forehand smash technique

I have been practising many shots and noticed that as i try to use these in matches, my forehand smash isn’t as reliable as it used to be. Not so important in singles, but in doubles which is more of a power game, this can be used to create an opening to win the point. I found this video from the good people at Badminton England:

 

Udall Gym Closed this Saturday March 3, 2012

tournamentDon’t forget that due to the Badminton Senior Games being held this weekend in Tucson, that the Udall Gym will not be available for open play (usually held at 8am-11am).

So enjoy your lie in!

For those interested in watching the seniors play or if you’re playing (good luck!), don’t forget these details:

DATES
Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, 2012

TIME
Check in at 8:30 am Competition begins at 9:00 am

SITE
Morris K. Udall Regional Center
7200 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ

SmashCats Doubles Spring 2012 Tournament!

ua smashcats badminton tournamentWell it’s been confirmed! The SmashCats Doubles Spring 2012 Tournament is coming. This is held at the University of Arizona (see the where to play page for directions) and is open to anyone. So you don’t have to be a student or an affiliate to enter and play. Put it in your diaries: Saturday March 24, 2012.

I have put an entry form here should you wish to download it and fill it in.

Here is a summary of the information you need to know:

Tournament Date: March 24th, 2012. Saturday.
Time: 8am – 7pm. Players not from Tucson will be accommodated for travel time.
Contact Person: Alisha Howe (President UA Badminton) UAZbadminton@gmail.com
Fees per player: $20/30 for one/two events. $17/$27 for students (High School or College) Entrance includes shuttlecocks for all matches, round robin format ensures at least three matches  per division given enough entrants. Refreshments and lunch also provided.
Entry Deadline March 22, 2012. (Wednesday)

Format: Round Robin followed by single elimination of the top seeds in each division. Each match will be one game rally scoring to 30 points, win by 2, or a maximum of 40 points, change sides at 16.

You can email the president and book your place to play and then turn up and pay. You can fill out your form then. But do let them know if you’re intending to play so they can plan accordingly. I went last year for a similar tournament run by these guys and it was a lot of fun! 

Arizona Senior Games Badminton Event coming to Tucson next month!

arizona senior olympicsseniors, the arizona senior games badminton tournament is coming to tucson next month. this is a national qualifier, so will help you if you’re thinking of applying for the nationals. i have copied the information from the arizona senior games website.

 

 

2012 badminton. (National Qualifier)
No On-site Registration

EVENTS
Singles
Doubles
Mixed Doubles (one man and one woman)

DATES
Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, 2012

TIME
Check in at 8:30 am Competition begins at 9:00 am

SITE
Morris K. Udall Regional Center
7200 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ

AMENITIES
Restrooms: Yes Phones: Yes Food: Yes Water: Yes

SPORT FEE
$ 20 Onetime Application Fee
$ 8 for each event entered

DEADLINE: February 24, 2012

ENTRY REGULATIONS
1 .Competition is in five-year age groups: 50-54, 55-59 etc.
2. Athletes may compete in only one age division.
3. Doubles age divisions determined by the age of the younger player.
4. Competitors must supply their own racquets.
5. Shuttlecocks provided by Arizona Senior Olympics.
6. Players who are alone in their age group will play in the next lower age group. Medals awarded by age.

FORMAT
1. Double elimination or Round Robin.
2. All games played to 21 points.
3. Commissioner reserves the right to alter the format based on the number of players.

SPORTS RULES
All matches will be conducted in accordance with United States Badminton Association and NSGA rules, except as modified herein. For a copy of the United States Badminton Association rules, please write or call:
United States Badminton Association
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719) 866-4808
www.usabadminton.org

SPORT COMMISSIONER Donna Hall (520) 749-1410
CO – COMMISSIONER Dianne Hendrickson (520) 791-4225

tucson badminton tournament rumours!

whilst spying and listening to the going ons at the university of arizona badminton club, i heard that there might be a tournament open to all happening in the latter stages of march (2012).

when this is confirmed i’ll put a post and let you know all the details, but for the moment dust off your racquets and practise your smashes!!!

want a badminton job?

I stumbled upon this on the BWF’s website. Not really local, but it might appeal to someone from Tucson who fancies working in Malaysia with an international staff!

Friday, February 10, 2012 – Badminton World Federation

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) are on a search for talented and dynamic individuals with a passion for the sport to fill three vacancies at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The BWF headquarters is situated at the heart of the shopping and entertainment district in Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang. The successful applicants will join a multi-cultural team of staff from Canada, Denmark, England, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

With the rapid commercial growth and grassroots development of the sport, challenging opportunities in the Events, Development and Communications departments at the BWF are available for candidates with suitable skills set, relentless dedication and a positive can-do attitude.

The job specifications of these vacancies are available on this page, do note the application deadlines for each position.

A small number of internship positions are also available from time to time throughout the year in these departments for those aspiring to work in sports management and administration, and in search of some relevant experience and exposure. Typically, shared accommodation and a monthly stipend will be available for selected interns.

Do contact the relevant departments below for details of the intern specifications and potential intern projects:

Events – Mr Darren Parks (d.parks@bwfbadminton.org)

Development – Mr Stuart Borrie (s.borrie@bwfbadminton.org)

Communications – Ms Jan Lin (j.lin@bwfbadminton.org)

photographs from tucson senior games 2012 badminton

the tucson senior games 2012 badminton was a   great success. congratulations to all who participated and a huge thank you to everyone who helped organize such a stellar event. what was great to see was different generations of players participating in playing, line calling and umpiring.

the tucson badminton club organized free umpire coaching and those who took part got to test their new skills at this tournament. kudos.

here are some pictures from the event, here’s to the USA Badminton tournament in May!

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