to Boston Area MA and Southern NH Badminton Clubs
Wednesday play has returned to have a start time of 7 p.m. as of 22-Feb-17. A later start time was in effect for several weeks.
This badminton group meets two times a week throughout the entire year at the Marblehead Community Center (MCC) at 10 Humphrey Street at the corner of Humphrey and Pleasant Streets in Marblehead. The hours are normally from 7:00 to 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays. While school vacations do not affect the schedule, school cancellations due to weather may also affect this activity. The fact that this group continues through the summer is unusual; most other groups and clubs are dormant through the summer. This group has been meeting at this location since January, 1998.
This is not an independent organization, but it is an activity (named "Pick-Up Adult Badminton") sponsored by the Marblehead Recreation Department, whose phone number is 781-631-3350. While participation on Wednesdays and Sundays is for adults only, junior players enrolled in the Marblehead Youth Badminton (MYB) program are permitted to play on both days, provided they have filed the appropraite registration form (signed by a parent) with the MCC.
The daily cost is $5 per adult or $4 per junior player on Wednesdays and on Sundays. You are asked to sign the daily attendance sheet and pay the daily fee at the front counter when you arrive and before you enter the gym. Any checks should be made out to "Town of Marblehead". Suzanne is the usual Recreation Department employee manning the office on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Level of play ranges from intermediate to advanced, and some beginning players come from time to time. With four courts available, the different levels of play can be accommodated most of the time. An open play format is used on Wednesdays and Sundays, and all players must supply their own rackets and shuttles. Feathered birds are used, and there is always a supply of used birds available for warming up. This group meets all year round, including warm summer evenings. The gym is not air-conditioned, but this has not proven to be a problem for most players.
From time to time, a badminton lesson program for adults is offered at the Marblehead Community Center, and the contact for this is Nick Vered at NickVered@gmail.com. There is also a well-established junior badminton coaching program in Marblehead offered by Marblehead Youth Badminton (MYB). See details on this page.
For more information, contact David Soule at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Marblehead Recreation Department web site; click on "Summer 2014 Brochure".
The group supports a Yahoo Groups emailing list to notify players of news about badminton play. If you would like to be added to this list, contact David.
You can view a map showing where the club meets.
Gut 'N Feathers, a private badminton club is also in Marblehead.