Badminton



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WHEN DO WE START AT THE TENNIS COURTS?  Everything is set up NOW. We can Play all we want!

ADDITIONALLY:

Tennis has a special annual senior tournament that people travel from out of town to attend.  The tournament is May 6 - 11th 2024. Badminton has been asked not to play during the morning and early afternoon.  We may play from 4pm onwards.
An email will be sent to remind folks as it get closer to the event.

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WHERE:  the tennis courts are located within Gate 16, behind clubhouse 7.  This particular gate is not manned - so you just drive in.  However, you MUST have your Laguna Woods ID card to get into the tennis courts. You will find a card reader at the entrances.  You simply slide your ID card through the reader then push open the door. Entry doors to the courts are NOT to be propped open.  Court 7 is between the two available entry doors.  It is marked. There are restrooms close by.  Gate 16 is on Moulton.  It is located between El Toro and Santa Maria.  Once you’ve entered Gate 16 you can either go straight or make a right turn to get to the tennis courts.  They are just past the one story clubhouse building.

WHEN DO WE START:  Courts available now.

PLAY SCHEDULE:  Our play hours will be the same as they are now!  Please continue to play these same hours morning and evenings.  However, the court will be dedicated to badminton play only.  So, should you want to play some “extra” badminton with a group of friends go right ahead on the off-hours afternoons and Monday and Wednesday evening.  No worries about having to take down the nets at 9:30am.

HOW DO YOU PLAY ON A TENNIS COURT:  A crew of badminton volunteers will make 3 courts out of the one tennis court using special court tape.  Should we find we have enough players attending Jerry will loan us the net and poles for a 4th court.

LIMITED SEATING:  There are some table and chairs outside of the court.  You’ll want to consider bringing a folding chair from home.  I’m thinking we put our personal belonging just inside the court, next to our chair.

BIRDS: Initially we’ll play with plastic birds that the badminton club will furnish during our regular scheduled hours.  However, just like when we played in the park during covid we will play it by ear.  We’ll let you know if you need to bring additional birds. 

GUESTS:  The same Recreation rules apply here as they do in the mini gym.  The Laguna Woods sponsor must be at the court. Guests and sponsors are going to need to make prior arrangements to get the guests into the tennis court complex.  The guests will not be able to walk right in.  Again, you must have your ID card to activate the entry doors.  So please make plans to meet your guests at the gate at a specific time.  

TENNIS COURT RULES:  Please note the rules at the entry gates.  Never propping the doors is the number one rule.  Remember, we are all guests at the tennis courts and auxiliary spaces.  Please treat them with respect.  

MANY THANKS:  Thanks goes to Jerry, Lyon and many others for pushing this along.  

IN CLOSING:  We realize that playing on concrete isn’t ideal.  However, I think we all can make do.  Don’t play as hard. Be careful.  Just have fun!  What makes our club great is the friendships we have.  We’re a great group!  Let’s try to continue to play together and have fun through the duration of the renovation.  Before you know it we will be back in the gym.

Thank you,
Amy and Kenny

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Badminton is open to residents of Laguna Woods Village and their
guests, only.  Residents must come to the courts with their guests. 

Come Join Us For a Game of Badminton!

Anyone who has played tennis, racquetball, table tennis or pickle ball (or virtually anyone else) is sure to enjoy badminton!  Come on out to the mini-gym at Clubhouse One to experience this sport.  Training and loaner rackets are available. This is a great way to exercise and enhance your health.  Our members strive to support  safe play, sportsmanship, fellowship and having fun!  Please check the schedule below for play times.  Also, check below in the DOCUMENTS section for the membership form.   You can print this form or pick up a form at the gym.

A little History of Badminton.

 Ever wonder, why "badminton"? Battledore and Shuttlecock was originally the name of this sport. It was imported from India to England during colonial times.  It involved the Battledore bat (the racket) and the shuttlecock (the bird). In England the game gained popularity when play was established at Badminton House, a large country house that, according to Wikipedia, "...has been the principal seat of the Dukes of Beaufort since the late 17th century". Apparently the players of this fine sport abandoned the name "Battledore and Shuttlecock" in favor of "badminton"...go figure!

LOCATION:

Club house 1, Mini Gym

SCHEDULE:

Mornings (played with nylon shuttlecocks/we have loaner racquets):

Mon, Wed and Fri           7:30AM - 9:50AM             Beginner - Intermediate

Tuesday and Thurs        7:30AM - 9:30AM             Beginner - Intermediate

Sat                                      8:00AM - 10:50AM           Beginner - Intermediate 

Sun                                     11:00AM - 1:50PM           Beginner - Intermediate                 

Evenings Special note for evening players:  Please bring a feather bird for each night of play.  Usually, someone at the courts has birds for sale (at cost).  Should you purchase feather bird outside of the courts, we suggest you get the quality that usually starts at $22 and up for a tube (Big 5).  The less expensive birds do not fly well and seldom last a game.   New players/beginners do not need to bring a bird for their first night time play.

Guests (evening play) Guests must bring two quality feather birds for each night of play and their Laguna Woods sponsor must be with them at the  courts.  Also note that guests must be 12 years or older to play in the mini-gym. 

 Tues                            7:00PM - 9:30PM           Beginner to Advanced

Thurs                           7:00PM - 9:30PM           Beginner to Advanced

Fri                                 7:00PM - 9:30PM           Intermediate to Advanced

Sat                                7:00PM - 9:30PM           Intermediate to Advanced

Sun                               7:00PM - 9:30PM           Beginner to Advanced

Contact Us

Kenny Wu  (President)    (217) 671-8395    kwu299@yahoo.com

Amy Provorse (2nd VP)   (949) 285-0353    aprovors@uci.edu

                     Additional Club Officers

TL Nguyen: (Equipment Manager)

Hue Mullick and Chizuru Yokoyama: Birthday Club and holiday party coordinators
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New Players - who would like training click here to contact trainers.

(FYI-you may run into difficulties creating an email from the link depending on your device

and your email settings. It may be easier to copy/paste these addresses into your email provider

to send your request. Emails for Amy, Kenny and TL (trainers extraordinaire) are: aprovors@uci.edu

kwu299@yahoo.com  and nguyehnxlt@gmail.com )


The Birthday Club Potluck

Activity Director Hue Mullick, and Vice Activity Director Chizuru Yokoyama  have started a birthday club.  It's very simple.  Approx. 3 times a year a potluck is held in honor of those celebrating a birthday.  Usually, they will be held at Aliso Park next to the creek, near the restrooms.  It's the same location where folks played outdoor badminton during the pandemic (You can park in Cul-da-sacs 60 or 12). Everyone brings a dish of food to share.  We'll let you know when the next one is scheduled via the Globe and the website. Also, there will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the mini gym.  Let Hue, Chizuru or Amy know if you would like to join the club by providing your name and your birthday month.  You are welcome to attend the potlucks whether you join the birthday club or not.

See CLUB EVENTS below for details on the next gathering.

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