Sydney Badge Tennis

Bones

New User
Hi

I am looking looking at moving to Sydney at some stage but interested to know how you go about joining a team and entering the Badge Competition.

I will be living in the Eastern Suburbs and am interested to understand which clubs are suggested or if not how you go about joining a league.

Thanks
 

Cashman

Professional
There are a bunch of clubs in the Eastern Suburbs that play badge, but not every club fields teams in every division so you may have to shop around for one with a side that is a good match for your skills. White City would be the obvious place to start.

Most clubs will want you to come along to their midweek social competition to get levelled before they offer you a place in their badge side.

Entries close first week in February, but you may find a team mid-season that are looking to blood some reserves.
 

Crocodile

Hall of Fame
Yes joining a club is the first step and then putting your name down for badge is the second step. If you know somebody who is a member of a club and want you in their team then that's another option. While White City and Royal Sydney are two clubs there is also Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Uni. I also wouldn't rule out other clubs in Sydney even if you need to travel if the trade off is getting into a better grade or a cheaper membership.
You can have a look at the draw and see what all the other clubs are like.
Also some clubs are fully synthetic grass while others have natural grass like Beecroft and Cheltenham.
 

Bones

New User
Royal Sydney - great grass courts but punchy to join, you have to know something like 5 members and there is years on waiting list
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Beginning to think Badge is not all it is cracked up to be...

Lengthy format, incumbent captains maintaining their position as head of teams even when their own rating is on the slide, smaller teams from less clubs, weird gradings where new players get shoved to the bottom at one club then after a year go to another club and get rated truly and in put in teams where they belong.

Unsure if on the wane or just on the wane for me.

Beginning to want the UTR grading to be for us adults as well. (I mean it is but not many tournies yet, or tournies for kids only.).
 

Cashman

Professional
Beginning to think Badge is not all it is cracked up to be...

Lengthy format, incumbent captains maintaining their position as head of teams even when their own rating is on the slide, smaller teams from less clubs, weird gradings where new players get shoved to the bottom at one club then after a year go to another club and get rated truly and in put in teams where they belong.

Unsure if on the wane or just on the wane for me.
The higher levels of badge are good, but the mid to lower tiers tend to be a lot spottier. I think it is a good option for younger guys who are playing a lot of tennis, and need to go outside their club to find sufficient competition.

For me (mid 30s, playing 1-2 times a week with commitments on weekends) the top level of my club's midweek social comp is plenty good enough.

Beginning to want the UTR grading to be for us adults as well. (I mean it is but not many tournies yet, or tournies for kids only.).
UTR will be essentially superseded by WTN next year anyway.
 

Bones

New User
Thanks all for responses.

Im living in Singapore today after living in London for 15 years where both interclub comps are strong but looking to move sydney soon as my wife wants to go home.

I play 5.0 so would have thought I would have to play Badge to get a good mix of comp play as most clubs have 3/4 players at that level and above - could be wrong as Sydney clubs could be really strong - I just dont know but love the competition of tennis so was interested to know what clubs in Eastern suburbs I should look at
 

Cashman

Professional
I play 5.0 so would have thought I would have to play Badge to get a good mix of comp play as most clubs have 3/4 players at that level and above - could be wrong as Sydney clubs could be really strong - I just dont know but love the competition of tennis so was interested to know what clubs in Eastern suburbs I should look at
A 5.0 NTRP would be equivalent to about a 4 or 4+ NRN in Australia.

You'll probably be looking at an inter-club competition, but it doesn't necessarily have to be Badge. I really like ESTA's Sunday morning competition. It's a good format, you don't have to travel far, and the higher divisions are a very good standard.

Badge is a bit more 'prestigious' but it does require a fair bit of commitment.
 
I am looking looking at moving to Sydney at some stage but interested to know how you go about joining a team and entering the Badge Competition.

I will be living in the Eastern Suburbs and am interested to understand which clubs are suggested or if not how you go about joining a league.

Thanks
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