The Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy offers private lessons, group lessons, elite travel teams, training camps, coaching and umpire clinics, adult and junior tournaments, badminton open gym, pro shop and racket stringing service. Shannon Pohl is also available for demonstrations and speeches. For more information about the Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy, sponsorship opportunities, or to book her for an event, please contact Shannon.

We’re hiring!
Open Gym Assistants Needed!

Part Time Job on Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday Nights
The SPBA is looking to hire someone to run the open gym on Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday nights starting immediately. Employees will be responsible for supervising the open gym, setting up and taking down nets, collecting money from participants, selling equipment, and office work from time to time. Of course it can also be a great opportunity to practice your badminton game! Employees should be CPR & AED Certified. Shannon can help you get certified if you are not. Players can earn pay or discounts off their lessons. Must be 16 years of age or older.  You do not need to be a badminton player to apply. If interested, please contact Shannon at 

SPBA Laser Tag & Pizza Party
Saturday, March 9th

Saturday, March 9th
3-7 p.m.

We’re going to have our third annual SPBA Team Building Laser Tag Party again this year at Laser Tag Explosion.  This is the world’s largest laser tag arena (40,000 sq feet and 3 stories high). It is located at the Old Santa’s Village Amusement Park in East Dundee, IL. 

We are inviting all current students from the academy! Come hang out with all your friends from badminton class and meet new players too! Both kid’s and adults are welcome to play.

3-4 pm Orientation and Registration
4-6 pm Laser Tag 
6-7 pm Pizza Party 

Laser Tag Explosion recommends players be age 8 or older to play, however younger players will be allowed with the referee’s permission if they can follow directions and hold the equipment. Younger players are recommended to have a parent play with them. 

It is recommended that kids wear dark colors and several layers as it might be chilly.

You can sign up and pay during class time with Shannon. $20 fee ($50 value) includes 2 hours of laser tag, a piece of pizza, chips, and soda.

Before coming to the event all guests (including both players AND spectators) must fill out the online waiver here.  EVERYONE over the age of 18 will be REQUIRED to present a government issued I.D. at check-in.

I hope you can join us! Last year we had 45 players attend!

Introducing our new
full-time coach!

Coach Andrés Corpancho Fort

Andrés is the eight time National Champion of Peru. He is a two time triple crown winner (Winning Gold in Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles in the same year) at the Adult National Championships as well. He had a great professional badminton career with impressive results in all categories, a rarity in badminton. His top ranking is #35 in the world in mixed doubles. He has beaten players ranked in the top 20 in the world in men’s singles as well as US Olympians and Canadian National Champions. He has also won international titles in all thee disciplines as well as placing in the top three in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in the Pan American Championships. He also has a wealth of coaching experience, coaching National Team Players from Mexico, Brazil, and Ecuador as well as working with beginners in Peru. Two of his students went on to become Silver Medalists at the Pan American Games in women’s doubles and one of his students even qualified for the Olympics in women’s singles! See our full coaching staff bios here

Coach Shannon’s baby boy 
is due any day now!

The SPBA is so honored to have Coach Andrés coaching this fall session while Shannon is on maternity leave!

Andrés will be teaching the fall session of badminton classes at the SPBA while Shannon is away on maternity leave and then they both will be available for coaching after Thanksgiving when the winter session starts! With our coaching staff doubling, we will be able to offer even more classes and lesson timings going forward from the Winter Session onwards!

Rackets for Uganda Project makes news across Africa

Correction to National TV Interview: Shannon didn’t “blame the poor performance of African shuttlers on lack of government support”, but she did say that community and government support can help athletes get more exposure to reach the top. 🙂 

Shannon Pohl conducted a 2 day training clinic for over 150 kids in Kampala, Uganda on her honeymoon. 239 Rackets and other equipment such as shuttlecocks, shoes, grip tapes, strings, and t-shirts were donated and distributed to kids at the clinic, schools with local badminton programs, and Right to Play schools. Thank you to Wilson Sporting Goods, and many individual donors for your support of this program.

Read more about it and see more pictures here


Correction to Newspaper Article: Shannon is not a world champion, but a 4 time participant in the world championships for Team USA. 🙂

Parent/Student Informational Meeting 4-6pm August 26th, 2017.

SPBA members and new students:
Join us August 26th from 4-6 pm in the cafeteria for our annual parent /student information session!

We will be going over:
Players and Parents: Please join us  in the Adversity Concession Area for an informational meeting  to learn more about badminton and the SPBA!

We will be going over:

1. The New USA Badminton Jr. Ranking Tournament Structure and tournament levels (How to get a Jr. National Ranking)
2. 2017-2018 Season Calendar
3. When is an athlete ready to play tournaments?
4. How to qualify for the SPBA MW Open Regionals in May
5. How to qualify for Junior Nationals and the US Team
6. How much should an athlete train in order to achieve certain goals
7. Fitness and Nutrition
8. SPBA Class Level Structure & Fall Schedule
9. Elite Team Structure and Travel Tournaments (under 11/under 13 bronze squad and travel teams)
10. How to become a coach at USAB Jr. Events
11. HS Badminton Structure, Tryouts, State Championships, Club teams for Boys
12. Answering any questions
13. Registration open for the fall session. We accept cash or check.Registration can also be done through the website note we have higher than normal registration requests right now and we are working hard to get back to everyones email requests this upcoming week!

North Shore Open

Hi everyone! Important info regarding NSO:
We look forward to hosting you today and tomorrow for the North Shore Open. Please arrive at the proper registration time for all your events. You must register for all events so we know you are in the gym.

6:00 p.m. Registration – Men’s and Women’s Singles
6:30 p.m. Play Begins for Men’s and Women’s Singles.

8:30 a.m. Registration Men’s and Women’s Doubles
9:00 a.m. Play Begins for Men’s and Women’s Doubles
12:30 p.m. Registration – Mixed doubles
1:00 p.m. Play Begins Mixed Doubles

Remember there is a 10 minute match/event default rule in effect. Please be on time for your matches. There will be a draw posted at the gym. Please wait for your matches to be called over the speaker system. Keep in mind as it is A-B-C-D drop flight that some matches can not be called until previous rounds finish so we appreciate your patience. Remember with this format guarantees three matches so please don’t leave the gym until you verify at the desk that you are done.

A-B-C-D format:
win your first two matches you go to A.
win then lose, go to b.
lose then win go to C.
lose your first two matches go to D.

Once you get into your category you will have a single elimination tournament with medals for first and second place in each category.

As it turns out we won’t be able to have concessions available (but we hope to have bubble tea for sale!). Please feel free to bring any food you need to the gym. If you do need to leave at some point to get food please notify the desk to make sure you don’t have a match coming up.

Thanks and see you on the courts!