YONEX EASTERN COLLEGE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

By Beth Sopka | Nov. 05, 2018, 7:28 p.m. (ET)

YONEX EASTERN COLLEGE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

15 TEAMS :  MID ATLANTIC CONFERENCE : OCT 20-21

15 TEAMS :  NORTHERN CONFERENCE : OCT 27-28

15 collegiate badminton teams will competed on Oct 21-22, at the University of Maryland, College Park for the Mid Atlantic Conference titles in two divisions.  Winning were:

Division 1: Penn State, John Hopkins, Garnegie Mellon

Division 2: Drexel, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers

 

Other schools competing were Carnegie Mellon and University of Maryland in Division 1, and George Mason U, George Washington U,Georgetown U,Swarthmore College,Temple,Virginia Commonwealth and the University of Virginia in Division 2.

The following weekend, Oct 27-28, 15 more teams competed in the Northern Conference at the Boston Badminton Club and the winners there were:

Division 1: NYU, Northeast University, Boston University

Division 2: Cornell University, Rochester University, University of Massachusetts Lowell

 

The other Northern Conference Division 1 schools were Columbia, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Babson College while Division 2 was comprised of Brown - Rhode Island School of Design, Princeton, Stony Brook, University of Connecticut and University of Massachusetts Amherst 

The dates for the competitions of the MidWest and Southern Conferences will be held at Egret Badminton Club, Schaumburg, IL on Dec 1 – 2,and at ClearOne Badminton Center, Orlando, FL within the next three months with the dates yet to be finalized.  Entries are still open for both of these.

The Eastern Collegiate League, originally the Northeast Collegiate, began in 2013 as a collaboration between the Northeast Region Badminton Assn and a student group calling itself NE Collegiate Badminton Association.  Yonex has sponsored all of the League’s championship competitions from its inception.  The first year brought together 15 schools, all from within the Northeast Region.  By the third year, 26 schools, some outside the Northeast Region, entered requiring a split into Northern and Southern Conferences and a renaming to Eastern Collegiate League.  Last year, the fifth year of competition, with 36 schools entering, the Southern Conference consisted solely of schools from USA Badminton’s Southern Region while the Northern Conference covered the Northeast Region and one school, Case Western Reserve, coming from the MidWest, pushing the boundaries further west. Duke University of North Carolina had joined the Mid Atlantic conference since 2015.

This year, with the addition of the MidWest Conference, over 40 schools are expected to participate.  The League has been met with great enthusiasm owing in large part to its team-based format and to the League management in working to establish dates compatible with the many different school calendars.  It consists of Conference competitions in the Fall which feed into the Spring Playoffs for League Championships. Results of the Fall competitions are used to divide the teams into four Divisions, thereby enabling teams of different levels to vie for their Division Championship. This, as well as the guarantee of at least 3 team matches (usually 4-5 team matches) in a well-structured and officiated competition has been the key to the success of the League.  Between the League competitions, schools plan their own inter-school competitions as their schedules permit.  Each team generally consists of 12 to 15 men and women players with ties including singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches. Thanks to the enthusiastic collegiate team leaders and members, badminton on campuses has increased in visibility and participation so that many clubs now receive support from their school’s Club Sports programs.

The League has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/EasternBadminton/) where more information and photos of competitions can be found.  Information is also available by contacting Yvonne Chern at the Boston Badminton Club.