The next Escapist WBA Business Challenge will be held on Friday 8 April 2022 and we are inviting entries from any registered New Zealand company / organisation. The focus for this event is to provide casual networking opportunities, team building and recreational play in a social setting. No experience required! This tournament will consist of round-robin and non-graded match play, food, beverage and prizes for all participants, including most creative and unique team names!

Depending on the number of entries, there will be a series of 3-4 rounds played each day. The tournament is limited to a maximum of 20 teams (maximum 2 teams per company), accepted on a first come first served basis.

Waikato Badminton also welcomes donations from any participating businesses – Please contact us if you are interested in providing some prizes for this or future events.

Event Details

  • Venue: Eastlink Badminton Stadium, 60 Old Farm Road, Hamilton East 3216
  • Start Time: 6.30pm
  • Finish Time: 9.30pm

Team Composition

  • There will be four players in each team, ranked individually by order of merit (1,2,3,4).
  • Maximum of 1 regular player (rep or club level) per team.
  • Minimum of 1 female player per team.

Competition Regulations

  • A round-robin format and other regular badminton rules will apply.
  • Each team will form doubles pairs to participate in a 6-match format.
  • Order of Play: 1&4, 2&3, 1&3, 2&4, 3&4, 1&2.
  • Matches will be played over 5 minutes. Pairs with the most points at the end of 5 minutes wins the match. If points are equal at the end of 5 minutes, a golden game point will be played. In the event of 3 matches all, game difference, and/or the point difference will be taken into account to determine the winner of the tie. Two points will be awarded for each tie won.

General Regulations

  • Badminton rackets are available for hire for free during the event.
  • Each team should collect a result sheet and shuttles from the Tournament Organiser on the day.
  • Each participant should wear comfortable playing attire and footwear with non-marking (or non-dark) soles.
  • Participants are to keep score of their own matches and record these on the result sheet provided by WBA at the end of each match.
  • A draw, schedule and results will be published on the WBA website ( WBA reserves the right to alter the regulations and guidelines dependent upon registrations. In the event of any disputes, the decision of the Tournament Organiser will be final.
  • A prizegiving will be held at the completion of all rounds.

We look forward to your company registering a team and confirming your place in this tournament. To reserve your spot in this event please:

  • Enter online at
  • Entries close on Wednesday 30 March 2022
  • Pay the Entry Fee of $80 inc GST to Waikato Badminton Bank Account: 03-1555-0090702-00 (“Team Name” as Particulars + “Challenge” as Reference)

This event is proudly supported by Escapist and The Cook.

Any questions please contact Megan at or 021 225 4497.