Stay in shape and have fun at LABC.
Written by JASON WU / Published July 9, 2010
Most people, especially high school students, find that they have nothing much to do in the summer; and so they loaf around. Instead, they can actually be productive and play badminton at the Los Angeles Badminton Center this summer!
Situated in El Monte, not too far from Temple City, the club features fifteen courts with professional Yonex mats, something that badminton clubs don’t usually offer. These special courts give you extra spring in your step, something that you cannot get at other clubs, such as the San Gabriel Valley Badminton Center, which is hard on your joints and ankles.
When you pay at LABC, you pay for availability and quality. SGVBC is notorious for its overcrowding, making it very difficult to get a court without hording in a group and jumping in. Also, the club is usually open daily from six a.m. until two a.m. so even those with the busiest schedules can find time to play.
There are always tournaments going on at LABC, for anyone at any skill level. Plenty of high-level competitors come to participate in fast-paced matches and if you have nothing to do, it is always nice to bring your family and friends to come watch.
You would not usually see this kind of high-speed action with other sports.
If you ever need badminton gear, especially when you are playing, the club offers a pro shop that is equipped with just as many racquets, birdies, and other items as any other store, if not more. Plus, the people who work there are always willing to assist you with anything, especially if you are completely new to the game and do not understand some things. Their website even has tips for beginning players on playing techniques such as serving, smashing, blocking smashes, and the science behind birdie trajectory.
A few concerns I’ve had, though, are that they require badminton shoes and a lot of friends I cajole into playing with me are hesitant about paying for shoes or renting them.
Though other than that, I see no problems and if you really do plan on committing to the game, the shoes are more of a mandatory piece of your equipment, anyways.
For more information, go to labadmintonclub.com or drop by at 10410 Valley Blvd., El Monte, CA 91731.