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.

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! spba tournament logoSPBA 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!

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!