Juniors

Bay of Quinte Badminton Club (BQBC)

The junior program is starting on September 16 2021. We are asking that all members be Double Vaccinated to play this season.

Practice Details

Our practices are on Thursdays at Quinte Christian High School on Wallbridge-Loyalist Road from 5:30 pm to7:00 pm. beginning on September 16, 2021.  This time slot has been selected so that some of the more competitive players can stay longer and take part in the
adult club that begins at 7:00 pm.

Due to the high demand for usage at Quinte Christian, there will be occasions where our practice time gets bumped to another day or a later start.

All the Covid protocols that are set up for the adult club will be followed by the junior club. This includes the prerequisite to be double vaccinated. This is required since we are expanding the bubble to include a mix of players from different schools.

Our Vision

The motivation for the BQBC is to introduce young athletes to the sport of
badminton and to develop their skills so that they can compete at district
tournaments.  Our challenge is to develop athletes to be able to compete at the
Provincial level and beyond.

Maturity Requirements

The BQBC accepts players from the age of 12 to 19.  We compete in tournaments
that generally have age divisions of under 19, under 16, under 14. (In the pre-Covid world we accepted players under 12. Our tournaments also included an Under 12 division).

Practices require completion of drills and a focus on a particular skill.  In spite of
our goal for skill improvement, we recognize the need for our players to simply
have some fun, some competition and to enjoy the company of friends and peers.  Parents are welcome to be spectators at practice.  Sometimes they will be called upon to assist, but generally their assistance will be with children other than their own.

Our Season and Tournaments

The season runs from our 1st practice on Thursday September 16, 2021 to the
middle of April.

In a non-Covid environment. Members are encouraged to participate in several tournaments over the year and certainly the year-end district championships.  Most tournaments are out of town in places such as Whitby, Peterborough or Kingston. Some higher level “elite”
tournaments require travel to other southern Ontario cities. Car-pooling is
encouraged.  We have an in-house club championship tournament at the end of
the year as well.  Parents are encouraged to support their child’s efforts by
attending with them.

Our first tournament this year could be in late November.  The age divisions could be similar to our other district tournaments with Under 14, U17 and U19 categories.  Competitors generally come from clubs from all around the district which includes – Kingston, Peterborough, Whitby, Ajax and points in between.  Several BQBC members were medal recipients in the singles and doubles events.

Some of our members have signed up for the try-outs for the COBA District team to compete in the Ontario Winter Games in late February 2022. We are also tuning up for the Whitby Tournament, a singles and doubles tournament potentially in early December 2021.

Cost and Expenses

The cost to join the Club for the season is $75.00 per athlete.  Protective eye wear (which means goggles, safety glasses or shatter-proof glasses.) and non marking shoes is required.  You will want to have your own personal racquet.  The club does have some racquets if you do not have your own.  Regular gym attire is appropriate.

Entry into tournaments is voluntary but participation is recommended as a method to improve your badminton and competitive skills.  The cost of a tournament generally ranges from $30.00 upwards to $40.00.  Some BQBC members enter several tournaments each year.

Contact

Tom Dolan – jtdolan@sympatico.ca.

How to Join

To join the BQBC, simply attend one of our practices.  We would like to see a commitment to join after a couple of practices.

Tournament

To be determined.

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