Please note that we will have limited courts available (maybe only 2-4 courts) for open gym until 8:30 pm on Sunday 10/25. At 8:30 we will have more courts available. This is due to the try-outs for the volleyball season. I’m sorry for any inconvenience!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org how many will be attending as I’ll be making a lot of hand outs for everyone in attendance.
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
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!
The 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.
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!
This 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!
See the full USA Badminton Jr. National Rankings here and click on “Latest Rankings”.
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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!