Manawatu International 2022 – Cancellation

Some of you may have already seen the BWF & Badminton NZ announcements about the cancellation of both the NZ Open and the Manawatu International in 2022. An international badminton tournament in the Manawatu had the entire region excited, and Badminton Manawatu are deeply disappointed to announce its cancellation. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the planning of the tournament so far. We are already working with Badminton Oceania and Badminton New Zealand to explore options for hosting this tournament in 2023, so watch this space over the coming months.

You can read about the cancellation of both events on the Badminton NZ website here: https://badminton.org.nz/news/2022/07/covid-uncertainty-delays-return-of-international-events/.

TNBL Draw – Round 6

Please see below for the Draw for Round 6:
– Week 1 – 21 Jul
– No play on 28 Jul
– Week 2 – 04 Aug
– Week 3 – 11 Aug
– Week 4 – 18 Aug
– Week 5 – 25 Aug

Active COVID-19 Protocols:

  • Undergo a RAT if showing symptoms.
  • Masks to be worn entering & exiting the building, but not required within the hall for participants.

There are 27 teams in total playing across four grades:

  • Grade 1 – 5 team round robin with a BYE each week.
  • No Grade 1-2 friendlies to alleviate the problem of finding subs.
  • Grade 2 – 5 team round robin with a BYE each week.
  • Grade 3 – 6 team round robin.
  • Grade 4 – 11 teams split between 3 groups with semi-final (Week 4) and final (Week 5) play-offs for all teams. There is a BYE in Group C.

No play on 28 Jul

TNBL Draw – Round 5

Please see below for the Draw for Round 5:
– Week 1 – 09 Jun
– Week 2 – 16 Jun
– Week 3 – 23 Jun
– Week 4 – 30 Jun
– Week 5 – 07 Jul

Active COVID-19 Protocols:

  • Undergo a RAT if showing symptoms.
  • Masks to be worn entering & exiting the building, but not required within the hall for participants.

There are 28 teams in total playing across four grades:

  • Grade 1 – 5 team round robin with a BYE each week
  • Grade 1-2 Friendlies – the two BYE teams form each grade play a friendly tie each week
  • Grade 2 – 5 team round robin
  • Grade 3 – 7 teams split between 2 groups with semi-final (Week 4) and final (Week 5) play-offs for all teams. There is a BYE in Group B.
  • Grade 4 – 11 teams split between 3 groups with semi-final (Week 4) and final (Week 5) play-offs for all teams. There is a BYE in Group C.

TNBL Draw – Round 4

Please see below for the Draw for Round 4:
– Week 1 – 05 May
– Week 2 – 12 May
– Week 3 – 19 May
– Week 4 – 26 May
– Week 5 – 02 Jun

Active COVID-19 Protocols:

  • Undergo a RAT if showing symptoms.
  • Masks to be worn entering & exiting the building, but not required within the hall for participants.

There are 30 teams in total playing across five grades:

  • Grade 1 – 5 team round robin with a BYE each week
  • Grade 2 – 6 team round robin
  • Grade 3 – 8 teams split between 2 groups with semi-final (Week 4) and final (Week 5) play-offs for all teams
  • Grade 4 – 6 team round robin
  • Grade 5 – 6 team round robin

TNBL Draw – Round 3

Please see below for the Draw for Round 3:
– Week 1 – 31 Mar
– Week 2 – 07 Apr
– Week 3 – 14 Apr
– Week 4 – 21 Apr
– Week 5 – 28 Apr

Active COVID-19 Protocols:

  • Undergo a RAT if showing symptoms.
  • Masks to be worn entering & exiting the building, but not required within the hall for participants.

There are 25 teams in total playing across four grades:

  • Grade 1 – 5 team round robin with a BYE each week
  • Grade 2 – 6 team round robin
  • Grade 3 – 6 team round robin
  • Grade 4 – 8 teams split between 2 groups with semi-final (Week 4) and final (Week 5) play-offs for all teams

TNBL Draw – Round 2

Please see below for the Draw for Round 2:
– Week 1 – 24 Feb
– Week 2 – 3 Mar
– Week 3 – 10 Mar
– Week 4 – 17 Mar
– Week 5 – 24 Mar

COVID-19 Protection Framework CHANGE to RED

As a result of the change in our status to Red under the CPF, we will be continuing with the following:

  • A ‘break’ between rounds to ensure we remain under the 100-person limit.
    • 6pm ties start as normal, but all players must leave the venue by 7:40pm.
    • 7:30pm ties will now start at 8pm. No entry into the hall before 7:55pm.
  • No spectators allowed. Exception is for one parent/caregiver to accompany any person under 18 years old.

There are 31 teams in total playing across five grades:

  • Grade 1 – 5 team round robin
  • Grade 1/2 Friendlies – 1 match each week to avoid a BYE
  • Grade 2 – 5 team round robin
  • Grade 3 – 7 teams split between 2 groups with semi-final (Week 4) and final (Week 5) play-offs for all teams. One team will have a BYE each week
  • Grade 4 – 8 teams split between 2 groups with semi-final (Week 4) and final (Week 5) play-offs for all teams
  • Grade 5 – 6 team round robin

Please note that the draw for weeks 4 and 5 for Grades 3 & 4 are dependant upon the previous weeks results.

Round 3 will start on Thu 31 Mar. Deadline for team entry/withdrawal is Fri 25 Mar.

TNBL Draw – Round 1

Please see below for the Draw for Round 1:
– Week 1 – 20 Jan
– Week 2 – 27 Jan
– Week 3 – 3 Feb
– Week 4 – 10 Feb
– Week 5 – 17 Feb

COVID-19 Protection Framework CHANGE to RED

As a result of the change in our status to Red under the CPF, we will be making the following changes:

  • A ‘break’ between rounds to ensure we remain under the 100-person limit.
    • 6pm ties start as normal, but all players must leave the venue by 7:45pm.
    • 7:30pm ties will now start at 8pm. No entry into the hall before 7:55pm.
  • No spectators allowed. Exception is for one parent/caregiver to accompany any person under 18 years old.

There are 22 teams in total playing across three grades:

  • Grade 1 – 8 teams split between 2 groups with semi-final and final play-offs for all teams
  • Grade 2 – 6 team round robin
  • Grade 3 – 8 teams split between 2 groups with semi-final and final play-offs for all teams

Please note that the draw for weeks 4 and 5 are dependant upon the previous weeks results.

Round 2 will start on Thu 24 Feb. Deadline for team entry/withdrawal is Fri 18 Feb.

TNBL Round 7 Draw

Please see below for the Draw for Round 7:
– Week 1 – 4 Nov
– Week 2 – 11 Nov
– Week 3 – 18 Nov
– Week 4 – 25 Nov
– Week 5 – 2 Dec
– Week 6 – 9 Dec
– Week 7 – 16 Dec

We are back to 5 Grades in Round 7, with a total of 28 teams. All Grades are 5 or 6 team round robins. There are no Byes for any teams each week.

One team from Grades 1 & 2 have a Friendly match each week. Some match-ups are fine to play as normal, others will require swapping players between teams to mix things up.

TNBL will start in 2022 on Thu 20 Jan! Team entries are due by Fri 14 Jan.

Draw available on Tournament Software HERE

TNBL Draw Round 6

Please see below for the Draw for Round 6:
– Week 1 – 23 Sep
– Week 2 – 30 Sep
No play 7 Oct
– Week 3 – 14 Oct
– Week 4 – 21 Oct
– Week 5 – 28 Oct

There are 4 Grades in Round 6, with a total of 26 teams. Grades 3 & 4 are split into 2 Groups, which follow onto play-offs to determine final rankings 1-8. These include Semi-finals and then Finals in the 1st-4th & 5th-8th draws.

Grades 1 & 4 have a BYE each week.

Round 7 will start on Thu 4 Nov and run for 7 weeks. Entry deadline is Fri 29 Oct.

Draw available on Tournament Software HERE

COVID-19 Update – Mon 20 Sep

Dear Badminton Community,

The NZ Government has just announced that our region will remain in Alert Level 2 (Delta) until at least Tue 5 Oct at 11:59pm. This will be reviewed by cabinet on Mon 4 Oct. A significant change sees the limit on mass gatherings increased from 50 to 100. This is what we have been waiting for. Please read below for an update on our badminton activities during Alert Level 2 (Delta) and a reminder of the continued requirements.

Alert Level 2 (Delta)

All the measures introduced along with ‘Alert Level 2 (Delta)’ remain in effect. Here is a reminder:

  • Mandatory mask wearing in all public venues. This includes all spectators, staff, coaches, parents and persons not engaged with playing. Masks are to be worn the entire time but may be removed to eat and drink.
  • Mandatory record keeping. This is different and in addition to the contact tracing register complied by Badminton Manawatu. The easiest way to do this is by using the NZ COVID Tracer app on your phone to scan the QR codes at the venue. Badminton Manawatu are providing our own QR codes for scanning in addition to the CET Arena ones and will remind everyone when entering the venue. If you are not scanning QR codes, then we will ask what method you are using to keep a record of your personal movements.
  • A maximum of 100 persons in an indoor venue. This is a firm limit, and we will not operate any event/programme that would breach this. Strictly adhere to any staggered start times as these may be used to ensure we can run an event without breaching the 100-person maximum.
  • A minimum of 2-meter physical distancing. This applies to anyone not participating in badminton and must be maintained by everyone not sharing the same household (or household bubble).

These extra requirements indicate the increased risk of Delta compared to previous strains and so Badminton Manawatu will be enforcing all Alert Level 2 (Delta) requirements in cooperation with CET Arena staff. Anybody not following the requirements, or repeatedly offending will be removed from the venue for the safety of everyone else.

Programmes & Events

Below is an update on the status of each event/programme and what this will look like at Alert Level 2 (Delta):

  • Bubble Badminton – GOING AHEAD (Tue 21 Sep). The final opportunity to book courts to play badminton in CET Arena through us is on Tue 21 Sep (4pm-5:30pm) & (5:45pm-7:15pm). Bookings can be made, and full details are available, on our website: https://www.manawatubadminton.org.nz/bubble-badminton/.
  • Thursday Night Badminton League (Round 6) – GOING AHEAD (Thu 23 Sep). The mass gathering limit has been increased to 100 so we are able to resume TNBL on Thursday. Most teams have confirmed entry into Round 6 and so once the last few have replied we will be able to complete and release the draw for the upcoming round.
  • Shuttle Time Primary School Competition (Term 3) – CANCELLED. All schools have been contacted and unfortunately the competition cancelled.
  • Shuttle Time Youth League (Term 3) – CANCELLED. All schools have been contacted and unfortunately the competition cancelled.
  • Shuttle Time Badge Course (Term 3) – CANCELLED. Not enough time remain to delivery and effective programme in Term 3. Registrations are open for the Term 4 course.
  • Junior Reps (Training) – GOING AHEAD (Tue 28 Sep). The final junior rep training will run as one large group (all age groups) in Arena on Tue 28 Sep. Watch out for communication about an upcoming Manawatu ABCD Championships later in the year as well as prize-giving.
  • Senior Reps (Practice) – CANCELLED. No venues are available to us until Alert Level 1, which will not be until October at the earliest. Watch out for communication about an upcoming Manawatu ABCD Championships later in the year!
  • Shuttle Time Intermediate School Competition (Term 4) – GOING AHEAD (Thu 4 Nov). We are planning as if the Term 4 school competition will be in Alert Level 1. Please visit our website to register teams: https://www.manawatubadminton.org.nz/intermediate-entry-form/.
  • Shuttle Time Badge Course (Term 4) – GOING AHEAD (Tue 2 Nov) . We are planning as if the Term 4 after-school Shuttle Time course will be in Alert Level 1. This will be located at Cornerstone School on Tuesdays at 3:45pm-5:15pm (2 Nov – 14 Dec). The registration form is on our website: https://www.manawatubadminton.org.nz/badge-classes/. Queries can be made directly to Josh Curry at josh@manawatubadminton.org.nz.

More Information

We expect all attendees to be familiar with the expectations upon them when participating (or attending) any Badminton Manawatu event/programme during any alert level. To make sure you are up to date, visit our website and read the ‘Participant Guidelines’ document:

Further details on alert levels and Sport NZ guidance can be found on their websites:

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.