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.

Yes we are open on Easter Sunday!

While there are no classes on Sunday, April 16th, The SPBA will be open all weekend for open gym, Friday-Sunday!! Come out and have a great holiday weekend playing badminton!

Friday 4/14: 6:30-9:30 pm
Saturday 4/15: 4:00-6:00 and 6:00 -8:00 pm
Sunday 4/16: 4:30-6:30, 6:30-9:30 pm

2017 SPBA Midwest Super Regionals
May 27-29th

The SPBA is thrilled to announce they will again be hosting the Midwest Super Regional on Memorial Day Weekend. This is the highest level and largest Junior National Ranking Tournament in the Midwest Region of the USA. 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 2017 Junior Nationals.  It will also count towards qualifying for the 2018 Junior International Trials which determines the US Junior National Team to compete abroad. 369 players entered the tournament last year making this one of the biggest junior tournaments in the whole country. We expect a great turn-out again this year! Read more on our event page here.

Join our FB invitation here.
Feel free to invite your friends on FB and spread the word! Help us make this an awesome event!

USA Badminton Umpire Clinic
May 19th

A USA Badminton Umpire Clinic will be held on Friday, May 19th from 6:30-10pm at the Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy for badminton players, enthusiasts, and parents interested in learning to become a certified USA Badminton Umpire. 

This course is being held prior to the 2017 SPBA Midwest Super Regionals (May 27-29), which will serve as an excellent opportunity for trainees to have full on-court training. Register today here!

Winter Session 2 registration available now!

The class schedule for the winter session 2 is located here. All times remain the same schedule as the Winter Session 1.

Please bring your payment (check or cash) to the last day of class this week to hold your spot for the next session. Players currently enrolled and elite squads get first priority registration. New members can register on the website here.

Parent Child Badminton Tournament!

Join us on December 3rd, 2016 for the annual SPBA Parent/Child Badminton Tournament. Postmark deadline to enter is November 26th. This is designed to be a fun and social event with a bit of competitiveness too. Parents of badminton players… this is your chance to join in on all the fun and spend some time with your children! All ages and levels are welcome (no prior experience required). This event is open to anyone and their parent/guardian. More information and entry forms can be found here.

Join us for Discover
Para-Badminton Clinic this weekend!

wheelchairbadminton_smallUSA Badminton is proud to be hosting Discover
Para-Badminton; a free 2-day event for coaches and athletes on September 24th and 25th.

Badminton is a “sport for all”, including people with an impairment or disability and is now a Paralympic sport set to debut in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Para-Badminton is easy to learn and there are competitions for wheelchair and standing classes.

amputee_smallThe Discover Para-Badminton weekend is your opportunity to come and try a sport for people of all abilities. Coaches will obtain a BWF Participation Certificate for attending this clinic.

More information can be found on our event page
or on the event flyer. Please feel free to share the information with anyone you know who might be interested! Thanks!

SPBA Parent / Student Informational Meeting
Saturday, August 27th

Saturday, August 27th
3:30-5:00 the Adversity Concession Area.

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

1. USA Badminton Jr. Ranking Tournament Structure and tournament levels

2. 2016-2017 Season Calendar

3. When is an athlete ready to play tournaments?

4. How to qualify for the SPBA MW Super 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

9. Elite Team Structure and Travel Tournaments

10. HS Badminton Structure, Tryouts, State Championships

We hope this will be very beneficial to families! When players and parents have a better understanding of the different levels of our sport, they can start making goals for themselves and having a clear picture of what it takes to achieve them. Our goal is to help each individual find a training plan to help them achieve all their badminton dreams!

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!