NEW SCORING SYSTEM TRIAL CONSIDERED A SUCCESS
Adoption As Official Scoring System Still A Distant Prospect
by Mike Grossman
October 9, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - According to a statement issued by
the press office of the International Badminton Federation yesterday,
the trial of a new badminton scoring system at the recently-concluded
Dutch Open was a success.
80% of the spectators surveyed at the tournament gave the nod to the
experimental 5x9 scoring system over the current 3x15 system.
In the 5x9 scoring system, a match is played on a best-of-5 games basis
with each game normally going to a maximum of 9 points (11 points if the
game is tied at 8-8 and the first player to score 8 chooses to play to
In 3x15 scoring, men's singles and all doubles matches are played on a
best-of-3 games basis with each game normally going to 15 points (17
points if the game is tied at 14-all and the first player to score 14
chooses to play to 17, or a maximum of 18 points if the game is tied at
13-all and the first player to score 13 chooses to play to 18). Women's
singles matches are played on a best-of-3 games basis with each game
normally going to 11 points (12 points if the game is tied at 8-all or
9-all and the first player to score 8 or 9 chooses to play to 12).
The trial of the 5x9 system at the Dutch Open was the first one carried
out at a major international badminton tournament. Previous trials had
been at local and European events, primarily in Norway.
Aside from the spectators, the press, television and top players also
gave the thumbs-up to the 5x9 scoring system.
Sun Jun of China, the men's singles champion at the Dutch Open, said
that he would raise two arms in approval of the new scoring system.
Poul-Eric Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark, the Olympic men's singles gold
medalist and runner-up at the Dutch Open, reaffirmed his support for
Despite the successful trial at the Dutch Open, the 5x9 scoring system
still has a long road to travel before it replaces the 3x15 system (3x11
for women's singles).
A change in the rules of badminton to adopt 5x9 would require an 80%
super-majority vote of the member countries of the International
Badminton Federation. With the Asian powerhouse countries like China,
Indonesia, Korea and Malaysia currently opposed to the change, any
proposal to adopt 5x9 in the immediate future would fail, according
to Martijn van Dooremalen, a leading member of the badminton body's
Trials and adjustments to the 5x9 system are expected to continue until
its supporters in the badminton federation have gathered enough data and
backing to get the rule change approved.
The next international tournament where 5x9 will be tried is the
Norwegian International at Sandefjord in November.
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