De Anza Youth Badminton Clinic – Frequently Asked Questions
What age groups do you train?
We typically are training children who are attending 4th – 8th grade. The bulk of our clinic attendance is typically younger, 4th- 6th grade ages.
How are the sessions conducted?
A lead coach, usually Coach Radu, will take the group through warm-ups and introduce skill-building exercise. Together with staff coaches (De Anza coaches and players) the class is directed through the exercise. The later part of the session is usually dedicated to free play to apply the skills being taught. We typically have an overall participant-to-coach ratio of 12-to-1.
How can I tell if my child is an advanced beginner?
Generally speaking, your child (with a comparable partner) should be able to maintain a rally of at least ten strokes using predominantly overhead strokes.
How do you accommodate more skilled youth?
We assess the level of our classes during the first two sessions and when appropriate, we set up a later training session for a more advanced group of badminton athletes. This session will be conducted shortly after the main group has finished.
My child has been competing for several years. What training can you offer him?
When an advanced group is formed, you may enroll your child. If they demonstrate a significantly higher skill level, we can make a referral to advanced training services in the area.
What does my child need for the clinics?
They need to wear non-marking athletic shoes (no sandals), water and a badminton racquet. If they have not played before, we recommend a modest investment in a new racquet. More experienced players may find more advanced, lightweight racquets to their liking, however these can be quite expensive ($50 and up). We would recommend starting with a less expensive beginner’s racquet. Local badminton shops carry many such racquets.
Do you accommodate students in need of assistance?
Students who are in need of financial assistance should contact Coach Mark Landefeld at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide some information regarding their situation. A number of fee waivers will be provided for each clinic.
My child cannot make one of the sessions. Could we pro-rate the clinic fee?
While this practice is common with more expensive, private lessons, group lessons like the clinic require the arrangement and payment for facility and staff whether or not an individual can attend. Therefore we are unable to pro-rate the clinic fee.
Where do I park?
If you wish to view the clinic session, the closest parking is in the Stelling Parking Structure, however all on-campus parking requires a permit ($3 available from pay stations on the northern corners of the structure and by the entry to the Physical Education complex). On the 1st Saturday of each month, parking is also complicated by the De Anza Flea Market, which uses the nearby lots and charges an event parking rate ($5 day).
On Flea Market Saturdays, you may enter lot C (the Stelling Parking Structure area) and inform the parking attendant that you are making a drop off for the Physical Education area. You will be allowed access to the lot, but if you park without a permit, you may be cited.
Other questions? Contact Coach Mark at email@example.com
Proceeds from this clinic support the De Anza College women’s badminton team
Contact: Mark Landefeld