Introducing the Waterfall Tournament Format




The upcoming 2017 Melbourne University Open and Graded Championships on 28-29 October at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) will feature the debut of the Waterfall Tournament Format for Graded Events.

The Waterfall tournament format is a new way of running badminton tournaments for graded players. It is designed to spread the number of entries evenly across multiple grades, whilst giving players ‘value-for-money’ when participating in graded tournaments. This format is intended to be rolled out to other graded badminton tournaments in the near future.

With new tournament format, a new match format will also be used. All matches, including Finals will be 2 games to 21 points with no setting. If the match is tied at 1 game all, a tie-breaker game to 11 points with no setting will be played in order to determine the winner of the match.

If you want to be one of the first to try it out, be sure to enter the 2017 Melbourne University Open and Graded Championships, hosted by Melbourne University Badminton Club on 28-29 October at MSAC.

Entry closes on Sunday 15 October 2017.

About the Waterfall Format

The range of Grades offered for a tournament will depend on the number of entries. Therefore when entering a Graded event, players do not select a particular Grade to compete in.

All entries for Graded events will start out in the same elimination draw. The first few rounds will be used to qualify players for lower grades. However, as players progress further in this draw, it becomes the draw for the highest grade, A Grade.

Round 1 Losers of this draw will compete in a First-Round Consolation draw, becoming entrants of the lowest Grade.

Round 2 Losers will compete in a Second-Round Consolation draw, becoming entrants of the second-lowest Grade - and so forth.

Example Waterfall Format Tournament Draw

In the following sample for Women's Singles, there are enough entries to offer 3 Grades - A Grade, B Grade and C Grade.

The first snapshot is of the original draw with all Graded players entered. As pictured, the original draw is essentially the A Grade draw.


This next snapshot shows that the Round 1 Losers of the A Grade Draw have now been entered in a separate Consolation Draw, becoming the draw for C Grade.


This next snapshot shows that the Round 2 Losers of the A Grade Draw have now been entered in another Consolation Draw, becoming the draw for B Grade.


For further explanation of the Waterfall format, download your full guide to the Waterfall format here, and download the sample draws here.

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