How to Choose Badminton class for kids in Singapore

how to choose proper badminton classes for kids in Singapore

Badminton Classes for kids in Singapore (Jurong)

Badminton classes for kids in Singapore. Today we will guide you 5 thing how to choose right badminton class for your kids in Singapore.  Every parent, when they know their kids like to play badminton, they will start and try their best to look for a proper badminton classes for their kids. But the parents feel confused, and also they have not much idea how to look for the best badminton classes for their kids.

Why? In Singapore, there are too many badminton classes held by different badminton coaches and badminton academy. Nowadays, internet social media and all tons of selling platforms,  we can see too many people advertising to provide badminton classes for kids, adults, or all levels.

We can imagine the parents are confused about this and how to choose the right badminton classes for their kids. Not because the parents don’t know about badminton is because all these advertising are confusing the parents.

After some time, the parents found that their kids no improvement, even simple footwork have been learning for years from the badminton academy. This type of kid we called “half – spoilt” on the basic foundation in badminton because of too many bad habits.

Badminton Classes for kids – 1. Footwork

Refer to the photo attached, we can see from the kid’s footwork, and we can feel comfortable to see his whole body reaction, including proper footwork, this is well developed. Footwork for badminton is one of the important parts of a badminton foundation for kids.

Footwork is the most basic thing the kids must develop well. No matter in badminton or any sport, parents must believe in badminton ” how well is your children basic development,  how far their career can go. ”

Not to mention the name, the photo attached student have been selected into Singapore Sports School in 2020. Work hard with the proper right thing is the key to success.

Today will guide you eight things that how to choose the right badminton classes for your kids in Singapore.

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Proper badminton Classes for kids – 2. Class Size

The first thing to choose the right badminton classes for your kids. You have to know the class size of badminton class your kids are attending. Why?

If you refer to the photo, the children are learning proper finger wrist and finger technique on the part of the upper body. Can you imagine, let’s say the class size is 6 students in 2 hours lesson with one badminton coach, do you think the badminton coach has that much time to cross over the net and carefully teach the right technique to all students?

No. Please remember ideal proper badminton classes for kids is not more than 4 students in one lesson.

They even not enough time to feed the shuttlecock to the students. This is why you can see the coaches instruct the students queue like “taking free gift”, every student hit 1 or 2 shuttlecock and walk back queue again. So these badminton classes we don’t call proper badminton classes for kids, we call it “fun” gathering badminton class “Shuttle Time“.

Have you seen this way of coaching before? No? Nevermind. If you don’t get the meaning above, let’s turn another way to help you understand more.

How to Calculate Class size for Kids Badminton Classes

Let’s say 6 students in 2 hours training class, and every student got how much time to learn with the badminton coach or talk to the coach? Go simple, 2 hours mean 120 minutes divided by 6, so every student only has 20 minutes, we not yet count warm-up already took 15 to 20 minutes.

And now, you know your kid’s character well, do you think they can learn proper skills and correct technique in just 20 minutes times with the badminton coach? No. Even you downstairs HDB badminton court to play 20 minutes, you will get the sweat out? No.

Parent will get confusing with choosing the background or level of coach. National player better or Olympic player or tournament winner? We will explain this in after few topics, but for now, please ignore the badminton coach background at the beginning. No matter they are Tournament winnerEx-National player, Olympic Gold medal player, put aside. Not saying they are not good, yes, they are, but honestly, this depends on how much effort they invest in your kids. Some parents might understand this meaning.

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Proper Group Badminton Classes for Kids

Parents, please remember the important thing is the class size, you have to know what your aim is. Your aim is to look for a proper badminton coach that carefully teaches your kids to learn the right badminton foundation within a short period, but not a sparring player.

So usually when you see the class size is big, the badminton coach will ask all the student do group running like front back of the court, all do push up, sit up together like “Shaolin kung fu” group, because too many students.

You can refer the photo of  “proper group badminton for kids” , even just 4 students in one group training, but the coach are are still very busy to monitoring the students footwork and basic skills during front back footwork.

Can you imagine what is more student, are they able to eyes on every students? No.

Big class size able to learn more?

The purpose is to burn the kids’ stamina, make sure they sweat out and tired. Why? they afraid the kids will tell their parents they have not learn much today because no sweat and not tiring.

But parent, do you know what your aim is? It’s you want your kids to learning the proper basic foundation in badminton.

This is why we always said when badminton skill is up to Level 2, stamina will need to go to the same Level 2. Not Skill Level 0 but stamina level 3, meaningless.

When the kids are don’t even know how to hit the shuttlecock. Basic foundation of the upper body is important than stamina at this stage.

 
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Proper badminton Training Structure for kids

Proper Badminton Training for Kids – 3. Training Program Structure

Monitor the badminton training program structure is the easiest way to find out the quality of the kid badminton class. Most of the parents not sure how to check the quality of training. Not to worry, aside from class size, you can monitor if the coach is keep spending effort to correct the student’s bad habit and make sure they learn the correct foundation on every skill.

If the coach or assistant coach will “blindly” feeding shuttlecock, even the student did the wrong basic foundation during the training. When your kid is the training, parent can see from the side, also can feel the whole training plan that your kid in is it messy? maybe like you feel the training group might be too many students? Too many assistant coach?

Monitor badminton training structure

Monitor the badminton training program structure is the easiest way to find out the quality of the kid badminton class. Most of the parents not sure how to check the quality of training. Not to worry, aside from class size, you can monitor if the coach is keep spending effort to correct the student’s bad habit and make sure they learn the correct foundation on every skill.

If the coach or assistant coach will “blindly” feeding shuttlecock, even the student did the wrong basic foundation during the training. When your kid is the training, parent can see from the side, also can feel the whole training plan that your kid in is it messy? maybe like you feel the training group might be too many students? Too many assistant coach?

Correct of Bad Habit in Badminton Classes for Kids

Refer to the photo of “Correct bad habit”. The coach is spending time to correct the bad habit from the students and monitoring the student. This to make sure the elbow not too low when doing shadow of swing racket. To be frank, these students are previously join big size of badminton academy and learn for a years. And when these students join us, our coach used more than 6 months to correct his bad habit and lead him to the proper basic foundation.

We can understand every student character is different, some kids might be able to learn fast, but some are slow, and an attitude problem. But this is not the excuses that we not to spend more time on these students.

The more expensive you pay and the more professional your child can learn?

As a badminton coach, we have no right to spoil the kids future in their badminton career. We have to bear responsibility to try our best to keep guide them to learn proper basic foundation. As a parents, we can imagine you are busy. But no matter how you have to carefully eyes on your kids during the training. Not just to pay money. Don’t think that the more expensive you pay and the more professional your kid learn, NO.

This is why we been told that his kids learn from “masked” badminton academy about a year but they still like don’t know how to play badminton not much improvement. Parents have to bear this responsibility as kids are know nothing. Why? because they are fresh, and parents is the one to choose the badminton coach for their own kids.

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4. Improvement Tracking Time Frame for your kid

Most of the parent, after they found a badminton academy or badminton coach for their kids, they will think they have already completed their responsibility. NO, not yet. End up their kids learn from the mentioned academy or private coach about 1 or 2 years the improvement still at ZERO, only learn a little bit thing in years.  Even cannot do proper serve, grip racket or footwork also yet don’t know and look’s ugly. This is not worth it.

The parent should set a target time frame for the coach and your kid. Let’s say set for 3 months, if after 3 months your kid is not much improvement. The parent should start to monitor closely at the badminton coach on his coaching structure.

Head coach as advertised to coach your kid or assistant coach?

An example is he the one coach or his assistant coach to coach your kid. Or maybe the coach is “not care” much about your kids. The parent must figure out at least every 3 months, so that parents can detect if any necessary change.

In this way, the kid will not learning badminton for so long but learn nothing under monitoring by the parent. And this also helps your kid to learn in a better environment. Sometimes a parent can see the academy having a lot of assistant coach, 2 hours lesson 30 over the student. This is not meaning the academy is right; this is mean that their “marketing & advertising” is good.

Sometimes it is not because of the coach or academy not good; it might be your kid too active “naughty”, and the coach character is too friendly, so your kid not afraid to the coach, so the kid also learns not much from him. And parents should look for a coach that more firm and “fierce” so that your son can focus and learn more. So time frame tracking of improvement is essential in badminton training for kid, parent, please take note.

5. Differentiate two type of badminton coach for kids

There are two type of badminton coach that parent always mixed up. The parent must choose the right badminton coach for your kid at a different stage. Stop your mindset that “if my son learns with ex-national player, he will be good” No. Parent, please do not think that this coach very good in playing game means he will be excellent in teaching. Always remember, play and teach these two are a different matter.

The first one we call it Basic Development Badminton Coach. This type of badminton coach is suitable kid at a fresh beginner stage who want to build a foundation. So this type of coach will concern more about the proper foundation for all the badminton skills. Including basic sport science including stamina, agility build up as per photo attached. Parents also can find this type of coach will be more concerned about your kid basic build-up, footwork, lower body and upper body foundation. Also, they will focus more to turn the body, and you can feel comfortable when watching your kid playing.

The kid able to play badminton but pattern look not professional?

You can feel all the skill pattern your kid perform looks professional. Not about they just can hit the shuttlecock, but the pattern looks very “ugly” like different standard with others. You want your kid to learn the foundation and how to check if you found a wrong coach for your kids? Probably you can see the coach are not concerned much about foundation, as long as the kid able to hit shuttlecock, and he is quiet.

This means he not concerned about the correct foundation. But to a basic development badminton coach, foundation build-up is the most important in the whole coaching class. Some parent might understand this sentence ” If you build a strong foundation early on, and your career will be success and sustain further.”

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Sparring badminton coach for kids in Singapore

The second type of coach we call it Sparring Badminton Coach. These type of badminton coach is mostly are help your kid to build experiences. This type of coach suits for kids who already have a good basic foundation but lacking behind of competition experiences. This type of coach normally will not interested in teaching basic. Why? Because basic is not easy to teach, not just simple like do footwork and swing racket. Basic foundation, including sets of training, depends on the individual kid.

This is why you usually can see some of the ex-national players doing coaching; most of them are concern about the game, sparring. But what if your kid basic is not well developt? They will just hire an assistant coach to coach your kid because they want the money too. But still depending on the condition of an assistant coach, some are good, some are not.

Private training 1 to 1 for beginner kids?

Honestly, if your kid at the beginner stage, and you send them private coach “sparring badminton coach,” even 1 to 1. The improvement will still slow. Why? Can you imagine if you are a Ph.D., will you able to put full effort into a 7 years old kid teach them English words A, B, C to Z? No. The Ph.D. feel bored so not able to put their effort. But because private class can earn good money, and that’s the reason they accept. Some parents might understand this meaning.

But when your kid reaches a certain level and well developt in foundation. They will need competition experience, so if you need your kid to improve at this stage, you have to look for an experienced sparring coach for them. This way, your kid able to absorb the experience from the sparring coach. And when turning into the tournament, they will be getting lesser nervous and become more mature in competition.

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After this 5 point, we hope can help you to have more ideas. More clear on how to choose the right badminton class for your kid. To look for a good badminton coach is not easy, there are too many types from teenage to older age. Also from China, Malaysia, Local, or Indonesia. Nationality is not important. As long as the coach is able to help your kid improving and you able to see result, why not?

Now getting more and more badminton academy in Singapore. Every country popular in badminton will be having the same problem. They struggling on how to choose the right badminton class for their children. Especially in small island Singapore. So parents, please put more effort to monitor the training structure your own even you have already found a badminton coach for your kid. Everything is possible, maybe this coach at the beginning very hardworking but after a few months are getting lazy. Who know? So all these need to self-monitor by parents. This to make sure your kid can have a better learning environment.

Best badminton coach in Singapore?

In this world, there is no best badminton coach. But they will have some badminton coaches are willing to spend time and effort to your kid. Not every second count with money, the coach will treat your kid like his own kid like a family. Every coach knows to bring up a good badminton player is not that easy; we might spend 50% of our time a day. Some student even the coach spent a lot of time, the student will not appreciate. So this is not all about the coach fault unless the coach is no experience in coaching.

Lastly, we wish you all the best and hope you able to found a good badminton coach for your kid.

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