The new session started Thursday, March 12th. There is still space available in some classes! Please register through the online registration form and email or call Shannon with any questions. Thanks!
The SPBA will host their sixth annual junior tournament on President’s weekend, Feb 14-15th. Come out to this great event and watch some of the top junior players in the country. This will be the second year in a row that the tournament will count for Junior National Rankings. This year the tournament will count for 10% Ranking Points. This year the tournament will count for 10% Ranking Points. This will be 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 will compete for Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy, 27 athletes will compete for Midwest Badminton Club, and 16 will compete from Egret Badminton Club. Come support these great badminton athletes.
8:15 a.m. Registration and Warm-Up
9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.(approximately)
Girls and Boys Singles U11, U13, U15, U17, U19, and U22.
8:15 a.m. Registration and Warm-Up
9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.(approximately)
Girls and Boys Doubles and Mixed and some singles finals U11, U13, U15, U17, U19, and U22.
All U22 BS matches will be played on Sunday.
Spectator Admission Fee – $4 per person per day (Free under age 10) (a portion of this fee goes to the Rackets for Uganda Fund).
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 tournamentsoftware.com 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!
Join us on December 6th, 2014 for a super fun day of family badminton! Events will be held in Men’s Doubles (Father/Son), Women’s Doubles (Mother/Daughter), and Mixed Doubles (Father/Daughter or Mother/Son).
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. Let’s have a fun day out on the courts!
More details and entry form available here!
See the full USA Badminton Jr. National Rankings here and click on “Latest Rankings”.
93. Anthony Luo
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.
Individual events were held in girls singles, girls doubles, boys singles, boys doubles, and mixed doubles in all 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!
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.
Many 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 International 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 Championships are events that are held annually. Only players with very 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!
Both adults and juniors of all levels participated and events were 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 were given to finalists of all flights, and a special North Shore Open towel was given to all participants!
Check out results and see the photos here!
12 State Qualifiers:
Emma Menich, Gerri Soren, Jessica Hirsh, Jessica Schwartz, Jiayi Huang, Julia Siebert, Kiley Walsh, Madison Fortman, Mady Berns, Nicki Flynn, Olenka Kalinowski, Rachel Andersen
6 Sectional Champions:
Gerri Soren, Jessica Hirsh, Jessica Schwartz, Kiley Walsh, Olenka Kalinowski, Rachel Andersen
6 State Medals for 4 Players:
Jessica Hirsh: 3rd in State Doubles
Madison Fortman & Mady Berns: 4th in State Doubles, State Team Runner-Up
Jessica Schwartz: State Team Runner-Up
Congratulations to My Advanced State Championship Target Class:
Jessica Hirsh- Conference Runner-Up (singles), Sectional Champion (doubles), 3rd in State (doubles). All your success is a result of all your dedication and hard work. Next year, let’s win it all!
Gerri Soren- #1 Singles Conference Champion, Sectional Champion (singles), Top 12 in state (singles). Sky is the limit next year!
Brinda Dollu- Conference Champion (doubles). You worked so hard this year and made incredible improvements to your game and your rise up the line-up at Fremd proved it. Next year: State Bound!
Jessica Schwartz- Conference Runner-Up (singles & doubles), State Qualifier (singles), Top 16 in state (singles), State Team Runner-Up. And we still have another year to go! Next year: Podium!
Madison Fortman- Sectional Runner-Up (doubles), 4th in State (doubles), State Team Runner-up. Last year we said, next year: Podium and boy were we right! Congratulations on a great season and best of luck in college!
Mady Berns- Sectional Runner-Up (doubles), 4th in State (doubles), State Team Runner-up. You did it! On the podium twice! Very well deserved and best of luck in college!
Kiley Walsh- 27-0 record at #1 doubles, Conference Runner-up (singles), Sectional Champion singles, Top 12 in State. After Noreen’s injury and having to switch to singles last minute, you still took state top seeded Gomez to 20 all. What a wonderful career. Good luck in college and with your golf!
Noreen Caporusso- 27-0 record at #1 doubles your senior year after recovering from your ACL injury last year. You should be very proud of yourself and your tremendous high school career. You bounced back before and you will again. You are one of the most determined and talented players I’ve ever coached and I know you have a very bright future in golf in college!
All that running training was worth it! Next year, we’re not stopping until State! I’m so proud of ALL of you!
Congrats to my
private lesson students:
Olenka Kalinowski & Rachel Anderson- Sectional Champions, Top 24 in state (doubles). You guys are so dedicated and you will undoubtably do well in your future! Congratulations on a great senior year and all the best to you next year in college!
Marion Lewis- Despite injury set-backs, you were able to put it all out there on the line, play well and give it your very best shot your senior year. It’s been a pleasure to coach you and all the best of luck at Princeton!
Well Done Golder College Prep: It’s been a joy to coach Chicago’s only badminton team for the second year in a row. We are making big improvements in our level and I know next year we will be even stronger! Congratulations and keep up the hard work!
To My 8 Deerfield Senior Varsity Players: Allison Sutton, Allison Manella, Allison Behling, Nicki Flynn, Julia Zazove, Abby Rosenbaum, Samantha Merkin, & Lauren Spungen-
It’s been such a pleasure coaching you all these past 4-5 years. Your enthusiasm, dedication, and work ethic inspired your entire team and lead you to many successes and titles at the conference, sectional, and state level these past 4 years.
Not only that, but the SPBA wouldn’t be where it is today without you and all the positive word of mouth you spread to your friends, teammates, relatives, and the national badminton community. This helped grow the club and lead to me being named USA Badminton Developmental Coach of the Year and a finalist for the United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year. I am thankful to all of you for helping me pursue my passion for badminton as a career.
Best of luck to all my graduating seniors in the future! I’ll miss you!
See more photos from the IHSA Season, Sectionals & State here!