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A Second Racket For Backup

Serious badminton players should have more than one racket. And if you’re going to ask me why? Obviously because the strings of the racket might break anytime during the game. Many times we might be surprised to have a broken string after a couple of swings. We never know when it would break. The best thing to do is to prepare a second racket as a backup. If you want to continue the game, then have a second racket at all times with you. Unless you are not ashamed to borrow a racket from others nearby. But of course, there are those who are not so eager enough to lend their rackets. Many serious players treat their rackets as their babies; and they just wouldn’t lend them to anyone else.

Now, if you are decided to get a second racket, here is a tip not only from me but from many other serious players in the club. Buy or have one that is exactly the same as your first racket. This means—have your second racket similar to the first in terms of tension (string tension), grip, weight, brand, and everything. If the color makes a lot of difference for you, have the same color with both. This is simply to make no more adjustments or at least less adjustment once you continue the game. It is quite late to make new adjustments in the middle of the game after changing for an entirely different racket. We assume that you have been practicing with your first racket. And that you are attuned and used to its weight, tension, power, and grip—so why not have similar racket for the backup?

But of course, there are also others who choose to have a different racket for the bakup. Others may have similar racket for the backup in terms of brand and weight, but having it with a different tension (string). At times, some used a racket with a different tension to adjust and counter depending on the strength and style of the opponent.

And there are others too, who have a second racket which is exactly the same as the first; while they also have a third racket with a different tension.


Customized Your Racket’s Grip

Well, this is just a grip but this is very crucial to how you are going to get the feel of your entire racket. The grip in badminton is your steering wheel. Have the best feel of it. Be comfortable with the grip because the grip is 90 percent of what you can only hold during the entire game.

Haven’t you wonder why badminton players often buy badminton grips even if they have just bought a new racket with a newly untouched and unused grip? This even holds true for tennis players and some ping-pong players as well. Well wonder no more, because often times than answer is just as simple as this. These grips are just much better than the original grips that go along with the racket from the factory. This is because each player has a different feel for the racket and a different way of holding or gripping on the racket. Though there is this standard way of holding it, each player is unique with a different need and preference for the way they would have their grip. Grip is one part of the racket wherein it has to be customized to suit each player’s personal preference. Some like there grip to be bulky and thick, so they add a new grip over the original to make it thicker. Some like their grip to be soft, as a result they buy this soft comfortable grips. Some have sweaty hands and so they prefer to buy a new anti-sweat grip or dry grips.

One way to avoid blisters is to have a grip customized just for you. Here are some tips on how to change or add a new grip to your racket.

Replacing for a New Grip

There are two ways of having a new grip. The first is to add the new grip over the old or original grip. The second one is to remove the original or old grip before replacing it with the new grip.

Adding a new grip over the old or original grip is usually for those who prefer to have a rounder thicker grip to hold. This is good only if the old grip is still well-fastened to the racket. If it is loosed, remove the old grip. If the problem is just the surface of the old grip, you may add the new grip over it. If it is an original grip of a new racket, remove first the protective wrapping of the grip if you plan on placing the new grip over the original grip.

When you wrap the new grip you bought, it is better to follow the instructions at the back of the grip’s container or box. If there is none, ask for a knowledgeable friend. If still youare unluck to have one, you may follow this simple guide.

Start wrapping from the end going up to the grip. Get a double-sided tape and use it on both ends underneath. Wrap it by overlapping each portion of the grip (tape) as you roll it accross. The easiest way is to hold the grip (tape) still, and rotate your racket even and slowly. As you reach the top end, wrap it with the tape provided to seal the ends.

If you run short or over of the estimate, you can just easily unwrap it and do it again.


Know Your Shuttlecock

With Yonex Mavis 350 (Yellow) Shuttlecock, you can buy the shuttlecock according to the speed you like to play your badminton game. You don’t even have to keep on adjusting your stroke or swing everytime a new shuttlecock is played. The green cap is for slow speed shuttlecocks, blue for middle speed, and red for fast speed.

Yonex Mavis Shuttlecock make sure that your shuttlecock would have a constant flight stability on a given distance. In fact, even the shuttlecock is scaled for a precise weight. This is giving players a zero trouble on adjusting their swings because of a shuttlecock. Players can now focus on their strokes and rackets for the game. If a player plays with different shuttlecocks, especially the not-so-quality, the player would end up adjusting his (her) swings everytime a new shuttlecock is used.

Tips for Beginners: Approaching Shuttle Just Over the Net

By Neil Anthony

What will you do when the shuttlecock comes right over the net? Of course, hit it back in toward the opponent’s side. But the question is how?

Here are the steps to do it.

In this context, we are assuming that this is a singles game and that you are at the center. That is halfway between the baseline and the net, and between the two sidelines. This is to give you an advantage to take on the shuttle wherever the opponent would place it—whether to your back, infront of you, to your far left, or to your far right.

When you see the shuttle coming right over the net, immediately step forward. If you are a right-hander, step with your right foot. If you are a left-hander, then step first with your left foot. Then you put your feet together. Make a lunge exerting more thrust on the foot where your hand is holding the racket. When stepping forward and going for the thrust, keep your racket up. That is to prepare you for a quick strike.

Once you are up and going for a strike, your racket should be in a going down position almost touching the net. This is for the shuttle to go for a steepy decent, once you would hit it. Amateur players would unlikely counter an attack like this.

The best strategy where to place the ball is to go somewhere down the lines—sidelines or baseline—or to go for a crosscourt. If you are striking from the right side of your court, hit it going across to the left side of your opponent’s court. This will give him less options for the counter. And hit it well enough that it is quick and strong. That is obviously to have your opponent unprepared.

Then immediately go back to the center just in case your opponent would be quick enough to counter.

I hope that this tip would help both beginners and not-so-seasoned players in overcoming their apprehensions when a ball is coming just over the net. Many beginners would just end up staring at the ball with out even lifting a foot. Others would go for a leap right straight at it without exactly knowing what to do. The next thing they knew—the shuttle was just right on their face. Well, because I had it too.

Badminton Injuries and Health Hazard Prevention

Hey shuttlers,

Due to the incident occurred during (Wednesday) morning practice games that one of our members played without taking breakfast and warming up that he got dizzy and almost fainted after a set of game, we advise all members/players [to prevent such mishap] to take the proper procedures below before entering the court.

Eat something
- have something to eat (especially breakfast) before game to energize your body and drink as much fluid as you can in between game intervals.

Warm up
- general and sport specific warm-up is important to prevent badminton injuries or reduce the risk. It increases the activity of prime muscles, improves concentric and eccentric power, flexibility and endurance capacity.

A typical warm up includes:

- Gentle rhythmic movement such as skipping and jogging.
- Short stretches of about 15-30 seconds to reduce muscle tension and to prepare the player for physical activity and mentally for sport. Good and regular stretching habit prevents injuries and promotes circulation.
- 2-3 minutes of small movement of specific joints eg. shoulder circles, hip forward and backward movement, pelvic rotation, arm and knee bends and trunk twists.

Cool Down - to help you gradually recover from the game and adjust to rest.
Cool down by walking or stretches will also avoid dizziness or feeling sick.

Other Safety Tips:

- Do not play when you are feeling unwell, or if you pain in your joints, feet, legs, etc.
- Do not play within two hours after a heavy meal.
- Always begin in playing slowly and gradually build up.
- Drink some water before, during and after the game to replace water loss.
- Stop playing immediately if you feel chest, neck or arm pain, extreme tiredness, breathlessness or giddiness. Call emergency if resting or first aid doesn't help.

Doing all the above will not guarantee you from preventing badminton injuries and health hazard, but it will certainly reduce the risk.

Have an injury-health-risk-free badminton game.

Keep on smashing!

Tips for Beginners: Focus on What

There are three basic principles common to the racket sports that I have palyed. They are footwork, strokes, and grip. I play ping-pong, tennis, and badminton. Though they may have different strokes, grip, and footwork—all three sports hold that footwork, strokes, and grip are the essentials of playng a racket sport.

Footwork—badminton is a quick or fast-paced game. Without learning the proper footwork, a player will surely have to catch up with the shuttle during the rally. If you find yourself most of the time just a feet or two away from the shuttle as your opponent scores, try studying your footwork. Perhaps having the right footwork would have been the saving factor during those rallies. Unless you are “flash”, learn the footwork. A second of delay just because of a wrong footwork is already a big advantage for your opponent.

Strokes—learning the proper strokes can enhance your reflex, power, and speed. If you want to go for a strong smash, learn the correct stroke. Don’t learn the wrong strokes at the beginning and end up unlearning them in the future just to learn the correct strokes.

Grip—to imrpove your form. Learn the proper grip. Having a wrong grip would as a result give you some problems with your form and strokes as you advance. But if you learn the proper grip at the beginning, then you wouldn’t have a hard time going for new grips in the future so long as you are comfortable with it.

Learn the basics first before innovating for your own styles.



By Chandra Kowi (Golden Gate Badminton Club Coach)

You can practice the following footwork according to your current physical condition and gradually increase its repetition as you improve.

1. Starting from the center of the court, jump a little on the spot, move or shuffle your body. Lunge your body forward and gallop towards the backhand net by taking a smaller step with your left leg then a bigger step with your right leg.

2. Return to your original center position, starting with your right leg in a reverse position followed by a gallop with your left and then right.

3. Now, jump a little on the spot as you shuffle your body, move forward to your forehand net, starting with your left leg galloping in a smaller step then follow by your right leg. Always remember to bend your knee for more power and support.

4. Return to your original center position, starting with your right leg in a reverse position followed by a gallop with your left and then right.

How to watch Olympics Badminton videos online

If you want to watch Olympics badminton via NBC Olympic, here what you can do.

Go to , go to "badminton" section, click "live" and download Microsoft Silver LIght and install it.

If you are not physically located in the USA, then you also have to download Ultra Surf 9 here:

After that closed all Internet Explorer. Click the Ultra Surf icon. Then go to NBC Olympic site. Search for badminton sports. Click the video or live video you wanted to see.

Enter this:

Zip Code: 94541
TV Provider: DirecTV -> San Francisco -> NBC 11


Badminton is becoming more and more popular, more and more students are taking up badminton as their main sports, more and more adults are also taking up badminton as their recreational activity. As we see more beginners, I hope to point out in this article what aspects of badminton a beginning badminton player should focus on, as well as point out a few common mistakes that beginners tend to make. We hope this will help your journey into this sport that we all love.

First, let’s point out the positives, ie. Aspects of badminton that we think will help the up and coming players.


Focus on the correct grip

The most fundamental aspect of badminton technique is the grip. The grip is how a badminton holds the badminton racket. A correct grip is a pathway for a badminton player to improve upon their skills. on the contrary, using an incorrect grip is often a brickwall that leads to poor form and poorly executed techniques. It takes much more time to unlearn a bad technique than to learn one. Many of us have experienced it before the painful way.

The proper badminton grips may feel uncomfortable and unnatural in the beginning, but if you are able to get over that fact, later on you will appreciate what you have learned.

There are two basic grips for badminton, the forehand grip and the backhand grip. We won’t go into much more detail here, if you want to know about gripping, please read the grip guide in Badminton Central. The information maybe overwhelming at first, but since this is so fundamental in badminton, it is worth the time to digest it.

Focus on the correct strokes

The worst part of learning something is to have to unlearn it later on. This happens to many recreational badminton players. We hop into the court, invent all these wild shots that seems right then, but later on to find out that they are the wrong way to hit. Then we spend 3 times the time to unlearn them as they have been so ingrained into our muscles. If you want to avoid that happening to you, it is vital to learn the proper way in the beginning.

To do that, you must find a good coach who can direct you. When you choose a coach, make sure he understands and can demonstrate the fundamentals. Your friend who happens to be playing next court to you may not be the best coach you can get.

Focus on footwork

We cannot stress the importance of footwork more. Footwork is the skill that allows you to move from point to point in the badminton court. While it sounds like an easy concept, in fact it is one of the most difficult skills in badminton. The reason footwork is so important is very simple: if you cannot get there in time, it is useless to have the best racket skill. The Cororary of that is that, the earlier you can get to the shuttle, the more choices of shots you have and the more you can pressure your opponent.

Lee Jae Bok, an ex-Korean national player, once says:

"You hit shuttle with your feet."

Footwork is one of the most difficult aspects of badminton. It takes a lot of time to learn, as well as a lot of time to practice. It is often less practiced because of the lack of venue. It is quite uncommon and anti-social for someone to take up ½ of a badminton court to practice footwork while everybody waits on the sideline. Despite so, it is still very important. A professional player can move around the court very effortlessly solely because they have very good footwork technique, they do make it look very easy but in fact, it takes many years of very hard work to master it.

Focus on fitness - jog/swim/bike - or do footwork drills

Fitness is one of the many reason many people take up badminton. Depending on the level of one’s game, badminton can be a very leisure game all the way to a down-right fitness torture. Beginning recreational players will likely be moving relatively less around the court, but as one’s skill improve, you will not only notice that you have to cover more parts of the court, you will also have to cover it in greater speed, which multiplies the fitness level needed by many folds.

In order to catch up with your pending improvements in skill, it is then important for you to increase your fitness level to complement it. There are many ways to improve one’s fitness, one popular way is to skip rope, or jog, swim, bike. Doing footwork drills also a great way to practice footwork and develop one’s fitness at the same time.

Focus on keeping track of your progress

Often when one is having fun, you must try to re-evaluate what you have learned and how you are using it. Most recreational players do not do that but it is helpful in identifying potential weaknesses in your game.


Avoid expensive equipment - you will most likely be wasting money

Badminton is solely a game of skills and mind, and not a game of equipment. 99% of ones game depends on how well one can yield the racket but not depend on the racket itself.

Having said that, equipment is still one essential aspect of badminton, and one do need to get the correct equipment. However, the most important equipment that a beginning badminton can own is not the top of the line racket, but instead a good, fitting pair of badminton shoes. Due to the nature of badminton movement, there is a high risk of injury due to twisting or spraining of various leg joints. A good pair of badminton shoes will ensure that you get a good solid grip of the badminton court and vastly reduces the risk of injury.

I’d like to mention one more thing on badminton equipment, often top of the line badminton rackets are not designed for beginners. While they are cool looking and expensive, their characteristics are more suited for advance players with more power. Beginners are best suited to lower end rackets. Your money is best suited to pay for some decent coaching instead.

Avoid trick shots - stop learning those strange shots.

Too many a time I have stepped into a badminton court against some beginning players who can do all these fancy trick shots but at the same time, unable to do a proper baseline to baseline clear. Badminton is a very fundamental game where one really need to learn all the basics in order to survive in a match. Trick shots may work once or twice but soon your opponent will learn how to read them and then you are back to square one.

There is definite a place for trick shots in badminton, but that’s only after one has learned to execute all the fundamentals shots first.

Avoid fancy style - i have so many times seen beginners with really fancy looking hitting style but then they miss the shuttle completely. keep it simple.

Badminton is a very efficient game. The standard, non-fancy, way of playing badminton is the most efficient way for one to hit a shot, there is simply too little time in badminton for one to do all these fancy style.

Avoid strength training - leave this after you have learned your basic strokes

Every now and then, someone will come to badmintoncentral and they want to know how to train their muscles to hit the strongest smash. Which is ok except we later on find out that such person cannot even hit a baseline to baseline clear properly. There is no point trying to hit hard when one cannot hit properly. An example of a proper technique is when I see 12 yrs old girls at 5 feet tall who can hit baseline to baseline clear with ease. Imagine what she can do when she grows a few inches taller?

To close, I’d like to point out that badminton is a very complex game, even advance players learn new aspects of badminton everyday. Make sure you keep an open mind when you approach badminton, only then will you be able to appreciate the greatness of this sport.

Schools, clubs to benefit from badminton clinic

The coaching clinic that an officer from the Oceania Badminton Confederation will be conducting here on Saipan will greatly benefit students, club members, and sports enthusiasts, according to the Northern Marianas Badminton Federation,.

NMBF said Tony Mordaunt, regional development manager of OBC, will be going to various schools on Saipan during his 11-day visit on the island.

NMBF President Marconi Calindas, who is regularly communicating with Mordaunt, said the visit primarily aims to promote the sport in schools and clubs. Mordaunt also wants to hold workshops for new coaches.

He will be on Saipan from Oct. 1 to 12 and will make his next stop in Palau to conduct similar coaching clinics.

Both the CNMI and Palau have shown much interest in becoming full fledge members of the OBC, thus Mordaunt's visit will pave the way for their inclusion into the zone's roster.

Mordaunt, who has been playing badminton for 25 years, had previously conducted similar visits to other Pacific countries like Fiji, Tuvalu, and the Norfolk Islands.

“My goal is to make sure I don't just fly in, do some coaching and fly out. We need to assist these countries to become sustainable and help them to develop their players,” Mordaunt said in an email to NMBF.

He added that developing more coaches will go a long way as far as achieving their goal is concerned.

Mordaunt is expected to discuss footwork, mental preparations, and other factors which would make an excellent player.

He will also talk about the health benefits of the sport.
(Saipan Tribune)

2nd Annual NMBF Team Tourney set on October

NMBF Tournament Committee is now in preparation for the upcoming league-type tournament set tentatively on October 25.
According to Macoi Aguda, NMBF Tournament Committee chair, the tournament format will have one team to play five events of six games in one day that will consist men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
The league-type tournament will be a seven-day, twice-a-week event that will run for at least four weeks. Shuttlers should play two games in any of the five events each day of the tournament. No player will be allowed to play three games in one day.
Each team in any of the six games will accumulate all wins and the squad that will have the most wins will be declared the champion. Cash Prizes and trophies await the top three finishers. Team with the best uniforms will also be awarded.
Organizers of the tournament have already sought several companies for sponsorship and are hoping that they will shoulder the team’s entrance fee.
Registration for the team tournament is now ongoing. Deadline of entries will be on the second week of October. Drawing and distribution of players will be announced on later dates.
The NMBF held its first team tournament on Oct. 6, 2007 where close to 80 players joined the competition.
NMBF aims to promote the Olympic sport of badminton especially to the local youth and hopefully send one or two local players as representatives to international competitions in the future.
For more information, call NMBF president Marconi Calindas at 287-8445 NMBF Tournament Committee Head Macoi Aguda at 285-4117, NMBF Membership Committee Head Hapi Gabriel at 287-4274, or email at


Humidify your shuttlecock before using them & you will save a lot of money

To extend the life of badminton shuttlecocks, it is very important to keep the feathers of these shuttlecocks from getting too dry or brittle, especially in the United States. Listed here are few methods that might be able to help prolong the life of any feather shuttlecocks.

The first important step is to make sure that the shuttlecocks are stored at or below room temperature. Keep shuttlecocks away from heat or direct sunlight such as heater and the car dashboard. One good practice that I learned from my brother is to keep them in the bathroom where moistures from showers or bath will help humidify the shuttlecock feathers.

The second step is to prepare the shuttlecocks 1 to 2 days before playing. This preparation is very important in extending the life and durability of your shuttlecocks. Here are some suggestions that I compiled from my friends, badminton stores, and other badminton players.

STEAMING/HUMIDIFYING METHOD - Steaming / Humidifying is one of the fastest and effective way of preparing shuttlecock for tournament. It's recommended that this process is performed 2-3 days before being used and stored in a cool and humid area. There are multiple ways to create the steam needed for humidifying the shuttlecock. One way is to boil water and use the steam. A much better approach is to purchase a humidification system that produce warm/cool steam.
6 Steps of Steaming / Humidifying
1. Remove both ends of the shuttlecock tube's caps.
2. Place each tube over the humidifier exhaust or a pan full of steaming water so that the steam can pass through from one end, the entrance, of the tube to the other end, the exit.
3. When the steam comes out of the exit end of the tube, wait for 2 seconds and turn the ends around.
4. Repeat from steps 2 with the change.
5. Caps both ends of the shuttlecock tube to keep the moisture inside the tube.
6. Store the tube in a cool and humid room, e.g. your bathroom / shower. Never store or leave shuttlecocks in your car!
WET TISSUE/SPONGE METHOD - A fast method for people who want to maintain the durability of their shuttlecocks. This method is not as effective as Method 1, Steaming/Humidifying method but It helps a little.
5 Steps to the Wet Tissue/Sponge Method:
1. Open the bottom end of the shuttlecock tube, the end where the shuttlecock is usually taken out.
2. Take a tissue, a paper towel, or a small sponge and soak it with water
3. Squeeze the soak tissue, paper towel, or the sponge so that it does not drip too much, and yet do not squeeze out all of the water out.
4. Place the soak tissue, paper towel, or the sponge on the inner part of the bottom end cap.
5. Close the cap with the wet tissue, paper towel, or sponge in the tube to keep the moisture inside the tube.
RINSE & DIP METHOD - Another fast method of preparing shuttlecock similar to Method 2, Wet Tissue/Sponge method. Again, the method works, but not as effective as Method 1, Steaming/Humidifying method. This method should not be used for new shuttlecocks that recently came from the factory because it could make the feather weak.

Rinse (and Dip*) Method:
1. Remove all shuttlecocks from the tube.
2. Close one end of the tube while leaving another end open.
3. Pour some warm water in the tube through the open end.
4. Close the open end so that water will not come out when it is shaking.
5. Shake the tube for about 3-5 seconds so that the inner wall of the tube is wet.
6. Open one end of the tube and drain all the water out.
7. If you want to get the best result, continue with the Dip Method.
8. Else, insert the shuttlecock back in the tube and close both ends of the tube to keep moisture inside the tube.
Dip Method (Optional): Slow, but the one of the best method to prepare each shuttlecock to its potential usage.
1. Take a small empty bowl and fill with water.
2. Take each shuttle by the cork and hold the shuttlecock with the feather on the bottom.
3. Dip the shuttlecock's feathers inside the bowl filled with warm water for about 2-3 seconds. Make sure that only the feathers are dipped in the water.
4. Shake the shuttlecock a couple of times to remove the excess water.
5. Place the shuttlecock inside the tube.
6. Repeat the process until all shuttlecocks are dipped inside the bowl.
7. Caps both ends of the shuttlecock tube to keep the moisture inside the tube.



Hey shuttlers! Our new game practice schedules are the ff:

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday only at 8:30am to 10:30am

We only have SATURDAY night game at 6:30pm to 9:30pm.


We'll keep you posted for more or if there's any other changes of our schedules.

Keep on smashing!!!

NMBF bids adieu to Janice Bungalos

Former women's and mixed doubles badminton champion Janice Bungalos will bid adieu to the CNMI today after making the islands her home since October 2005.
The 26-year old Sun Palace Inn staff will be returning to the Philippines for good along with her six-month-old daughter Jahnelle and they will be reunited with Bungalos' five-year-old son, Gandalf.
Her husband, Neil, will accompany them to the Philippines but will return to Saipan after a short stay.
Bungalos was part of a handful of players that started the sport at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium in early 2005 and was one of the better women players as attested by the doubles and mixed doubles titles she won during the Inaugural Northern Marianas Badminton Federation Tournament later that year.
The University of Santos Tomas alumnus won championships in two divisions in the October 2005 competition, pairing with Macoi Aguda to win the mixed doubles finals following a 21-10, 19-21, 21-10 victory over Edwin Montoya and Cristy Villaflor and teaming up with Gigi Zapanta to rule the women's doubles-a 21-15, 18-21, 21-19 triumph over Diane Dar Juan and Merlie Savellano.
Bungalos said leaving the CNMI for the Philippines is bitter-sweet as she will surely miss playing badminton at the Ada Gym, friends at NMBF, and not to mention the frequent “food trips” the group seemingly organize just for the heck of it.
NMBF president Marconi Calindas wished Bungalos good luck in her new life in the Philippines. He, however, shares the club's mixed feelings as they lose another of their members.
“It's once again sad to lose one of our excellent female players in the CNMI. Janice has been a great member and committee member who has shown a team player character whenever the group needs her assistance. We are grateful for the commitment she's given to NMBF. NMBF will never be the same without her. Her contribution is truly unparalleled, the main reason the group still exists right now. I hope she continues to play the sport back home.”
Bungalos is taking Calindas' advise to heart and said she will certainly join a badminton club as soon as she gets settled in Las Pinas, Metro Manila.
She, however, said that she will remain loyal to NMBF and promised everyone that she's only a phone call away for members visiting the Philippines.
(Saipan Tribune)

NMBF "Eat-Together" with August Celebrants

NMBF August celebrants Annette Quiambao, Hapi Gabriel, Lot Abuel, and Janice Bungalos were joined by friends and family during their birthday fete.

Hapi Gabriel's Birthday

Janice Bungalos' Birthday

Lot Abuel's Birthday

Annette Quiambao's Birthday

NMBF, Shirley's Coffee Shop: Operartion Clean Up

In line with the continuous effort for the beautification of the island under the Beautify CNMI, Shirley’s Coffee Shop Saipan has merged with Northern Marianas Badminton Federation to express its intention to include the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium with its line up of facilities and areas for clean up this coming month.
Susan Macario, Shirley’s Coffee Shop Saipan General Manager and Marconi Calindas, NMBF president, will collaborate with the DCCA Sports and Recreation to hold the cleanup on a Sunday morning before the game practices for at least two consecutive weekends.
Moreover, Shirley’s Coffee Shop through the NMBF will donate one, the least, heavy-duty electric fan to the gymnasium. NMBF members can also use the fan during practice schedules on weekdays, especially on weekends.

A Tête-à-tête with a badminton pro: Spotlight on: Tony Mordaunt, Oceania regional development manager

By Marconi V. Calindas

After three months of organizing and preparation, Oceania’s first road show this year begins here on Saipan. Oceania regional development manager Tony Mordaunt, a badminton veteran, will begin his journey to the CNMI. He will meet with the Northern Marianas Badminton Federation on Saipan for 11 days followed by another 11 days in Republic of Palau.

Mordaunt said that both countries have shown interest in becoming members of Oceania Badminton that will be discussed during his visits. Mordaunt will be back in his Auckland office on Oct. 24.
He said the reason for the visits is to promote badminton throughout the schools, clubs and to run coaching workshops for new coaches. “My goal is to make sure I don’t just fly in, do some coaching and fly out; we need to assist these countries to become self sustainable to enable them to develop their juniors and members, therefore, the more coaches we can develop will go a long way to achieving this goal,” he added.
In the past Mordaunt visited the islands of Fiji, Tuvalu and Norfolk Islands among many others.
Mordaunt will keep the Oceania Badminton Confederation updated with his visit on Saipan and Palau through his journal that can be accessed through the confederation’s website

A Tête-À-Tête
MVC: How long have you been playing the sport?
Mordaunt: 25 Years
MVC: What made you focus on the sport?
Mordaunt: Played at school and enjoyed it, wanted to assist others.
MVC: What are your objectives in visiting Pacific Islands for the clinics?
Mordaunt: To help promote and develop the game of badminton through schools, teachers and coaches
MVC: What is your goal this time for visiting us here in the CNMI?
Mordaunt: To develop and promote badminton
MVC: What do you think makes an excellent badminton player?
Mordaunt: Footwork, determination, skill, mental ability and fun
MVC: What do you believe are the benefits of getting into the sport based on your experience?
Mordaunt: Health issues, fun, sociable, competitive,
MVC: What do you think is the status of the sport in the Pacific Islands?
Mordaunt: Every country I have visited is very keen. They are all in need of assistance.
MVC: Any message to the CNMI youth and badminton enthusiasts?
Mordaunt: I can’t wait to visit and have the opportunity to pass on as much information as possible, I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Oceania officer to visit Saipan

The development officer for Oceania Badminton Confederation will be on Saipan from Oct. 1 to 12. His visit could pave the way for the eventual inclusion of the CNMI in the zone's roster.
Northern Marianas Badminton Federation president Marconi Calindas said they are excited to welcome Tony Mordaunt, Badminton Oceania Regional Coaching/Development manager.
He said this is a chance for Mordaunt to learn more about the federation and how it is promoting the game here in the CNMI.
Calindas said that Mordaunt's visit would also be an opportunity for the players to hone their skills.
One of the important aspects of the visit would be a coaching clinic.
Mordaunt will be sharing his knowledge and skills with at least eight potential coaches from the NMBF.
The group is currently lining up schools for Mordaunt to visit.
“We are encouraging members to show up during game practices where Mordaunt will play with us and do some training for the members,” Calindas said the group is also excited to teach and impart to school kids the sport with a badminton veteran.
“I hope PSS will allow us to share Mordaunt's time with the school kids.”
Founded in Feb. 24, 2005, the NMBF is trying to promote the Olympic sport of badminton, especially to the local youth. It has grown rapidly to a total of 150 members since its creation.
The NMBF is also an organization that aims to develop badminton at the grassroots level and hopefully in the next five years, send one or two local players as representatives to off-island competitions.
(Saipan Tribune)