A Little Birdie Told Me: It’s Almost Badminton Season
By Alison Murr
Only in its second year at Northside as a competitive team, the Women’s Badminton team is gearing up for the approaching season. In 2009, Northside alumni Zobia Chunara and Jamilah Alsharif founded the Badminton club. At the time, CPS had not designated badminton as a sport, and therefore the club was unable to obtain the status of an official sport and play at a competitive level. A few years after the club was formed, CPS created a badminton program. Until last year, Northside had been unable to find a coach or gather enough interest to form a team. Last year, badminton officially became recognized as a sport at Northside and a team was formed.
Competitive badminton is different from what students learn in their physical education classes. It is the fastest racket sport and involves touch, technique, and power. Badminton players are always moving and physically active; there is not a lot of time for them to stand around during mathces. Last year, the badminton team showed off apprehension of those skills throughout the entire season. The team went undefeated as a school team during the regular season and were able to place fourth overall in the city. Violet Moore, Adv. 005, and Phuong Lam, Adv. 909, competed in the doubles category and received first place.
The interest meeting for prospective players was on Feb. 8, although the date for tryouts is not finalized yet. That being said, team leaders expect tryouts to be in late February to early March. “Ideally, for the badminton team, we are looking for people who are not experienced, but rather who are hard working and are able to commit to a sport that requires a lot of mental and physical strength in terms of both strategy and stamina,” said Beverly Batts, Adv. 911, the student coordinator for the team.
Overall, Women’s Badminton is gearing up to have a great season. Proven by last year’s successful season, the team had great teamwork and skill. This season, the team is hoping win more titles for Northside, including first place in the city competition. Students who are interested in joining the badminton team can contact Beverly Batts at email@example.com.