Giant Shuttles in the United States?

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Giant shuttles in the United States? Where? Who is responsible for them? What’s the story?

Knowledgeable tournament badminton players and badminton fans in the United States will be happy to tell you about the giant shuttles located in Kansas City, Missouri, in the heartland of the USA. July 10, 1994, was the dedication day for the outdoor sculptures on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. To celebrate the arrival of the unusual art work, the Museum hosted shuttlecock Sunday,featuring live jazz, a celebrity badminton tournament,hands-on art projects for children, parades, and games. Continue reading “Giant Shuttles in the United States?”

USA Badminton “Walk of Fame Plaza”

The USA Badminton “Walk of Fame Plaza” is a national site in honor of badminton’s elite athletes and outstanding service contributors. The Plaza officially opened April 25, 2003, and is located in front of the Orange County Badminton Club at 1432 North Main Street in Orange, California. A monument in front of the club marks the sidewalk filled with the tiles of twenty-five people honored for their playing careers or lives of service. The monument was generously funded by the U.S. Badminton Education Foundation. Continue reading “USA Badminton “Walk of Fame Plaza””

Why do we Play this Sport?

When one takes the time to reflect on the sport of badminton, one begins to wonder why he or she is attracted to this sport. Why do people want to play? What draws them to the badminton court?

For many players, the sport of badminton is fun. Many people play the game for enjoyment – just to have a good time. It is fun to play, to face one or two opponents across the net either during a tournament match or just for a club game. What a thrill it is to make the perfect drop shot or to wait until the precise time to hit that timely smash! You display that cunning you have honed for years while on the wrong end of many opponents’ shots. Pay-back time is so sweet! Continue reading “Why do we Play this Sport?”

Badminton for Everyone

by R. Stanton Hales

The world sporting community and the International Olympic Committee in particular, have had the wisdom to give Badminton the respect it deserves. By unanimous vote of the I.O.C., Badminton has become a medal sport. The future of the world’s most demanding racket sport is rosy indeed but there still is much education to be done before Badminton is truly appreciated in the United States. The recent Men’s Doubles Championship won by Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan lends emphasis to the fact that Badminton will demand the respect and appreciation that is generally accorded the world’s most demanding sports, for that is what it is. Badminton players deserve respect and admiration generally accorded to the world’s best trained athletes, for that is what they are.

Badminton – It’s Role As A Physical Conditioner

By Lowell N. Douglas, Ph.D
In a series of studies conducted by the Department of Physical Education at Baylor University, information has been obtained which suggests that Badminton is one of the finest conditioning types of activities. The game possesses all of the fundamental motor skills with which man is endowed and demands faster reactions than most any other game. Fundamentally, the game demands the execution of such skills as running, jumping, twisting, striking, throwing and various combinations of these skills executed in rapid hand-eye coordination. In a three game singles match played between two average men, players of approximate ability, one should expect to find that the three games require a total time of about 45 minutes, of which the shuttlecock is in actual flight or being batted by one player or the other. During that 20 minutes of highly concentrated exercise each player will travel approximately one mile. He will also make 350 changes of direction of 90 degrees or better and will strike the shuttle some 400 times. Of these, 400 strokes, 150 will be full arm swings of a racket weighing some 5 ounces (many major league pitchers have pitched complete baseball games without throwing that many times). Players in normal physical condition should expect an increase in pulse rate from 72 to 125 and an increase in systolic blood pressure from 120 to 145. Few games require as much concentrated action. In a three set tennis match, one should not expect the ball to be in play any more than 8 percent of the total time, while in footfall, a game we think as being vigorous, the ball is actually in play only about 14 minutes of the two odd hours that the players spend on the field.

New USBEF Publications Committee

The USBEF is pleased to announce the formation of a Publications Committee whose mission, duties and functions are listed below.

  1. Mission
    1. NewsletterObtain information about badminton throughout the country and internationally and Publish it in the USBEF Newsletter.  Publish the Newsletter quarterly.
    2. WebsiteUpdate and maintain the contents of the USBEF website.
    3. Duties of Publication Committee members.
      1. Submit to the chairman, quarterly, one or two  articles about badminton representing their part of the country.
      2. Suggest to the chairman additions to or  deletions from the website.
      3. Subjects to be included in the newsletter
        1. Club news, e.g. goals, objective, membership, facilities, etc.
        2. Upcoming tournaments.
        3. Results of tournaments.
        4. Coaching.
        5. Outstanding performance.
        6. Rules.
        7. Officiating.
        8. Others.
  2. Present Committee
    1. (Southwest) Jim Bosco, chair
    2. (Midwest)  Mary Ann Bowles
    3. (Northwest) Joyce Jones
    4. (Southeast) Dave Zarco
    5. (Northeast) pending

Joyce Jones the Champion

At 77, Joyce has won 257 National, International, Senior Olympics and World Senior Badminton titles. She’s received the Award of Merit Trophy for Outstanding Service and Sportsmanship and was inducted into the Badminton Senior Hall of Fame. She is the highest tournament title winner in the Canadian Senior Championships with 60 titles. In 2000, players were allowed to enter 5 events, and she was the only player who won all five of the events she entered. No one has done it since, including herself! In 2001, she was ranked #1 in the Nation in her age division in both tennis and badminton . She loves competing, despite having to work around surgeries on her right foot, arthroscopic surgery on both knees, a knee replacement, a frozen left shoulder, a hernia, rotator cuff twice on the right shoulder, and cataracts in both eyes.