Where can I play?
We would love to see you come and play with us at the RSF. Gym times can be found on the left sidebar. There are also other professional badminton gyms in the Bay Area, such as EBA, BBC, Bintang, CBA, just to name a few.
When do club members show up?
Due to COVID guidelines, RSF time slots are TBD. Club members currently play at Eastbay Badminton Association (EBA) in Emmeryville on Thursdays from 6:30pm - 9:30pm and Sundays 4pm - 6pm.
Does the club cover RSF membership?
Unfortunately, no. Because we use the RSF facilities for practices, meets, and our tournament, all members need to obtain RSF membership separately. For more information, you can visit RSF’s membership page.
How do I join the club?
There will be announcements made on this site at the beginning of each semester regarding club membership. Please join the mailing list as we will send out membership information along with other goodies that way.
Why does the gym schedule sometimes change?
The RSF has to juggle a lot of activities in its facilities. The schedule is fairly constant, but is sometimes thrown off by special events, such as tournaments for volleyball, basketball, or other sports. To keep yourself up to date, please refer to RSF’s master calendar.
Why are there sometimes only 3 available courts to play on?
The RSF workers are the ones that set up the badminton nets. Depending on the RSF gym schedule, occasionally badminton is only scheduled to have 3 courts for certain times. Because so few people usually show up at the very beginning of open gym, the RSF workers only set up 3 courts until more people show up and leave the other half for basketball. If there are only 3 courts set up and people are waiting for courts, go down to the front desk (just inside the main entrance) and ask to check the schedule. If badminton is supposed to have both sides of the gym, ask them to set up the other side.
What does 'club only' mean?
The Fieldhouse is open on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm for “club only” practice. This is the time when ladder matches and drilling happens for the club. We almost never take up the full 6 courts, so others are welcome to use any free courts. But this is also the time that intercollegiate meets takes place, so the club reserves the right to remove non-club members if it needs the court space.
Is there a club fee?
We have implemented a two-tier dues system for this 2021 fall semester. You must pay dues in order to be able to come to retreat, buy uniforms, and attend end-of-the-semester banquet. Even if you complete all the other steps to join the club, you will not be able to join unless you pay dues. This helps us run the club efficiently and be able to have a lot of fun events.
Why should I join?
There are many, many reasons to join, some of which are listed on the welcome page. Some of the more compelling reasons are:
- 1. Meet people who love doing what you love doing!
- 2. The club can be competitive, social, or both.
- 3. The club pays for the cost of most socials.
- 4. You won't have to buy your own birds anymore.
- 5. It's fun, fun, fun!
Who can join?
Due to COVID guidelines, Cal Badminton is currently only open to registered UC Berkeley students (either undergraduate or graduate). While there are certain restrictions on who can play in intercollegiate meets, EVERYONE has access to club practices, tournaments and socials. You do not need to be good to join. There is time on Saturdays for drilling and practicing and we would be happy to help you.