New time slot for Youth

The Woodstock Badminton Club is pleased to announce a new time slot for youth to come and play badminton. It is every Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for youth under the age of 18.

This time slot is not part of the Youth Program, therefore coaching is not provided. Youth members are welcome to bring a friend. Non-members are only required to pay $5 as a drop-in court fee. Racquets and shuttles are provided. Note that non-marking and slipping court shoes are required for safe play.

Parents are asked to stay if they have young children that require supervision.

Enjoy Tuesday Youth nights 5-7 p.m. at the WBC!

Block Championships

The Youth Program Block Championships took place Saturday, December 22, 2018 for athletes registered in A1, A2, D and E. The tournament was a double elimination format and athletes were placed in draws according to their ages and/or skill level. Athletes performed extremely well, under the watchful eyes of their parents and coaches, even though thoughts of presents and holidays were foremost in everyone’s mind. It was rewarding to see the kids having such a great time and putting the skills they have learned into practice.

Results were as follows:

16 and under Boys’ Singles 

1st place: Zhao-Yu Tan

2nd place: Tyler Atkinson

13 and under Boys’ Singles

1st place: Christian Meiling

2nd place: Everett Force

16 and under Girls’ Singles

1st place: Jessica Franco

2nd place: Xin-En Tang


…to Tyler Atkinson who, even though he is 13, played up a category and fought his way through the double elimination side of the bracket to make the finals! A truly exciting performance and effort by Tyler.

…to Braeden Doucette who, like Tyler, played up an age category, and did a fantastic job having several matches either going to 3 games or having extremely close scoring games. And this is his first year – way to go Braeden!

…to Christian Meiling and Jessica Franco for winning their first tournament!

…to Everett Force. First year in the program and placing second in the competition. Are you kidding me Everett? Great job!

…to the Tan family for bringing home two medals (1st and 2nd place in the Boys singles and girls singles respectively) – way to go Zhao-Yu and Xin-En!

Congratulations to all the athletes who participated – we are proud of all of you!

Kevin Cougler, Youth Director

Youth Program Update

The Youth Program at the Woodstock Badminton Club is thriving!

It is two months into the season and the athletes are showing some wonderful signs of progress. To date we have had two in-house tournaments and athletes that have competed at the Stratford Junior A and the North Bay Junior B tournaments – a great start to the season! Early team uniforms have arrived for those currently competing, with the rest slated to be ready in the next couple of weeks. Picture day (actually two days) was a huge success. A special thanks for Dan Peer for making this happen!

The coaches and I are extremely proud of how well the athletes are progressing. Badminton is a very competitive sport and, unlike some sports, the competition is fierce because any tournament you play is a provincial level tournament, not just a local tournament. The tournament schedule is now set with lots of opportunities for competition taking place from January to April at the Junior B and Junior C level. Congratulations to Matt Wilker who made it to the semi finals in the consolations in North Bay this past weekend. Way to go Matt!

Registration for the Skills Development Program and the High Performance Program open this Friday, December 7 and spots are limited so be sure to book as soon as registration opens before the spots fill up.