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Old 03-04-2012, 01:14 AM   #1
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Badminton drop-ins

I have always liked badminton but my skills were never on par with this liking. I'm intermediate at best. I got more time now so I figured I could play to get a workout and meet people.

A friend and I want to play and I see drop-ins available everywhere at community centers and badminton clubs in Richmond. Unfortunately, my friend has less time than me to play so it will mainly just be me looking for a court and people to play with.

My only question is how welcoming will things be if I showed up at one of these drop-in's alone. I been to places like Yumo and ClearOne with a group of friends and more often than not, everyone seems so pro so I'm a bit worried if I can even get chance to play at all. And most people only play with the friends they bring? Last time I went with friends, it was a bit intimidating to see courts full of guys and old folks smashing right and left.

I can't ask other friends as they firmly prefer to play with people at their skill level. Anyone here casually play?
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I have always liked badminton but my skills were never on par with this liking. I'm intermediate at best. I got more time now so I figured I could play to get a workout and meet people.

A friend and I want to play and I see drop-ins available everywhere at community centers and badminton clubs in Richmond. Unfortunately, my friend has less time than me to play so it will mainly just be me looking for a court and people to play with.

My only question is how welcoming will things be if I showed up at one of these drop-in's alone. I been to places like Yumo and ClearOne with a group of friends and more often than not, everyone seems so pro so I'm a bit worried if I can even get chance to play at all. And most people only play with the friends they bring? Last time I went with friends, it was a bit intimidating to see courts full of guys and old folks smashing right and left.

I can't ask other friends as they firmly prefer to play with people at their skill level. Anyone here casually play?

You're having an experience that I used to have when I started learning the sport. Perhaps if you took badminton lessons to improve your game and meet new people you can have more badminton buddies to play with. I recommend doing that.
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Yeah, I've always wanted to do drop-ins but the same reason that's stopping you is the same reason that's stopping me... I've played at clear one with a few friends a couple of times last year i think, and it was indeed pretty intimidating to see a whole bunch of pros wacking to and fro... They stopped going for awhile, so naturally, like you, I'd find it awkward to drop in alone with my amateur skills haha
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:35 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies!

Rather than taking lessons, I been told by friends who did improve their skills that they did so from just simply playing casually. But it's ironic that they are now the same people who give off that discriminating vibe of elitism.

Anyways, I have looked into taking lessons. And amazingly, community centers only offer lessons to beginners. Other than that, its drop-ins and court rentals for advanced players (free for alls play). Where do you go after your graduate from being a beginner? Play with friends? This just sends me into a circle. I looked at the badminton clubs and geebus, lessons are pricey, so I'm still debating and searching around.

Surely amateurs are still around.
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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You're having an experience that I used to have when I started learning the sport. Perhaps if you took badminton lessons to improve your game and meet new people you can have more badminton buddies to play with. I recommend doing that.
To get out of that experience, did you just end up playing with friends who were at your skill level or did you take lessons yourself? If so, where?
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RS noob-ish baddie meet?
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^ That doesn't sound too bad
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I took badminton lessons at the Vancouver Racquet Club:

Vancouver Racquet and Fitness Club, Badminton and Squash Facilities British Columbia, Canada
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^ That doesn't sound too bad
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I know Britannia has drop ins on Monday nights at 730. I believe you pay $4.25 or something, there are many people from various skill levels that play.
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most drop in places, including community centers vary from intermediate to advanced (and maybe near pro?)

it is really intimidating for beginners to find a place to play, especially drop ins where you are usually forced to play against people you don't know.

they need to start a place where it's strictly for beginners
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If you wanna play with beginners, go to bonsor/bcit

Bonsor every wednesday and sunday 8-10pm
BCIT every Tues and Thurs 8-10:45pm
The drop in fee is about $7
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Is this actually goin down? lol
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Anyone know where to find deals on badminton shoes or indoor court shoes? Tad's on Granville sells the Yonex SHB 102 for $110, same shoe at Sportschek for $140.



I tried ebay and amazon, it works out to be more expensive than $110.

I thought getting it shipped within US would be cheaper, but no luck.
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I bought a pair a few years ago at Crystal Mall (across from the Beard Papa inside). Not sure if it's still around though, since I haven't went back for as many years.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:47 AM   #16
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Check Yumo Pro Shop Canada | Badminton Goods located in Richmond, British Columbia Brands: Yonex, Victor, Apacs, Mizuno but tads have some of the greatest pricing.

If you are interested for drop in call me up sometime. (PM for number). If you live in south surrey. Head to their recreation center. But if you are looking for a buddy to hit with just call me up. Though it's good to play alone sometimes cause you can watch other people play and see what they do. Also gives you the skill to ask and communicate with other people.

I would be either green or red shell referring to Badmintology.

Just checked yumo for you. Here's the link.

http://www.yumo.ca/?s=102&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&submit=Search&post_ty pe=product

The price is 90$ no tax have to pay in cash though.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:48 AM   #17
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Burnaby and surrey is a bit too far from where I am. Vancouver and Richmond are ideal. Lessons at centers specializing in badminton are pricey or not available at this time =\

It looks like I have to muster up the guts and approach a drop-in.

We should have a noob meet lol
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Burnaby and surrey is a bit too far from where I am. Vancouver and Richmond are ideal. Lessons at centers specializing in badminton are pricey or not available at this time =\

It looks like I have to muster up the guts and approach a drop-in.

We should have a noob meet lol
Count me in but I have an individuals tournament this Thursday so not that day. Richmond Pro or ClearOne/ClearTwo. I believe it's like $5 drop in but I don't know how long it is. Phone to check up.
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Count me in but I have an individuals tournament this Thursday so not that day. Richmond Pro or ClearOne/ClearTwo. I believe it's like $5 drop in but I don't know how long it is. Phone to check up.
+1. Count me in for an RS badminton meet if it happens.
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Sounds good so everyone should meet in Richmond for the RS Badminton Meet Up.
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I'd be mind coming to a RS badminton for noobs.. actually just picked up badminton and would like to play more.. but fyi im super noob.. (still learning how to clear properly and grips)
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Anyone want to get this rolling (plan it) or should I just do it? No age limit no level limits? Any particular days?
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