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Lancashire County Badminton Association

Schools & Youth Section

2008-2009

To players and parents of players.  This document explains how the Schools & Youth section of Lancashire County Badminton Association works.  We hope you find it helpful and will encourage you to get behind the county in its efforts to provide an infrastructure that is enjoyable whilst at the same time making us competitive against other counties.  The county is run by volunteers who have a limited amount of time and resources to work with.  So, if you can offer any support, in whatever way, it will be greatly appreciated.  This document is not set in stone – if you have any issues or suggestions please contact the Committee (see end of document).  Enjoy the season.

Introduction

Who Are We?

Junior badminton in Lancashire is run by the Schools & Youth (S&Y) Committee of Lancashire County Badminton Association.  The catchment area for Lancashire badminton is made up of the county of Lancashire plus Merseyside and Greater Manchester north of the river Mersey.  Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester merged in 2003 to form two junior badminton counties and, in so doing, aligned with the senior county boundaries.  Where this document refers to Lancashire it refers to the region described here.

Our Aim

The aim of the Schools & Youth section of Lancashire County Badminton Association is to assist the development of badminton at a junior level in the county, in order to produce talented players able to bring success to the county at junior (and subsequently senior) level.

Objectives

To do the above we will endeavour to:

·        Promote badminton amongst younger players in schools and clubs

·        Encourage all players to take responsibility for their own badminton development

·        Support and promote coaching across the county, with emphasis on bringing players through local cells to a county squad

·        Provide coaching for a main squad of players, from which county teams will be selected

·        Enter team competitions against other counties at all junior age groups

·        Encourage players to gain match experience through individual tournaments

·        Provide opportunities for older juniors to progress to senior county level

Or an alternative, abbreviated version:

·        To get the best out of the players available to the county at junior level;

·        To beat Yorkshire at U11 within 3 years!

Player Awards

The county introduced awards in 2004-5 to recognise the achievements of their top junior players.  These are to be awarded on an annual basis.  The senior county also make an award each year, the Birtwistle Award, in recognition of the most outstanding young player.  Current and previous winners are shown here:

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

  MALE FEMALE MALE FEMALE
2009 Tom Wolfenden Jenny Salisbury Peter Athans Ellie Rees
2008 Tom Wolfenden Nicola Poole Craig Eccleston Jenny Salisbury
2007 Gary Fox Emily Miller Danny Wolfenden Holly Richards
2006 Ross Little Kirstin Miller Alex DuNoyer Lizzie Balmforth
2005 Philip Aspinall Amanda Barrett Paul Maguire Emily Miller

Birtwistle Award winners:

2008 Philip Aspinall
2007 Gary Fox
2006 Ross Little
2005 Gary Fox
2004 Tom Dunlop
2003 Tom Dunlop
2002 Harry Wright
2001 Alex Hird
2000 Katie Litherland
1999 Ian Palethorpe
1998 Nicola Duerden
1997 David Wiseman
1996 Joanne Wright
1995 Donna Tollitt
1994 Chris Holt
1993 Joanne Wright
1992 Michael Edge
1991 Joanne Wright
1990 Tony Rodia

Age Groups

At the junior level the county supports players and teams from Primary School age through to Under 17.

In 2005-2006 the junior county agreed for the first time to run the senior County 4th Team, with the aim of bridging the gap between junior and senior county play.  Coaching will be included for this group of players.  This will continue in 2008-2009.

Overall Approach

We take a 'tiered' approach to badminton in the county.  The diagram below shows how players can progress through a 'cell' structure to full county representation.

Level 1 - players find opportunities at various locations and times - schools, courses, tournaments, taster days, special events, clubs, etc.  These all feed players up to level 2 and above by various routes, usually identified by a leader or coach who advises the individual and refers them to the next level.

Level 2 - these are locally based coaching sessions run for players with the potential to get into the county squad.  The players work in groups with a coach and players will be referred on to the next levels by the coach.  Sessions will run approximately weekly.

Level 3 - if numbers are sufficient a regional session may be arranged to provide more challenging work, running approximately once a fortnight or monthly depending on other sessions at levels 2 & 4.

Level 4 - this is the main county coaching session, with players invitated to attend sessions.  These run at a location roughly central to the county on an approximately monthly basis.  Players should provide a commitment to attend these sessions, as anyone not attending (or telling people that they are unable to attend a session) will take playing opportunities away from others.  The coaching at this level will be quite challenging.  Attendance at this session entitles players to wear a county shirt.

Level 5 - playing for the county, players will be picked to represent the county at ages from U11 to U17.  Playing for the county entitles players to attach a county emblem to their shirt.

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County Squad

Groups

The county will invite individuals to form a squad of players.  These will be players of all ages that have the potential to be selected to represent the county in matches.

The squad will meet for coaching:

Other coaching groups may be supported (e.g. pre-squad groups, elite groups or all-female groups) where the county identifies gaps in the standard and/or numbers of players coming through the system.

Selection for the Squad

Coaches may recommend players to be considered for the full county squad at any time.  Alternatively individual players may ask to be looked at to see if they are of an acceptable playing standard to be invited to the full squad.

The final decision on any player’s access to (or departure from) the squad rests with the S&Y Committee and all requests must be chanelled through the Committee.  This is the only way that the county is able to keep track of the size and standard of the groups.

Coaches

The S&Y Committee will select the coaches to run their main squad coaching sessions.  These coaches are paid for their time.  Coaches will be reconsidered each season and will normally be retained for a full season.

Squad Training Priorities

Squad training sessions will be used primarily to work on court/match tactics.  Limited time only will be given to developing shot techniques, except in the youngest group where more may take place at the discretion of the coaches.

Where coaching sessions are of 3 hours duration the final part (around an hour) of the session will usually be used to run a singles ladder and to try out pairings.

The county encourages coaches to draw on others to support the running of their sessions.  This may be S&Y Committee members that are qualified as coaches, parents qualified as coaches, or players recently out of the junior ranks that may want to gain experience as part of their badminton development.

It is anticipated (and preferred) that players in the main squad will have other coaching that they attend that has been arranged separately from the county.  It is at these sessions that shot technique should be develop.

Individual age groups may have extra training sessions provided, particularly in the build up to major events.  This training is at the discretion of team managers and will be organised by them.

Elite Coaching

As World Class coaching from BADMINTON England decreases there is a growing need for the county to address extra coaching for its elite players.  This coaching will not draw excessively on S&Y Committee funds, instead being paid for by players and, if possible, grants.

The county may establish elite coaching sessions, depending on the availability of coaches and the availability of elite players, providing around 2 hours coaching per week.  Such sessions will not be compulsory, but, once a place on a session has been accepted, players (families) must commit to pay for groups of sessions (between 6 and 10 sessions) whether the player is able to attend or not.

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Matches & Tournaments

Representing the County

Anyone may be selected to represent the county at junior level that lives or attends school in the Lancashire catchment area (see previous definition of catchment). Players must be up to date with any payments due to the county (see below).

Selection for Matches & Tournaments

The Schools & Youth Committee has the final say in who represents the county in competition.  However, they will look primarily at the following when selecting teams:

·       Meeting the needs of a specific event (e.g. a team may need mixed pairs for an event and thus some players will be selected that are strong in that discipline).

·        The frequency of attendance at county coaching.  Missing more than one session without giving good reason to the age group manager reduces selection chances.

·        The player's attitude and performance in coaching sessions (including position in ladders).

·        The player’s national junior ranking, as published by BADMINTON England.

·        The willingness of players to play individual tournaments, particularly those sanctioned by BADMINTON England.

Notice of Matches

The county will endeavour to invite players to play in events no closer than 3 weeks before an event takes place.

For major events (especially where overnight stays are involved) notice of matches should be extended to 6 weeks and reserve players placed on stand-by.

This approach not only helps ensure players are available, providing the county with the best team possible, but also allows for replacements due to late withdrawals.

Events

As a county we enter many events.  The following is a list of the primary events currently on our calendar:

Main County Events

Age

Detail

ICT (Inter Counties Tournament)

U17

Major 4-day team event; approx 38 counties; Nottingham University; 5x5; around Easter time

RIO (Railway Institute Octagonal)

U17

2-day team event; 8 counties; York; 6x6; Jan/Feb

Airdrie

U16

2-day team event; 8 counties; York; 4x4; December

Team Challenge

U15 & U13

One day regional qualifier and (for top 2 teams) final in Luton; approx 6 & 12 counties respectively; 3x3 (U15) and 4x4 (U13)

Shires League

U17, U15, U13

Regional leagues consisting of one-day matches against 5-7 other counties; top two teams per region qualify for the final in Leicester; 4x4

North Midway League

U18, U16, U14, U12, Primary

One-day events for Primary School, U12, U14, U16 and U18 age groups; primarily Grade 3 & 4 players; approx 8 counties per day; Rotherham; 4x4

Anglo-Scottish

U14

Two-day event; approx 8 counties; Gateshead; 4x4

York Invitations

All ages

Lancashire are invited to send teams to U12, U13, U14 and U16 events; approx 8 counties; 4x4 or 6x6. The U16 'Airdrie' takes place over a weekend

County Restricted Tournaments

U17, U15, U13

One day events restricted to Lancashire players; individual entries; September

Individual Tournaments

BADMINTON England run a number of junior individual tournaments aimed at all ages, split into three ability levels - Gold, Silver and Bronze.  The BADMINTON England website has details of all events with entry forms for download.

The S&Y Committee strongly encourages individuals to enter these tournaments (especially those in the north) in order to gain match experience.  A list of events within reasonable distance appears on this site, though it is the individual’s responsibility to enter these.  Committee members will be happy to advise on events and ability levels.

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Other Information

Fees

The registration fee for the county squad in 2008-2009 is £35 for all Under 17 players.  This covers the cost of central coaching sessions and administrative costs.  Over 17 players are required to pay £6 per appearance at coaching sessions.  Regional coaching fees for younger squad players will be collected at the regional locations in addition to the fees stated here.

All players must complete a registration form with their payment (available for download on this site).

Where players join mid-season a proportional registration fee will be collected.

Match fees will be collected in addition to the above fees to cover court hire and match shuttles.  The match fee is £6 per player per match (more for multi-day events).

Players not paying fees will be excluded from playing matches.

Clothing

Any player attending the full county squad is entitled to wear a county shirt - this should be worn to county sessions.  Shirts are available for purchase at coaching sessions, priced £15.

Anyone representing the county in a match is expected to wear the county strip.  In addition to a county shirt, players should wear black shorts/skirt and white socks.

A track suit is also available. This is a team track suit that may be purchased and worn only by those representing the county in a match (other than friendlies). It will cost around £40 and will be available to order at coaching sessions.

Roles

The Schools & Youth Committee is made up of:

Chairman Dave Dunlop 0161 797 5807
Treasurer Glyn Pike  
Secretary Steve White  
Registrations Secretary Linda Eccleston  
Match & Tournaments Secretary Steve Athans  
Committee Member Dave Miller  
Committee Member Maurice Bramham  
Committee Member Jeff Johnson  
Committee Member Jean Dean  
Committee Member Anne Lewis  
Committee Member Angela Walker  

Team Managers for 2008-2009:

Senior County 4th Team Matt Dunlop
U18 Dave Dunlop
U17 Graham Salisbury
U16 Neil Tolman
U15 Steve Athans
U14  
U13 Chris Noble
U12/U11/Primary Anthony Lam

On occasions, where team managers cannot attend age group events, parents may be asked to supervise a team.

Governance

The S&Y Committee accounts to the Lancashire County Badminton Association.

The S&Y Committee runs an AGM after each season has finished, open to parents and players.  Minutes are openly available.

The S&Y Committee meets every 4-8 weeks throughout the year to consider and make decisions on the running of Lancashire juniors.  Minutes are normally restricted for viewing by the respective committees of the senior and junior county.

The Committee is made up of volunteers who come together to help progress junior badminton in the county.  If you have any issues with what is happening, these should be raised with the Committee, either by speaking to a Committee member or by writing to the Committee.

Remember, the Committee do their best with the time they have and the money available to them.  If you have any issues with the way things are being run, please pass on constructive comments.  Better still, consider offering your support to the Committee.

Child Protection

The S&Y Committee is covered by the Child Protection Policy of the Lancashire County Badminton Association.

Web Site

Lancashire S&Y: http://www.badminton.f2s.com

Lancashire seniors: http://www.lancashirebadminton.co.uk

Contact Us

To discuss any issues in this document contact the Secretary, Dave Miller, on tel. 01704 540201, or email badminton@f2s.com.

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