Does my son/daughter need to be actively taking lessons to play in tournaments as part of the Youth Program?
No. As long as your son/daughter is a youth member of the WBC they qualify to play in any tournament as part of the WBC team regardless if they sign up for the Skills Development, High Performance programs or take private lessons.
Do tournaments have registration fees?
Yes, most tournaments do have registration fees. These fees will vary from club to club. If a youth tournament is held at the WBC, a youth members registration fee is waived.
What happens if we purchased a youth membership that still has “time left” on it when the new program launches in October?
Your youth membership will be honoured and your son/daughter will be able to participate in lessons during the block that your membership expires. For instance, if you purchased a membership in January 2018 your membership would expire in January 2019. And so, your son/daughter would be able to sign up for the block in October and also the one in January since the youth membership expires in January. You will need to purchase the April block (since you no longer have a valid youth membership at that time) and then in September of next year you would sign up for a $100 youth membership and then sign up for your blocks.
This will be a transition year and there may be unique cases that we have to look at. We will do so in a fair way that always takes into account the best interest of the athletes and their family. Our Youth Director, Kevin Cougler, will be contacting each family in September to discuss their situation personally. A parent meeting will also take place at the club to answer any questions parents may have regarding the improvements to the Youth Program. Parents will be notified when that meeting is to take place.
What happens if we purchased a family membership that still has “time left” on it when the new program launches in October?
If you have purchased a family membership which still has “time left” on it, your son/daughter will be able to participate in lessons during the block that your membership expires. For instance, if you purchased a membership in January 2018 your membership would expire in January 2019. And so, your son/daughter would be able to sign up for the block in October and also the one in January since the youth membership expires in January. If you decide to renew your family membership in January, a youth membership is automatically rolled in making you eligible to purchase for the next lesson block which would be in April. In September of 2019 you would already have a family membership so you would only need to purchase lesson blocks.
How do I register?
If you do not already have a membership, or your membership is expiring prior to October 1, 2018, you may register online by clicking on the registration button on the Youth Program page. If your membership is expiring after October 1, 2018 send the Youth Director, Kevin Cougler, an email and he will be in touch with you to discuss registration.
When and how do we get uniforms?
Once athletes are registered we will ascertain their sizes and take uniform orders. This process will start at the first lesson. Information regarding when uniforms will arrive will be shared once the order is placed with the supply company and shared with the athletes and their parents at that time.
When will the tournament schedule be posted?
As soon as the Ontario Badminton Association and the Western Ontario Badminton Association post the upcoming tournaments for the 2018/19 season the information will be re-posted on our tournament site after our coaching staff decides which tournaments we will be attending. This usually happens in September.
What is the difference between a student and a youth membership?
A youth membership is for those athletes between the ages of 5 and 18. A student membership is for students who are enrolled full-time in a post secondary institution and are between the ages of 18-25 typically. Students are not eligible for the Skills Development program but are eligible to participate in private lessons or the High Performance program.
If the club has a tournament or is shut down on a day when we are supposed to have youth lessons, do we get a refund for that day?
No. This is part of normal operations. From time to time we may have a special event such as a tournament. Typically these are youth tournaments so your son/daughter has a chance to play in the tournament as a member of our team. There could also be an adult tournament but the club does not have admin staff who can manage one-day refunds for these events that only happen once or twice/season.