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Badminton Learning Sequence and Cues Document
Methods of Teaching Individual Activities
PE-2111-002
Spring 2012
2/21/2012
Alan Fulcher
Dr. Rockie Pederson

The purpose of this document is to illustrate the most effective way to teach the sport of Badminton to beginners. It will outline the basic skills necessary for one to be successful in the sport, and will be divided into several sections in order to make it easier to navigate. The document will be sectioned off according to each skill, beginning with the most basic skills and graduating to the more difficult ones. This is known as the learning sequence, a recommended order of teaching the skills of the sport to beginners. Each section of the learning sequence will focus on a different skill, and will be arranged in this way: * Skill Technique – The correct way to perform the skill, and what correct technique looks like * Learning cues – these are “code words” to make it easier for students to learn the skills necessary to succeed. * Suggested teaching styles – recommendations for the most effective style of teaching a particular skill. There may be more than one style suggested, if appropriate All of this information will be drawn from numerous different sources, which will be properly referenced, with URL addresses provided. Table of Contents

Section I – Basic Grip, Stance, and Footwork
Section II – Drive Shot
Section III – Forehand and backhand overhead clear
Section IV – Short Serve and Long Serve
Section V – Smash Shot
Section VI – Drop Shot
Section VII – Block

Section I – Basic grip, Stance and Footwork
Skill technique:
* Grip: Hold the racket head with non-dominant hand, with grip facing toward the student, narrow side facing up, and racket perpendicular to the floor. Grasp handle with playing hand, forming a V shape on the top of the grip. Hold somewhat loosely for greater flexibility; if the racket is held too tight, the muscles of the arm with contract, restricting arm movement. (2) * Stance and Footwork: Students should keep their feet shoulder-width apart with knees slightly bent, and up on the balls of their feet. Students should hold the racket in front of them at about waist level. When at rest and waiting to receive serve, the students should assume this stance in the middle of his court, giving him or her the ability to cover the entire court. For shots played in the front court, take a small first step followed by a bigger one. For shots played at midcourt, take a big first step (lunge) in order to reach it. For shots played in the back-court, student shall rotate the hips and shoulder while backpedaling, allowing he/she to get behind the shuttlecock before returning it. Failure to accomplish these will likely result in a weak return. Learning Cues:

* Grip: “Shake hands” with the grip of the racket, narrow side up. Create a V with the thumb and index finger. Like a handshake, make the grip firm but not too tight. * Stance and Footwork: “Ready position” feet shoulder width, on toes, bend knees, ready to move in any direction. “Home Base” should be area that the player returns to while waiting for a return, in the middle of his or her court. For frontcourt serve, baby step followed by a lunge. For midcourt, lunge to reach the shuttlecock. For backcourt, have fluid hips and shoulders while taking short, careful steps on balls of the feet. Long strides backwards will likely result in loss of balance. Teaching styles:

This drill will accomplish the goal of teaching the basics of the grip and footwork at one time. Instruct students to partner up and split a court between the two of them, with a racket for each and one shuttlecock. On your cue, instruct the student with the shuttlecock to serve underhand to the other student (don’t worry about proper serve technique, that will come later). The students shall then return serve, and have the students bat the shuttlecock back and forth to each other, not attempting to...
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