USA Badminton Update

By USAB Staff | Jan. 03, 2019, 7:18 p.m. (ET)

USA Badminton Update

2018 was a transformative year in the Olympic world, including at USA Badminton. 

Recently, USAB was in the news for a USOC audit that brought to light some shortcomings within our NGB. The primary concerns that were brought to light from the audit were best practices and concerns related to SafeSport. USAB would like to take some time to share the changes that have been made at USAB to address and resolve these issues.

Most importantly, athlete safety is and always will be the most important component of USA Badminton. In an effort to continue to show the importance of athlete safety, USAB has hired an operations manager to ensure compliance with SafeSport policies. This new operations manager will work with all USAB staff, certified coaches, technical officials, club owners, tournament directors and contracted medical personnel to ensure background checks and SafeSport training is completed. The operations manager will ensure that proper compliance measures are followed by all USAB members and coaches, as well as at tournaments. 

In the process of making these changes, USAB identified that some individuals have registered as a “coach” through the membership system. These self-designated coaches are not recognized by USAB as a coach until they have completed the certification process, which encompasses a background check, certification course, and SafeSport certification.

USAB has since received a clean financial audit. After the staff transitioned in early 2017, we worked hard to restructure our financials and accounting. During this process, we have found ways to improve financial reporting and how to better follow accounting principles. This ultimately allowed USAB to achieve a clean audit.

In addition to addressing these issues, many other changes have been made at USAB in 2018.

Perhaps the most visual of those transformations was the unveiling of a new logo for USAB in February to begin the development of a new era for USAB and bring it to the forefront of the American sports world. 

Additionally, this year we also held one of the most successful U.S. Open’s in recent history, breaking attendance records while Beiwen Zhang brought home the first medal at the U.S. Open for the United States since 2014. 

The 2018 Junior National Championships in Milwaukee had one of the largest fields in the history of the event as nearly 500 kids between the ages of 11 to 19 competed. The U.S. won a pair of silver medals at the Pan Am Team Championships and Jennie Gai represented the United States at the Youth Olympic Games, winning gold in the Mixed Relay Team Event. 

Finally, the U.S. finished 18that the World Junior Championships in Canada and has been named the host of the WJC’s in 2023 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the accomplishments by USAB as an organization, or by the players who represent the United States, but rather a snapshot of what has transpired over the last year.

Here at USAB, our mission continues to be the growth of badminton within the United States and competitive excellence in U.S. athletes in international and Olympic competition. 2018 was a good year but we understand there is more work to be done to improve this organization and the sport of badminton.