Badminton InterVision Group

Badminton InterVision Group

Intervision is a form of knowledge development in a small group of professional coaches

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Roy Mulder from The Netherlands


Badminton tipping points

We often talk about being lucky when we are in the right place at the right time, talking about badminton and making it to the top, it is not different. InterVision looks at this very differently, we assume that the correct time is known and that you can find or thoose the right place to.

There are a few moments in age development that are important if you want everything to happen at the right moment. We call these the “Tipping Points” . There are points in your sport life where it can go one way or the other, even if you or your trainer still have the same ideas about achieving your goals.

You have to start playing badminton fairly early and we are thinking between 6 and 10 years old, starting earlier works well in Asia but a lot less in Europe. Children in Europe who start too early are tired of the sport after a few years and are going to try something else. In the age group of 6 to 10 years, the training should above all be fun with hidden serious elements, and there is still a lot of work to be done to make it really fun. Coach education today is not focused on serious fun, we are talking here about functional fun and not laughing only fun.

TP 1
The first tipping point is friends, children will do the sport where their friends are when you lose this “friends” race as a sport then you are behind very early on. Almost every sport has this problem, so it is a good idea to set up a multisport pool together with other sports. Make a membership for 4 sports like: Badminton, Judo, Handball and athletics. There is a permanent trainer/supervisor for each sport and together they jointly discuss what they think is important for the children to learn. By letting the children do different sports you kill several birds with one stone. The children are not easily bored with a sport, they receive a much more all-round sports education, which benefits each sport. The various trainers can jointly give sports advice to the parents about what their child has talent for. Needless to say, the friend group effect will get a lot bigger.

TP 2
Between the ages of 9 and 11 it is technique time for both boys and girls and EVERY workout should contain technique complex elements along with the fact that it should be fun.

Play tournaments where it is not important to win but where it is all about the best strokes, most beautiful feints, longest rallies and making the least mistakes give a price for these things and not for winning the tournament.

Missing out in this period is an important tipping point, learning technique in this age is very easy and takes little time. If you miss this point, there will be an important time shortage because it will take much longer to learn these techniques later. Needless to say, you need to put your best trainers on the group during this time. And that there must therefore be courses to provide these trainers with the necessary knowledge about working with these groups.

TP 3
The third tipping point comes with puberty, around 11 for girls and 13 for boys. In this day and age we lose a lot of girls in our sport. Boys and girls are divided into equal age groups and that is very disadvantageous for badminton. Girls find it boring to train with the "childish" boys. And the boys have absolutely no interest in girls in the U11 and U13. You can solve that problem in two simple ways, let the girls train with a higher age group of boys or ensure that there is also a separate training for girls.

Training mixed doubles is not a good idea in this age (of the same ages). In puberty it is not a good idea to focus on new techniques, repeating and improving known techniques is fine. The most important focus point is footwork, do training on the bog muscle groups not on fine motoric movements. So we switch from the fine motor skills of technique training at a young age to the gross motor skills of footwork.

TP 4
At the end of puberty, the children's heads and bodies regain some of the fine motoric skills, and at this moment it is all about keeping their attention on the badminton sport.

Good coaches will analyse the players and show them what is going wrong and especially what is going right in relation to the tactical theory. Technique and footwork come together on the court and with the analysis in hand we will bring the thinking into the game.. Now the technique and the footwork are the tools in service of the tactics. Where with girls you mainly work on being smart and using their natural strong manipulation power to bend things to their will and advantage. Teaching smart also sounds much better as a tactic, girls are often able to achieve their goal in multiple ways and are therefore well able to understand and execute complex tactics.

With the boys, tactics often have to serve hard work, the smartness often comes later, they live WITH their body and see the body as a tool, where girls live IN their body and are therefore much more careful with it. It's time for theory lessons, playing with assignments and to learn a lot more about our sport. Theory must also have a counterpart and that is the physical training, players must learn that executing different tactics is not possible without a proper physical constitution, a good balance and therefore a more than reasonable condition.

You need a fairly complete trainer during this period, by which I mean someone who continues to see the whole picture in every detail. If we are not able to teach players this job smartness right now then the years before will lose a lot of their values.

The right time and place
The time at which you do the different things is clear, even if it is a fairly rough description. Where to get this knowledge is a much bigger problem, I describe a number of different types of needs from trainers. The qualities that these trainers must have are often not found in the club and even at the RTCs that is rarely the case. We will have to train these trainers and that is probably the biggest problem in a country like Holland. What is offered is very general and often not focused on the practical needs of talent development.


“Choosing your sport (passion) gives more security for the future than school”, these are the words of Sir. Ken Robinson. We send children to school to prepare for the future, but we have no idea what that future will look like.
No one had anticipated or foreseen that there would be a corona pandemic and certainly not that a war would break out in Europe. The consequences of this are even more crises that turn the world upside down. The whole society has changed many times in my 50 years of working, my education has not benefited me at all later in life. Ask yourself if you actually started doing what you learned in school to do or if you end-up doing something completely different? A survey in America shows that 84% of the population never use things they've learned in school after graduation. This is very similar to what I hear when I talk to people, and yet we send our children to school from 6 to at least 18 years old, which is +/- 15,000 hours.
I started playing badminton in 1966, a lot has changed in our sport but the basics have always remained the same, the game will still be 95% the same in 20 years from now with different and better insights. If you only use 16% of what you have learned after your final exam in those 15,000 hours going to school, that is not a great result. Why not reduce those hours to 10,000 and use 5,000 hours to do your sport or passion?
I'm in the group that uses less than 16% of what I've learned in school. What I have learned in my sport I have used 80% of my life. In addition, I have enjoyed and loved it for a lifetime, I have traveled the whole World where I have made many friends. I never saw or talked to anyone from that time after my school days, I have benefited much more from my sport than my school for my social life to this day. Please if you want the best for your kids, let them follow their passion and take them out of school for a couple of years between 15 and 18, you will never regret it.

Videos of Sir Ken Robinson can be found on Youtube. It is very worthwhile. Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson - YouTube


Badminton InterVision is a new group on Facebook where coaches will look into details on the development of our sport, we will upload articles every week and we will be responding to technical questions from the members of this site. We like to create more know-how under players and coaches on more effective training and coaching. We will start off by looking into the background why Viktor Axelsen is so dominating in the men's single at this moment. The technical staff.
Badminton InterVision is a new group on Facebook where coaches will look into details on the development of our sport, we will upload articles every week and we will be responding to technical questions from the members of this site. We like to create more know-how under players and coaches on more effective training and coaching. We will start off by looking into the background why Viktor Axelsen is so dominating in the men's single at this moment.

Timeline photos 19/01/2023
Photos from Badminton InterVision Group's post 19/01/2023
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