How to choose badminton classes for kids

Badminton classes for kids in Singapore. Today we will guide you through 11 things on how to choose the right badminton class for your kids in Singapore.

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Badminton Classes for kids in Singapore

Every parent knows that finding the right extracurricular activity for their child can be a challenge. You want to find something that your child will enjoy, but that will also provide them with structure and discipline. Badminton is a great option for kids who are looking for an active outlet. However, with so many different classes available, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your child. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a badminton class for your kid:

-The age of your child: Different classes will cater to different age groups, so it’s important to find one that is appropriate for your child’s age and ability level.

-The class size: You want to make sure that the class is small enough that your child will get individual attention from the coach. 

-The location: The class should be easily accessible and located in a safe area. 

-The cost: compare prices between different classes to find one that is worth and affordable for you. 

-The schedule: Make sure the class fits into your family’s schedule and that there are no conflicts with other activities. 

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Badminton Classes For Kids

1. The Footwork Foundation

We can see that the child’s footwork is well-developed and his whole body reaction, including proper footwork, makes us feel comfortable. Footwork is one of the most important parts of a badminton foundation for kids.

Developing good footwork is important, not only in badminton but in any sport. Parents must believe that a child’s basic development is crucial for their future success in badminton.

As an example, the attached photo shows a student who was selected to join the Singapore Sports School in 2020. Working hard and focusing on proper techniques is the key to success.

Today, we will guide you through eight things to keep in mind when choosing the right badminton class for your kids in Singapore.

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Badminton Classes For Kids

2. The Training Class Size

To choose the right badminton classes for your kids, the first thing you need to consider is the class size. For instance, in the attached photo, the children are learning proper finger, wrist, and finger technique for the upper body.

If the class size is too big, such as six students in a two-hour lesson with only one badminton coach, it’s unlikely that the coach can carefully teach the right technique to every student.

The ideal size for a proper badminton class for kids is not more than four students per lesson. Otherwise, the coach may not even have enough time to feed shuttlecocks to all the students.

Instead, they may instruct the students to queue up and hit one or two shuttlecocks before returning to the queue. We don’t consider such classes as proper badminton classes for kids, but rather as fun, gathering badminton classes, which we call “Shuttle Time.”

Have you seen this type of coaching before? If not, let’s explore other ways to help you better understand.

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Badminton Classes For Kids

3. Calculate The Class Size

To choose the right badminton class for your kid, you need to consider the class size. For example, if there are six students in a two-hour training class, each student only has 20 minutes with the coach, not including the warm-up that takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Do you think your child can learn proper skills and techniques in just 20 minutes? It’s unlikely. Even playing for 20 minutes at an HDB badminton court won’t make you sweat.

It’s common for parents to get confused about the coach’s background or level, whether they are tournament winners, ex-national players, or Olympic gold medalists.

However, for now, please ignore the coach’s background. Regardless of their achievements, what matters is how much effort they invest in your kids. Some parents may already understand this meaning.

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Badminton Classes For Kids

4. Is Big Size Class Can Learn More

The purpose is to exhaust the kids and ensure they sweat and feel tired. Why? They are afraid that the kids will tell their parents they haven’t learned much that day if they don’t sweat or feel tired.

But parents, do you know what your goal is? It’s for your kids to learn the proper basic foundation in badminton. That’s why we always say that when badminton skills reach Level 2, stamina should also be at Level 2.

It’s meaningless to have the stamina at Level 3 when the kids don’t even know how to hit the shuttlecock. The basic foundation of the upper body is more important than stamina at this stage.

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Badminton Classes For Kids

5. Monitor the Training Structure

Monitoring the structure of the badminton training class is the easiest way to determine the quality of your child’s badminton class. Most parents are not sure how to assess the quality of the training, but don’t worry, aside from class size, you can monitor if the coach is spending effort to correct the student’s bad habits and ensuring they learn the correct foundation for every skill.

If the coach or assistant coach blindly feeds the shuttlecock, even if the student is using incorrect basic foundation during training, it may indicate a lack of quality.

When your child is training, as a parent, you can observe from the side and assess the overall training plan. Does it seem disorganized or does the training group appear to have too many students? Are there too many assistant coaches?

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6. Correct Bad Habits

Looking at the “Correct bad habit” photo, you can see that the coach is taking the time to correct the students’ bad habits and monitor their technique. This is important to ensure that the elbow is not too low when practicing the shadow swing of the racket.

It’s worth noting that some of these students had previously trained in larger badminton academies for years, and yet it took our coach more than six months to correct their bad habits and guide them towards a proper basic foundation.

We recognize that every student is different and may have varying learning speeds and attitudes, but we still believe in taking the time to provide individual attention to each student to help them improve.

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Badminton Classes For Kids

7. The More Expensive You Pay And The More Professional Your Child Can Learn

As badminton coaches, we have a responsibility to guide kids and help them learn the proper basic foundation for their badminton careers. We cannot afford to spoil their future by neglecting this responsibility. As a parent, we understand that you may be busy, but it’s important to keep a close eye on your kids during training.

Don’t just pay money and assume that the more you pay, the more professional your child will learn. This is why we’ve heard stories about kids attending expensive badminton academies for a year or more and seeing little to no improvement.

Parents have to take responsibility for choosing the right badminton coach for their kids because kids don’t know better. They are fresh, and it’s up to parents to ensure that they get the proper guidance and training they need.

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Badminton Classes For Kids

8. Sparring Badminton Coach

The second type of coach is known as a “Sparring Badminton Coach.” This type of coach mostly helps your kid to gain competition experience. It’s suitable for kids who already have a good basic foundation but are lacking in competition experience.

This type of coach normally is not interested in teaching basics because basics are not easy to teach. It’s not as simple as just doing footwork and swinging a racket. The basic foundation, including sets of training, depends on the individual kid.

This is why you usually see some ex-national players doing coaching, as they are mostly concerned with the game and sparring. But what if your kid’s basics are not well-developed?

They will just hire an assistant coach to coach your kid because they want the money too. However, the quality of the assistant coach can vary, as some are good and some are not.

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Badminton Classes For Kids

9. Private training 1 to 1 for beginner kids

Honestly, if your kid is a beginner, and you hire a private coach who is a ‘sparring badminton coach,’ even for 1-to-1 training, the improvement will still be slow.

Why? Can you imagine a Ph.D. putting in full effort to teach an English alphabet from A to Z to a 7-year-old kid? No, the Ph.D. would feel bored and not be able to put in their best effort.

However, because private coaching can earn good money, some coaches might accept the job. Some parents might understand this point. But when your kid reaches a certain level and has a well-developed foundation, they will need competition experience.

At this stage, if you want your kid to improve, you have to look for an experienced sparring coach who can help them absorb the necessary experience.

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10. Sparring badminton coach for kids in Singapore

After providing you with so many points, we hope to have given you more ideas and clarity on how to choose the right badminton class for your child. Looking for a good badminton coach is not easy, as there are many types available, from coaches for teenagers to those of older ages.

They may come from different countries such as China, Malaysia, and Indonesia, or even be local Singaporeans. However, nationality is not important as long as the coach is able to help your kid improve and you are able to see results.

Singapore has many badminton academies and choosing the right one can be a challenge for parents, especially given the small size of the island. It is important to monitor the training structure even after finding a badminton coach for your kid.

Everything is possible; a coach may start out hardworking, but after a few months become lazy. This is why parents need to self-monitor to ensure their child has the best learning environment.

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Badminton Classes For Kids

11. Best badminton coach in Singapore

In this world, there is no single best badminton coach, but there are coaches who are willing to spend the necessary time and effort to help your child. For these coaches, not every second counts in terms of money; they treat your child like their own and become like family.

Every coach knows that raising a good badminton player is not easy; it can take up to 50% of their time each day. Even if a coach spends a lot of time with a student, sometimes the student may not fully appreciate it.

However, this is not always the coach’s fault, unless the coach lacks experience in teaching. We wish you all the best in finding a good badminton coach for your child.

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