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2019 Badminton Participant Guide

Badminton Sport Rules
Make sure you know the rules for Intramural Badminton. Each team/individual will be scheduled in the tournament bracket. First match losers will be moved into a consolation bracket. Each team/participant will be scheduled at least two matches. In this "Play-by" Tournament, participants are responsible for scheduling their matches with their opponents, before the deadline stated on Both teams/individuals are responsible for reporting the results of the match to the Intramural Staff.

Sportsmanship is a priority of the Intramural Sports Program at The University of Iowa. More information on Sportsmanship, including the detailed ratings system, can be found in the Intramural Sports Rules and Regulations.

To participate in Intramural Badminton, a UI Student, Faculty, Staff or Affiliate must purchase an Intramural Sports Membership. The $25 semester membership allows you to participate in any sport/event this semester, as many times as you'd like, with the exception of the Intramural Golf Tournament. There is no cost to register a team, but team members must purchase one of these memberships to join the team. Team captains must make sure that all members of their teams are eligible for participation according to the Intramural Sports Rules and Regulations eligibility requirements. Individuals can play Badminton Singles, as well as two Badminton Doubles teams (Men's or Women's and Co-Rec).

Teams/participants that do not schedule, play, and report their match scores by the deadline on will be charged a Forfeit Fine of $25.00. That fine will be charged to the U-Bill of the team captain. Learn more about our Forfeit Policy.

To avoid forfeits, individuals/teams may default. Learn more about our Default policy.
Registration, schedules, and roster management all take place through Check out our IMLeagues Registration Instructions for specific instructions on how to register your team, and make sure to pass it along to your teammates so they can join your team roster quickly and easily. Once registration is complete, the schedule will be posted on, as well as results as the tournament progresses.

Roster Management
Doubles team rosters must have two players registered to complete registration. Players can be switched following registration, but teams must follow roster addition and removal policies in order to appropriately add or drop players from the team roster. The team roster cannot be changed once play begins. 

Free Agents
Want to play but don't have a team? You can join as a Free Agent on if you have paid the Intramural Sports Membership Fee, or you can join our Free Agent Group on Facebook to connect with other people looking for more players to form a team. Listing yourself as a Free Agent does not guarantee you will be on a team, although the Intramural Sports Office will help try to facilitate formation of a Free Agent team.

Match Location​
Matches will be played at the Field House Main Deck Badminton Courts. Alcohol and tobacco are not permitted in the facility, or in the parking lot. The Field House Badminton Courts will be reserved for Intramural Badminton matches on the following dates and times, should you choose to utilize this time and space to complete your matches:

  • Sunday, February 10 - 1:00-3:00 PM, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 17 - 1:00-3:00 PM, 5:00-7:00 PM

Intramural Sports Points Championship sponsored by Coach's Corner
Teams/individuals can compete in the year-long Intramural Sports Points Championship sponsored by Coach's Corner for a chance to win awesome prizes. Each competing organization is allowed only two singles entries and two doubles entires to accumulate points in the Intramural Sports Points Championship sponsored by Coach's Corner, but there is no maximum on the amount of participants that can register for an organization. The top two finishers for each organization will be counted towards the point total. Teams/Individuals must designate their team affiliations before the event begins. 

Registration Requirements
To complete your registration, make sure you have the following done by the registration deadline:

  • Name your Team (Team Name Must be Appropriate)
    • For Singles, use your name as your team name, unless you want to designate an organization for Coach's Corner points.
  • Get the Required Minimum Number of Players on Your Roster (Doubles)
  • Confirm your spot in the tournament by moving your team from "Pre-Registration" to the "Tournament" division between January 22 and January 30 at 11:59 PM

Friday Night Series
Intramural Sports hosts a Friday Night Series of events throughout the year. You can participate in one or all and have a great Friday night with Intramural Sports!