SUMMARY AND DISCUSSION FROM
1ST ANNUAL CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL COACHES MEETING
HELD JULY 12, 2000
An invited group of California high school and club coaches, teachers, administrators, local
badminton association representatives, and a representative from USAB were assembled
to discuss how regional/club badminton associations and national office could improve and
enhance the current CIF high school Interscholastic badminton program.
Purpose of the meeting:
- To Identify interscholastic teams, numbers and type of competition throughout the
various CIF sections.
- To discuss how local badminton associations can enhance, improve
communication, and add support to the present HS interscholastic programs.
- To list ideas which may increase participation outside season of sport and
also motivate boys' and girls' to continue to train or play badminton after
- To identify strength and weaknesses of present HS program.
- To select a state committee and chair which will organize and oversee regional
plans for improved and Increased HS Involvement.
CIF (California Interscholastic Federation, governing body for HS Athletics
Passed out and distributed CIF participation information which compiled information
regarding number of Schools fielding teams, number of athletes. coed versus girls', number
of state section, post season competitions, and average size of competitive
compared. A review of the findings are listed below:
- There are 10 CIF Sections In the state of California.
- 7 of the 10 CIF sections sanction badminton
- All 7 sections hold post season Individual Championships, and 5 out of 7 hold
- 3 of 7 sections hold competition for girls only, and the other 4 sections are coed.
- Most schools field two level, varsity and junior varsity teams and even some
have Frosh/soph levels. Competitive team average about 14 to 15
players, however this may differ in some sections. Some school do not cut
athletes and have as many as 50 plus athletes who train but, only the top 15
- Season of sport is in the spring, February to end of May. Most teams meet 5
days a week for a minimum of 3 hours, plus 5 Saturdays for CIF open
- Approximately 5,070 athletes are Involved In the high school interscholastic
program throughout the state.
- There are 985 schools in California. 164 field badminton teams.
There is an increasing uneasiness for some CIF sections that CIF may drop their sanction of
badminton in the near future. There is a state rule which requires 25% of the schools in a
section must field badminton teams in order for CIF to continue to sanction/sponsor post
season events. It appears CIF is getting pressure from new sports which are seeking CIF
sanctioning, and therefore, they are enforcing the 25% rule. Just this past spring the San
Diego, CIF section enforced the 25% law and withdrew CIF's funding for the 2001 post
season championships. This past year, two prominent coaches in the SD area fought to
save the Championships. However, CIF will enforce the 25% rule this upcoming season
and has withdrawn its funding for championship 2001 season(SD currently has 95 high
school In section and only 18 field teams). After deliberation with officials the HS
interscholastic badminton season will continue, but without CIF funding for the
Championships. However, Carole Stowe and Sue Minnock, two SD coaches have set a
plan into motion which will save the competition. Along with the two coaches, HL
Corporation has graciously stepped in and offered to sponsor the Championship. CIF has
agreed to the format and will allow the modifications.
It is important to understand the value of CIF sanctioning and how it effect the future of HS
badminton. Past CIF history tells us why badminton maybe in jeopardy. A few years
back two sports were dropped and have never been reinstated.. gymnastics and
field hockey. Once CIF makes allowances regarding the 25% rule, the sport will
always be in jeopardy. It is virtually impossible to reverse a CIF ruling once the
sport is lost. Sports who have participation problems are always at the the
mercy and discretion of the CIF officials and high school principals who have the
power yearly to vote in favor or against. Unfortunately HS athletic department
will follow CIF's lead. HS administrators are now being pressured by popularity
of new sport and are running sport departments on limited funds. If badminton
does not meet or increase their participation numbers or receive CIF
sanctioning, then one of these new sports may put into badminton's place.
example:floor hockey, girls water polo, girls golf and etc.
Because of the SD CIF ruling there is the potential other sections might enforce the 25%
rule. Therefore, a major concern of the HS committee is to find ways to increase
participation throughout the state. Increasing participation should be a major objective of the
STRENGTHS OF HS PROGRAMS:
- Provides competitive experience for part of school community culture who
would not normally participate in HS sports
- Present schools fielding teams are maintaining and/or increasing numbers.
- Provides for lifetime sport experience
- Unique sport experience, like no other. Camaraderie between players and
opponents is extraordinary-few if any discipline problems.
- Students are academically oriented and usually excel in the classroom
- The only true coed sport In CIF
- There has been an increase in the number sanctioned CIF tournaments.
- May helps schools and athletic department meet Title IX laws
- Badminton continues to be one of the most popular electives In physical
- HS programs offer many teens first time exposure to badminton.
- CIF gives badminton instant credibility, the name CIF is anonymous with
excellence and gives the sport the same credibility as other sports on campus
- Some established team see graduates return to coach or fill other HS
PROGRAMS/PROJECTS TO INCREASE SCHOOL PARTICIPATION
- Facility usage is difficult and sometimes impossible, therefore sport is not offered
- No college athletic scholarships offered
- No NCAA competition
- Few opportunities in community colleges and none for boys'
- Coaching vacancies can not be filled. Lack of coaches or pool of available
candidates. No coach no program.
- Coaches too young/ little experienced , need certification program
- Inadequately funded athletic budgets
- Do not offer badminton in physical education curriculum. No lines on the gym
floors and/or equipment available
- Intermediate schools do not offer badminton, therefore many high school
students are never exposed to the sport
- Time of practice and matches interferes with availability of coaches and umpires
- Title IX may keep boys' from having opportunity to play sport
- Sport suffers from poor public image and does not get credibility from student
body, teachers, coaches or administrators since they have never seen
- Suffers from poor or no newspaper coverage. and almost no local cable TV
- Inadequate number of places to play. Too far and few, difficult for young player
to get to facility
- The large group of Asians who play the sport have virtually no
parental support for joining athletics... emphasis is for building academic success
- Limited or no private coaching available for HS students throughout the year
- An improved chain of communication between regional associations, colleges
and universities needs to be developed. The college physical education
classes and cultural clubs on campus are a future recruiting ground for HS
CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE:
- Open more facilities
- Increase intramural activity which can be a catalyst for recruiting athletes
- Provide more demonstrations and exhibitions on campuses to showcase "real
- Regional badminton clubs and organizations need to provide services which
develop high school players
- National office must oversee regional programs and make sure they are
- Need incentives to motivate players to continue to train and be involved after
- Recruit coaches and certify for potential vacated HS coaching positions
- Regional associations/clubs organize, select and provide awards night for "all-
Star teams" and "coach of year"
- Regional organization provide staff for all -star post season team
- Regional organization appoints HS official chair so umpires can be smoothly
assigned for CIF playoffs
- Try to encourage schools to have CIF move their championship start time to
evening so availability to officials will improve and administrators and parents
can attend match
- USAB needs a web site for HS Information
- Add USAB badminton link to CIF web page
- Provide a regional tournament circuit outside school season of sport in each
section. Geographically rotate scheduled tournaments to key locations, SO
HS players who have no means of transportation will have an opportunity to
- Offer at least one HS coaching clinic and player camp a season
- Provide regional scholarships for elite players...develop within the
guidelines/rules of NCAA, CCL and amateur so players do not lose
- Identify elite HS athletes and refer elite to club program,
college, regional and/or national teams try outs.
Following committee has volunteered to serve on the California HS Committee and will
meet sometime in September, 2000. It is suggested each region develop programs
which will increase HS participation and plaY, enhanCe present CIF programs, and provide
Incentives which will motivate players to play year around and after graduation. Since each
area of CIF is organized differently and the state is so large each regiOn will concentrate on
organizing their own areas. However, there needs to be parallel programs throughout the
state. Therefore, the ,following FOUR areas need to be immediately addressed and
programs put into place Which will attempt to solve some of the problems:
*TBA STATE CHAIR, SCBA
SUNIL JINADASA , SCBA JA, CHAIR
ED MATANGA, HS COACH
SANDI GUIDI, HS COACH
*RUSS OKUNO, NO CAL BADMINTON
KAREN CHRISTENSEN, NO CAL HS COACH
TBA NO CAL COACH
*BOB WALSH, SAN DIEGO JUNIOR CHAIR
CAROLE STOWE, SD HS COACH
SUE MINNOCK, SD HS COACH
*chair for the region
- COACHING: Develop and establish means for recruiting new HS coaches, establish
guidelines for simple certification of HS coaches, compile and publish a roster of
prospective certified coaches for HS hiring, improve communication and recruit new coaches
from physical education departments and athletic departments at universities, state
colleges and community colleges. These people can fill coaching voids.
- INCENTIVES: Regional post season All-star Team competition, select weekly top 10
poll which is posted in local newspapers along side the other CIF polls, select and
recognize All-Star Teams and Coaches of Year, local associations or clubs provide
organization for All-Star Awards Night, provide scholarships for elite player(s),
arrange for player clinics.
- COMPETITION: Provide HS tournament circuit outside season of sport for HS
players only. Rotate the tournaments within the region to alleviate transportation problems.
Use club or regional personnel to collect entries. Use local HS staff to run event and secure facilities. Keep tournament time short, maybe Friday evenings and Saturdays only, keep entry fee low and secure company to sponsor and provide awards to defray expense.
- RECRUIT NEW SCHOOL INTO CIF: Develop a plan on how to increase school participation.
Ultimately this one item could be the demise of CIF HS badminton.