Continuous Play, Misconduct, and Penalties


21(a) Play shall be continuous from the first service until the match be concluded except that:

21(a)(i) in international competitive events, there shall be allowed an interval not exceeding 90 seconds between the first and second games, and not exceeding five minutes between the second and third games of all matches;

21(a)(ii) in countries where conditions render it desirable, there shall be allowed, subject to the previously published approval of the national organisation concerned, an interval not exceeding five minutes between the second and third games of a match, either singles or doubles or both;

21(a)(iii) when necessitated by circumstances not within the control of the players, the umpire may suspend play for such a period as he may consider necessary. If play be suspended, the existing score shall stand and play be resumed from that point.

21(b) Under no circumstances shall play be suspended to enable a player to recover his strength or wind, or to receive instruction or advice.

21(c) Except in an interval provided above, no player shall be permitted to receive advice during a match Coaching will now be allowed during both intervals. Players may not leave the court during the 90 second interval. With the umpireˇ¦s consent, players are allowed to leave the court during the 5 minute interval.until the match be concluded.21(d) The umpire shall be the sole judge of any suspension of play.

21(e) A player shall not:

21(e)(i) deliberately cause suspension of play, or

21(e)(ii) deliberately interfere with the speed of the shuttle, or

21(e)(iii) behave in an offensive manner; or

21(e)(iv) be guilty of misconduct not otherwise covered by the Laws of Badminton.

21(f) The umpire shall administer any breach of 21(e) by:

21(f)(i) issuing a warning to the offending side;

21(f)(ii) faulting the offending side, if previously warned; or

21(f)(iii) in case of flagrant offence or persistent offences, faulting the offending side and reporting the offending side immediately to the Referee, who shall have the power to disqualify.

21(g) Where a Referee has not been appointed, the responsible tournament official shall have the power to disqualify.