Glenn Dale Badminton
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Badminton in Glenn Dale, Maryland

We are a small group of badminton players, regularly getting together at the Glenn Dale Recreation Center, usually on Saturdays, currently from 3.30pm - 7pm. We have 3 courts, with an extra 1/2 for practice/warmup. As of March 2015 you are required to have a valid PG annual pass to play in this facility. Our sister group plays at nearby Arbor Lake.
Our group is part of the Glenn Dale Rec Council (or if this link does not work: eteamz)
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We don't have an official club name, but there are now some suggestions.


2015

We continue to play most Saturday's 3.30 -7pm. But as of March 21 players will need the annual PG community center pass to play. Before we had a $2/play event fee. As before though, players below 18 are free, but will need to get a (free) pass.

2014

Blocked days for basketball, when we cannot play: Feb 8, Feb 22, and Mar 1. Some of us also play wednesday evenings at Lake Arbor Community Center, starting May 2014.
Lake Arbor Community Center
10100 Lake Arbor Way, Bowie, MD 20721
(301) 333-6561
Every Wednesday, 6- pm to 9- pm ( Badminton )
call the gym if you are not certain or live far for a wasted drive.

2013

In january we started playing on the newly ligned courts. we missed a few sessions because of basketball league. In february playing times are 4pm - 6.30pm, but in March we plan to go back to 3.30 - 7pm.

2012

We continue to play Saturday's 3.30pm-7pm. Some days will be blocked out because of the basketball league (Jan 28, Feb 18 and Feb 25). Best is to subscribe to the mailing list, where there are weekly announcements. Note that as of March, there is a $2 drop-in fee or you need to get an annual gym card. Kids below 18 are free.

2011

As every year, during the first two months we play alternate Saturdays, due to the Basketball league. In March, times have changed from 3pm-7pm.

2010

We continue to play every Saturday, 11-1pm, started Jan 2, but in the spring semester a number of Saturdays are for the basketball league. These are: jan 9, 23. Feb 6, 20. March 6.
In March there is still basketball, so we play March 13.
In April we plan to continue weekly, starting April 3. We plan for our annual club tournament on April 17. Start at 10am and we plan to play until about 3am. Parking might be a bit hard, since the Marietta Mansion is also holding their annual Marching Through Times event. Here are some pictures from that day
During the summer, a few of our club members organized a badminton session in the summer camp for kids age 6-12. About 30 kids participated.
Planned tournament with new lines is now set for Saturday, December 11. 11am-5pm.

2009

We start the year on Jan 3, and Jan 17, but roughly every other week there will be basketball competition games, throughout
February: We play on Feb 14.
March: March 21, 28, but we now play 11am-1pm.
April: 4, 11 and 18 are playing days. April 25 is closed due to a Health Fair in the gym. We've tentatively put May 2 as our tournament date, details and permission to use the gym upcoming. April 25 is also the date for the Maryland Juniors Open, in Baltimore.
May 2 we play, and May 9 will be the Glenn Dale Badminton Tournament, and continuing the rest of the month : May 16, 23, 30, we play.
June looks like a full month of playing: 6, 13, 20 and 27.
July 4 the gym opens at noon, but we'll play. We also play July 11, 18 and 25.
Aug: all weeks,
Sep: all weeks, except the last
Oct: play on Oct 3, 10, 17 and 24. No Play on Oct 31 !!!
No play days are: 9/26, 10/31 an 11/28 (gym upgrade)
No play on Dec 19, too much snow!!!!

2008

February 12: special event, parent night, with open badminton in the main gym!
Playing dates: Feb 2. There will be a number of basketball league sessions displacing badminton in Feb and March.
March 22, and March 29. April 5, April 12 (11am-1pm).
We expect to play April 19, 26,
May 3, 17, 24 and 31.
June 7, 14. No badminton on June 21 (York PA tournament) but we resume the 28th.
We play July 5 and 12, 19 and 26. We play August 2, but August 9 and 16 NO BADMINTON. We continued August 23, We played all of Sept, and oct 4 and 11. Expect to play oct 18 and 25.
Nov 1 we will play (Ben/Xin have the equipment bag).
Nov 8, Nov 22 and Nov 29 there will be no badminton (special event/thanksgiving), so only Nov 15 is left this month!
Dec 5 we play again, after gym renovation. We have two more sessions this year: Dec 20 and Dec 27.

2007

Playing dates: January 13, 27, February 10, March 3, 17, 24 , April 7, 14, 21, and 27, May 12, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. July 7,14,21 and 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25. September 1,8,15,22 (peter is travelling, somebody needs to check the equipment) and 29. For October we are playing on Oct 20 and Oct 27 as well (Manuel has the bag). For november we should be able to play Nov 3 and depending when they exactly begin with the floor resurfacing project, on Nov 10. For December we play Dec 8, Dec 22 and Dec 29 (planned tournament!). The annual christmas party for the kids is Dec 15, noon-2pm, so there will be no badminton possible.
The Asian Festival hosted a doubles badminton tournament on July 21.
(more to follow will be posted here, some Saturdays are for basketball tournaments and/or away badminton tournaments).
Special Event: Tuesday February 6: 5pm-6pm photo shoot session with the Gazette. Results are now up on http://spotted.gazette.net (gallery 455)
Special Event: Tuesday February 27: Parents Night at the gym (7.30pm) with a Badminton Exhibition Match featuring several top ranked (the #2 in doubles) of the country.

Fall 2006

We started playing on saturdays, November 18, from 9am-11am. Only Dec 2 was not possible, but so far we've been able to keep our playing times.

Spring 2006

We started playing April 22: We expect to play Saturdays 9.30am - 11.30am, in the Glenn Dale Community (Rec) Center. We will have a number of sessions, perhaps 6 or 7, until mid June. Depending on interest, we may also do a summer session.
NOTE 1: The May 20 practice was cancelled to make room for a judo tournament!
NOTE 2: The June 17 practice will be cancelled because of the NJ Open tournament. The plan is to continue June 24 until July 15, and perhaps some sessions later in August.

Summer 2005

To introduce Badminton, the Glenn Dale Recreation Council is setting up two sessions during the 2005 summer in the Glenn Dale Community Center (this is close to NASA Goddard, right next to the Glenn Dale Splash Park, and accross the street from the Glenn Dale Fire Association):

Session 1: July 2, 9, 16 (9.30am-12.00pm)
Session 2: August 6, 13, 20 (9.30am-12.00pm)

SmartLink

For those not yet a member, SmartLink gives you a full year of access to any of the bi-county community centers for a very affordable price. You probably need this to get into the gym. This card will also give you access to a number of other places where badminton is played in the local area.

Address and Direction

Follow these GOOGLE MAPS directions the gym:
    Glenn Dale Community Center
    11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard
    Glenn Dale, MD 20769
    301-352-8983; TTY 301-218-6768

Directions from Washington, D.C., take Route 214 (Central Avenue) East.
Continue on Central Avenue past the Capital Beltway (approximately three
miles). Make a left at light onto Route 193. Continue on Route 193
North. Crossover Route 450 and continue straight on Route 193 to
facility on the left (across from the Glenn Dale Fire Station). 

Directions from Baltimore, take Route 3 South to Route 450 (Annapolis
Road) West. Continue for approximately six miles and make a right onto
Route 193 North and follow to complex on the left.

Directions from College Park, take MD 193 east. Go past Goddard Space Flight
Center, for about 3 miles. You will see the facility on your right, accross
from the Glenn Dale Fire Station.


Fun Links

  1. Other information on badminton in the DC area is available here.
  2. Who is the best racket player in the world?
  3. badminton second to soccer in participation worldwide
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This page should be available on:
http://www.astro.umd.edu/badminton/glenndale/
Email me (teuben @ astro.umd.edu ) for more info.