Sports are the ultimate example of how hard work and dedication can pay off. By practicing hard and smart, an athlete or a team can increase its performance and see marked results. With the sport of badminton, it is important to train all aspects of the body and mind, and remember not to focus too much on just a few of these aspects. A good badminton training program focuses on conditioning as well as on technical improvement.
The first step in creating a good regimen for badminton practice is to know what your team needs. Each team is different, and successfully identifying your strengths and weaknesses, as they relate to the team, is the key to success.
Begin each season with general fitness drills. You want your team to be strong in all of the following areas: strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, agility, balance, speed and coordination. If any of these areas are weak, begin a program to strengthen that area, without ignoring the areas in which your team excels.
Ensure that each of your athletes is physically healthy enough to begin the workouts. If you're coaching a youth badminton team, get information from the parents on their children's health needs, such as asthma or allergies. If you're coaching an adult team, make sure you stress that it is important for team members to get proper nutrition and rest so they can always perform at their best.
General fitness drills can be tailored to whatever your team needs. It is general practice to start the season with distance running, sprints, muscle workouts, balance drills, and lots of stretching. Wait a week or so until you use shuttlecocks in play. It's important to hammer out the basics first. Do not underestimate stretching when you exercise. A pulled hamstring can take the best player out of the game for an entire season, and could have a lasting effect on his performance.
After you're satisfied with how your team is performing physically, you should begin with hand-eye coordination drills. These do not necessarily have to be with racquets and shuttlecocks. Simply playing catch or a few games of basketball can be a good start.
After your team is fully warmed up for the season, you should start playing some badminton. These can either be drills, like setting up two players to have the longest volley, or you can have them play full-on competitive matches. Use your imagination here. If you think of an effective technique that the other coaches can't, that's one more thing that will help you to have a successful season.
Exhibition matches can work wonders for your team. Get your two best players to play a match in front of the rest of your team, then talk about what they are doing well and what they can improve on. All the players will benefit from seeing and hearing this information. Provide plenty of feedback. Just because the coach may not be directly involved in the physical action doesn't mean he can zone out after he gives his orders. He needs to watch each and every player, learn their strengths and weaknesses, and tell them how to improve.
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