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:
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.
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.
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
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
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):
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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:
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 email@example.com
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:
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.
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!