About the Ballarat Badminton Association

The Ballarat Badminton Association has been part of the Ballarat sporting community for generations. Players such as Peter Blackburn, Mark Nichols, Rhonda Cator, and Anna Lao have all trained and developed their skills with the BBA before achieving fame in multiple Olympic Games.

Peter Blackburn and Rhonda Cator have since taken up residency as coaches with the BBA and continue to train the next generations of badminton champions.

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What is Badminton?

Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. The game is similar to tennis with the key differences been that the court is much smaller, rackets are smaller with longer handles, the net is raised higher off the ground, and a shuttlecock is used instead of a ball.

Games of Badminton can be played socially or in competition by individuals or teams of two. Badminton competitions range in level from social and causal events right up national levels such as the commonwealth games and Olympics. The Ballarat Badminton Association can provide the training and resources for players to develop their skills to the highest levels.

Playing Badminton

During a game, badminton players take up similar starting positions to that of tennis, with each player taking turns to serve from the back of their court. Players then score points by striking the shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents' half of the court. A rally ends once the shuttlecock has struck the ground, hit the net, or landed outside of the badminton court. The point is then awarded to the side that was the last to successfully hit the shuttlecock over the net. The shuttlecock may only be struck once by each side before it passes over the net just as in tennis.

Shuttlecocks

The shuttlecock (also referred to as a shuttle) is a small feathered projectile with unique aerodynamic properties. This causes the shuttlecock to fly differently from the balls used in most racquet sports. Shuttlecocks have a dense rubber knob at one end with an array of small feathers in a circular pattern branching out from behind.

When hit through the air, the feathers create much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly than a ball. Shuttlecocks have a much higher top speed, when compared to other racquet sports. Because shuttlecock flight is heavily affected by wind and air flow, badminton is normally played indoors in large stadiums with high roofs. Badminton can be played outdoors but as a more casual recreational activity, often as a garden or at the beach.

Major Competitions

The sport of badminton has been played since the 1500’s and later became modernised in 1873. However, badminton has only become part of major sporting completions in the last 60 years. Badminton became an official sport at the commonwealth games in 1966 and an Olympic sport in 1992.

With its official Olympic debut at the 25th Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, players from the Ballarat Badminton Association where amongst the first to represent Australia in the sport. As a team, Rhonda Cator, and Anna Lao reached the quarterfinals of the women’s doubles before been knocked out of the completion. Anna Lao also reached the quarterfinals for the women’s singles in the same year.

Many of the BBA’s completive players have attended numerous high level and prestigious competitions throughout their playing careers. The Ballarat Badminton Association regally sends groups of players to official BWF tournaments at local, state, national, and international levels.

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