Levels of Plays

International Levels


Results: Have won a Canadian National Championship in any event

These are all top 16-100 players. They have won a national championship and are international professionals who may have qualified to the Olympics or are contenders to do so.

The Gold player will only lose to an international standard player and can use many styles of game to win matches, even on their worst days.

The Gold has a solution for every competitive situation and is a model professional, showing class and toughness no matter, which opponent is being played.

The Gold is technically polished in all aspects and has additional “personalized” weapons that compliment their basic game.


Results: Semi-final of a Senior Canadian Nationals in singles or a Win of a national grand prix in singles

These are top national players who are on the national team or just on the cusp however, they are not the very best in the country.

Silvers are international players who are polished in their technique and strategy as well as showing an excellent physical shape.

They can win rounds at international competitions and rarely lose in national competitions.

They can perform several tactical changes and can play different games at an international level


Results: Quarter-Final Senior Nationals or finals of a senior grand prix

Description: They are close to the top level of National players but still have one step to go before they can challenge a GOLD. The Red is ready to enter international tournaments but cannot win a significant amount of rounds.

They are technically polished players on all basics and have a clear structure to their technique and strategy.

The Red’s can win matches against national level players using other strategies than their own style of play and have an international level of fitness.

National Levels

Black With Gold Stripe

Results: Round of 16’s of a Canadian national championships in singles or one semi-finals of a senior Canadian grand prix in singles.

Description: These are serious national-level badminton players who have achieved a consistency in their game that allows them to do several different styles of play without losing matches, although they are still only masters of their own style.

The Gold Stripe is close to completely structured in their techniques although there are still holes.

The Gold Stripe is also nearing international-class fitness where they can win national matches by running opponents into submission.

Black with Silver Stripe

Results: Two quarterfinals of a Canadian grand prix in singles in a one-year cycle

Description: These are individuals who have been training semi-professionally for a year or more and are near to achieving a stable “top-8″ level in Canada, but they have not reached this yet. They are learning the individual components of a top Canadian player and have significant structure to their technique and movement patterns. They are playing their own style very well and can variate tactics at a reasonable level but not to win against anyone.

They are developing an excellent shape and are handling competitions in a professional manner.

Black with Red Stripe

Results: Win a round of a Canadian grand prix in singles on four occasions, within a one-year cycle

Description: These are individuals who compete on the national tour regularly and train regularly but are not threats to win national events.

The Red Stripe can perform all shots, many of which look deceptive and similar. They can also execute their own strategies very well with a few variations.

They in good badminton shape  for national level competition and are beginning to learn about competing professionally.


Results: Win 1 round in a Senior Grand Prix

Description: These are players, who have trained competitively for many years and are now ready to begin to compete on the national level. They are just starting this phase of their career and have been part of a competitive program for some time.

Black level is essentially the graduation from Junior to Senior and is accompanied by the ability to execute some different strategies as well as execute every shot from every corner. Technically there is still a lack of structure or deception in the basic shots, although a structure is beginning to form.

The Black has also achieved a significant level of “Badminton Fitness.”

Provincial Levels


Results: 16’s of an U19 Nationals

Description: These are top provincial juniors, who cannot realistically win a round at a national senior competition. They are competitive, nationally in juniors, usually around the quarterfinal level in the u19 nationals.

The Brown is often talented and with the chance to graduate to a national senior level but not there yet. They have nearly every shot available to them and can execute limited strategies within their own style of play.


Results: Win one round at the Junior U19 Nationals, Quarter-Finals U16 Nationals, Win a round of a  Senior Provincial tournament

Description: These are players who have been in a competitive program for some time but are competitive on a provincial junior level. They are good enough to compete in the national junior championships and can reach quarterfinals or better at those events.

They are beginning to learn the details of badminton and can execute some higher-level skills and several variations from each corner. They are beginning to develop their own style of play and are beginning to develop specific physical abilities of a badminton player.


Results: Has beaten a green under supervised practice conditions

Description: Is a provincially competitive player. They are starting to enter competitive tournaments and could win a round in those junior events.

The Green has been playing for a minimum of 52 weeks and has learned the fundamental of Badminton play, although there is not a structure to the technique or to the strategy.


Practice Levels


Results: An Orange has to have beaten an orange in practice under supervised conditions

Description: Someone who has played badminton for 24 weeks or more and is showing the ability to win many practice games against opponents of Yellow and orange accreditation. The Coach believes this person will soon compete in tournaments but is not yet ready to be a competitive player.

The Orange is learning more specific techniques of badminton, including footwork and defensive skills. The Orange is also beginning to consider how to compete to win matches.


Results: A yellow has to have beaten a yellow in practice under supervised conditions.

Description: Someone who has played regular badminton for a minimum 12 weeks and can now compete to win a game of badminton against an opponent, who has played for a minimum of 12 weeks.

Can hit the very basic strokes of badminton both overhead and underhand as well as perform basic movements.

They know the rules of the game but have yet to develop accuracy, strategy or physical prowess of a competitive player.


Results: None

Description: A white is a beginner player who is learning the very basics of badminton and has no formal education in the sport. They have yet to learn the basics of grip, footwork, strokes and even rules of the game.