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Badminton Tourney

Audrey Rosenbrock,   Brush Middle School
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork

During a Brush Pride Assembly in the the gym, FUTP 60 sponsored a girls, boys, and co-ed badminton mini-tournament in March 2017. Teams signed up to play while FUTP 60 members officiated and kept score for the 6 games and courts. Winners played winners for a championship game while the other two teams in their division played for 3rd place. Teachers and students enjoyed the competition and comaraderie of watching students enjoy being active. Music was playing and we all had a great time. FUTP 60 team members encouraged other students to stay active and have fun!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students were willing to work together to make this tournament happen. I think they like the leadership exposure in front of the student body. They all listened to details about scoring, reffing the game, and reporting who the winners were. They each had a chance to speak about their court badminton matches. They handed out FUTP 60 stickers to all participants and were great role models for the event.

How did you accomplish your goals?

The goal of this activity was to have community involvement in our school for physical activity. We have never had a badminton tourney before, so it was a new and fun activity to sponsor. The members met, put up the standards for the nets, and making the badminton courts official for the tourney. We discussed rules and sportsmanship expectations before the assembly. Everyone had a role and played their roles out great. It was a fun activity and we will think about repeating it again next year.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The challenge we faced for our badminton tourney was having limited time to hold it. We needed a chunk of 15-20 minutes of time that the whole student body was present in the gym. The principal was supportive to move our Brush Pride Assembly to the gym and that made it all come together after planning the other details. We wish we could have had time to include more teams to increase participation.