If you are reading this, you might be thinking of teaching your kids a fun sport for added exercise – or you might have noticed that your child has the potential to be a future champion. There are many easy ways to get your children interested in Badminton and we’re here to show you how.
Ways Kids Can Get Started in Badminton
Many children are energetic and fit for normal play, but they will need added skills to get into a sport. This requires focus and coordination that will have to be developed, starting with simple drills. If you just want to teach your child to play Badminton as a hobby first, you’ll need to be a player yourself, even if you plan on getting a coach. Here are ways even young kids as early as 6 can start:
- for kids 7 – 10 years old
Children at this age have better attention spans so more advanced drills can be taught. Professional athletes start training at this age with coaches. The drills now focus on learning official badminton shots like:
1. Clear shot – a defensive shot to hit the shuttlecock high in the air and send it to the opponent’s backcourt
2. Drop – an attack shot sent hit the opponent’s fore-court
3. Drive – a short but powerful defense shot sent in a flat direction towards an opponent
4. Smash – one of Badminton’s favorite shots, the player jumps in the air to drive a shot downwards towards an opponent’s court.
5. Net – different kinds of net shots that open opportunities for better scoring
Around this age, some kids already have advanced skills that can get noticed, and they can get selected by a National Badminton Association. Coaches at this stage will train children so that they can be primed for a professional career.
Even if you just want to enjoy Badminton for fun weekend games, you can play with children and teach them simple drills so that they can learn the basic shots for an actual Badminton game.
Bigger children who know official shots can keep tab of points while smaller children can have fun practicing hitting the shuttlecock as best they can. But if you really want your kids to seriously learn Badminton, take the time to learn the official rules and shots yourself and play with your kids.