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Practical Sports Study (Individual) log Book for Badminton

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Unit 19 – Practical Sports Study (Individual) – log Book for Badminton

Date of Session: 7th March 2007

Explain exactly what you did in the session (P1)

Today we started off with a warm up, which involves partnering with someone and hit the shuttlecock towards each other (over the net) and after that we did some stretches, working from the calf up to the neck.

After the warm up we learnt what how to umpire badminton match and how learn what a line judge role is in badminton. We all took turns to be a umpiring and line judging and also play in a match situation.

Explain which new skills, knowledge and techniques you used throughout the session (P1)

Today session I have learnt what is the main role for a line judge, service judge and an umpire and where I should be positioned to make correct calls.

Line judge – has to sit on chairs in prolongation of their lines at the ends and sides of he court and when the shuttlecock lands certain areas and the players or umpire cannot possibly judge is the shuttlecock is in or out, the line judge who was the closes to that area with call out the what they see. The options are: if shuttle cock is out, the line judge calls “OUT” and to signal out, you extend both arms horizontally so everyone can see, if it’s in they call out “IN”, you point to the line with your right hand and if they cannot decide, they cover their eyes and it means unsighted meaning the point has to be replayed back (diagram and instruction are shown on appendix 1).

Services Judge – has to sit on a chair by the post, preferably opposite the umpire and their role is to judge is the server delivers a correct service, if not, call “FAULT” loudly and then they use the approval hand signal (diagram and instruction are shown on appendix 1).

Umpire – their roles are to look around and listen to any calls from the line judge and call out the player(s) names and where they are from, who is serving first, who scored and where they should be standing before they start serving and they can overall the other judges decision if necessary.

Throughout the session justify your selection and used of skills and techniques (M1)

The reason I need to use the correct calls and hand positioning on line judging because if I don’t use them, it will confuse the players and the umpire meaning it could affect the match. Also if I wasn’t sitting on the correct position, no one will know if the shuttlecock landed inside the court or outside the court. It is also similar to service judge, you must make the correct calls or it will confuse others and same for umpiring, but for umpiring, they must make sure the game goes on well without a lot of arguments from both teams and the judges.

Analyse your performance during today’s session (i.e. strengths and weaknesses) and highlight how it could be improve in future to develop your skills and techniques (D1)

Strengths – During the session, I was in a good position to see if the shuttlecock land inside or outside the court, I was very loud and clear with my calls for line judging and umpiring.

Weaknesses – During the ling judging I wasn’t doing the hand position correctly e.g. when the shuttlecock was out, I called it in by mistake and also I wasn’t aware on how the other players was serving, some was serving above their waist and I wasn’t aware of it.

Improvement – To improve my weaknesses, I should make sure I understand fully on the hand positioning on line judging and also be 100% alert when I’m a line judge and a service judge and make the correct calls.

Date of Session: 14/3/2007

Explain exactly what you did in the session (P1)

Today we started off with a warm up, which involves forming two lines from both ends and the idea is to keep the shuttlecock travelling over the net (rally) and you get 3 chances to keep it going, if not you have to sit out and the last two who’s still keeping the rally going wins and after that we did some stretches, working from the calf muscle up to the neck.

After the warm up we went back on how to improve our line judging, service judge and umpiring and also using to different skills to keep the shuttlecock travelling over the net (rally) and they are underarm and overhead clear.

Explain which new skills, knowledge and techniques you used throughout the session (P1)

The underarm clear - is usually played from the frontcourt area to your opponent’s backcourt. Depend on the situation at that time and your opponent’s positioning on court you can either play it high and deep or a flatter, cross-court clear (it is a useful clear to make your opponent move to the back of their court)

Here are some pointers for the underarm clear.

  • Adopt the forehand grip for a forehand underarm clear or the backhand grip for a backhand underarm clear.
  • Extend and put your racket up when you go for the shot.
  • The point of impact shall be well out in front of you and as high as possible with your racket leg leading in a lunge position.
  • Swing your racket upwards as the shuttle drops in the hitting area.
  • Unlock your wrist as you contact the shuttle, producing a whip action.
  • Follow through with your racket in the direction of the shuttle’s trajectory.
  • Push with both legs and move back to your base position.

The Overhead clear - Use the clear to move your opponent to the backcourt which can give you enough spaces to hit the shuttlecock where you opponent are not able to return your shot and you can play two types of Badminton Clears, Attacking Clear and Defensive Clear.

Here are some pointers for playing a forehand overhead clear.

  • Adopt the forehand grip.
  • Turn your body and stand sideways to the net with your non-racket shoulder facing the net.
  • Shift your weight on to your rear foot.
  • Bend your elbow and lock your wrist preparing to swing forward.
  • Raise your non-racket hand and point at the shuttle to improve timing and balance.
  • Contact the shuttle as high as possible and in front of your body using a strong throwing action as if you are going to throw your racket high and forward through the air.
  • Straighten your elbow as you hit the shuttle.
  • Let your wrist unlock with a whip action as you hit the shuttle.
  • Follow through with your racket and shift your weight from your rear foot to your front foot.
  • Move back to your base position.

Throughout the session justify your selection and used of skills and techniques (M1)

The underarm clear and overhead clear – The reason I use this skill is because it helps me to hit the shuttlecock up in the air which can give me enough time to adjust my positioning to return the opponent’s shot.  The technique required in the skills is very vital because you have to be in a good position to return the opponent’s shot or to perform the skill.

Analyse your performance during today’s session (ie strengths and weaknesses) and highlight how it could be improve in future to develop your skills and techniques (D1)

Strengths – During the session my techniques on the overhead and underarm clear near perfect, I was in a good position to return the shots from my opponent and when I was doing the line judging, I was very aware if the shuttlecock was out or inside the court and I was very loud and clear with my calls.

Weaknesses – During my doubles match, I made wrong decisions weather the shuttlecock was out or in and I was struggling to perform very well on my overhead clear because I kept on aiming my shots straight into the net and also I tend to put too much or too less power on the shot and it cost me losing the match.

Improvement – To improve my weaknesses, I should practice more on my weak shot which in my overhead clear and making sure I’m using the correct technique and provide enough power to drive it on the opposite side of the court.

Date of Session: 21/3/2007                

Explain exactly what you did in the session (P1)

Today warm up involves a mini game called stuck in the mud (one person needs to tag others to make them not to move and to release the person who is stuck, the others needs to crawl underneath the person who is stuck legs).

Then we start doing the same routine like yesterday which involves forming two lines from both ends and the idea is to keep the shuttlecock travelling over the net (rally) and you get 3 chances to keep it going, if not you have to sit out and the last two who’s still keeping the rally going wins and then we did some stretches, working from the calf up to the neck

Afterward we went back to the previous skills, knowledge and technique and try and improve it.

Explain which new skills, knowledge and techniques you used throughout the session (P1)

I haven’t learnt any new skills today, however, I get the chance to improve the skills I learnt from previous sessions, which really helped me to improve my current skills, such as overhead clear, and refereeing and umpiring.

Throughout the session justify your selection and used of skills and techniques (M1)

I haven’t learnt any new skills / techniques / knowledge but I get the chance to improve my current skills / techniques / knowledge which is very useful when I’m in a games situation because without it, I will loss valuable points to my opponent.

Analyse your performance during today’s session (ie strengths and weaknesses) and highlight how it could be improve in future to develop your skills and techniques (D1)

Strengths – During the session I realise my overhead clear and underarm clear are much better than my previous session because I judged the power on my swing and it caused my opponent running all the way back of the court and also my positioning on the court are getting better.

Weaknesses – During my doubles match, I did not communicate with my partner loud and clear causing both of us colliding into each other and also my backhand return shots are not producing enough power, making it going straight into the net or outside the court area. Also my line judging are not 100% perfect because I managed to make a mistake on calling the shuttlecock “in” and clearly it’s “out”.

Improvement – To improve my weaknesses, I should practice more on my weak shot which in my backhand shots and also be 100% aware where the shuttlecock is landing and if I cannot tell, if it’s “in” or “out”, put both hands covering my eyes and say “unsighted” or “not Clear”.

Date of Session: 28/3/2007

Explain exactly what you did in the session (P1)

Today the warm up involves a mini game called stuck in the mud (one person needs to tag others to make them not to move and to release the person who is stuck, the others needs to crawl underneath the person who is stuck legs).

Then we start doing the same routine like yesterday which involves forming two lines from both ends and the idea is to keep the shuttlecock travelling over the net (rally), however we move in close to the net and hit the shuttlecock gentle but making sure the shuttlecock don’t travel on the back of the court.

Afterward we went back to the previous skills, knowledge and technique and try and improve it.

Explain which new skills, knowledge and techniques you used throughout the session (P1)

The new skill / technique we learnt today was net play. It involves getting close to the net and making sure you hit the shuttlecock gentle and going over the net.

To do this, you must:

  • Keep the racket up in front of your body.
  • Lunge forward aggressively with your racket leg.
  • Extend the racket arm and keep the racket high to ensure the shuttle is hit as early as possible.
  • The racket face shall be parallel to the floor and let the shuttle bounce off the racket face.
  • Your lunge movement and the parallel racket face will cause the shuttle to tumble over the net.
  • You can try to move the racket head slightly outwards to increase the tumbling effect.
  • Push back to your base position using both legs while ensuring your racket is still up in front of your body.

Throughout the session justify your selection and used of skills and techniques (M1)

The reason I need this skill is because it can make my opponent to return back a weaker shot which can set me up for either a smash shot or hitting it to the back of the court and making them have not chance to get back in a games situation.  

Analyse your performance during today’s session (ie strengths and weaknesses) and highlight how it could be improve in future to develop your skills and techniques (D1)

Strengths – During the session my previous skills / techniques / knowledge in badminton is getting better, I was more aware what’s going on when I’m umpiring and line judging. My smash shot is getting better and my backhand return shots are doing well.

Weaknesses – During the session my net play is doing well however, I kept on hitting the shuttlecock into the net and also, I kept on hitting the shuttlecock too high, making it easy for my opponent to produce a smash shot.

Improvement – To make sure I don’t make the same mistake the next time I use the net play skill, I will do a lot of practice on the skill and asked for help to learn how to put enough power on my swing so it goes over the net and learn what position I should hold the racket so it doesn’t make the shuttlecock go straight into the net.

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