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Can high school student make badmintion his/her career

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Christine’s Answer

You can do and be anything you want to be. You may first want to ask yourself what you want to do with badminton; teach it or play professionally?

Here are a few names of players who are internationally known:

*Saina Nehwal

*Lee Chong Wei

*Prannoy Kumar

There is a USA Badminton Team and. Summer Olympic Team, below are a couple of websites you may enjoy checking out:



Good luck with Badminton or whatever you choose to do with your life

Like Christine said, you can do or be anything you want once you put your heart into it. This questions begs a follow up on where are you now, since the goal is to be a professional player, you have to map it from where you are and what steps are needed to take one to achieve that goal. If you are already a player in a club or you play just pick ups or some tournaments. To be a school/district/state/Regional/national player you would need the attention of the selection committee and coaches Abhay Sharma

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Simeon’s Answer

It's a possibility, but even athletes need outside skills. Eventually, even after a very successful career, you'll need to retire from a sports career well before you're ready to retire as a whole. Not to mention, injuries are all that separate a successful player from being sidelined. It's important to have a back-up career that you are certified for. There are universities that offer sports scholarships, so you can pursue your sport in a setting that will sharpen your skills and elevate your professional persona while at the same time building a professional career. Your back-up career could be related to sports as well, such as sports management.

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Christine’s Answer

Hi Aakriti S!

I'm impressed that you want to look into a career in badminton. I have not played a lot of badminton in my life, and when I did, it was super fun.

You can become a professional badminton player, and that is where the money is - it looks like there is some significant steps to take. The way you make money (which is what everyone wants :-) ) is to get sponsorships and endorsements. In order for you to get these, you must be a very good, stand out player.

Some countries provide job security to their players, which can also be a source of income - I suggest you look into this.

Assuming you are in shape and a badminton player already - here are some suggestions:

PRACTICE - spend countless hours getting better. Research shows it takes about 10,000 hours to become an expert at something mainly involving sports.

PLAY WITH THOSE THAT ARE BETTER THAN YOU - play against people who challenge you to improve your skill level.

JOIN AN ACADEMY - this allows you to reach your goals more quickly. See if your high school has a badminton program, and if not, ask the athletic director if they can start one. There may be other badminton players in your area.

START PLAYING IN TOURNAMENTS - to reach the international level, you need to win district and state tournaments. Research what is available in your area. The more you play in tournaments will give you experience on how to handle pressure in matches. Badminton competions are a pathway to success and a path to going pro.

Best of luck to you!


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Absar Ul’s Answer

Badminton is played at several levels. Everyone of all ages can play badminton!

However, badminton is played at different levels. Each level have different physical requirements. In other words, age matters if you are playing at a higher level.

Generally badminton is played at the:

  • International and world class level
  • State level
  • Club level
  • Social

International and World Class Level

This is the highest level of play, and it requires a huge commitment to the sport.

At the international level, badminton players are usually selected from a very young age. Players as young as 12 years of age are selected by the nation’s badminton association. These players go through intense training routines to improve their fitness, badminton skills and tactical understanding of the game.

If you want to play at the international level, you are usually required to take up the sport as your career.

In order to become a world class badminton player, you’ll need to start your career from a young age (usually around 17 years old; the earlier the better).

World class badminton is an intense sport that demands an extreme level of fitness from a player.

The level of fitness of an average world class player deteriorates significantly around the age of 30.

Therefore, professional badminton players are usually forced to retire at around 30 years old because it is almost impossible to keep up with the fitness level of younger players.

There are certainly exceptions. A few top players like Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat have passed 30 but continue to play at the highest level. They no longer play to compete for gold medals but because they love the sport.

However, in badminton doubles, players can usually play until the age of 35. The reason for this is because badminton doubles is less demanding physically.

State Level

Similar to the international level, state badminton players compete within the country.

Their training schedule is not as tight as the national players.

However, badminton players at the state level seldom play badminton full time. There are not many opportunities as a state player.

Therefore, state players usually consist of junior badminton players. Young teenagers train at the state level after their schooling hours.

In order to become a state player, you’ll also need to start young (around 12 years old).

Club Level

Badminton played at the club level is less intense. Generally everyone can become a local club player at any age.

Sometimes badminton trainings are not even compulsory for club players. Badminton played at the club level is for non-national and state players who seek to play badminton competitively.

It’s not a career. It is for the few best badminton players around your area to gather once or twice a week to play or train together.

Social Level

Social badminton is for anyone, from beginners to intermediate players.

There are even seniors as old as 50-60 years old that still plays badminton.

You can either arrange your own badminton games or join social badminton events organised by a badminton club or badminton enthusiasts.

Maximum Height

Regarding your question, there is no maximum height or minimum height required to play badminton.

You can read does height matter in badminton?

The answer is being tall or short can be both an advantage and a disadvantage.

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akshata’s Answer

20 is a good age to choose Badminton as a career if you have been playing already. If not, then you will need time to pick up the sport, start participating in championships and winning it. How quickly you do it, depends on your passion, dedication and coach. Usually in badminton, fit players continue to play at a professional level till 34–38 years of age and then they start coaching new comers. So if you are able to reach a pro level within 4 years of time, you will still have 10–14 years of professional career as badminton player and later on you can encash your skills by providing training to the new comers.

Having said that, I would personally suggest you to not leave your job unless you are absolutely sure about your level of game (which should be clear to you once you start competing in championships) and your interest to make career in Badminton.