Cooperative Net-play

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-Objective:

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Players try to see how long they can hit the bird to each other moving from one side of the court to the other and then back again.

-Fundamental Movement Skills:

  • Manipulative Send

    • Strike​

-Equipment List:

  • Each player has a badminton racquet, 1 bird per pair of players

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-Equipment Link:

-Setting Up:

  • Two players stand on opposite sides of the net at one side of the court, one of the players holds a bird.

-Instructions:

  • The player with the bird gently hits a short shot over the net to her partner.

  • The other player does a gentle return.

  • Players continue hitting the bird to each other as they try to move to the other side of the court and then back again.

-Questions & Notes:

  • Safety considerations:

    • Racquets may not cross the plane of the net to avoid players from hitting each other.

  • Instructional tips: 

    • Players should contact the bird as early as possible to avoid having to hit the bird to far up. 

  • Variations:

    • Competitive Net game:

      • One player stands on either side of the net just behind the short-service line in a doubles serve/serve receive position–can also be played on a narrow (half) court to accommodate more people on the court.

      • The objective of this game is to have the bird land on the opponents side of the court. Regular badminton rules apply with two significant differences.

        • Only a short serve into regular court is permitted.

        • Following the serve the short service line becomes the back of the court. All playing must occur inside the very short court. 

    • Competitive 2-zone Net Game: This game is a more difficult version of Competitive Net Game. Mark 2 2-metre squares on either side of the court by the net. After the service players can only score if the bird lands in either of their opponent’s 2 zones.

    • Half Cooperative Net Game (or Competitive Net Game): Play these games on only half (narrow) court. 

    • Doubles Net Games: Play Cooperative Net Game or any of the above variations with 2 players per side. 

  • As a cool-down

    • Cooperative Net Game plus the Doubles Net Games will work well as cool-downs–the other variations are too demanding.