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.

North Shore Open July 22-24
Postmark Deadline Today,
Tuesday, July 12th!

Enter today for the SPBA’s 7th Annual North Shore Open! The North Shore Open is a premier all-ages tournament at the SPBA, held every Summer.  Both adults and juniors of all levels are encouraged to participate. Events are held in A-B-C-D dropflight format in women’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Awards are given to first place finishers of all flights, and a gift will be given to all participants. I hope you can join us!

ENTRY FORM: Click Here



DEADLINE: Entries must be postmarked by July 12 or given or emailed to Shannon with payment by July 14th. Late entry fee $10.

It’s not too late to join our summer programming!

Register today for summer group classes, private lessons, badminton fitness classes, and elite team training! We can pro-rate classes (pending space availability) for the remainder of the summer.

At the SPBA, we believe that consistent training throughout the summer whenever possible is much more valuable that doing an intensive short camp and then not picking up your racket for the rest of the summer. Badminton is a sport where consistency is achieved by repetition and consistent training will lead to better muscle memory.

Here at the SPBA, we understand that many families take vacations, have summer plans, camps, and potential conflicts from time to time. Our summer training is 12 weeks long and we are happy to accommodate makeup classes throughout the summer session during the weeks you are in town and available! We just ask that you give us at least 24 hour notice when you are going to be absent. We also know that many of our athletes take summer school. Our classes are conveniently timed in the afternoons and evenings as not to interfere with summer school.

Summer Schedule and Pricing for all programing

Register online today!



Friday, 5/27 Court Reservations/Rentals

PRACTICE AT SPBA TODAY (Friday, May 27th):
In addition to the complimentary open play for Super Regional Tournament players from 6-9pm during registration on Friday (tonight), we also will be opening up the gym from 3pm-6pm for players wishing to rent a reserved court. Courts can be rented for $25 per hour per court (cash or check only–sorry we have no credit card processor). Please email me if you’d like to rent courts at Include how many courts and how many hours.
We ask that if you do decide to go this route that you also please stop by the gym from 6-9pm during registration also so we can get as many players and coaches registered prior to tomorrow! 

Midwest Super Regional Draws & Schedule

General Schedule:

Friday, May 27th:
6pm-9pm Player Practice Session and Registration for all players and coaches

Saturday, May 28th:
8:00 am-8:50 am Warm Up Time
8:00 am-onwards Registration for Players and Coaches
9:00 am-9:00 pm Tournament Play

Sunday, May 29th:
8:00 am-8:50 am Warm Up Time
9:00 am-9:00 pm Tournament Play

Monday, May 30th:
7:30 am-8:20 am Warm Up Time
8:30am-4:00pm Semi-Finals, Finals, and 3/4 playoffs
(including all consolation semi-finals and finals)

* Draw subject to change. Please check times frequently.

Please check the SPBA Midwest Super Regional Draws for match times, main draw and reserve lists. Spectators, check out when your favorite players and age groups are competing and we look forward to hosting you!


Deadline Monday May 16th: Advertisement and
Sponsorship Packages for the
SPBA Midwest Super Regional

Exciting news! The SPBA Midwest Super Regional Tournament May 28-30th has attracted 369 entries from 22 different states! This is not only a great marketing opportunity, but a chance to help out your local badminton community and make an important regional event successful.

If you would like to make an ad in our program book, have signage or a booth at the event, or make a tax-deductible contribution, please read our Program and Sponsorship Guide.

All contributions are 100% tax deductible!

May 20th – USA Badminton
Umpire Clinic

The Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy is hosting a USA Badminton Umpire Clinic on May 20th from 6:30-10 pm for badminton players, enthusiasts, and parents interested in learning to become a certified USA Badminton Umpire.

This course is being held prior to the 2016 SPBA Midwest Super Regionals (May 28-30), which will serve as an excellent opportunity for trainees to have full on-court training. After the clinic, you will develop your technical official skills at the tournament while helping an important event to run smoothly. You will be learning from the best in the field!

For those feeling sufficiently prepared, evaluations can be conducted as a part of this event and the written exam can be administered so that by the end of the 2016 SPBA Midwest Super Regionals, you can become a fully accredited USA Badminton Regional Umpire. Anyone is eligible to learn from the clinic but full certification is only available to current members of USA Badminton age 18 years and older. The clinic costs $25.

Online Registration available here.

SPBA Midwest Super Regional Online Entry Now Open!

Event: May 28-30thmidwest-super-regional
Deadline: April 28th

The SPBA is thrilled to announce they will host the very first Midwest Super Regional on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30th.

This is the highest level Junior National Tournament in the Midwest Region of the USA in the last 22 years. The tournament is sanctioned by USA Badminton and is one level below Junior Nationals. It counts for 70% Junior National Ranking points, and it is the last major tournament to count for seedings for the 2016 Junior Nationals. It will also count towards qualifying for the 2017 Junior International Trials which determines the US Junior National Team to compete abroad. Based on other Super Regionals held in other regions, we expect 200-300 entries plus their families to attend. This tournament will not only draw the top junior players across the country but many new up and coming players will have the chance to experience a high level junior national competition for the first time.

We are currently looking for umpires, volunteers, and sponsors for the event! Contact Shannon for details!

Tournament Webpage Airport and hotel information
Online Entry and Prospectus Enter online today!
Invitation Letter General details for local players on what a Super Regional is, how to register for the tournament, volunteer opportunities for players and coaches, advertising opportunities, and cheer ads

Facebook Invite Please feel free to add your badminton friends to our invite!


Sports Expo Saturday, SPBA to host huge Junior National Event.

sportsexpoJoin the SPBA at the Advocate Condell Medical Center Sports Expo this Saturday from 9am -12 pm at the Lincolnshire Marriott. Learn about different sports teams offered in Lake County, hear presentations on avoiding injuries and sports nutrition from experts, watch a badminton exhibition, and enter a raffle for a chance to win a private lesson with Coach Shannon Pohl.

SPBA has won the bid to host the biggest junior badminton event in the Midwest in at least the last 20 years! midwest-super-regionalSPBA will host the SPBA Midwest Super Regional on May 28-30th. We are currently looking for volunteers, umpires, and sponsors! All badminton players under age 19 as of 12/31/16 are encouraged to participate! Events will be held in Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 for Girls Singles, Girls Doubles, Boys Singles, Boys Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. Entry forms will be available soon! To get involved, email Shannon at

Read more about these events and more in our latest newsletter here.