San Francisco Badminton Social Group

Last updated: Sept 7th, 2017

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You are an intermediate or advanced badminton player and want to play badminton in the San Francisco or South San Francisco Bintang and socialize a bit? Join our intermediate/advance badminton social group!

The court locations I listed below are open for anyone to drop in if you don’t join the group, just pay an entrance fee and be friendly and ask people at your level to play. If you are from outside of the bay area, it’s slightly different where these courts are not reserved and it’s first come first use. Most of them have a timer for you to rotate.

Sorry no beginners, too much difference in skill level affects the level of play and won’t be fun for anyone. I do not organize the play for beginners, but you should just drop by UCSF and Salvation Army Kroc Center and find someone at your level and ask them to play. Most people are very friendly. Also, please take some group classes and join us when you are at least intermediate. Check out for suggested coaches.

Rules & Etiquette

  1. Be willing to play with all players at different levels; we can help you pair up to make the teams more even.
  2. Be friendly and sociable; if you just want to play and not into the talking thing, the challenge court is perfect for that.
  3. Make sure to rotate out and let everyone get a chance to play; be gracious about volunteering to sit out if you have played more than others.
  4. Bring your own birdies so we can share the cost when playing (buy at Black Label, speed 50 or buy at the club)

Contact me at this WhatsApp group ‘SF Badminton New Member’

We coordinate games using WhatsApp group, ‘SF Badminton Group’. I will invite you once I verify your playing level.

You can email but I might be slower to respondl:

Need a Coach?

Hours & Locations
(see location details below for exact details)

  • Monday 7:30am to 9:30am @ UCSF Parnassus
    • beginners & intermediate (run by Tony)
  • Tuesday 6pm to 9pm @Salvation Army Croc Center in San Francisco
    • beginners, intermediate & advanced (run Jesse.)
  • Tuesday 7pm to 9pm @ Bintang South San Francisco
    • intermediate & advanced (run by Aldo and James H.)
  • Wednesday 5pm to 8:45pm @ Bintang South San Francisco
    • intermediate & advanced (run by Tony)
  • Thursday 6pm to 9:30pm every 2 weeks (Aug 3, 2017) @ Bintang South San Francisco
    • beginners & intermediate (run by Karen)
  • Friday 7pm to 10pm @ UCSF Mission Bay usually plastics birdies
    • beginners & intermediate (run by Jason)
  • Friday 11:15am to 1:00pm @ Salvation Army Croc Center in San Francisco
    • beginners & intermediate (run by Jesse)
  • Saturday 5:30pm to 8:00pm @ UCSF Parnassus usually plastics birdies
    • beginners & intermediate (run by Jason and Papu)

People currently in the social group

  • Advanced 1 Alistair, Connor, James S., Martin, Patter, Varun
  • Advanced 2 Aditya, Alanktri, Aldo, Cindy, Dan, Daniel, Guillaume, Han Qiao, Heng Jie, Jacob, Jayanth, Jerry, Khoi, Matt Hui, Maxime, Papu, PJ, Richard, Rose, Shobhit, Tina, Vladimir, Winston, YuenHsi, Tony T (organizer)
  • Intermediate 1 Annette, Christoforus, Dan, Geff, James H., Ka Hing, Shu Zhou, Dhruvin, Sydney Jeff W., Karen, Paul, Tony D.
  • Intermediate 2 Aaron, Brice, Dhruvin, Evan, Gareth, Lena, Madelene, Mike, Shiela, Wylan

You consistently clear, serve, smash, can defend decently and have a decent backhand or around the head shots. You also know how to rotate around the court for doubles.

You are at least intermediate. You defend well, not just attack. You might have played in D, C, B or A level competitively. You can teach others badminton and have done the Badminton Strategy and Drills. You have played in challenge courts and won a few.

Why Is Tony Forming This Social Group?
I used to have a hard time finding people to play and I usually have to audition to show my level of play in order for people to accept me. I hated that part of badminton when I don’t have someone to go with and I have to pair myself with people who only cared about winning on the challenge court. I started this group to help people reconnect with badminton. Often I would hear from people who just moved to San Francisco and have lost their former friends whom they used to play with. I also hear from people who used to play in high school and college but have forgotten about the game when life happens to all of us.

These are public spaces, you can just go there without joining the social group.

  • Bintang South San Francisco
    • website
    • $10 for drop in
    • Monday 5:30pm to 9:30pm (Intermediate & Advance)
    • Tuesday 6:00pm to 9:30pm (Intermediate & Advance)
    • Thursday 7:00pm to 9:30pm (Beginner & Intermediate)
    • 245 S Spruce Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080 Phone: (650) 624-0002


Buying Badminton Stuff Online

(I have no affiliations with any of the online stores)

  • I buy Aeroplane Black Label online
    Specifically the Black Label speed 50
  • Racquets and stuff I buy from Badminton Alley and Badminton Direct

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