This morning I visited a local HS tournament. The purpose of the visit was to look up AK ( [MENTION=8127]kakinami[/MENTION] ) coz i left some tools at his place a while back. It is a popular tournament for high school badminton players held in one of the local schools. I was surprised how big the tournament is. Present were at least half a dozen to a dozen high school, all the players not playing are at the stands cheering for their teammate, and there must be at least 300 of them. The level of play is high, not at high as in Asian countries, but much better than the high school tournaments i have seen here 10+ yrs ago. Now badminton is much more organized, the tournament is organized, computerize front desk prints out scoresheets, the teams have smart looking uniform. And most importantly, nice atmosphere with the teams cheer for their own teammates. I am very happy to see how much badminton has grown over the years. I spent nearly an hour there chatting with AK about stringing and about badminton, and also watch some matches. During which AK was so nice and tried to introduce me to some HS players and i was surprised that many of them have heard of BC. AK kindly wanted to get me more "fans", but it felt kinda strange, later on i realized why it was strange. coz deep down i feel that I don't need any fans, i was already very happy to see these young fans of badminton instead. badminton has a bright future.