Frequently Asked Questions
Can I hire a court?
Our courts are only available for use by Abbeydale Park Badminton Club members and cannot be booked by non-members. However once the membership fee has been paid there is no additional cost for court usage. Members can turn up and play (when the courts are not in use – as shown on the Court Availability page) without additional cost and without the need to book.
How do I join?
Simply visit our membership page and fill in our online form. An e-mail will be sent back to you straight away with payment plans, just choose the one for you and fill in your details.
After joining you will be issued a coloured tag bearing your name to hang on the playing board for club nights. The tag will take a couple of weeks to arrive after joining. The tag shows that you have paid the membership fees for the current season.
Can I come down and see the facilities?
Visitors are welcome to come down any Friday evening from 7:30, most members arrive by 8:00. This is a relaxed night for social players with a wide range of playing standards. Committee members should be able to advise you on what club nights are suitable based on your standard of play. A committee member is generally present on all nights.
The first visit is free and you can visit up to 4 times before we ask you to decide whether or not you would like to become a member. The subsequent 3 visits are £5.
What happens on a club night?
Members of the correct playing standard attend the appropriate feathers or plastics club nights. Members generally turn up between 7:30 and 8:15 and play until around 10.00pm. When players arrive they add their Membership Tag to the board in the centre of the hall (see the question below regarding the Tag System). Members and visitors will play a variety of level doubles, mixed and funny 4’s (e.g 1 women with 3 men) with the aim of making a fair game. Once picked, 1 game to 21 is played.
How are games selected on club nights? / How does the tag system work?
Members are all provided with a plastic coloured tag with their name on in it. All visitors have a paper tag with their name on it. The plastic tags indicate who have paid their membership fees for the year. Each year a new coloured tag is provided to members to show they have renewed their membership.
When attending a club night the tags are placed on the board at the centre of the hall. They are hung up and when a new tag is added it is placed to the back of the line of tags to the right. The first members tag on the board gets to pick themselves and 3 other tags to play a game. They can pick any tag (from the first 8). Once these tags have been removed and placed the gaming area the remaining tags are moved to the left and the member whose tag is now first in line has an opportunity to pick. The shuttle I provided by the person who picked the game. When a game ends the 4 members take the 4 tags from the gaming area and add it to the back of the line of tags, with the winning pair getting added before the losing pair.
This system allows members to play different opponents throughout the evening and also makes sure that no one is sat off without getting picked.
Who can attend club nights?
Members can only attend club nights of the appropriate standard. Please ask a committee member to advise on certain nights. If a member is of the correct standard and has paid membership fees for senior, student, student county, country, honorary, Junior, or is part of the junior coaching program then they are able to play on the club nights.
Can I play in the club teams in the league?
Playing in the teams and tournaments is optional. All senior, students and juniors members have the opportunity at the end of the season to put their name forward to play in the club teams for next year, which play in the local & Yorkshire leagues. There are lots of teams which cater for different playing standards. You may also put your name forward to the club captains for the current year and may be called up to play as a reserve.
Do I get coaching with my membership fee?
Adult members don’t generally receive coaching other than the elite players who pay extra. The membership does not include coaching. If you are interested in coaching then this would be individually arranged with the coaches or captains of the teams. The adult members improve their play at Abbeydale by attending club nights with other members of a similar standard and get to play lots of different players.
When does your season start?
Our season runs from the 1st August to 31st July.
Can I hire equipment?
Members bring their own equipment, however if a racket is required then a committee member will be able to provide a racket from the club.
Members provide their own plastic shuttles, if you require shuttles these can be purchased from a committee member at the hall. On Club nights which use feathers the club provides the feathers and a small fee is played by each player on the night to cover the cost.
In order to keep the badminton floor in top condition it is essential that you bring suitable unmarking court shoes to play in.
Can I join as a parent carer?
Parent Carer membership is only available to Parent and Carers of juniors who are enrolled in the coaching program at Abbeydale. It is not available to parent carers of juniors who have joined the club to play outside of the training program. As a Parent Carer you would be welcome to play before 4:30 on any day except when the courts are already booked, which will be displayed on the court availability page.
If I join as a Day member when can I play?
As a Day member you would be welcome to play before 4:30 on any day except when the courts are already booked, which will be displayed on the court availability page. If you are an appropriate standard then you can join in with our other day members who play on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am.
My child wants to join the coaching program, do they have to pay the junior membership fees too?
The junior coaching fees for the term include the membership fee for that term and an therefore an additional junior membership fee is not due. If coaching is stopped then junior membership fee is due if child wishes to use the Abbeydale courts.
If your child is interested in attending the coaching sessions please contact our Asistant Head coach Vicky Smith firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to give advice on which sessions can be attended and the costs.