Beginning at a Club

When having often played out, playing in a club can be a totally new experience
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Acquaintance with playing badminton in a sports hall
After playing badminton several times on vacation on a camping ground or just at home in the street or at the lawn, one can happen finding it a nice sport and wanting it to play in a regular way. It is possible to go and play then at a social or commercial club in a sports hall or maybe some other smaller but comparable place.

The Beginning, elsewhere on this site, can be used as a first introduction to the game. The large lines of tactics and of handling the game have been given with this. The lines of playing mentioned there are given in a development mode. Firstly just hitting to each other of the shuttle. Then challenging each other by more difficultly placing the shuttle and trying to bring back difficultly placed shots. And thereafter playing within rules with a net in between, lines drawn on the ground and counting points, and thereby being more attentively to the game itself. This all can be used as a first introduction to the modern way of playing the game, that is self-consciously and following own insights and development.

When going to play at a club with other people, playing could seem to be totally new again. But at the first acquaintance there will probably be some guide who will help feeling comfortably and will give any introduction to the club, some club rules and some people. However, sometimes the own place and way has to be found self for a great part.

Beginning playing badminton in a sports hall or maybe smaller place, might be a strange and possibly alienating experience.
Possibly the environment is new and confusing, the rules are unclear, what is expected to the behaviour on and off court is suddenly uncertain, even where the exact court could be found between the coloured lines on the floor is a problem, and the shuttle playing, looking into the space and into the lights, is an attention requiring task. How possibly could anyone in the same time perceive where his or her playing partner is, or try consciously place the shuttle for a difficult shot, or choose a good position and move to it on his court.

The way to accustom to the new entourage is relaxing and staying confident. Just relaxed playing back the shuttle, looking around on the court and sometimes into the space of the hall. All this to help staying yourself and to overcome this beginning situation. It's a strategy to overcome well this uncommon circumstances. In fact, it equals the very first beginning out on the lawn: getting used to play the shuttle.

Dealing with the beginning situation at a club can by relaxed playing and socializing
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Getting used to play
When got used to play after having visited one, five, or ten times the sports club, and getting pleasure and more freedom in playing on the court, wishes may arise to play in a challenging way.

The sizes of the court have already become clearer, the trajectories of the shuttle have come more understandable, the racket has come handleable and moving has become already more naturally. And also some oversight and insight are already there. So, more actions are being dared to be taken, and placing can be tried out.

This likens to adding challenge into the game when playing out on the lawn, but the circumstances are very different, and that makes it again a new experience.

After some time, movements become more natural, the racket has come handeable, more actions are being dared to be taken.
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It's possible to play badminton in future with pleasure and have fun with other people on court, and make good friends with some of them. Because of the mission of this site, that is playing and developing badminton from an analysis of the game, here is dealt with how to come further into the game and reach a higher playing level.

According to what is said here-above, a summary of playing badminton can present the game as being aware of the badminton situation. This is, when standing on the court, having an oversight over the court, over the positions of the opponents on their court, over the own position on court and perhaps the partners', and further the insight where the shuttle could be hit to, and how the shuttle possibly could come back and with this the own position therefore. Further beneath is broader dealt with it.

But, when giving attention to these features of the game, it has to be recognized that this way of playing badminton is done within the environment of the club, with so many other people playing and socializing.

Now, in the sporting club has also to be dealt with people who already longer or much longer are playing. Some of them possibly are going to show how exactly to perform some strokes, or going to communicate their insights in playing. Others, sometimes good players, seem to neglect you and your playing, but knowing that you have to develop your own game. Some players adjust their play to yours to make it a nice experience for their opponents.

How to cope with these asking social interactions? Dealing with all these social interactions can by listening to the explanations and advices and looking how others are performing their play, but thereafter then staying self-conscious and confident, being clear to yourself and maybe to the others, in that from their knowledges possibly much can be learned, but that the own personal play has to be formed. Further beneath is dealt with that.

It has to be dealt with the customs peculiar to badminton too. In some clubs everybody is playing with each other, at other clubs loose groups have been formed of people who can play well with each other, being groups of friends, or groups of players with a certain playing level. At some places people are being welcomed, in other places new players have to deal with the situation mainly for themselves.

The way of playing badminton differs from one place to an other too. At some clubs there is much socializing in between and during play, at other places the emphasis lays on competitive play and results.

At some clubs are techniques and condition the main features of playing, at others are tactics and strategies the main issues.
At some places particular systems and uses are common, at other clubs the own wishes how to play are most respected.
How to handle these different playing attitudes and visions on playing badminton? Respectfully understanding of the different ways of playing badminton and then sticking to the own self-consciously playing is the way of dealing with this. Of course, much could be learned from these different manners.

Much can also be learned from trainers and books. But the game that is going to be performed then is the possession of the player and he or she decides by him or her self how to play.

Building up the own game
When got used a little to deal with the customs of people, club and badminton sport, attention can be given to building up the own game.

When becoming self-confident and self-conscious on court, a way of playing from the given situation can be established. This is in fact a natural way of playing and developing of the game. Namely, it is based upon human natural actions and reactions. To broadly name some: wishes to challenge oneself, seeking borders for oneself, competition with others, outing of feelings. And others: controlling things, moving spontaneously from the given possibilities of the body, the self regulating fantasy, the direct understanding of situations.

When thinking how the game will be played, the frame within which is being played can described first:
Firstly, being aware of the basic playing situation. That is done by opening the mind for everything concrete that concerns the game. That is, where the court is, the net, the opponents at the other side, the partner, the shuttle, self.
Secondly, being aware of the aim of the game. That is realizing unreturnable strokes.
Thirdly, being aware of the continually changing of chances and possibilities, given by the positions of the “chess-peaces”, which are the players with their rackets, and the shuttle.
Fourthly, being aware of having to act and react continually by placing the shuttle and taking positions on court.

More concretely, when playing, the whole playing situation is in sight, this being the court, net, players, and shuttle. Fantasy will then help to see the possibilities for placing the shuttle, which means difficultly to the opponents, which then means depending on their positions and stances at the court.

The shuttle then will be placed as far as possible behind the opponent, or as far as possible in front of him, or as far as possible aside from him. Also might be perceived that a very hard stroke could be given to one place or another. Maybe a variation of a stroke looks like beneficially, like a very high one to the rear court or a faster horizontal one. Strokes in front of the opponent can be varied too in flight and tempo.

Asking oneself how the shuttle could come back will help adjusting the position on court appropriately. The position then will be sought, from which it is possible to cover the court evenly, which is so far from the net that the rear line is yet reachable, and over the width of the court.

During doubles play, the same placing of the shuttle can be applied, but with more variations possible. So can the covering of the court, which is however partitioned by the partners, whereby the allocation of the parts of the court depends on the situation. Quickly looking around will help to estimate which part best can be chosen.

The main view when playing is keeping the sight on the whole court, and meanwhile deliberately playing the strokes. Playing is done in a spontaneous way, continually reacting to things happening. Don't think, do.

In doubles play, partners partition the half court. The allocation of the parts being contnually changing, depending on the situation.
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Playing and learning
Becoming an accustomed player will go gradually, sometimes slowly, sometimes with a unexpected step.
Playing badminton in a club, with other people, and club and badminton uses will be learned. Learning also involves choosing the own way of playing. Thereby forming customs like giving attention, acting and reacting, spontaneous play, playing with an open mind.

Learning involves choosing the own way of playing, forming customs like giving attention, continually acting and spontaneous play.
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Developing the own game will succeed by trying out things. And further by awareness of what happens in the game. How a point is gained or lost, if the shuttle reaches its place or if the position or the reaction is well.

Off court, when talking and by social contacts, remarks are made and talking about playing is being done.
By observing others' games can be ascertained if features of the game are used during play and how these work out. These are for instance, if the shuttle travels to the borders of the court, what pace it has, and if the positions are adequate.

Learning, training and exercising
Playing with the emphasize on a feature of the game.
When thinking about the game and looking after ways to develop a particular feature, a way to learn this is, to take it up before playing and then during playing sticking to it. Attention could be given to the placing of the shuttle for instance, and then paying attention to the reaching of the borders of the court and if the shuttle has got very close to the net. Or specific flights of the shuttle can be tried to perform, like faster and more horizontal or downwards after passing the net as much as possible, or to the place that seems difficult to reach for an opponent. In an other play could tried to be aware of the covering of the whole court constantly, or to react to the shuttle with moving and positions continually. Or in doubles play to continually determine which part of the court could be covered by the partner and which position to choose for the own part then.

Exercising for features or particular elements
It is possible to exercise on court to reach a better performance too of course. With a partner can the shuttle be placed to the rear and front court in higher or slower tempo, or this to left and right. Particular strokes can be trained by much doing it, like smashes, drops, clears, net play. All kinds of variation can be tried out.

When it is about training and exercising, what exactly is learned will vary. Attention can be given to condition, techniques, tactics or attention, or a combination of these. Giving attention to a specific action some time will learn this well. As much as possible can be learned when giving attention to a particular idea or stroke, when it is applied within the whole context, like it is during playing. Gradually becoming aware of a relaxed way of moving and playing will help develop a logically and right way of doing so.

Playing competitions and tournaments
A further step in playing badminton is playing competitions or tournaments. The emphasis lays much more on results there. The focused emphasis on winning and giving everything gives these matches a special sphere and great satisfaction. Playing with the team is a nice experience too.

Giving everthing in competition gives much satisfaction.
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Sticking to the own play and development
Satisfaction can also be taken from the own development as a player. Staying open for new insights and conscientiously handling the badminton will help to keep it new and attractive. All the experiences together will make playing badminton to a personal valuable addition.

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