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NMBF members and officers posed with Youth Summer Clinic pariticipants

NMBF Youth Summer Clinic participants posed with Head Coach Edwin Montoya

NMBF Youth Summer Clinic participants ages 7 - 10

More than 30 youngster participated in NMBF's free Youth Summer Clinic which started June 23 at the Gilbert Ada gymnasium every morning at 8:30 am to 10:30am for MWF classes.

Leading the training are Community Project and Development Head Edwin Montoya, Tournament Committee Chair Macoi Aguda and NMBF President Marconi Calindas.

The trainors are assisted by 2008 Michelob Ultra Badminton Tournament men's singles champ Wijay Ptiywantha and NMBF members Juliet Ramos, Babes Cielo, Shirley Kim, Emily Vargas, and Ana Omori.

Refreshments are also being provided without charge for all the participants. In-chrage for the refreshments are Merlie dela Rosa and Malou Mendoza.

The clinics will end on the second week of July.

Announcement: NMBF Youth Summer Clinic

Learn about the fun and exciting game of badminton! Join the Northern Marianas Badminton Federation Youth Summer clinic for FREE!

We’re inviting enthusiasts from ages 7 to 18 to learn the proper way of playing badminton. The training will be held from June 23 to July 11 for M-W-F morning classes (8:30 am - 10:30 am) at the Gilbert Ada gymnasium.

Equipment and refreshments will be provided.

Those interested may contact NMBF Community Project and Development head Edwin Montoya @ 285-2046, NMBF President Marconi Calindas @ 287-8445, or Membership Committee head Hapi Gabriel @ 287-4274


Badminton is a fun sport. After training yourself and build your confidence, winning the match is what next on your mind.
Here are some easy tips to win in a badminton match.

First of all you, need to stretch out first. Make sure you relax all your muscle and have enough warm-ups before playing badminton. Playing badminton is an all-body workout. If you don't do this, you will get sore muscles the following day.

When doing serve, aim to just slightly above the net. Therefore, your opponent won't have a chance to deep serve you right away after the first serve.

Try to avoid hitting to the middle, make your opponent run. The goal is to keep your opponent running on every hit you make. Hit far, close, left, right. Don't let your opponent catch a breath.

When doing a smash, try jumping as it will give you a leverage to hit the shuttlecock to go down sharply. Whenever possible, try to hit the shuttlecock around the top part of your racket so you can control the direction better.

After hitting, always return the middle area in your half court. Therefore, you have higher chance to catch any direction where the shuttlecock would land the next time your opponent hit it.

If the shuttlecock land close by the net, hit it hard downward before it gets below the net. If it's not possible, hit it long so your opponent cannot smash it easily.

Tips & Warnings
• Get a good badminton racket, it should be lightweight and have good tension on the string.
• Practice makes perfect!
• Speed and stamina is important roles in this game
• Warm-up is important especially if you didn't work out for a while.
• This is not a professional how-to. However, if you follow these steps, I'm sure you can beat your friend.

Saturday Night Game

Hey Shuttlers,

There will be game on SATURDAY (June 14) @ 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Also, In celebration of FATHER'S DAY, we are inviting all the dads in NMBF to please join our Father's Day Badminton Tournament. Registration is on going now. Please see any Tournament Committee members, NMBF officers or call me @ 287-4274 for more details.

Keep on Smashing!

Father's Day Tribute: Lito Mendoza

His passion for badminton

People may debate over the superiority of badminton personalities in Northern Marianas Badminton Federation but for some only one name pops up to their minds - Lito Mendoza, 2007 NMBF Team Tournament champion.

Lito Mendoza, a proud better half of co-player Malou Mendoza and a father of two girls Chandelle and Krizia, has been living on Saipan for more than 30 years now. He is currently the president and owner of Tropex Garden Co. Ltd, L&M Enterprises and Traders Insurance Co.

Lito has always been interested in sports particularly athletic sports. He loved mountain biking, bowling and golf among many others. However, out of all these sports Badminton takes a major passion. He joined NMBF in 2006 and actively serves as a Board Member. He and his wife play badminton almost everyday. He has shown his generosity in sponsoring some of the NMBF tournaments.

“I like badminton because aside from the fact that it makes me sweat to the maximum level from head to foot compared to golf and bowling it also gives me the strength, good reflexes and of course good health”, he says.

In spite of his seniority, he has been religious in training himself everyday during practice games. When he gained more confidence with the games that’s when he began to join tournaments. His excellent performance in this sport with his powerful smashes has led him to great successes in winning most of the NMBF tourneys. His agile performance is characterized by speed and power game. His movements gracefully covered all the floor space. He simply knows when to rally and when to play at a speed. Once he launches his attack the opponent couldn’t almost rally back.

Many wanted to know the secret of his success - Discipline, dedication, and focus. He admits by watching professional badminton players on videos gives him the knowledge on how to improve his playing techniques. He also believed that losing is a natural thing, because as humans we will all experience defeat. This somewhat relieves the stress during a match as it lessens your fear and the upset, he said.

Father’s Day message:

“Father’s Day is one humbled but one glorifying happy event most celebrated by all families every year. We take upon ourselves to give our fullest thanks, praises and first priority to all mothers at all times, as they are the lights and glory of the family.

To become one good, discipline and a role model to your family, relatives and friends, is a tall order and perhaps a goal that all fathers must achieve. It takes hard work, patience, understanding, open heart, courage, maturity and most importantly spiritual growth

As a father, I am blessed to have such wonderful wife and two children and I can’t ask for more in life. Without my family, it would not be possible to achieve all my goals and successes I have right now. I feel lived and secured because I experience the extraordinary affection, respect, concern and unconditional love from them. I thank the lord for their availability, presence and companionship until the end of my life on earth.

To all the fathers, a Happy Blessed Father’s Day”

Badnewz: NMBF Official Newsletter June Issue Now Available

To get your free copy please see membership committe head and badnewz editor Hapi Gabriel.

Badnewz June issue is sponsored by PTI.