Coach Paul and Lisa spent 2 ½ days with the Orion Lions in Anchorage, Alaska. Students were shown the basic shots and had opportunity to work on clears, serving and modified game play.
The older groups had a great time playing the game Wipeout, lots of students who had a blast and want to continue playing. Karen Howard, PE teacher was a great host and after seeing the enthusiasm and enjoyment of her students, decided to start an after school club and possibly have a team to compete in the 3rd Alaska State School Team Championships in April.
Badminton is one of the most-played sports in the world, but here in the United States, it has a lower profile. So why focus on badminton for PE programs?
Simply put: badminton is fun! Almost everyone can find quick success. Badminton is relatively gender neutral and success does not depend on size or strength. It can be played as an individual, with a partner or as a team sport. This sport is enjoyed socially, on a recreation level and competitively. As players learn skills, they begin to challenge themselves. It is inexpensive and is a sport players can enjoy for a lifetime!
Over the course of my career as a teacher, I enjoyed introducing students to non-traditional sports and the most popular of all was competitive badminton. Other teachers who share that passion can attest that badminton is embraced by students! BJ Condron, Varsity Basketball Coach and Physical Education teacher in North Carolina, sums it up well: “Badminton is one of the equalizer sports for PE that everyone from the best athletes to your least active students can find some level of success and engagement.”