The Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy offers private lessons, group lessons, camps, coaching clinics, tournaments, badminton open gym, and a pro shop. 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.

SPBA Parent & Student Informational Meeting
Saturday, August 29th

SPBA Players & Parents:
Please join us for an informational meeting on Saturday, August 29th from 12-2pm.  We will be going over a ton of great information for players and parents of all levels. Some information we will go over: creating the right training plan, upcoming tournaments, picking tournaments, junior national rankings, SPBA Elite Gold & Silver Squad, SPBA to host the first Midwest Super Regional 70% tournament in May, IHSA high school badminton information, Junior Nationals 2016 and more!  Please RSVP to shannon at how many will be attending as I’ll be making a lot of hand outs for everyone in attendance.

IHSA State Finals Bound!

Congrats to the following players who are state bound after Thursday’s & Friday’s Sectionals:

SPBA Gold Squad:
Emily Spoolstra & Hannah Spoolstra (York)-Doubles Champions
Maya Trinka (OPRF)-Singles Champion
Jessica Hirsh (Prospect)-Doubles Champion
Jessica Schwartz (Buffalo Grove)-Singles Champion
Ashley Richardson (Stevenson)-Doubles Champion

SPBA Silver Squad:
Emily Mrstik & Bridget Dungan (Rolling Meadows)-Doubles 4th Place

SPBA Advanced Players:
Stephanie Mayer (Buffalo Grove)- Doubles Runner-Up
Jennifer Martin (Glenbrook North)-Doubles 3rd Place

Golder College Prep:
Danna Melgoza Gallegos (Golder College Prep)-Single 4th Place

Former SPBAers:
Maddie Wilson (Deerfield)-Doubles 4th Place
Gerri Soren (Deerfield)-Singles Champion
Julia Siebert (New Trier)-Singles 2nd Place
Elly Kikos (New Trier)-Singles 3rd Place
Jiayi Huang (Glenbrook North)-Singles 2nd Place
Nicole Xia (Stevenson)-Doubles Champion

Good luck to everyone at State this weekend! I’ll be there cheering for you all!

Largest SPBA Tournament ever!

logo-webThe SPBA hosted their sixth annual junior tournament on President’s weekend, Feb 14-15th. Events were held in Girls and Boys Singles, Doubles and Mixed in age groups U11, U13, U15, U17, U19, and U22. This was the second year in a row that the tournament counted for Junior National Rankings, this year for 10% Ranking Points. This was the largest event ever for the SPBA with 125 participants including players from IL, CT, VA, MO, GA, OH, WI, and IN. Locally, 68 athletes competed for Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy, 27 athletes competed for Midwest Badminton Club, and 16 competed from Egret Badminton Club.  View Photos and Results here.

Shannon is competing in an International Grand Prix tournament today!

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 3.35.19 PMHi everyone! I’m playing in the round of 16 of the K & D Graphics Grand Prix today in California against Joy Lai of Australia (who beat Peru in the round of 32).

My match is the 7th match scheduled on court 1 today, which means it will likely be between 4-5 pm California time (6-7 pm Chicago time). Of course what time it is exactly depends on how close the matches are before me. My match is on court 1, following the match of Beiwen Zhang vs Anoma Phongasavithas. If you are in Southern California, come on out and watch some matches!

SPBA, if you’d like to follow along live online, go to and click on LiveScore 2014 K & D Graphics Grand Prix (on the right side of the page).

It’s going to be tough but I’ll fight my hardest out there!

Second Annual Parent/Child Tournament

logoOn December 6th, 2014 we had a super fun day of family badminton! Doubles teams were made up of father/son, mother/daughter, father/daughter or mother/son).

DSC_0189smallThis is an annual fun and social event with a bit of competitiveness too. Parents of badminton players… join us next December for 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. Let’s have a fun day out on the courts!

Photos and details available here!


77 SPBA Players Have earned Junior National Rankings!

See the full USA Badminton Jr. National Rankings here and click on “Latest Rankings”.

BS U19
72-Isaak Lu

BD U19
42-Isaak Lu

GS U19
15-Kiley Walsh
20-Julia Siebert
20-Jessica Hirsh
28-Madison Fortman
31-Katherine Ortell
31-Mady Berns
31-Yixuan Wang
31-Gerri Soren
31-Naomi Ecanow
31-Rachel Gross
45-Samantha Merkin
45-Allison Behling
45-Olenka Kalinowski
45-Jenny Martin
45-Julia Zazove
52-Juana Camacho
52-Emily Mrstik
55-Bridget Dungan
55-Megan Griffin
55-Abby Rosenbaum
55-Nicki Flynn
55-Heather Shin
55-Samantha Glazer
55-Noreen Caporusso
55-Brinda Dollu
55-Elizabeth Onishenko

GD U19
22-Madison Fortman
22-Mady Berns
27-Kiley Walsh
27-Noreen Caporusso
27-Jessica Hirsh
27-Gerri Soren
27-Rachel Gross
27-Brinda Dollu
33-Yixuan Wang
33-Elizabeth Onishenko
38-Katherine Ortell
38-Naomi Ecanow
40-Emily Mrstik
40-Bridget Dungan
43-Megan Griffin
45-Allison Behling
45-Jenny Martin
45-Heather Shin
45-Nicki Flynn
50-Julia Zazove
50-Olenka Kalinowski
50-Juana Camacho
50-Samantha Merkin
50-Abby Rosenbaum
50-Samantha Glazer
50-Julia Siebert

XD U19
44-Kiley Walsh
48-Brinda Dollu
65-Elizabeth Onishenko
65-Isaak Lu
65-Emily Mrstik
65-Julia Siebert
65-Jessica Hirsh
65-Madison Fortman
65-Katherine Ortell
65-Mady Berns
65-Yixuan Wang
65-Gerri Soren
65-Naomi Ecanow
65-Rachel Gross
65-Samantha Merkin
65-Allison Behling
65-Olenka Kalinowski
65-Jenny Martin
65-Julia Zazove
65-Juana Camacho
65-Bridget Dungan
65-Megan Griffin
65-Abby Rosenbaum
65-Nicki Flynn
65-Heather Shin
65-Samantha Glazer
65-Noreen Caporusso

75-Edmond Shao

68-Edmond Shao

44-Danna Gallegos
48-Allison MacDonald
49-Gabrielle Ecanow
49-Emma Wagner
54-Katie Jarosz
56-Ashley Richardson
58-Maya Trinka
65-Sneha Poondru
65-Teodora Vukosavljevic
69-Damin Paik
69-Jordan Zatz
69-Niveda Tennety
74-Anastasia Stanley
74-Claire Pontello
74-Lillian Hermes
74-Emma Bloomfield
74-Sydney Merkin
74-Madeleine Chow
74-Vivien Liu
74-Evanna Gu
74-Sarah Litwin

35-Katie Jarosz
41-Allison MacDonald
41-Gabrielle Ecanow
49-Emma Wagner
52-Sydney Merkin
52-Sarah Litwin
55-Ashley Richardson
55-Maya Trinka
62-Niveda Tennety
64-Damin Paik
64-Anastasia Stanley
71-Danna Gallegos
71-Sneha Poondru
71-Jordan Zatz
71-Claire Pontello
71-Lillian Hermes
71-Emma Bloomfield
71-Madeleine Chow
71-Vivien Liu
71-Evanna Gu
71-Teodora Vukosavljevic

93-Edmond Shao
93-Katie Jarosz
93-Allison MacDonald
93-Gabrielle Ecanow
93-Emma Wagner
93-Sydney Merkin
93-Sarah Litwin
93-Ashley Richardson
93-Maya Trinka
93-Niveda Tennety
93-Damin Paik
93-Anastasia Stanley
93-Danna Gallegos
93-Sneha Poondru
93-Jordan Zatz
93-Claire Pontello
93-Lillian Hermes
93-Emma Bloomfield
93-Madeleine Chow
93-Vivien Liu
93-Evanna Gu
93-Teodora Vukosavljevic

BS U15

63-James Sugrue
75-Haoyang Yu
104-Amrith Ravikumar
104-Alexandre Clavel

BD U15
76-James Sugrue
83-Haoyang Yu
103-Amrith Ravikumar
103-Alexandre Clavel

GS U15
57-Vanshika Ramesh
63-Katherine Zeng
81-Roshini Merneedi
85-Julie Zhu
89-Pallavi Panchpor
89-Thivya Sivarajah
89-Riya Gyanmote
89-Michelle Cai
89-Annie Xu

GD U15
52-Vanshinka Ramesh
65-Katherine Zeng
65-Michelle Cai
82-Riya Gyanmote
82-Roshini Merneedi
82-Julie Zhu
82-Pallavi Panchpor
82-Thivya Sivarajah
82-Annie Xu

XD U15
112-Haoyang Yu
112-Roshini Merneedi
136-Amrith Ravikumar
136-Pallavi Panchpor
136-James Sugrue
136-Vanshika Ramesh
136-Thivya Sivarajah
136-Katherine Zeng
136-Julie Zhu
136-Alexandre Clavel
136-Riya Gyanmote
136-Michelle Cai
136-Annie Xu

50-Anthony Luo

47-Anthony Luo

42-Alexandra Sugrue
43-Alicia Zeng
43-Megan Wei
43-Joie You
52-Kathleen Jin
64-Emily Liu
64-Estelle Park
64-Ashley Ziegler
64-Clare Hu
64-Rebecca Shi

42-Alexandra Sugrue
42-Megan Wei
42-Joie You
51-Alicia Zeng
51-Kathleen Jin
59-Emily Liu
59-Estelle Park
59-Ashley ZIegler
59-Claire Hu
59-Rebecca Shi

65-Alexandra Sugrue
93-Megan Wei
93-Rebecca Shi
93. Anthony Luo
93-Emily Liu
93-Alicia Zeng
93-Estelle Park
93-Joie You
93-Kathleen Jin
93-Ashley Ziegler
93-Clare Hu

61-Sivank Yagnamurthy
61-Joey Zhu

65-Sivank Yagnamurthy
65-Joey Zhu

25-Anna Cai
25-Elisabeth Clavel
36-Sharanya Rao

29-Anna Cai
29-Elisabeth Clavel
29-Sharanya Rao

75-Sivank Yagnamurthy
75-Joey Zhu
75-Anna Cai
75-Elisabeth Clavel
75-Sharanya Rao

Shannon coached Team USA at the Jr. Pan American Championships

logopanamguate2014Shannon was one of the coaches for Team USA at the Pan American Junior Badminton Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala from July 21-29th.  20140726 Guatemala -317

The Under 19 Junior National US Team won all of it’s team matches to take the Team Gold Medal. They beat Brazil in the final 3-1. This was the first Gold Medal in the Team event since 2010, which was also the last time Shannon had the pleasure of being part of the coaching staff.

20140722 Guatemala -237alogo_panamIndividual events were held in girls singles, girls doubles, boys singles, boys doubles, and mixed doubles in 20140726 Guatemala -268all age groups from Under 11 up through Under 19. In the individual events the total medals won by the United States players included 22 Gold, 19 Silver and 26 Bronze in the 25 events. Congratulations to all the players, coaches, managers, parents, and clubs on this incredible performance!dsc_0362

Not only did American players have fun on the court, but players and their families also had got to learn about Guatemalan culture, trying the local Guatemalan cuisine, touring nearby Antigua, visiting local artisan markets, and watching the dancers, musicians and soldiers in the Opening Ceremony.

dsc_0220Many of you are probably wondering how to qualify for this impressive team!  Here’s how . . . Earlier this year, the top ranked players in the country in all age groups competed in the Junior Internationaldsc_0174 Trials (JIT) in California for an opportunity to qualify for the US junior team. At the JIT, players are competing  to be one of the four singles spots, four mixed spots, and two doubles spots per event to qualify for the Jr. Pan American Championships.  JIT and the Jr. Pan American dsc_0248Championships are events that are held annually.  Only players with dsc_0005very high Junior National Rankings are qualified to try-out in the JIT.  There were no players from the Midwest Region who qualified for the Pan Am Junior Championships this year, but with more Midwesterners entering the Junior National Rankings, we hope to see SPBA players at Jr. Nationals, JIT and the Pan Am Junior Championships in the future!

See tons of photos from this exciting event here!