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Winchester, MA Badminton Club
Here is the latest info updated 26-Dec-16.
The McCall gym has not available to use for badminton during the
2016-2017 school year. For the school year, the club has again
relocated to the Dallin School in Arlington on Tuesdays,
where there are three courts, one less
than McCall has had. Play will tentatively return to McCall for the 2017 Fall
Season. You can read about the
Arlington venue here.
Contact Elaine if you are interested in getting a season pass for play
at the Dallins School; be sure to include ALL of the
following information: your full name, address, gender, phone number,
email address, and a brief description of your experience playing badminton
on indoor courts. Sending incomplete information
will not hold a space nor get you a pass or get you on the waitlist.
Elaine's email address is:
or call Elaine at 781-646-8681 (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.).
Much of the following is obsolete, since the venue continues to be changed
for the 2016-2017 school year!
The Winchester Badminton Club meets for open play on Tuesdays during
the school year normally at the McCall School Gym in Winchester, MA
from 7:00 to 9:50 p.m., unless a special night is scheduled.
However, since the McCall Gym is not available this 2016 Fall from September
to December, badminton will be held at the Dallin School Gym in Arlington
located at George St. and Florence Avenue from 6:20 to 9:50 p.m.
This activity is open to all adults (age 18 and older) with
advanced game-playing skills.
High attendance is expected as the season begins,
and attendance at the end of last season had been very high,
and therefore walk-in playing times are being limited.
Players with lower skill levels will be encouraged to join Monday
Doubles at 8:00 p.m. or the Thursday ArlRec Club at 7:10 p.m.,
which will also be at the Dallin Gym in Arlington.
Fees for season passes are NOT refundable,
and previously-paid walk-in fees cannot be credited towards season pass fees.
Passes are issued per season, and the fee is a "season fee",
not based upon a certain number of nights. In the event that there are
skipped nights due to weather or an unplanned school event, there will be
an attempt made to schedule make-up nights.
However, such make-up nights cannot be guaranteed.
Nights a player decides to skip cannot be made up.
On Tuesdays, walk-in attendance at the McCall Gym is welcome to start
between 6:50 to 8:15 p.m.; however, if there are 70% of the club members
playing at 8:15 p.m., you must stop playing. Then at 9:20 p.m.,
walk-in play can resume (fee $15). Or you may choose to play for the just
the first 1.5 hours then quit for the night (fee $8).
Bring exact change or be prepared to get no change.
Notices and cancellation notices are automatically sent out to all
currently registered players by WinRec
If your email address changes or your phone number changes, be sure to email
Elaine so that she makes the correction in the town database.
The database requires your email address, your phone number,
and your gender as well as the usual information.
Winchester player Chauncy Liu,
who also coaches and plays in Arlington on
Mondays and Thursdays, restrings racquets, and he often has racquets
for sale at reasonable prices.
You can get to this page with this shortcut URL:
and similarly, you can get to the Arlington Badminton Club web page using:
Honoring 85-year-old Paul Surette
Honoring 88-year-old Phil Bainbridge
This page is organized into the following sections:
This club has been operating since 1932. The
International Badminton Federation (IBF)
(now known as Badminton World Federation) was established in 1934,
and thus Winchester has been involved with the sport
longer than then the IBF!
For many years, this club
has been meeting at the McCall Middle School at 458 Main Street
in the center of Winchester, MA.
The club meets most Tuesdays during the school year. Occasionally a
make-up night may be scheduled on a different weeknight.
Arlington Recreation offers an alternate place to play on Thursdays
at the Dallin School in Arlington, MA.
The club does not play when there are special events being held in the school
gym, or when the school is closed due to school holidays, school
vacation days, or snow days. When in doubt, e-mail or call one of the club
officials listed below, or call the Winchester Recreation Office at
Normal hours of play are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:55 p.m. Players are asked to abide
by the requirement they be out of the building by 9:58 p.m.
Players have been asked to not enter the building or gym prior to 7:00 p.m.
Play may begin as soon as the custodians have completed putting up ALL
the nets, including checking for the correct net heights.
Dress is casual, with rubber-soled footwear required.
The gym is set up with four standard badminton courts.
Because this is a recreational activity for adults only,
anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted to participate as a player.
If it is snowing, sleeting, raining, or sandy, please
do not wear your court playing shoes from the car to the gym.
If you have no other shoes that you can wear, put plastic bags over your
sneakers. Please do not wear shoes into the gym that have snow, ice, sand,
or water residing in the treads.
This club uses the
21-point game rules
for all games.
The club supplies, at no additional charge, tournament-grade yellow
Yonex 350 nylon birds for play, but if the players assigned to a court agree
unanimously to use an alternative bird for their match, they may do so.
Nightly attendance has generally ranged from 25 to 40 players.
The evening consists primarily of game
play, although you can frequently get in some practice early or late.
Play is almost exclusively doubles, but there are not regular partnerships.
Instead, as explained below in the
section, attempts are made
to arrange matches with even strength on both sides, as well as to diversify
partnerships throughout the evening. The club does not provide refreshments
or snacks, and no shower facilities are available. There are bleachers
on which to sit and relax between games.
Restrooms and water fountains are located just outside the gym.
Questions, such as whether or not the club will be playing
on a particular evening, should be directed to:
|Winchester Recreation Office
Map Showing the Club Location
You can view a
showing where the club meets.
Directions to McCall School from Route 128 Northbound
Take Route 128 (same as I-95) to Exit #34, labelled "Winn
Street". Head Southeasterly towards Woburn. You will be
going essentially in a straight line for just under 5 miles.
Along the way, when you get to Woburn Center, you will go 180
degrees around the rotary there. From this rotary you will be on
Route 38 most of the way to either of the club locations.
Route 38 turns left at a traffic signal just before a
Stop and Shop Supermarket on your left,
but you should keep going straight into Winchester Center.
As you approach Winchester Center,
you will come to a rotary underneath a train overpass.
Go around the rotary 180 degrees and proceed on Main Street to the first
traffic signal, where you will see a large stone Unitarian church on the
far right corner. Continue on Main Street for a block, and the McCall
School is on your right.
Directions to McCall School from Route 128 Southbound
Take Route 128 (same as I-95) to Exit #37A, which is I-93 South
towards Boston. Take I-93 one exit to Montvale Avenue, and
join with the next set of directions below to finish this route.
Directions to McCall School from Interstate 93
Take the Montvale Avenue exit off of I-93 and
head West towards Woburn. The Montvale Avenue exit is one
exit South of the interchange with Route 128. You quickly
pass Polcari's Restaurant on your left and an Exxon
gas station on your right. At
the traffic signal, which is about 0.3 miles from I-93,
you will be turning LEFT onto Washington Street. At that
corner, there is a Citgo station on your near right.
Proceed on Washington Street into Winchester, measuring
your distance from the left turn you just made. Along the
way, there are a few signals;
when you come to the signal at 1.9 miles, it's better
to be in the left of two lanes. When you go through that
corner, you will bear left a bit, and immediately after passing the
Winchester Public Library on your right, you will come to a traffic
Go straight ahead for one block until you come
to a flashing red light and a STOP sign.
This is Main Street, and the McCall Middle School is
across Main Street directly in front of you.
You may park anywhere along the street, except in the handicap
Directions to McCall School from Lexington Center
Take Routes 4/225 East, merging with Route 2A, past the
center of town. Follow Route 2A as it turns LEFT onto Maple Road.
Take Maple Road to a signal at Lowell Road - Route 2A
turns there, but you keep going straight on Maple. Then
go 2.2 miles to a signal, which is both Cambridge Street (Route 3).
Turn RIGHT onto Cambridge Street (Route 3), and go 0.4 miles
to the next traffic signal at Church Street.
Turn LEFT onto Church Street, and proceed 0.8
miles. Then turn RIGHT onto Waterfield Road, just opposite a
Bank of America building on the left.
Go 0.1 miles on Waterfield Road (passing under a train bridge),
and turn LEFT at the STOP sign at the end of Waterfield Road.
Go a very short distance to the signal, and turn RIGHT
onto Main Street. The school is on the RIGHT just past the big
stone Unitarian church around which you are turning.
Entering the School
Looking at the McCall Middle School from the
street, enter at the right end
where there is a rounded set of stairs leading to glass doors.
Walk straight through, and the gym is straight ahead. There is no
locker room, but you can change clothes in a restroom.
Your First Time
There is no club-joining fee, but you are expected to sign in
and either pay the per-session walk-in fee or pay the season fee.
On your first visit, you will be asked to fill out a small form, so the
club can keep you informed of news, such as cancellations.
Part of data collected includes an e-mail address. An e-mailing
list is maintained by
especially to inform players of cancellations.
Mike maintains one list to cover announcements for both
Winchester and Arlington badminton activities.
If you ask Mike to be added to the e-mail list, please also say in
what town you live. If you provide an
e-mail address but would also like to be informed of a cancellation
via phone, please make that known. These addresses are not publicly
available - Mike keeps them on his own computer.
You will also be asked to fill out a magnetic name-card on which to print the
name you prefer to be called - perhaps your nickname.
Elaine may make this card for you.
This name-card will be used on a ladder arrangement to determine the make-up
of courts of 4 players.
The Ladder System for Selection of Team Players
At the very beginning of an evening, until the courts begin to fill,
there may be time to get in a few games of singles, should you be so inclined.
But after more than 8-12 players are available, the rest of the evening
reverts to doubles play.
Name magnets of available players are arranged vertically on the left side of the PLAYING BOARD,
under WAITING TO PLAY. The player (PICKER) whose name is at the top of the
WAITING TO PLAY
list (ladder) picks three players to make up a court. The selections must be made from among the
top ten names on the ladder. The PICKER places the names on the first top-most empty magnet
card in the center of the board under WAITING FOR COURT,
keeping the names in the same order
as on the WAITING TO PLAY list,
except with the
PICKER being the last player (#4) on the magnet
card. If you are a newcomer, seek some guidance on the selection and pairing of partners from
either the attendant on duty or one of the more experienced players.
inform the other 3 selected players immediately
that they have been selected, and
how many courts
need to be emptied prior to your team playing.
This is very helpful in keeping games moving
quickly. As courts become available, the top WAITING FOR COURT
card of 4 players will be moved to the first empty court in the
PLAYING ON COURT column.
When the four players have finished their game and come off the court, the vacated court is then
available for the first team under WAITING FOR COURT.
Please yell out "COURT" as you are walking off the court to
alert everyone about the court availability for the next players.
Courts are numbered sequentially, with
Court 1 being nearest the entry to the gym. When leaving the court, the team
PICKER is responsible for removing
his/her group from PLAYING ON COURT, and
replacing it with the first team
under WAITING FOR COURT.
The PICKER of the team leaving the court, then
moves the individual player name magnets back
onto the WAITING TO PLAY list, immediately below the last name and
in the same order
in which they had been arranged
on the team's magnet card. After placing the team's names back
on the ladder, the now empty card is moved to the bottom of the WAITING FOR COURT column.
After completing your game and replacing your team card with a WAITING team, it is helpful
to call out the name of that team's PICKER and the court number you have vacated. When there
are many players waiting, the attendant on duty will often move the magnets to help keep
games moving quickly.
If you are selected and elect to not play with the selected group,
you have the option of declining to play.
The PICKER will place your name at the bottom of the WAITING TO PLAY list. If you wish
to take a break from playing, you may place your name at the bottom of the WAITING TO PLAY list
or remove it from the board. When you wish to resume play, you would again place your name magnet at the bottom of the WAITING TO PLAY list.
When you are done playing for the evening, please
remove your magnet
from the PLAYING BOARD and
return it to the STORAGE BOARD,
replacing it in the correct
by the bold magnet name.
Please, do not hesitate to seek some guidance on picking and pairing teams.
Please mix your selection of players for more interesting play.
Not-so-great players, please limit choosing the more experienced players to just once a night.
Rules for Play
- House rules dictate that foursomes should not switch
courts once they have begun to use a court for play or
- The club supplies plastic birds, but if the players
unanimously decide to use an alternative bird, they are
welcome to do so.
- When a bird hits the ceiling, it is considered to be OUT.
If it hits any other obstruction, such as a rope hanging
from the ceiling, the play is taken over.
The following are standard badminton rules - new as of 2006 - but are
included here for the benefit of newcomers:
- Standard 21-point games
are played. Every rally results in a point.
Service court is based on the evenness/oddness of the score of the
serving team; the right court is used when the score is even, and
the left court is used when the score is odd.
When the serving team loses a rally, the serve goes
to the other team. When the serving team scores, the players interchange
court positions, and the same player continues as server.
When the score is 20-20, a 2-point difference is required to win,
up to a maxumum score of 30.
- A bird's touching the net during play does not affect the
play, even on a serve. This is unlike tennis. If a player
or the player's racquet touches the net, it is a fault
against that player.
Experienced players will help explain the boundary lines and
other rules of play to first-timers.
The USA Badminton web site
includes a description of the rules of the game, but it doesn't
seem to describe the boundary lines.