Badminton Drills for Children
Badminton is a game played on a court, much like tennis. And like tennis, badminton is played with racquets. But instead of hitting a ball back and forth over the net, players hit a shuttlecock, and the shuttlecock cannot touch the court surface or else a point is lost or gained. Children can enjoy the game of badminton and improve their badminton skills with a few simple drills.
For this drill, buckets are placed on one side of the net. Players stand on the other side of the net with a number of shuttlecocks. The number of shuttlecocks can vary. Players try to hit the shuttlecocks into the buckets. The buckets can be placed near the corners so players can practice hitting shots there. For multiple players, a contest can see who hits the most shuttlecocks into buckets. As players advance, a coach or parent can hit soft shots to the players who then try to return the shuttlecocks into the buckets.
This drill helps children practice hitting the shuttlecock hard and at a downward angle, smashing the shuttlecock with a hard racquet stroke and aiming downward over the net so the opposing team will have difficulty returning it. Players stand near the net while the coach or parent tosses or softly hits the shuttlecock to the children who then smash the shuttlecock over the net.
This is a foot-work drill. Players shadow the movements of the coach or parent who is pretending to respond to the shuttlecocks hit over the net. The coach or parent retreats, for example, for an imaginary shuttlecock hit behind her. The players mimic or shadow the movements, including the racquet stroke. This helps children learn how to move around on the court while preparing to return the shuttlecock and return to a ready position.
This is a fun drill that helps children follow the shuttlecock with their eyes and keep their eyes on the shuttlecock as they hit it with their racquets. Children hit a shuttlecock high into the air and then move under it as it descends and hit it high into the air again. The object of this drill is to keep the shuttlecock aloft for as long as possible. A contest can be fashioned with the winner having the most hits before the shuttlecock strikes the ground.
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