to Boston Area MA and Southern NH Badminton Clubs
The 2012-2013 Season ends on 9-May-13.
The 2012-2013 season started on 9-Oct-12, and will likely continue into May, 2013. As of 21-Sep-12, the expected attendance is lower than the club would like. They are seeking more players.
The following description is from the 2009-2010 season. It will updated when the club organizers provide updated info. None was provided for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons, but the club has continued in much the same way.
If the weather may be a problem when the club is expected to meet, it would be wise to e-mail Yoga at SYoganathan@forsyth.org if you plan to attend, just to be sure there will be enough players (at least 4) to warrant meeting.
This club meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the gym at the Cutler Elementary School at 237 Asbury Street in South Hamilton, MA. If you get there early, hang around until at least 7:30 p.m., since sometimes play begins that late. Games are played almost continuously thoughout the evening, so don't hesitate to show up late - you can join in whenever you get there. The club does not meet when there are special events at the school or when the school is closed due to school holidays, school vacation days, or snow days. When in doubt, e-mail or call one of the club officials listed below.
The gym is set up with 2 badminton courts. These courts are non-standard in that no singles lines are included. The first players to arrive set up the nets. The last ones to leave take them down and put them away.
There are three options for membership dues:
This club does not stock racquets for beginners to use, but one of the attendees may be amenable to loaning an extra racquet to a player.
The club does not provide refreshments or snacks, but there are water fountains at the school. Rest rooms are available too.
The club's regular membership consists of experienced players, but they are not a serious bunch - they enjoy joking and laughing throughout the evening. Although beginners are encouraged and welcome, there are few such folks. It also just happens to be the case that the club is predominantly male, but female players are certainly welcome. You must be at least 18 years old to play at this club. These characteristics make this a difficult club in which to learn the game from scratch. The Marblehead club is better suited for beginners, and it has the unique advantage of playing throughout the entire year. The Winchester, Arlington, Needham, and Duxbury clubs are also good clubs for beginners, but they are quite far from Hamilton.
The evening consists primarily of doubles game play, although you can usually get some practice in early or late. On a good night, there are 8-12 attendees, but there are usually fewer. Tuesdays tend to be better-attended than Thursdays.
The contact folks for this group are:
|Yoga (Subbiah Yoganathan)||-||SYoganathan@forsyth.org
(unknown phone number)
You can view a map showing where the club meets.