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.

2022 YONEX SPBA Midwest ORC Prospectus Released

The 2021-2022 USA Badminton Open Regional Championships for Midwest will be held at Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy in Vernon Hills, Illinois from May 28, 2022 to May 30, 2022.

Consolation will be run for players who lose their first match.

Please remember to renew your USA Badminton membership through the new Club Locker system and follow the instructions in the prospectus regarding the eligibility document verification process. 

Note that due to a large number of requests for coaching passes coming in for all tournaments, we will be implementing a new deadline system for coaching pass requests. Please see the prospectus for more information. Coaching pass requests through Jotform that are considered “on-time” will need to be submitted by the deadline below. Coaching pass requests through Jotform after the deadline below and up until three days prior to the start of the tournament will be subject to a $200 late request fee.

Entry/Withdraw and On-Time Coaching Pass Request Deadline:
May 10, 2022 by 11:59 AM (one minute BEFORE NOON) PDT

Click here for the prospectus.

Click here for the TournamentSoftware page

Click here for the Tournament Page with more details about hotels, sponsorships, cheer ads, umpire clinics, and court rentals before the event

Spring Session Registrations

Due to overwhelming demand, we are in the process of getting back to everyone about their spring session move-ups and new registrations. Please be patient and we hope to be in touch with everyone by Friday! Thank you for your understanding.

2021 Winter Camp

Camp Dates: Monday, 12/27 – Thursday 12/30:

We will be offering a 4 day junior camp open to all levels ages 7 and up from beginners to competitive team level.  We will group similar level players together.  
Sign up today on the camp website!

• Improve your speed on the court with proper footwork and agility drills
• Technique on Serves, Returns, Clears, Smashes, Drops, lifts, net shots and more!
• Drills and Strategies for singles and doubles
• Gameplay

Full Day: 9am – 4pm daily
Full Day Students will get 1 hour lunch break. Students must pack a lunch and students will be socially distanced for eating. 

Half Day: 9am – 12 pm morning session or 1pm-4pm afternoon session

SPBA Member Pricing:
$345 – 4 Full Days
$195 – 4 Half Days    
$100 – Per Full Day    
$55 – Per Half Day  

Non-Member Pricing:
$370 – 4 Full Days   
$215 – 4 Half Days  
$110 – Per Full Day    
$60 – Per Half Day      

Please send payment via Zelle to badminton@shannonpohl.com with the students name in the memo and the word CAMP. Thanks! 

No Winter Classes 12/20-1/1

Per the original schedule, there are no private lessons or group classes on December 20th-January 1st. Winter Session Classes resume on Sunday, January 2nd.

Please join us for open gym during the break or for the Winter Session Camp from December 27-30th! Some private lessons may be available December 27-30th. Please contact Shannon at badminton@shannopohl.com for scheduling.  

The club will be closed on December 24th, December 25th, December 31st, and January 1st.
2022 Memberships are now available! Enquire at open gym and get yours today!

North Shore Open Results

Congratulations to all the winners at all levels of the North Shore Open!  The 10 year anniversary of the North Shore Open was on Oct 2-3, 2021. The North Shore Open started at the SPBA in 2010 and ran for 9 consecutive years. We had to cancel the event in 2019 while we were building our new 13 court dedicated badminton facility, and in 2020 because of COVID-19. It was so great to be back in action with you all last weekend! Thank you to all the participants! We had players who were competing in their first tournament all the way up through professional players playing! We hope you all had a great time and learned a lot! We hope to see you back next summer of 2022 for the 11th Annual North Shore Open! 

A Men’s Singles:

Jimmy Pohan defeated Clay Gilmour 21-16, 21-14

A Women’s Singles:

Judy Yang defeated Carissa Chen 21-8, 21-10

A Men’s Doubles:
Jimmy Pohan & Clay Gilmour  defeated  Naresh Naskar & Ajit Ram  21-8, 21-5

A Women’s Doubles:

Keerthana Rajkumar & Jeslin Vettikkatt defeated Anvi Harish & Neha Kulkarni 21-19, 13-21, 21-16

A Mixed Doubles:

Jay Yang & Judy Yang d. Clay Gilmour & Nethmi Hewawitharana 21-9, 21-6 

Complete A-B-C-D results can be seen here:  www.tournamentsofware.com

See more photos all the winners on our Facebook Page

Registration for Fall Session

We are working on processing any move-ups for existing students as well as time changes and well as registrations for new students! The higher level classes will be notified first, so that we can create room for more move-ups all the way down to the beginner level later this weekend. If you are waiting for your confirmation please have patience while we reach out to everyone this extended weekend about availabilities. In some levels where there is a higher demand, we will be adding some classes and we will notify you of those opportunities as well based on the time of your registration. We thank you all and we can’t wait to have you join us! 

2021 Membership is now 1/2 price!

Annual Membership for 2021 is now on sale:

$100  $50 for 2021 for an individual
$180 $90 for 2021 for 2 family members residing together 
$250 $125 for 2021 for 3+ family members residing together 

including:
• Discounted Court Rentals and priority advanced bookings during COVID-19 restricted times (Phase 3 and 4 and beyond of Restore IL) (members pay $20/hour and can book up to 7 days in advance and non-members pay $25/hour and can book up to 3 days in advance)
• Discounted open gym pricing of $5 per 2 hour session for members
(non-member drop in fee is $10 per session) (Phase 4 and beyond of Restore IL) ** Not available during Tier 3 Mitigation.
• Special membership pricing on leagues, birthday parties and other activities throughout the year that become available

Students at the SPBA also receive with their membership:
• SPBA T-shirt & water bottle for new members
• free coaching at select Jr. National Ranking Tournaments

Introducing the Badminton Faster Footwork Trainer!

Badminton Faster Footwork TrainerThe Faster Footwork Trainer is designed to assist in your badminton footwork training sessions, by randomly picking the corners for you in order to provide a realistic, match-like movement experience and forces you into a more neutral balanced ready position. It can be used on the badminton court, at home, or anywhere that you have sufficient space to move around unobstructed. Use the hook on the back to hang it on the badminton net or rest it on the ground and lean it back on the kickstand for easy viewing. Now available at FasterFootwork.com or at the Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy Pro Shop.

Former USA #1 is new Coach at SPBA!

Introducing Jimmy Pohan
Former #1 Ranked Men’s Singles Player in the United States


We are very excited to introduce all of our students to our new High Performance Coach!

Jimmy is originally from Indonesia, where badminton is the national sport. As an 11 year old, he left his family to go train full time in badminton while going to school.  At age 16, he lived with the Indonesian National Team and medaled at several Jr. international tournaments in Asia including winning gold at the Asian Junior Continental Championships in boys singles. He placed 2nd in men’s doubles and 3rd in men’s singles at the Indonesian National Team Trials.

He has represented Indonesia, Switzerland, and the United States in international competitions including winning two international titles, one in men’s singles and one in men’s doubles. He also represented the United States in the Sudirman Cup (the World Mixed Team Championships) with his men’s doubles partner Halim Haryanto (former World Champion in Men’s Doubles, also from Indonesia) (see photo below). Between 2001 and 2003 he won a string of national tournaments across the country, including the Boston Open where he beat two National Champions and the 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist on his way to earning the title. Jimmy was formerly the #1 ranked men’s singles player in the United States.

Jimmy comes to the SPBA after coaching over 8 years at two of the most prestigious clubs in the country in Northern California. In California he coached all levels of players, from beginners playing badminton for the first time, to players on the international tour. He has a passion for teaching and learning his craft, and as he puts it, “I expect my students to be a student of the sport and keep learning and I expect the same of myself”  Badminton is quite simply in his blood. And the results of his students speak for themselves.

Photo Credit: Badmintonphoto
USA #1 Jimmy Pohan and World Champion Halim Haryanto
representing the United States at the 2013  Sudirman Cup

Here are a few highlights:

• Gold Medal at the Junior Pan American Championships (That is the championship of North and South America) in Under 11 Boys Doubles (2013)

• Gold and Silver Medal at the Junior Pan American Championships (That is the championship of North and South America) in Under 11 Mixed Doubles (2013)

• Bronze Medal at the United States Junior Nationals in Under 17 Girls Singles and Doubles (2019)

• Silver Medal at the United States Junior International Trials (JIT) in U19 Mixed Doubles (2019)

• Qualified a student for the World Junior Championships in U19 Mixed Doubles (2019)

• Triple Crown Winner (Gold Medal in all 3 events ) at the SPBA Midwest Open Regionals (U17 Boys Singles, Boys Doubles, and Mixed Doubles) (2019)

• Coaches an international player who is currently top 200 in the world in women’s singles (2021)

Jimmy will be joining us for the start of the Summer session, on June 13th and he is very excited to coach all of you! 

Jimmy Pohan, Former #1 Ranked
Men’s Singles Player in USA