Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy

Aug. 25, 2014, 11:06 a.m. (ET)

Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy

SPBA Fall Session
Begins September 2nd

Register Today!

Upcoming Events:Chicago Open 
    September 26-28
    Deadline: September 19
    MBC, Naperville, IL
    Entry Form
    All ages and levels welcome!

East Coast Super Regional
 Jr. Ranking Tournament

   (70% Jr. National Ranking Points)
   October 11-13
   Deadline Sept. 28
   Monteville, NJ
   Entry Form
   Under age 19 as of 12/31/14.

Egret Jr. Ranking Tournament
   (10% Jr. National Ranking Points)
    November 8-9
    Entry not yet released
    Egret, Schaumburg, IL
    Under age 19 as of 12/31/14.

New England Junior Open Regional Jr. Ranking Tournament
    (20% Jr. National Ranking Points)
    November 22-23 (Date Pending)
    Entry not yet released
    Marblehead, MA
    Under age 19 as of 12/31/14.

Parent / Child Tournament
   December 6
   SPBA, Vernon Hills, IL
   Entry not yet released
   No prior experience necessary!
   Fun family event!

Midwest Regional Jr. Championships
   (20% Jr. National Ranking Points)
   January 17-19
   MBC, Naperville, IL
   Entry not yet released
   Under age 19 as of 12/31/15.

SPBA Jr. Ranking Tournament
   (10% Jr. National Ranking Points)
   Feb 14-15
   SPBA, Vernon Hills, IL
   Entry not yet released
   Under age 19 as of 12/31/15.

United States Junior Nationals
   (100% Jr. National Ranking Points)
   July 1-5
   Orlando, FL
   Entry not yet released
   Under age 19 as of 12/31/15.

North Shore Open 
Photos & Results:

Congratulations to the champions:

WS: Kristen McClellan
WD: Cherry Leung & Preethi Gowda 
MS: Peter Sidorczuk 
MD: Ajit Ram & Tarwin Winawan
XD: Ajit Ram & Preethi Gowda

See photos & full results here.

SPBA Open Gym:Information and full schedule

Sundays 6:30-9:30 pm
Mondays 7:30-9:30 pm
Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 pm
Saturdays 4:00-6:00 pm 

New Adults Only Time:
Saturdays 6:00-8:00 pm

SPBA is hiring!

The SPBA is looking to hire players to run the open gyms! Employees will be responsible for supervising the open gym, setting up and taking down nets, collecting money from participants, selling equipment, and office work from time to time. Of course, it is also a great opportunity to practice your badminton game! Employees should be CPR & AED certified. Players can earn pay or discounts off their lessons.

If interested and available at any of the above times, please email Shannon.

Wilson Demo Racket Program:
For $5 at any open gym or during your classes you can try any of our rackets to find the perfect fit. The $5 demo fee will be discounted off the price of your new racket purchase at the pro shop!

SPBA's Email Address:Add to your address book so our emails won't go into your junk mail. You can update your profile and email preferences here

SPBA on Facebook:  "Like" our Facebook page and stay up up to date on the latest news, videos, photos, event invitations, my Olympic blog, my Maccabiah Games blog and more!

SPBA Membership: Information and forms

Questions:I am happy to answer any questions and help you create a personalized training program to fit your needs! I can be reached at 847-722-8857 or you can e-mail me at

Badminton Lessons

Last season, SPBA had 12 State Qualifiers that earned 6 IHSA State Badminton Medals! In addition to this, 77 SPBA players earned their first Junior National Ranking.  Join our club programming today and learn from Coach Shannon Pohl, 2012 USA Badminton Developmental Coach of the Year!

Special Fall Promotion:Sign up for class twice a week,
get 1 class free.

Sign up for class three times a week,
get 2 classes free!

Sign up for class four times a week, 
get 3 classes free!

  • Badminton Fitness Class*
  • Beginner Class
  • Advanced Beginner Class
  • Intermediate Class
  • Advanced Class
  • Adult Class*
  • Private Lessons

Class info here.
Fall schedule here.
Register online here.

* promotion not available for this class

Shannon coached Team USA at the Jr. Pan American Championships

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Shannon was one of the coaches for Team USA at the Pan American Junior Badminton Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala from July 21-29th.  

The Under 19 Junior National US Team won all of it’s team matches to take the Team Gold Medal. They beat Brazil in the final 3-1. This was the first Gold Medal in the Team event since 2010, which was also the last time Shannon had the pleasure of being part of the coaching staff.

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20140726 Guatemala -268Individual events were held in girls singles, girls doubles, boys singles, boys doubles, and mixed doubles inall age groups from Under 11 up through Under 19. In the individual events the total medals won by the United States players included 22 Gold, 19 Silver and 26 Bronze in the 25 events. Congratulations to all the players, coaches, managers, parents, and clubs on this incredible performance!

Not only did American players have fun on the court, but players and their families also had got to learn about Guatemalan culture, trying the local Guatemalan cuisine, touring nearby Antigua, visiting local artisan markets, and watching the dancers, musicians and soldiers in the Opening Ceremony.

Many of you are probably wondering how to qualify for this impressive team! Learn how here and see many more photos!

Congratulations to the 77 SPBA players who earned Junior National Rankings this year!

See all the SPBA players in the new Junior National Rankings here.

These rankings include the recent  MBC Summer Junior Tournament, where many new SPBA players earned rankings! SPBA players did great and represented our club well at this tournament last weekend. 

Special congratulations to:

Tony Luo & Haoyang Yu:
Gold Medal BD U15

Haoyang Yu & Roshini Merneedi:
Gold Medal XD U15

Haoyang Yu:
Silver Medal BS U15

Ashley Richardson:
Cons. Winner GS U17

Ashley Richardson & Maya Trinka:
4th Place GD U17

Bridget Dungan & Emily Mrstik:
4th Place GD U19