Tournament System Introduction: Round-Robin

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Badminton is a sport that can be played by people of all ages. Understanding the basic rules is not hard for beginners and they can play without trouble. Many experienced players begin to take part in amateur competitions or even organize a small-medium sized internal competition in their company or school.

A complete completion system will not only avoid disputes arising, it also allows players to enjoy the experience of actually playing in competition, therefore, for players who plan to stage a competition, having a good understanding of competition rules and systems is very important.

The Sudirman Cup is a well-known international team competition

Badminton competitions can generally be divided into individual and team competitions. The organizer chooses a suitable competition system taking into account the number players (teams) expected to enter, degree of importance attached to fairness, whether or not there will be a seeding system, the number of venues and the length of the competition.

Most competitions, like the BWF Super Series, use the single knockout system, however, many amateur tournaments use the double elimination system, the round-robin system or the mixed system etc. to give players more chance to play. This article will introduce the round-robin system.

Number of people suited to the use of the round-robin system

The principle of the round-robin system is that “all units in the tournament will meet.” The round-robin is suited for use in small tournaments with 3-5 teams (individuals in individual events and pairs in doubles events are regarded as one team).
If there are more than six teams taking part can a tournament still use the round-robin system? Yes, it can, all that is needed is to adjust the system a little and the number of teams that can enter can be increased; the round-robin system can also be used in conjunction with the mixed system, so that players taking part in medium-large scale tournaments have more chance to take to the court!

The strong point of the round- robin system-fair

“Ability decides victory, luck has a minimal influence” is one obvious characteristic of the round-robin system. For example, if five teams are competition, each team will play the other four teams so the “ lucky not to meet a strong team, a team of average ability reaches the next round” situation will not occur.

Weak point of the round-robin system-time consuming

Because all the teams in a tournament play each other the process is time consuming.

The rule for judging win-loss ranking in the round-robin system

1. Usually calculated in points: every win receives two points, every loss one point. For example, if there are five teams in a tournament and the top team has four wins it will score eight points; a team with three wins and a defeat will have seven points, and so on.

2. Any player who withdraws from a match will not appear on the ranking list and the result of already completed matches is also not calculated

3. In the event that two teams have the same points, the winner of the meeting between the two will be winner.

4. If three teams or more than three teams have the same points there are three ways of judging that can be chosen by the organizers as the judging standard
Total points: adding all the points scored by a team in the competition.
Points difference: The total number of points lost subtracted from the total number won.
Subtract points: The total number of points won subtracted by points lost.

5. Most formal tournaments use the total number of points won subtracted by points lost as the judging standard because, no matter if total points scored or points difference are used, the “same points” situation can still occur, while total number of points won subtracted by points lost can be calculated down to decimal points to decide the winner.

Round robin score record

A brilliant badminton match really excites both players and spectators!

A competition with clear rules encourages people to take part more enthusiastically so, even in everyday practice, we suggest that players try to implement the round-robin system described above. On the one hand, it will make playing more fun and exciting, and will also allow players to get used to the system and atmosphere of a formal competition and thus accumulate useful experience, so that when they take part in competitions outside their club they won’t let nerves or unfamiliarity with the competition system affect their performance.


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