I am an intermediate badminton player and have been training for roughly 2 years now at my club. I am attending a tournament next week, and am considering getting a badminton bag, preferably Yonex. Currently I am lugging this around in my backpack, but this is what i plan to carry to the tournament:
NOTE: THIS IS MY FIRST TOURNAMENT SO I AM CLUELESS. IF YOU HAVE ANY FIRST TIME ADVICE OR TIPS FOR ME THEY WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
x1 Armortec 900 Technique
x1 Voltric 7
x1 Armortec 900 Power
x1 grip tape roll
x2 water bottle (note: i tend to consume atrocious amounts of water)
x1 small towel
x1 tube of shuttles
x2 sets of extra clothes (I am staying overnight so for two days)
x2 banana, or other snacks. (2 days worth)
x1 a small bit of homework (because highly likely loss of first round xD)
x1 Advil (preparing for the worst O.o)
x1 gatorade/energy drink (I like sugar)
x1 first aid kit (preparing for the worst xDD)
x1000 plastic bags I'm willing to bet my parents are going to make me bring... because it's a new bag. xD
This is probably overkill, i know, but this is my first tournament and I'm pretty sure everyone here knows first tournament jitters (or maybe you're just really calm, but I'm the nervous type xD) so I probably overpacked. Yes, I like sugar.
I did a decent amount of research on possible options, and their sizes and things. My friend, who also purchased a bag but is not nearly as crazy as me when packing, recommended me to purchase a 3 racket bag. My other friend recommended a 6 racket bag. I read that the three racket bags don't have much space for much, if you're storing other things. But me being an intermediate player, walking into a tournament with this giant bag is unnerving xD I wanted recommendations from everyone here (because you're all pretty pro lol) about which one I should get: 3 racket or 6 racket? Thanks guys and gals!
I am absolutely obsessed with that combination of black and gold! But of course, if I don't need the 6 racket bag, I'll settle for the black and white Saving money comes first! Also, if you want to recommend other bags, feel free!
What should i do the night before the tournament? should i just kick back and relax? swing with a dumbell (lol yes i do this before training)? do frog jumps+burpess just for conditioning? ahh xD
the evening before, go to the venue and spend 30-40mins there. Walk around the stands and then the court area. Do some warm up exercises on the courts.
Try to have a hit. Or, if no hitting partner, keep to practicing serves.
The next day there may be very few opportunities to hit a shuttle so going the night before will take the edge off things. At least you will be a little more familiar for the next day.
On the morning itself, do your stretches, go for a ten minute moderately paced run. Do some shadow badminton exercises. That will get the muscles warmed up gently, the blood flowing and prepared mentally.
Edit - note that there is no recommendation of conditioning exercises. That is kept to build up to the competition.
6 racket bag because you have a lot of stuff and... I agree the gold and black is wonderful :P Haha I remember my first tournament jitters... it was horrible >.<
I would say don't overwork yourself the day before and take it easy (and you could, as Cheung said, go and check out the hall if you can and get used to it), then the next day is when you start preparing with warm ups etc.
As for the mental part, don't put to much pressure on yourself (though a little can be good, too much will kill your game as). If you loose a point don't get to work up and worried about it (this is often a problem for me during matches and my coach just tells me to calm down and just focus on the next point).
Haha, thank you guys! I purchased the 6 racket bag it fits my stuff perfectly xD
I somehow managed to regain technique I lost a while ago, so I'm pumped and ready for the tournament.
Also, I'd like to ask about when I should leave.
I can either cut school during lunch, when I don't have any classes that I really need to go to (and my parents will write off the unexcused absence, so I kind of want to ditch xD), or leave really early Saturday morning.
I'm not sure about getting there THAT early, but I'm worried I might be late, or I might be unsettled there or something.