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World Champion and five-time USA National Champion joins SPBA Coaching Staff this Session

The SPBA welcomes World Champion and five-time U.S. National Champion Cindy Shi!

We are thrilled to announce that Coach Cindy Shi will be a guest coach at our academy for the remainder of the Fall Session. She will be taking all of Coach Clay’s current schedule until a full-time replacement can be found. Cindy comes to the SPBA with a tremendous amount of exprience.

Here are some highlights from Cindy’s resume:

• 1990 World Champion Uber Cup Team Member (China)
• 1987-1991 Chinese National Team
• 5-Time US National Champion
(1997 Women’s Singles) 
(1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 Women’s Doubles)
• 1998, 2006 Uber Cup Team USA
• 2001, 2005 World Championship Team USA
• 2001, 2005 Sudirman Cup Team USA
• 2001 Pan Am Championship Silver Medalist Women’s Singles
• Over 10 years of coaching experience

Goodbye and Good Luck Coach Clay!

Clay has decided to leave his coaching position at the SPBA so that he can pursue his professional badminton playing career full time. The SPBA will miss him but want to wish him all the best of luck pursuing his Olympic dream at tournaments around the world! Clay’s final day will be Sunday, October 10th.  

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

High School Teams, Players, & Coaches: Come visit our Pro Shop! 

Need a badminton racket?  Need badminton shoes?  Need a badminton bag?
Need shuttles & rackets for your team?  Need to get your racket restrung?

SPBA is an Authorized Dealer for:


** Always buy from an authorized dealer (not a random Amazon seller) to make sure you are not getting fake imitation products and so you have a dealer warranty!

 

We sell rackets, bags, shoes, shuttles, grips, water, gatorade, towels, and accessories!

High School Players: Don’t buy a racket online just because you like how it looks! Come try it and find the racket that feels the best for you! We have demo rackets available for our rackets so you can test them out during Open Gym times, court reservations and classes for $7! $5 can be discounted towards a racket purchase from our shop and $2 is for a new grip for sanitary reasons while you try the racket. Your racket rental credits can be used anytime within 2021 on a racket purchase from our proshop.

High School Coaches: We would love to be your equipment vendor! We have a wide variety of products in stock and we can also special order you shuttles and rackets from our vendors for you! We will work with you to recommend quality products that are within your school budgets. We have a large stock of Mavis 300 nylon shuttles and the state shuttle Wilson Pro 80s available for purchase. Yonex has some special promotions

going on right now! Let us know how we can help you!

Racket restringing is also available for $25-$30 including string and labor. 

We are open during all court rental/open gym times: 
Monday-Friday: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9-11 am and 6-8 pm
Sundays: 9-11 am and 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Spring Session 2/15-5/30

The Spring Session of badminton lessons at the SPBA started the week of 2/15. It’s not too late to sign up! Spaces are still available! We hope you consider joining us today! We can pro-rate classes as long as we have space available in the requested classes.

This is a little longer session than normal at the SPBA (15 weeks) due to a shorter winter session at the SPBA. This is because the Illinois High School Association’s moved badminton’s spring season up by a month because it is considered a low risk sport. At the SPBA we do our best to align our sessions with the start date of the IHSA badminton season.

At the SPBA we continue to follow and
exceed all COVID guidelines and we believe these extra measures are working. We are happy to report that since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had no known spread of COVID-19 in our facility.