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.

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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.

Parent/Child Badminton Tournament this Saturday!We are looking for more entries!

Call Shannon today at 847-722-8857 if you’d like to join in!  No experience necessary.

Join us on December 5th for the annual SPBA Parent/Child Badminton Tournament. 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.

We will have one draw with all teams and the registration/warm-up will start at noon and the event will start at 12:30 p.m.

There will be a prize for the best dressed team. Participants were encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing creative team shirts, uniforms, or costumes with their doubles partners.
Let’s have a fun day out on the courts!
Entry Form
Tournament website

Order your SPBA Custom Hooded Sweatshirt! Deadline today! 

Email me or bring me the form by December 1st.

Once a year you SPBA players have the chance to order your customer SPBA Hooded Sweatshirt for $45! This is a great deal as we order them in bulk and they come in a large variety of colors and they come with your last name on the back. A lot of high school players like to get them in their school colors and wear them during team matches during the season. They are prefect for wearing in between matches at tournaments, to and from practice, or to school! They are available in adult and even kids sizes (in most colors). These will be available before the holidays and they make great presents.  Get the order form here and turn it in today!

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!