Entry Information

Entry Dates & Costs

Entry Opening Date

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Entry Closing Date

Tuesday 25 January 2022 at 11:59pm - Student/ Competitor Deadline
(Students/ Competitors must apply by this deadline)

Thursday 27 January 2022 11:59pm - Institution Administrator Approval Deadline
(Institutional Administrators are given 48 hours after the student/ competitor deadline to approve entries)

Entry Costs

Individual: £33
Doubles: £46 (£23 per person)

Staged Entry

This competition operates a staged entry process. Entries received before the Stage 1 entry closing date (11:59pm on Thursday 27 January 2022) will be accepted where the competition allows. After this deadline, Stage 2 entry may open where the competition allows and will have a closing date of Tuesday 1 February at 11:59pm. Stage 2 is not guaranteed to open.

Priority will remain with the entries received before the Stage 1 entry closing date. Entries received after the Stage 1 entry closing date and before the Stage 2 entry closing date that are accepted into the competition, will be charged an additional 20% fee. We will not accept any late entries under any circumstances.

Stage 2 window - 28 January - 1 February 2022

Entry Allowance

Each institution is allowed one guaranteed entry into MS, WS, MD, WD and XD competitions.

Each institution may submit an additional two non-guaranteed entries per competition. Non-guaranteed entries may be accepted for each competition following the entry closing date if the competition allows. Each competition draw is limited to 128 competitors at the start of Round 1 (excluding the top 16 seeded competitors). Seeded competitors will join the competition at Round 4.

Please ensure that you put plenty of detail in field 'Badminton Experience' on BUCS Play. 

Consultation and seeding of the additional entries accepted into the competition will be taken with the BUCS Badminton Sport Advisory Group (SAG).



Insititutions may submit a list of up to 10 reserves (5 men and 5 women) which may be used should withdrawals occurs in advance of the competition beginning.

These people must enter on BUCS Play into the reserve section and be confirmed by the university admin before the closing date.

There is no cost for submitting a reserve. Insitutions are encouraged to fully utilise the submission of a reserve list. 

Competition Format

All competitions are run using a straight knockout stage.

Specific competition start times for all competitions will be published in the pre-event information.

Seeding and Draw

The seeding of competitors and draw will be made under the supervision of a neutral referee.

Institutions should include details of competitor’s past performances for the guidance of the referee in making the draw, which will be made according to the international draw system (adapted).

Where possible competitors from the same institution will be placed in different quarters of the draw.

Ranking points

Competitors who provide a Badminton England Membership Number are able to receive ranking points.


Withdrawals must be made in writing by an athletic union or students’ union and e-mailed to [email protected]. Withdrawals after the entry closing date will still be charged the entry fee. Withdrawal of a competitor does not guarantee a replacement into the competition. Institutions must clearly state what category they are withdrawing their competitor from. Incomplete withdrawal requests may not be processed.

Changes to any doubles pairings enforced by a competitor withdrawal must clearly detail the former pairing, the new pairing, and any subsequent alterations to further doubles pairings.

Competitors withdrawing during the competition must inform the Tournament Referee, stating their reason for withdrawal. Competitors must also inform their institution they have withdrawn from the competition.

Competitors who do not withdraw, and do not register at the venue, will be classified as a ‘no-show’ and charged the entry fee and an additional £20 fine payable by the athletic union or students’ union 

Reserve competitors will only be charged an entry fee if they are accepted into the competition.

Para Doubles

For the first time at BUCS we will be having Para Doubles at the Individial Championships. The Competition will happen on the Sunday 20 February.

The event will initially be one competition with individuals who hold the classification SL 3, SL 4, SU 5 & SH 6. The classifications competing together and the classifications used will mirror BWF Para-Badminton categories (disabled players will need a classification to enter).

  • Each pair can be made up of one disabled player and one non-disabled player, or two disabled players
  • Non-disabled players competing in any other event at the BUCS Badminton Individual Championships will not eligible to be part of pair (for clarity – any disabled player who represents their university in any other event at the BUCS Badminton Individual Championships would be eligible for the inclusive doubles event as well)
  • No gender specification for pair (i.e. Could be FM, FF or MM)
  • Group stage (to maximise games played) leading to knockout draw – size of draw determined by number of entries
  • Handicapped scoring system will be done once entries have close and will be based on nature of disability
  • Best of 3 games to 21

Entry Process

To apply for the competition all eligible competitors must follow these steps:

  1. Competitor to apply to the event on BUCS Play (Instructions on how to do this can be found here)
  2. Institution administrator approves entry (Instructions on how to do this can be found here)
  3. BUCS approves/denies entry into competition and publishes confirmed entry list

Any data will be handled in accordance with BUCS Privacy Policy

By participating in this event you agree to adhere to BUCS General Event Disclaimer

To check whether you are eligible to compete in BUCS competitions, please visit REG 4 Individual Eligibility.

Covid-19 Measures

The safety of students, volunteers and staff remains paramount as we move into the 2021-22 season, therefore for the time being we will still be implementing a series of Covid-19 Measures at our events. Although certain safety measures surrounding Covid-19 will be dictated by a venue or specific sport requirements we will be continuing to implement the following general measures across all of our events:

  1. Event Disclaimer updated to include specifics around Covid-19
  2. Limited entries to adhere to capacity restrictions
  3. Designated times for arrival and departure (Event specific info should include this)
  4. Staff members and volunteers interacting with competitors will be wearing appropriate PPE/face coverings
  5. Covid-19 questionnaire completed 24 hours in advance of the event
  6. Self-collection for event paperwork (EG. Bib numbers)
  7. Access to hand-washing facilities, or hand sanitiser
  8. Increased signage on hand washing
  9. No handshakes, high-fives and spitting
  10. Extra cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces and facilities
  11. Competitors must depart promptly after competition finishes – no hanging around post event

What’s expected of competitors:

  1. Event competitors should stay home if they have been diagnosed with, or suspected to have COVID-19 

  2. Event competitors are expected to test if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or live in the same household with someone with COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending an event
  3. Competitors should stay home if they have been instructed to quarantine/self isolate due to international travel restrictions or by relevant home nation test and trace systems
  4. Competitors must follow direction from event staff, venue staff and volunteers.
  5. Competitors must complete COVID-19 questionnaire prior to arrival at the event  
  6. Competitors should ensure they are following hand hygiene practices at all times
  7. Competitors are encouraged to wear a face covering when indoors and moving about the building
  8. Competitors should follow the guidance and safety procedures outlined for the event you are attending. These can be found in the Event Guide
  9. Competitors unable to attend event due to COVID-19 must contact the event lead

Despite all these extra measures we have implemented, it is impossible to fully remove all risk.

Please carefully consider your options and make sure you are completely comfortable with the risks involved, before attending this event.