Keeping Safe

Balmoral Badminton Club works very hard at keeping our members safe both on and off the court. For guidance on how we are responding to COVID-19, please see our COVID-19 FAQ page.

Our incident reporting form is here – please use this to report incidents that occur during a session.

Our guidelines for keeping safe while playing Badminton are as follows:

The Right Equipment

Make sure you have:

  • Court shoes (flat soled, non marking)
  • Badminton racquet with a grip in good condition –  change grip when it’s slippery (the Pro Shop can help you with this)
  • Water bottle
  • Appropriate clothing

Shoes are the most important part of your safety on court – we may prevent players from participating if they do not have the correct shoes.

Before/During/After Play

  • Before play
    • Ensure you stretch and warm up
  • During play
    • If this is your first time playing after a break take it easy!
    • Practice sportsmanship
      • Be aware of yours and your opponents skill levels
      • Try to avoid shots that may cause injury (e.g. smashing the shuttle at someone’s face)
    • Watch your footwork – the most common injury in badminton is a rolled/twisted ankle!
    • Remove debris from court between serves (eg loose feathers)
    • Stop play if unexpected interruptions occur (eg shuttle from other court, people walking on court)
    • Communicate with your partner – if there is any doubt call your shots and always give way to the player in front
  • After play / between games
    • Do not enter courts that have games on – stay on the designated walkways
    • Keep warm
    • Keep well hydrated
    • Stretch and cool down after each session

First Aid

  • If any injuries occur please notify the board duty person immediately
  • If you spot a player who is injured please make them safe by stopping play immediately (and stop any adjacent courts if needed)
  • There is a first aid kit available and cold packs (Pro Shop has additional packs available if at Gillies)
  • Ensure what happened is logged in our online Health and Safety logbook
  • The Gillies Ave and College Rifles facilities both have AEDs in the hall
  • Call an ambulance if needed
  • The nearest Urgent Care clinic to all of our play locations is the Whitecross facility at 90 Greenlane East

Sprains and Strains

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Elevate
  • Compress

Our Venues

We work very closely with our venue partners Auckland Badminton and College Rifles Badminton – if you notice anything that could cause a safety issue at our session please contact us immediately so we can work to have it resolved.