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The 2017-2018 season for this club is from 18-Sep-17 through 7-May-18; this is an expected 28-week season. You must be registered in order to play at this club. Registration is limited to 50 players, and town residents are given a preference. This limit is usually reached, and then you can get onto a waiting list. You sign up with the Needham Recreation Department for the season; the fee is $80 for residents; non-residents may be subject to an extra charge. This was the case in previous years, but the town web site does not indicate this is still the case. Non-residents can register either in-person or by mail for the 2017-2018 season starting on 13-Sep-17. The registration form is available on the town's web site.
This club is an adult coed activity of the Needham Recreation Department, available to those at least 17 years old. It meets most Mondays from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. from mid-September through early-May in the "A" Gym at the Needham High School. The group does not meet on days the school is closed due to a holiday, vacation, or snow day. At times, the High School Athletic Department has to schedule last-minute games, which cancels the badminton session for that night. When there is a cancellation, there is no offering of make-up dates.
The gym is set up with 6 standard badminton courts, although a few of the lines are covered by lines for other sports. Play is almost entirely doubles matches, once the courts begin to fill up. Singles play is usually possible early or late in the evening.
There is a wide range or expertise in this club, and therefore this is a good club in which beginners can develop. The evening consists primarily of game play, although you can usually get some practice in early or late.
The club does not provide refreshments or snacks, but there are water fountains at the school.
As in other clubs, when the bird hits a basketball backboard or its support structure, the play is taken over. When the bird hits any part of the ceiling, it is a fault. On two of the courts there is a non-movable basketball basket protruding onto the court over the net. Other baskets in the gym are movable and are lifted out of the way.
For more information, contact the Needham Recreation Department at 781-455-7521. To check for a cancellation on a particular evening, you can call the Needham Program Line Recording at 781-444-7212 and press 3.
You can view a map showing where the club meets.
Taken from the Recreation Department's Fact Sheet:
"From center of town, take Highland Avenue. After set of lights, turn right onto Oakland Avenue. After the bend, turn left onto Kingsbury Street. The High School driveway is halfway down the road, on your left. Entrance to gym is on the far left hand side of the school."
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