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Introducing our new
full-time coach!

Coach Andrés Corpancho Fort

Andrés is the eight time National Champion of Peru. He is a two time triple crown winner (Winning Gold in Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles in the same year) at the Adult National Championships as well. He had a great professional badminton career with impressive results in all categories, a rarity in badminton. His top ranking is #35 in the world in mixed doubles. He has beaten players ranked in the top 20 in the world in men’s singles as well as US Olympians and Canadian National Champions. He has also won international titles in all thee disciplines as well as placing in the top three in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in the Pan American Championships. He also has a wealth of coaching experience, coaching National Team Players from Mexico, Brazil, and Ecuador as well as working with beginners in Peru. Two of his students went on to become Silver Medalists at the Pan American Games in women’s doubles and one of his students even qualified for the Olympics in women’s singles! See our full coaching staff bios here

Coach Shannon’s baby boy 
is due any day now!

The SPBA is so honored to have Coach Andrés coaching this fall session while Shannon is on maternity leave!

Andrés will be teaching the fall session of badminton classes at the SPBA while Shannon is away on maternity leave and then they both will be available for coaching after Thanksgiving when the winter session starts! With our coaching staff doubling, we will be able to offer even more classes and lesson timings going forward from the Winter Session onwards!

Rackets for Uganda Project makes news across Africa

Correction to National TV Interview: Shannon didn’t “blame the poor performance of African shuttlers on lack of government support”, but she did say that community and government support can help athletes get more exposure to reach the top. 🙂 

Shannon Pohl conducted a 2 day training clinic for over 150 kids in Kampala, Uganda on her honeymoon. 239 Rackets and other equipment such as shuttlecocks, shoes, grip tapes, strings, and t-shirts were donated and distributed to kids at the clinic, schools with local badminton programs, and Right to Play schools. Thank you to Wilson Sporting Goods, and many individual donors for your support of this program.

Read more about it and see more pictures here


Correction to Newspaper Article: Shannon is not a world champion, but a 4 time participant in the world championships for Team USA. 🙂

Parent/Student Informational Meeting 4-6pm August 26th, 2017.

SPBA members and new students:
Join us August 26th from 4-6 pm in the cafeteria for our annual parent /student information session!

We will be going over:
Players and Parents: Please join us  in the Adversity Concession Area for an informational meeting  to learn more about badminton and the SPBA!

We will be going over:

1. The New USA Badminton Jr. Ranking Tournament Structure and tournament levels (How to get a Jr. National Ranking)
2. 2017-2018 Season Calendar
3. When is an athlete ready to play tournaments?
4. How to qualify for the SPBA MW Open Regionals in May
5. How to qualify for Junior Nationals and the US Team
6. How much should an athlete train in order to achieve certain goals
7. Fitness and Nutrition
8. SPBA Class Level Structure & Fall Schedule
9. Elite Team Structure and Travel Tournaments (under 11/under 13 bronze squad and travel teams)
10. How to become a coach at USAB Jr. Events
11. HS Badminton Structure, Tryouts, State Championships, Club teams for Boys
12. Answering any questions
13. Registration open for the fall session. We accept cash or check.Registration can also be done through the website note we have higher than normal registration requests right now and we are working hard to get back to everyones email requests this upcoming week!

North Shore Open

Hi everyone! Important info regarding NSO:
We look forward to hosting you today and tomorrow for the North Shore Open. Please arrive at the proper registration time for all your events. You must register for all events so we know you are in the gym.

6:00 p.m. Registration – Men’s and Women’s Singles
6:30 p.m. Play Begins for Men’s and Women’s Singles.

8:30 a.m. Registration Men’s and Women’s Doubles
9:00 a.m. Play Begins for Men’s and Women’s Doubles
12:30 p.m. Registration – Mixed doubles
1:00 p.m. Play Begins Mixed Doubles

Remember there is a 10 minute match/event default rule in effect. Please be on time for your matches. There will be a draw posted at the gym. Please wait for your matches to be called over the speaker system. Keep in mind as it is A-B-C-D drop flight that some matches can not be called until previous rounds finish so we appreciate your patience. Remember with this format guarantees three matches so please don’t leave the gym until you verify at the desk that you are done.

A-B-C-D format:
win your first two matches you go to A.
win then lose, go to b.
lose then win go to C.
lose your first two matches go to D.

Once you get into your category you will have a single elimination tournament with medals for first and second place in each category.

As it turns out we won’t be able to have concessions available (but we hope to have bubble tea for sale!). Please feel free to bring any food you need to the gym. If you do need to leave at some point to get food please notify the desk to make sure you don’t have a match coming up.

Thanks and see you on the courts!

Enter today for North Shore Open!

This year’s North Shore Open will be July 21-22, 2017

Entry Form
Entry Deadline: Postmarked July 6th or given/emailed to Shannon by July 11th (this has been extended fro the original July 9th date). Emailed entries must have paypal entry fee paid to

Facebook Invite Let others know you are coming, find friends and partners attending the event!

The North Shore Open is a premier tournament at the SPBA, held every Summer.  Both adults and juniors of all levels are encouraged to participate. Events are 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 are given to first place finishers of all flights, and a gift will be given to all participants. I hope you can join us!

Event Website

Umpires Needed!

13517467_1136901963017744_1235713492447048244_oIMG_4151A USA Badminton Umpire Clinic will be held on Friday, May 19th from 6:30-10pm at the Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy for badminton players, enthusiasts, and parents interested in learning to become a certified USA Badminton Umpire. 

No prior experience needed beyond general badminton knowledge. We will train you!

This course is being held prior to the 2017 SPBA Midwest Super Regionals (May 27-29), which will serve as an excellent opportunity for trainees to have full on-court training. Register today here!