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      Badminton Upstate

There are approximately 15 millions Americans paritipating in badminton.  In Upstate New York, it is most commonly seen at family gatherings and picknicks, as well as college communities. 

It is popular among campers, an important tourist group for New York State.  It has been an Olympic sport for decades and USA Badminton is America's governing sports body.

Badminton is popular among international travelers from Asia, including India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere.  It is also very popular in Northern Europe.  These are major sources of inbound tourism for New York State.  The world's top players are from China and Denmark.

In Canada, Badminton has a strong following in Southern Ontario, which borders New York State.


                          USA Badminton

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced in December 2017 that USA Badminton has secured anonymous Sport Ambassador donors for the organization through 2024.  The Sport Ambassador Program pairs leading American philanthropists with National Governing Bodies to identify and prioritize the organization’s unmet needs in the areas of coaching, athlete support and more.  Members of the USA team compete regularly in major international competitions.


                      Collegiate Badminton

The purpose of the University of Rochester Badminton Club is to promote and develop the sport of badminton by providing a suitable training atmosphere for a badminton player, competing in local and regional competitions, and assisting all players interested in learning how to play the game.

Our activities include both competitive and recreational play, skill-building exercises, open tournaments, and intercollegiate matches.


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                                                                                               Badminton Basics

Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net.  The most common forms of the game are "singles" (with one player per side) and "doubles" (with two players per side). Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the opposing side's half of the court.

Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. Play ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor or if a fault has been called by the umpire, service judge, or (in their absence) the opposing side.

The shuttlecock is a feathered or plastic projectile which flies differently from the balls used in many other sports. In particular, the feathers create much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly. Shuttlecocks also have a high top speed compared to the balls in other racquet sports. The flight of the shuttlecock gives the sport its distinctive nature.

Since 1992, badminton has been a Summer Olympic sport. At high levels of play, the sport demands excellent fitness: players require aerobic stamina, agility, strength, speed, and precision. It is also a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet movements.