no badminton at Udall this weekend

badz2dawadzDue to a basketball tournament, there will be no open badminton at Udall this Saturday April 18, 2015.

There are 3 courts for badminton at the El Pueblo Recreation Center on Saturday from 1PM – 4PM.

Tournament – June 28 2014

bannerThere will be a tournament at the University of Arizona. All players are welcome of any skill level and there is no age restriction. You do not need to be a member of the University to enter and can pay your fee on the day in person.

Tournament date: June 28th, 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 8am-6pm
Tournament venue: UofA Student Recreation Center
1400 E. 6th St, Tucson, Arizona 85719
Contact Person: Sierra F (

Fees per player: $20 = one event. $25 = two events.
Fee includes shuttles for all matches (round robin guarantees >3 matches per division given enough entrants), refreshment, and lunch.

Men’s Intermediate Doubles
Men’s Advanced Doubles
Women’s Doubles
Mixed Doubles

Format: Round robin followed by single elimination of the top 2 seeds in each division. If there is only 1 division, format will be round robin followed by the final between the top two teams. Each match will be one game rally scoring to 30 points, win by 2, or a maximum of 40 points, change sides at 16.

USA Badminton Sanctioned Event

Screen Shot 2013-05-15 at 7.20.24 PMUSA Badminton Sanctioned Event

1. Dates: See Schedule Below

2. Hosted by: Tucson Badminton Club

3. Venue: University of Arizona, Student Recreation Center

4. Events:
• Age Category
o 35+ Junior Senior
o 40+ Senior I
o 45+ Senior II
o 50+ Master I
o 55+ Master II
o 60+ Grand Master I
o 65+ Grand Master II
o 70+ Golden Master I
o 75+ Golden Master II
o 80+ Platinum Master
• Players are eligible for an age group provided they are 35+, 40+, 45+ etc. years of age by March 19, 2014.
• Men – Entries are limited to 4 events for MS, MD, WD, and XD.
• Women – This limitation does not apply to women players.
• If there are not enough entries in an event, the Tournament Director shall combine events.
The 75+ age event will be offered at the tournament. This event would be in addition to the age groups already established in this sanctioned tournament. That would mean additional court time for the 75+ age group in which all 75+ players who wish to participate will be included. Because this will be an exhibition event, no entry fee will be charged for participation. The exact format of the event and players included has not yet been established. The official format will be determined by the USAB tournament committee with input from the U.S.A.B. Masters Advisory Council and Masters players.
5. Schedule:
Wednesday March 19 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM Practice at venue
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Registration at host hotel & welcome party
Thursday March 20 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Registration at venue
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM 55+ and older age groups
Friday March 21 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Registration at venue
8:30 AM – 6:00 PM All age groups – 35+ to 50+ begin
Friday March 21 6:30PM – 9:00PM Dinner & drinks, Awards
Saturday March 22 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM All age groups

6. Tournament Contacts:
• Tournament Director
o Dudley Chen
o Cell: 305.903.2407
o Email:
• Tucson Badminton Club
o Richard Alexander
o Phone: 520-405-9311
o Email:

7. How to Enter; the Deadline, and the Fee:
• The Tucson Badminton Club is implementing online entry for this tournament.
• Players who intend to register for this tournament have a working email in order to receive an email confirming your entry and payment.

• Entry Deadline: The entry deadline is Friday, February 28 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. NO late entry will be accepted.
• Tournament Fees:
The organizers are charging the following fees:
o USAB Administration Fee – $15 per player (non-refundable)
o There is a $5.00 USAB Tournament Officials Fee for each entry
o Entry Fee – $30.00 per player per event (4 events maximum per person).
• Payment: Entry fee may be paid online or by check made out to: Tucson Senior National Badminton
Sent to:
Lorna M Hunter
11878 N Crescendo Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85737

Confirmation of Entry & Payment: • Registering players will receive an email confirmation generated by Tournament Software and it will include:
o events entered
o and for doubles, partners selected
o as well as the amount paid online by the registrant only (each doubles pair must register separately)
• Receipt of the email confirming your entry and payment is the conclusive evidence that you submitted your entry before the deadline.
• If a player has problems with the online entry, he/she should contact Richard Alexander 520-405-9311 and/or by

To sign up go to Tournament Software and/or click on this link:
• Players should take note that they must be USAB members at the time of registering. To check your membership status or to join click here:
• Following the close of entries on Friday February 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM MST (Mountain Time, which is the USAB National Office time), the entries shall be deemed to be closed. After entering online, the player should print out the email confirmation receipt of their entry. It is up to the players to contact the Tournament Director and/or Richard Alexander if they wish to verify that their entry information was processed correctly.
(1) Dudley Chen at and/or call 305.903.2407
(2) Richard Alexander and/or call 520-405-9311
• Entries for doubles events must be received from both players of the doubles team/pair for the entry to be accepted or you may request a partner.

8. Doubles and Mixed Doubles:
• When entering in Doubles and/or Mixed Doubles, it is advisable that the registering player knows:
o that the partner has a current USAB membership
o the partner’s USAB Number # (this is to assist online entry as there could other USAB members with the
same name)
• Both players of a pair must register (enter and pay entry fee) separately.
• Once a player has been “selected”, the system will not allow the “selected player” to be chosen by another registrant.
• The partnership becomes valid only when both players have registered successfully.

• Partner Request Option
o If a player requires a partner for Doubles or Mixed Doubles, he/she (the requesting player) may select the “Partner Request Option.”
o The Tournament Director has the discretion to enter the requesting player in any event.

9. Withdrawals:
• Withdrawals must be done by email to Dudley Chen at, and copied to Richard Alexander at by Thursday March 6, 2014 at 11:59PM MST. For withdrawals done before this deadline, USAB and/or organizer will:
o refund the Entry Fees and the Dinner payment
o forfeit the Admin Fee ($15).
• For withdrawals done after the entry deadline Thursday March 6, 2014 at 11:59PM MST, USAB and/or organizer will:
o NO refund on any of the fees (Admin Fee, Umpire Fee and Entry Fees)
o refund the Dinner Payment

10. Regulations, Seedings, Draw and Shuttles
• This tournament will be held under the rules and regulations of USAB and BWF.
• The BWF 3 x 21 Rally Points Scoring System shall be used.
• All players at this tournament are advised that their clothing and advertising must conform to BWF regulations.
• Seeding will be based on the USAB Senior Rankings.
The draw will be conducted by the Tournament Director and/or the Referee. The draw will be published on the Tournament Software website at:
• Yonex feather shuttles will be used for this tournament.

11. T-Shirt
• T-Shirt will be part of the admin fee.
• Please check your T-shirt size when you place the order. S,M,L,XL,XXL

12. Tournament Dinner:
• There will be a Tournament Dinner at the El Molinito Mexican Restaurant on Friday evening March 21, 2014.
• The dinner charge is $25 per person
• As seating is limited, it is recommended that interested participants confirm the number of people for the dinner and make the payment at the time of entering for the tournament.
• If the player decides to request to participate in the dinner after the tournament entry deadline, he/she should contact the Richard Alexander at 520-405-9311 or or Lorna Hunter at the venue.

13. Host Hotel:
DoubleTree by Hilton
445 S. Alvernon Way
Tucson, Arizona
• For reservations, call 520-881-4200
• Room rates: (ask for the badminton group rate):
o Single – $99 per night
o Double – $99 per night
• This rate is honored until March 3, 2014 and includes breakfast.

14. Transportation:
• Airport-Hotel-Airport : Discount offered by host hotel (and possibly other hotels)
• Hotel-Venue-Hotel : Limited free shuttle available
• Airport-Hotel-Airport : Discount offered by host hotel (and possibly other hotels)

free certified badminton umpire training details

umpz2dawumpzBecoming a Regional Certified Umpire has some potential benefits.  If you can get to an event that needs umpires you will usually be given room, meals and a $35.00/day per diem.  At some events you will also be allowed to play for free and you may have your travel expenses reimbursed as well.  If you go on to higher classifications you may get to travel out of the country.
OK.  The schedule for training is Friday Jan. 24 at 6:00PM at the Student Rec Center, then Friday January 31 at 6:00PM at the Udall Rec Center The first meeting is to go over the official rules of the game.  The second is to go over how to umpire and keep score.
Anyone who is able should try and spend part of Saturday and/or Sunday Feb. 1&2 umpiring at the Tucson Senior Olympics Badminton event.  It will be held at the Udall Rec Center from 9:00AM-6:00PM on Saturday and 9:00AM- 2:00PM on Sunday.
On February 28th David Carton will be at the Udall Rec Center at 6:00PM to answer any last minute questions and to administer the certification test.  He will also observe the umpires in action on March 1st 9:00AM – 6:00PM at Udall for the first Day of the AZ Senior Olympics Badminton event.  Umpires are encouraged to also work the next day which begins at 9:00AM and goes through 2:00PM.
All this leads to as many umpires as possible being available March 20-22 for the USAB Masters Tournament.  This will be held at the U of A Student Rec Center South Gym.  Hours Thur. March 20 8:00AM-10:00PM, Friday March 21 8:00AM-6:00PM and Saturday March 22 8:00AM – 10:00PM.
NOTE:  No one is expected to be available all the time.  Anytime you can give is appreciated.
We hope you all consider becoming trained, it’s really a great opportunity!

university spring opening times

bannerWe received notice of of our Spring semester hours for practice:

Friday: 6pm-10pm (North Gym- 2 courts)
Sunday: 10am-12pm (North Gym- 2 courts)

Thankfully, these are the same hours as usual.

Our first official day back is 1/17, so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone return!

This Sunday (1/12) however, the Rec Center is closed all-day for employee training, so get your badminton tonight from 6-10pm!

On another note, umpire training is tentatively set for 1/24 and 1/31 in one of the Rec Center conference rooms. More information will be sent out later.

UA badminton winter opening times

bannerI was notified yesterday that the official last day for all club practices was Wednesday December 11th. This means we do not have any more reservations on the courts during our practice times (Friday and Sunday).

However, I called the Rec Center, and they said we can still show up and play tomorrow and Sunday as usual. Since we do not have “official” reservations of the basketball courts, I would encourage only setting up nets that will be used.

That being said, during winter break, we can still use the gym for badminton, but we again won’t have official reservations for the courts so practice space is not guaranteed. I don’t believe this will be a problem since the dorms close during winter break as well.

Rec center will be closed: December 24th-January 1st.

*Rec center winter break (December 21st-January 12th) hours:*
Friday- Close at 10pm (instead of 11pm)
Sunday-No changes

photos from TBC fun games


The Tucson Badminton Club fun games and picnic was a successful and fun event. With the emphasis placed on fun, the players made groups of four and had to play badminton games designed to level the playing field and encourage some laughs.

Players had to play one game with their non dominant hand, play tied to their partner, wear an eye patch to reduce depth perception for another and finally play with a covered net. The normal ‘favorites’ in tournaments did not stand a chance and it was fun to see new players win some prizes!

After, the cookout served plenty of food and drinks and everyone socialized in the nice climate in the park. Here are the photos from the Tucson Badminton Club Fun Event. They are on our badminton tucson facebook page, but you do not need to be a member of facebook to view them.

Many thanks to the Tucson Badminton Club for hosting a great event.

Tucson Badminton Club Fun Event and Picnic

Olympics+Day+8+Badminton+Jnfbqnk1CVrlSaturday December 7, 2013
10:00am until 12:00pm
Morris K. Udall Park

Come and play some different badminton games at the Udall!



4 Doubles Matches:
Play with your Opposite Hand
Play with One Eye Covered
Plat with the Net Covered
Play Tied To your Partner

$5.00 for TBC members all other $10.00 (includes one year TBC membership)
Picnic to follow at Udall Park Ramadas 8 & 9. Tucson Badminton Club will provide: Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, cups, plates, water & ice chests. Bring a side dish or desert if you like.

free umpire training!

umpz2dawumpzTucson Badminton Club, Tucson Sports, and UA Badminton Sports Club will be hosting the USA Badminton Masters Tournament during Spring Break (March 19th – 23rd 2014). Nationally ranked players will be competing, and it is going to be an exciting week!

We will need many certified badminton umpires to help officiate this tournament, and Richard Alexander, President of Tucson Badminton Club, will be running a few training sessions for anyone who would like the opportunity to become an official badminton umpire (as certified umpires- you would also be able to officiate any national games).

The training sessions will consist of the following:

Session 1 (1 hour) – go over all the badminton rules. Booklets will be distributed.

Session 2 (1 hour) – scoring sheets, the way to officiate a game.

There are two tournaments coming up, Tucson Senior Games (2/1-2/2014) and Arizona State Senior Games (3/1-2/2014). These will be great opportunities to practice with officiating badminton games.

Tucson Badminton Club is working with Dave Carlton, the USA badminton umpire technical officier, to arrange a trip. He will be here in Tucson, usually just before the Arizona State Senior Games, to administer the written exam for the certification.

Because of the two tournaments, and the fact that UA school starts on 1/15/2014, these training sessions will most likely be on 1/17/2014 and 1/24/2014.

Another email will be sent out closer to the training dates once details have been finalized.

tournament feedback needed!

bannerHi everyone,
For anyone who participated in the tournament, we would like to receive some feedback to help improve things for next time.
Here is the link to the anonymous survey:
Thank you!
UA Badminton