Do we need to call in and book a court?
Whilst some days and times aren’t that busy, we recommend you always call to make a booking. The call is normally less than a minute and will secure you a court in our centre. This is also a really good if you have particular courts you prefer more than others! Please also note that Member’s of the centre can make permanent bookings. You can call the centre on (03) 9363 3388.
do we need our own equipment?
If you are coming for your own private Court Hire with your friends/family, your Court Hire Fee will include the badminton court, net and net poles already set up for you. You will need to bring your own racquets and shuttlecocks, however if you don’t have any gear, we have racquets for hire ($3/each for the duration) and for sale, as well as shuttlecocks for sale ($2.50-$3.50/each). Please note that we can’t hire our shuttlecocks as they get damaged when you play with them!
If you are coming for our Social Events, the court as well as shuttlecocks will be provided. You will need to bring your own racquet (unless you hire or buy one).
What are the official laws of badminton?
Click here for the official Laws of Badminton.
How do I keep score?
The winner of each rally earns one point, regardless of which side is serving. Games are played to 21 points. At 20 -20, a side must win by 2 points or reach 30 points first, whichever is sooner.
What should I wear?
Any active wear will do. However, only non-marking non-black soled indoor court shoes are allowed on the gym floor. This means your shoes cannot be black on the bottom, they cannot mark up the courts, regardless of colour.
What are non-marking shoes?
Non-marking shoes are shoes that do not mark the courts. Typically, any indoor court shoe will be non-marking, such as indoor basketball, racquetball, or squash shoes are non-marking. The store clerk should be able to tell you which shoes are non-marking. In addition, it should say somewhere on the box or on the shoe if it is non-marking. All badminton shoes are non-marking, so those are the safest shoes to purchase for badminton.
We specify that black soled shoes are not allowed, as those are the ones that typically mark up the courts. However, there are white soled shoes that do mark up the courts. So, make sure the shoes are non-marking versus only looking at the colour of the shoe.
Do I need to come with a partner to play?
Nope! Whether you’re dropping in as a guest to play or a member of RSC, you are not required to come with a partner to play doubles. You can usually find players at our Social Events like yourself, looking for someone to have a hit with!
This sport is new to me. How should I get started?
The best way to get started is to simply get onto the court and play! You may start by familiarizing yourself with the basic rules, and then just come and play! We also offer beginner coaching for adults and juniors.
I would like to improve my skills. What are my options for classes?
We provide group lessons for adults and juniors. Please contact us directly for more information either by email (email@example.com) or by phone on (03) 9363 3388. The cost of coaching at this centre is $15 for juniors and $25 for anyone 16 and older. If you were thinking of getting coaching down the track, definitely consider getting it soon before you develop bad habits!
Who is Western Sports & Badminton Centre (WSBC)?
That’s us! We’ve re-branded so our name sounds a bit more inclusive of our other sports that are coming to the centre very soon! Stay tuned for more information, and don’t forget to check out our Facebook!