As many of you know, David Folinsbee passed away on July 1. We are having a Celebration of Life at the Red Willow Badminton Club on October 22 at 10 am, followed by an informal lunch. All friends, colleagues and players are welcome.
The Folinsbee family
October 29th ,2016
We are holding a Masters Doubles Clinic Saturday, times to be confirmed. This is open to all members of any ability and will cost no more than $15 depending on numbers. Badminton Alberta High Performance Coach, Dave McMaster will be leading the clinic. The emphasis will be on doubles strategy, rotation and footwork. There are limited spaces so please sign the registration sheet at the club to secure your place.
Mike Semeniuk Award
Registration is now open for fall lessons. Please go to the instruction page for details.
Mike Semeniuk Sportsmanship Award
In 2007 a plaque was acquired to recognize players who demonstrated good sportsmanship on the badminton court. Akiko Ogata was selected for 2007, Eric Reid in 2008 and Brent Daviduck in 2010. It seems that the Semeniuk Award was lost track of in the years 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. We are bringing it up to date by recognizing the following players for good sportsmanship:
2009 - Garry Marler
2011 - Lin Lindeman
2012 - Jolie Hamel
2013 - Barb Biggs
2014 - Jim Luttrell
2015 - Anne Emberly
Junior Group Instruction
Please click here for the 2016 Red Willow Badminton Club Fall instruction program.
Private lessons can also be booked with club professional Jean Folinsbee.
Reservation is not required on Tuesdays 7 to 10 pm or Fridays 9:30 am to 12 noon. You don't need a partner for these drop-in sessions because there is always someone to play with. Regular guest fee is charged (see below) and we can provide "loaner" rackets and court shoes to new players. If you want to acquire your own racket & court shoes our pro shop has an excellent selection at reasonable prices.
Would you like to improve your badminton skill level? At RWBC we can show you how to do it! Private lessons are available from club professional Jean Folinsbee. The fee is $40 per hour or $50 for a family.
Clean shoes must be worn on court. Small pebbles or soles that mark the floor are a big problem! When entering the club outdoor footwear must be left in the front hall. Food or beverages cannot be brought into the club without management approval. Food or beverages are not permitted in the playing area, with the exception of capped water bottles. Broken feathers must be placed in the white cups attached to the net posts.
Monthly membership dues
Family (must be related and living in same home) $80
Adult (born in 1945 to 1997) $70
Senior (born in 1945 or earlier) $60
Junior (born in 1998 or later) $50
Non-resident (residing a minimum of 100 km from the club) 50% of dues in any category
GST will be added. Payment of membership dues is made via electronic funds transfer (EFT). Payments are processed on the 3rd banking day of each month unless notification of resignation is received by the 15th of the previous month. Membership requires a minimum 6 month commitment.
Please click here for the 2016 Red Willow Badminton Club membership application form.
Daily guest fees
Family (must be related and living in same home) $25
Adult/Senior (born in 1996 or earlier) $15
Junior (born in 1997 or later) $10 except for Friday ladder when guest fee is $15.
Guests who decide to become club members are advised that one guest fee that they pay in any month will be credited to membership dues if they apply for membership before the end of that month.
We have a good stock of Yonex, Victor & Black Knight rackets priced from $45 to $250.Court shoes - RWBC pro shop carries a selection of excellent court shoes made by YONEX & VICTOR. We have approximately 100 pair in stock priced at $59 and up.
Red Willow Badminton Club depends on the patronage of our pro shop in order to maintain membership dues & guest fees at current levels, so anyone involved in the sale of badminton equipment or a racket stringing service is ineligible for membership or guest privileges at RWBC. It is our policy to match prices quoted by all other authorized retail sporting goods dealers.
Full restring costs $36. We use YONEX BG 65 - .70 mm white string and ASHAWAY ZY MAX 67 red string. We guarantee our restrings until the string is worn out in the center, so if you break a string due to a mishit shot close to the frame it will be replaced free of charge while-you-wait (5 minutes) Minimum charge of $5 for repairs to rackets which were originally strung elsewhere than at RWBC.
We can grip wrap any racket in Yonex white GRAP for $3.50 or colored GRAP for $4.00, or you can buy a package of 3 wraps in various colours for $8.00 and grip wrap it yourself. Each wrap can be split into 2 badminton grip lengths.
We recommend Yonex Aerosensa 40 shuttles for all levels of play. These can be purchased from our pro shop for $3 each or $36 per dozen. Although this is the most expensive shuttle available, it is worth the price because of the quality of play provided. For maximum benefit you should discontinue playing with a shuttle when one (not 10) feathers are broken. We will replace broken feathers free of charge provided the shuttle was purchased at RWBC.
Monday 7 to 10pm - singles
Wednesday 7 to 10pm - doubles
Friday 7 to 9pm - junior singles
Ladders are not just for experienced players. Ladders are not a tournament, champions are not declared and there are no prizes awarded. These are organized games that anyone can play. It's a great way to make new friends, get some good exercise and improve your court strategy. Participants must provide their own feather shuttles which can be purchased at the pro shop.
Members and guests can register for a ladder by email, telephone or in person until 6:30 pm when draws are made. A list of registered players can be found on the schedule page of the redwllow.ca website. Lineups are carried forward from week-to-week, so additions & deletions are required by 6:30 pm. Please check the website. Participants who expect to arrive at the club later than 6:45 should phone 780-460-2441 to be sure they are included in the draw.
Ladder draws normally provide 3 best-of-three matches, but depending on the number of participants a draw may provide more or less than 3 matches. If there is a large entry, matches may be only a single game, or two games (no third game when there is a 1-1 tie.) Players are not required to complete the full draw. If you must leave early just let us know in advance so we can rearrange the draw.