SPBA Midwest Open Regional

This year, the SPBA will be again hosting the large open junior tournament for players across the country to earn important points towards qualifying for the Junior Nationals. We expect this year to be bigger than ever, with the announcement of the Junior Nationals being held in the Chicagoland area this Summer! Under the new system, this tournament will now be called the SPBA Midwest Open Regional. It will be held on May 26-28th, 2018. Events will be held in Boys and Girls Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles in the Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 age groups.  Save the Date and we hope you can join us! More information to come soon!
Read below for information on last year’s event!
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Invitation letter: general details, how to register for the tournament, volunteer opportunities for players and coaches, advertising opportunities, and cheer ads


The SPBA is thrilled to announce they will again be hosting the Midwest Super Regional on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29th, 2017. This is the highest level Junior National Ranking Tournament in the Midwest Region of the USA and last year it was the first time a tournament of this level was hosted in the Midwest 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 2017 Junior Nationals.  It will also count towards qualifying for the 2018 Junior International Trials which determines the US Junior National Team to compete abroad. 369 players entered the tournament last year making this one of the biggest junior tournaments in the whole country. We expect a great turn-out again this year! 13497612_1136959216345352_3288298441766819042_o

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’ve also had some interest from local school children in spectating at the event!  The state of the art facility hosting the event has a multi-tiered bleacher behind every court for great spectator viewing and a concession area that seats hundreds.

Events will be held in U11, U13, U15, U17, and U19 age groups for all 5 disciplines (Boys Singles, Girls Singles, Boys Doubles, Girls Doubles, and Mixed Doubles) across 12-14 courts (dependent on the number of entries).13528528_1136952589679348_1764309946377198231_o

Sign Up and Prospectus
Sign up MUST be made through USA Badminton/simply compete website online.
Entry will be available soon.

Tentative General Schedule:

PRACTICE AT SPBA (Friday, May 26th):
In addition to the complimentary open play for Super Regional Tournament players from 6-9pm during registration on Friday (tonight), we also will be opening up the gym from 3pm-6pm for players wishing to rent a reserved court. Courts can be rented for $25 per hour per court (cash or check only–sorry we have no credit card processor). Please email me if you’d like to rent courts at badminton@shannonpohl.com. Include how many courts and how many hours. 
We ask that if you do decide to go this route that you also please stop by the gym from 6-9pm during registration also so we can get as many players and coaches registered prior to Saturday! 

Friday, May 26th:
3pm-6pm Court Reservations Available (see above)
6pm-9pm Player Practice Session and Registration for all players and coaches, passport check for long-term visa holders.

Saturday, May 27th:
8:00 am-8:50 am Warm Up Time
8:00 am-11 am Registration for Players and Coaches, passport check for long-term visa holders.
9:00 am-9:00 pm Tournament Play

Sunday, May 28th:
8:00 am-8:50 am Warm Up Time
9:00 am-9:00 pm Tournament Play

Monday, May 29th:
7:30 am-8:20 am Warm Up Time
8:30am-4:00pm Semi-Finals, Finals, and 3/4 playoffs
(including all consolation semi-finals and finals)

Please check the SPBA Midwest Super Regional Draws on tournamentsoftware.com for match times, main draw and reserve lists. Spectators, check out when your favorite players and age groups are competing and we look forward to hosting you!

13517467_1136901963017744_1235713492447048244_oWith such a huge number of entries, it is really important that we have a lot of umpires to help out at the event! If you are a parent coming to the event from other regions and are available to help out as an umpire that would be wonderful! Please email volunteertasks@yahoo.com your availability!

If you would like to learn how to be an umpire and help out at the event, we have an umpire clinic we are hosting on May 19th from 6:30-10 p.m. at the SPBA. Online registration is available here!

Local Player Invitation Letter
Local players, please read last year’s invitation letter for general details about what a super regional tournament is, how to register for the tournament, volunteer opportunities for players and coaches, advertising opportunities, and cheer ads.

Cheer Ads
Players, Parents, Family Members, and Supporters from around the country: Make a Cheer Ad for the program book! This is great way to send good luck message to your favorite players, coaches, clubs, and teammates! Fill out this form by May 15th.

Sponsorship and Advertising. All donations are 100% Tax Deductible!
The 2017 SPBA Midwest Super Regional has attracted 373 players from 17 different states from ages 6-18! 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 view or Program and Sponsorship Guide. All advertisements must be placed by May 15th.

Airport: The SPBA is about a half hour from Chicago O’Hare Airport and about an hour from Chicago Midway Airport.

Hotels: There is currently no official hotel for this event. We have offered official hotels for past events at the SPBA but have found that very few players take advantage of it, as everyone has a different idea of what their ideal hotel is. There are many good hotels in the area to meet your need within a few minutes from the club. The SPBA is located in Vernon Hills, an affluent and safe suburban neighborhood about 1 hour North of Chicago.

Here is a list of some local hotels:

Hampton Inn & Suites:
1400 Milwaukee Avenue • Lincolnshire, IL 60069 • 847.478.1400
6 minutes from venue • free wired internet • pool and whirlpool • fitness centerlocated near shopping plaza, restaurants, nightlife, and IMAX theatre

Hilton Garden Inn:
26225 North River Woods Boulevard • Lake Forest, IL 60045
847.457.2483 • 7 minutes from venue
free wi-fi internet • pool and whirlpool • fitness center
microwave and refrigerator in room

Extended Stay:
675 Woodlands Parkway • Vernon Hills, IL 60061
• 847.955.1111 • 1 minute from venue
fully equipped kitchen and offsite health club

510 East IL Route 83, Mundelein, IL 60060
847.949.5100 • 6-7 minutes from venue
free wi-fi internet, pool, fitness center, refrigerator

Homewood Suites by Hilton:
10 Westminster Road • Lincolnshire, IL 60069
• 847-945-9300 • 7 minutes from venue
free wired intermet, fully equipped kitchen, pool, fitness center

We look forward to hosting you!