Another Great Champion Gone
Dick Witte, national and international champion many times over, passed away on Monday, October 10, at 91. His body was gifted to science, and a memorial will be held in St. Louis in November.
Contact with Pat, his wife, and family can be made at:
11959 Claychester Dr
Saint Louis, MO 63131
Dick Witte’s memorial MASS will be celebrated Thursday, October 27 at 10 AM CDT at his and Pat’s home parish, St. Clement of Rome
(1510 Bopp Road, Des Peres, MO 63131).
”I did for badminton what the Harlem Globetrotters did for basketball” Sports Illustrated, May 31, 1993
Brief Video of Hugh Forgie and Stig Larson playing badminton on ice, in the Ice Capades: http://youtu.be/TTOwmlwjyxw?t=1m58s
2013 USA Masters Badminton Championships National
Estero , Florida
May 21-25, 2013
For details, visit the Southwest Florida Badminton Club website
A robot to play with! A childhood’s dream has now come true for researchers at the Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Centre (FMTC) in Belgium. Wim Symens and his team pioneered the development of the first robot ever to play badminton. But this robot is only a guinea pig to test a software application designed to optimise energy efficiency in machine design.
Link to article: http://www.youris.com/Energy/Ecodesign/The_Ecologic_Badminton_Robot.kl
By Tavia Fuller Armstrong | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Tue, Jun 19, 2012
What does it cost to be an Olympic badminton star? Probably a lot more than you might think. You may have played badminton at a family picnic or summer camp. The game involves little more than a couple of rackets, a net and a shuttlecock – the cone shaped thing with a rubber base and a feathered skirt that players bat back and forth over the net. That’s not a lot to get started, and the shuttlecock doesn’t even have to bounce, so players don’t necessarily need a special court on which to play.
The real cost of the sport comes in the form of travel. Twenty-year-old Rena Wang will be traveling to London to represent the United States in London at this summer’s Olympic Games. She’s used to traveling, though. She’s done a lot of it in the past three years. In fact, according to USA Badminton, she has traveled to at least 25 tournaments in the past twelve months in an attempt to build the points necessary to qualify for a spot on the Olympic team.
Unlike many other sports, where players try out for an Olympic team in scheduled trials, the road to an invitation to play badminton in the Olympics is based on your international ranking. To improve in rank, you must play a lot of badminton over the course of the calendar year prior to the selections. Wang’s tournament play took her all over the world, including tournaments in Asia and South America.
Some have wondered why a somewhat obscure sport like badminton has been kept in the Olympics while popular sports like baseball and softball were left out. It may have something to do with the fact that badminton truly is an international sport and one that has roots going all the way back to ancient Greece. Whatever the reason, Wang is ready to show the world how the United States plays this sport and hopefully bring home a medal in the process.
Wang knows that her sport is not as widely supported as many others in the United States. She has dedicated herself tirelessly to the pursuit of this Olympic dream with her parents footing most of the bill. Financial support and sponsorship are perhaps harder to come by when you aren’t playing in a bikini on the beach.
More from Tavia:
USA Olympic Diving Trials Include Several Homeschooled Hopefuls
My Olympic Haircuts
My Unused Olympic Tickets from 1996
Tavia Fuller Armstrong is a lifelong fan of the Olympic Games with a pair of unused tickets to the 1996 Olympics and old photos of commemorative childhood haircuts to prove it.
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USA Badminton was deeply saddened by the passing of life-long competitor and supporter 83-year-old Jim Bosco (Santa Cruz, Calif.) who succumbed to a massive heart attack while finishing his singles match in the 80+ division at the 2011 USA Badminton Senior National Championships in Raleigh/Durham, NC on March 24th, 2011.
Born on October 5, 1927, James S. Bosco was active all of his life. He was a well-respected college professor, retiring from full-time teaching at Sacramento State University in 1995. He had a doctorate in Exercise Science and was considered by his academic peers as a pioneer in the sciences behind exercising. Jim was always a vocal advocate of the importance of health science.
Continue reading USBEF Board of Director Jim Bosco Passes Away
The “spirit” of Badminton involves a proper attitude concerning the game – a perspective that considers, for one, that there are no opponents – only participants. Aspirants, if you prefer, demanding the best of themselves… working, perhaps, in a sort of conflicting harmony – the barometer of excellence being determined by doing the best we can… extending ourselves to pursue the limits of our abilities and endurance. The ultimate in ourselves being shown on the court and off the court as well. Continue reading Some Aspects of the Ethics and Spirit of Badminton
With the International Badminton Federation (IBF), world-wide badminton players could go for the gold at the Olympics, try to win the All-England, play in the World Championships, the Thomas Cup/Uber Cup, Sudirman Cup, or other top tournaments. Players set their sights on national titles as well. But with the change in the name to the Badminton World Federation (BWF), other changes have been made to freshen the image of the sport and professionalize the events. Besides rally scoring which has shortened matches and made them more exciting, the creation of the BWF Super Series has certainly attracted the attention of the world-class players, their fans, and the junior players around the world.
Continue reading What does the Super Series Mean for You?
Protective eye wear? Why would anyone want to wear protective eye wear on the badminton court?
The obvious answer to protect your eyes! Do accidents happen on court? You bet! Just in our St. Louis club alone, two players have been hit in the eye in recent years, one with a shuttle and one with a racket. In one St. Louis venue, we play under extreme white-out conditions with a low ceiling and bright lights. The eye injury results ranged from weeks of homebound recovery and missed school for one player to eye surgery and diminished vision for the other. Both may suffer from potential detached retinas in the long term. Continue reading Protective Eyewear On Court?