may not hit the floor

  • The shuttle may not rest momentarily on the racket during a shot; this is known as a “carry”


  • The first serve of the game is made from the right service court, and received in the diagonal service court by the opposing team (courts will be marked accordingly to establish the sides)

  • The second serve from the same player / team is made from the left service court and then continues to alternate until the serve is earned by the other player / team

  • In doubles, teams must change the server each time they win the serve back from the other team. If the serving team wins a point, the same server continues to serve following the alternating court pattern

  • The losing side of a game always serves first in the next game. The winning team of the previous game does not earn the right to serve first

  • Players change sides of the court after each game

  • The following service circumstances result in what is called a fault, but a point is not awarded to the opposing team; the following are all service faults that will result in a re-do serve. A team gets one service fault per new serve:

    • Shuttle is served above the waist at the point of contact

    • Shuttle hits the net, but lands on the receiving team’s side of the court

    • Server is not in the proper service area or not behind the service line

    • Server does not have at least one foot in contact with the ground upon serving

    • Server fakes a serve

  • The following service circumstances will result in an automatic point awarded for the receiving team (without a re-do occurring), which will nearly mirror regular game play and scoring as follows:

    • Shuttle hits the net without going over

    • Passes through or under the net

    • Lands outside the boundaries of the opposing court

    • Fails to cross over the net at all

    • Touches a person or their clothing before being hit


Questions / Disagreements / Extenuating Circumstances:
  • Any and all questions, concerns and otherwise prolonged delays in a match due to a disagreement / circumstance that has not been resolved in reasonable time between the two teams will be handled by overseeing tournament referees / organizers

    • Referees / organizers will be individuals not participating as a team in the tournament field, and will be announced at the beginning of the event

    •  Referees / organizers reserve the right to make a final ruling on any applicable matter that is causing a delay in the tournament

  • In the event that daylight (or proper lighting in general) and / or weather is a factor affecting anything related to game play, this will also be handled accordingly by tournament referees / organizers