COVID-19 Update – Tue 7 Sep

Dear Badminton Community,

The NZ Government has announced that everywhere outside of Auckland will be moving into Alert Level 2 (Delta) on Wed 8 Sep. This will be reviewed by cabinet on Mon 13 Sep. Please read below for an update on our badminton activities during Alert Level 2 (Delta) and what extra requirements this ‘new Level 2’ will bring.

Alert Level 2 (Delta)

While it is great news that we are moving into ‘Alert Level 2’, you must be aware of the new requirements in this alert level and what it means for badminton (and sport in general). Here is a summary of the differences to the old Alert Level 2:

  • 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 50 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 50-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. It’s back! Everybody will be able to book courts to play badminton in CET Arena on Thu 9 Sep (6pm-9:30pm) & Tue 14 Sep (3:30pm-7:30pm). Full details are available on our website: https://www.manawatubadminton.org.nz/bubble-badminton/. This will run for as long as the Alert Level 2 (Delta) requirements are in place. Bookings for subsequent days will be dependent upon Alert Level status.
  • Thursday Night Badminton League (Round 6)– SUSPENDED. We cannot run the league at Alert Level 2 (Delta) given the number of participants and available time. TNBL may resume if the maximum number of persons is raised to 100 or the Alert Level drops to 1. Given the large delay between the end of Round 5 and the start of Round 6, ALL teams to confirm entry into Round 6. A separate email will be sent about TNBL. The earliest next available session is Thu 16 Sep, depending on alert level status.
  • Shuttle Time Primary School Competition (Term 3) – SUSPENDED. We cannot run this competition at Alert Level 2 (Delta) given the number of participants & parents in a confined space. We do not feel it appropriate to ask parents not to attend give the age of participants. The competition may resume if the maximum number of persons is raised to 100 or the Alert Level drops to 1. The earliest next available session is Tue 21 Sep, depending on alert level status. We will be in contact with schools this week about the possible options for proceeding with this competition.
  • Shuttle Time Youth League (Term 3) – CANCELLED. The competition has been cancelled with 2 weeks remaining. All schools have been informed of the options and we are working through fulfilling these on an individual school basis.
  • Shuttle Time Badge Course (Term 3) – CANCELLED. School venues are unavailable to us until Alert Level 1 and we do not envisage being back in school venues before the end of Term 3 so we have taken the decision to cancel this course as so few weeks remain.
  • Junior Reps (Training) – SUSPENDED. The final group training session is scheduled to be Tue 21 Sep. This can only go ahead if the maximum number of persons is raised to 100 (all juniors in Arena) or the Alert Level drops to 1. We will not be extending any further training sessions as this will impact the start of the summer sports season. Junior Rep Prize-giving will go ahead later in the year, once we are back in Alert Level 1.
  • Senior Reps (Practice) – SUSPENDED. The final practice sessions were scheduled for Sun 26 & Wed 29 Sep. All senior trainings are subject to Alert Level 1 given that they are held in school venues. The most likely situation is that we will return to pay-to-play sessions on Sundays in PNINS by the time we drop to Alert Level 1.
  • Shuttle Time Intermediate School Competition (Term 4) – GOING AHEAD. 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. 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 at 3:45pm-5:15pm, with day of the week TBC. 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.

COVID-19 Update – 18 Aug

Dear Badminton Community,

New Zealand moved into Alert Level 4 at 23:59 on Tuesday 17 August for 7 days. For our region, the Alert Level will be reviewed after 3 days.

Badminton Update

Please read below for an update about ongoing programmes and events during each Alert Level, so that you may prepare.

  • Alert Level 4
    • No Badminton Manawatu activities will operate.
  • Alert Level 3
    • No Badminton Manawatu activities will operate.
  • Alert Level 2
    • Thursday Night Badminton League will resume.
    • Junior Rep training at Arena will resume.
    • Shuttle Time Youth League at Arena will resume.
    • Shuttle Time Primary School Competition at Arena will resume.
    • Clubs based at Arena may resume.
  • Alert Level 1
    • Shuttle Time Badge Classes in PNINS will resume.
    • Junior Rep training in PNINS will resume.
    • Senior Rep practice in PNINS will resume.
    • Shuttle Time delivery in schools will resume.
    • Clubs based in schools may resume.

Badminton Manawatu have a robust COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedure in place to safely operate activities under Alert Levels 1 & 2.

We will make decisions about each programme/event as appropriate in the aftermath of each review of the Alert Level status by the NZ Government.

More Information

To remind yourselves about the Alert Levels and what activities/services are available, please visit the resources below:

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing everyone back on court soon!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

James Veitch

0204 097 0530 | james@manawatubadminton.org.nz

Enter u13 & u17 Opens

Entry is now open for our two upcoming Badminton NZ sanctioned tournaments:
– Manawatu / North Island u13 Championships 2021
– Manawatu u17 Open 2021

Full event details and online entry is available via the following links:
– u13 Champs: https://bnz.tournamentsoftware.com/tournament/11D79A58-C1EB-4C69-A21C-C7C7868C13E0
– u17 Open: https://bnz.tournamentsoftware.com/tournament/ad8e83d7-565c-49d7-af5e-042aa1b7ba84

Please direct queries to James at james@manawatubadminton.org.nz

COVID-19 Update – Tue 2 Mar

Dear Badminton Community,

The NZ Government have announced that the Manawatu region moved into Alert Level 2 at 6am on Sun 28 Feb for a period of 7 days.

Please read below for how this impacts our events that you may be involved in over this week:

  • Masters Rep Trials (Sun 28 Feb) – Postponed.
    • Masters / Vets / Super-Vets trials will now be Sun 7 Mar & Sun 14 Mar, subject to Manawatu being in Alert Level 1. Alternative venues for use during Alert Level 2 are also being explored.
  • Meet the Coaches (Tue 2 Mar) – u13 & u15 Going Ahead. U17 & u19 Postponed.
    • U13 & u15 Meet the Coaches will take place at the NEW TIME of 6pm at Marist Clubrooms this week. There will NOT be any pizza and tracksuits will not be distributed under Alert Level 2. Players & parents may bring food with them but must take all rubbish home.
    • The u17 & u19 age groups have been postponed to ensure that we remain under the 100-person gathering limit in the venue. U17 & u19 meet the coaches shall now take place at the start of training next week at 5:30pm-6pm at PNINS (Tue 9 Mar)
  • Senior Rep Trials (Wed 3 Mar) – Going Ahead.
    • These trials have been moved to the Feilding Civic Centre 6:30pm-9pm. A later start to allow everyone more time to arrive on time. Any junior or non-drivers needing transport, please ask another trialist or contact us and we can help.
  • Year 5-8 School Comp (Thu 4 Mar) – Cancelled.
    • We have not been able to secure additional venue/courts. Given the anticipated number of participants and limited space in the only venue available to us, we have decided to cancel the competition this week. We will look at incorporating extra matches during the remaining weeks, to balance out the competition.
  • TNBL (Thu 4 Mar) – Going Ahead.
    • Proceeding under Alert Level 2 conditions in Arena 3 for all those teams scheduled to play.
  • Shuttle Time Badge Course (Fri 5 Mar) – Postponed.
    • We are not able to play at PNINS during Alert Level 2. We will run an extra week at the start of Term 2, meaning the end date is now Fri 14 May.
  • Masters Rep Trials (Sun 7 Mar) – Going ahead.
    • The Masters / Vets / Super-Vets trials will now be held at Feilding Civic Centre on Sun 7 Mar at 4pm-7pm. We hope that sun 14 Mar trials will be held at PNINS during Alert Level 1.

Please familiarise yourselves with NZ Government guidelines and MBA COVID-19 protocol during Alert Level 2:

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

COVID-19 Update: Mon 15 Feb 2021

The government announced on Sunday 14 February at 7pm that our region will go into Alert Level 2 until midnight on Wednesday 17 February 2021.

Here is a summary of the status of each programme operating during this time period:

  • Junior Rep Trials (u13s & u15s at Arena): TBC
  • Junior Rep Trials (u17s & u19s at PNINS): TBC
  • Shuttle Time Years 5-8 School Competition (Thursdays at Arena): TBC
  • Sunday ‘open’ Session (Sundays at PNINS): TBC
  • Technical Coaching Session (Fri 19 Feb at PNINS): TBC
  • Central Region Development Camp 1 (Sat 20 & Sun 21 Feb at Cornerstone): TBC

This page will be regularly updated as we are provided information from NZ Government and are able to gather information from venues and participants where necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our team:

  • Schools / Events / Reps – james@manawtaubadminton.org.nz
  • General – sandra@manawatubadminton.org.nz
  • Shuttle Time – josh@manawatubadminton.org.nz

Updates on the COVID-19 situation in NZ can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/latest-updates/

More information on the Alert Level system and what this means can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/

COVID-19 Update: 14 Aug 2020

The government announced on 14 August at 5:30pm that our region will remain in Alert Level 2 until midnight on Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Here is a summary of the status of each programme operating during this time period:

  • Shuttle Time Secondary School Competition (Mondays at Arena): Suspended for Monday 17 August
  • Shuttle Time Primary School Competition (Tuesdays at Arena): TBC
  • Shuttle Time Badge Course (Wednesday at Ross Intermediate): Going Ahead
  • Junior Rep Training (u13s & u15s at Arena): TBC
  • Junior Rep Training (u17s at PNINS): TBC
  • Senior Rep Training (Wednesday at PNINS): TBC
  • Masters/Vets/Super-Vets Practice (Sundays at PNINS): TBC (Cancelled for Sunday 16 August)
  • Central Region Inter-Association (Saturday 15 August): Going Ahead

This page will be regularly updated as we are provided information from NZ Government and are able to gather information from venues and participants where necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our team:

  • James – events@manawtaubadminton.org.nz
  • Sandra – sandra@manawatubadminton.org.nz
  • Josh – shuttletime@manawatubadminton.org.nz

TNBL Update – 13/08/20

Dear TNBL’ers,

TNBL will go ahead as planned tomorrow, as we are able to meet all the venue and Government restrictions for hosting a mass gathering.

The draw will remain the same, other than 1 change: 2 matches pushed back to start at 7:45pm, to ensure we do not go over the 100-person limit during the change-over between rounds:

  • Box of Roses vs Yellow (Grade 2)
  • Clapt Out vs Eel S D (Grade 1)

Also, everyone should re-familiarise themselves with our COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedure, which has been updated to reflect the current conditions of Alert Level 2. This is available on our website here: https://www.manawatubadminton.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/MBA-COVID-19-Health-and-Safety-Procedure-v6.pdf

Key information

  • Do not attend if you are unwell. Let your team and/or us know and we will try to find a substitute.
  • Arrive into the B&M Centre 10-15 mins before the start of your match, no earlier.
  • Everyone must wash hands upon entry & exit into the B&M Centre.
  • Contact tracing of ALL people attending TNBL (adults & juniors). BEFORE TNBL, please email me the following information for EVERY member of your team to speed up the sign-in process within the hall:
    • Full Name
    • Address
    • Email
    • Phone Number
  • No inter-mingling with Rainbow Club (Ballroom will be classed as a separate venue to the B&M Centre). You must not attend Rainbow Club if you are playing TNBL on the same night.
  • No spectators are allowed, unless they are a child or parent of those playing. Again, spectators must sign in and are included in the 100-person gathering limit.
  • Please do not mingle after completing the matches as the players for the 7:30pm round will be arriving to play and we must not go over the 100-person limit.
  • Entry into Arena grounds is via GATE 1 only (Waldegrave St.). Please allow extra time for COVID-19-related procedures when arriving to play your ties.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in contact with me.

Kind regards,

James Veitch

General Manager

0204 097 0530 | events@manawatubadminton.org.nz

I’d SMASH That

Manawatu Badminton Association knows how important health and well-being is going to be as people return to their work and navigate the new working landscape. As a result we are promoting Badminton as a well-being activity for Social Clubs and Team building within business organisations.

Our ‘I’d SMASH That initiative encourages physical exercise, fun and hopes to strengthen social relationships. We will use the CET Arena as one of our main venues or alternatively we have some equipment that we can bring to the workplace.

Contact Sandra to discuss what customised package we can put together for your business:- Sandra@manawatubadminton.org.nz or 0220979499

(Options include Bring Badminton to your workplace, Play at Arena and Small Kitsets to buy or rent)

Play it FORWARD

Manawatu Badminton has been working behind the scenes and we have been managing the impact COVID-19 has had on our operations. As a result we are launching our ‘Play it FORWARD‘ fundraising initiative in the form of E-vouchers📨As we navigate our way to Level 2✌️we are attempting to generate some income for the association but in return offering you services that can assist you in your return to the court.

🏸 Please see our voucher list attached below
✅4 Simple Steps:-
1. Pick voucher
2. E-mail Sandra
3. Make payment
4. Receive E-voucher

Grassroots sport, local clubs and our association will be key providers to get you back into exercise and recreation, and we will need your support!

Thanks from Sandra, James and Josh
#lovebadminton#supportlocal#badminton4life#getmeoncourt