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    Question University of Toronto Varsity Blues Badminton Team

    Hey everyone

    I will be headed to university next year, and I plan on going to UofT. Can anyone fill me in on the selection criteria for the Varsity Blues Badminton team? I've read the basic selection criteria on the blues' website, but I'd prefer some first-hand experience from players.

    1) What kind of strength tests do they do, and what results should I be getting to make the team?

    2) I see the desired beep test results for a male is 12. Would a beep test score of ~9 severely hurt my chances of making the team?

    3) What is the usual practice schedule? And what is the out-of-practice schedule (ie fitness training on your own)?

    4)Can someone provide me with a video that demonstrates the skill at a varsity level? I'd like to compare

    Thanks

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    Welcome to U of T!!
    I tried out the first year.
    but I didnt get into the team at that time.
    then, I realized that i wouldnt have time for it after .
    I dont really know the specific training or practice skills or wat.
    but for Engineering student like me, better stay out of the varsity.
    I do supervise badminton after their training sessions.
    They are practicing EVERY DAY!
    but not all the players I think. and even some morning training as well.
    Coach Wayne King pick new team members based on doubles games.
    and the level?
    mmhmm....
    Have you been to Lee's?
    Those really good young group are the level of the team.
    but of course, they are the top ones in the team.
    keep in mind, varsity team means you are sponsored by Black Knight.
    So... Good luck! and if you dont have time for the team,
    you can always join the supervised badminton session.
    Its a registered program in Athletic Center U of T.
    We play 2 times a week.

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    Thank you for your response!

    Can you tell me about any of the fitness requirements? And you make it sound like being sponsored by BK is a bad thing, are there downfalls?

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    Lol... no... sponsored by BK is a good thing, wat I meant was that you are a sponsored player in the team. so you need to play seriously all the time. its not like a club or high school team anymore.
    at the beginning of choosing new members, there isnt much fitness requirements I think. as long as you can play a few doubles games continuously.
    cuz at the time when I went the for tryout, there were a lot of new ppl, so we played a lot doubles back to back. you will get trained in the team afterwards I think.

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    Ah, i see what you mean. I consider myself a serious player, rarely hold back unless I'm trying to coach someone or trying to hold stamina against a weaker player.

    Thank you, I think I just have to consider the time commitment the team will be now...

    Assuming I choose not to try out/don't make the team, what is the relative quality of the less-serious clubs/intramurals?

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    yaa~~ the major concern would be time consuming. You really need to commit yourself for the team.
    the club in u of t is not comparable to the varsity of course. but we do have different level of players. I really enjoy the clubs, and I did get some intense games. its just not that serious cuz you have no pressure. its purely just for fun.

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    Perfect. Thank you for explaining my options

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    you are welcome!!
    Look forward to see u around!

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    Hey Stevenni were and when do you go to register for these supervised badminton things? Is it on the U of T Athletics Center site or something (I can't navigate that site if my life depended on it)!

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    believe me, it will be really hard to get in the team since there only 20 people (10 male and 10female) the returning team player get most of the spots. Just like this year there are no spot for female and 1 spot for male, unless you are extremely good then you can get in the team. I am struggling to go to the try out or not , sad。。。。

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    Quote Originally Posted by orberen View Post
    Hey Stevenni were and when do you go to register for these supervised badminton things? Is it on the U of T Athletics Center site or something (I can't navigate that site if my life depended on it)!
    Hi. The registration should already started online. It is quite complicated. U have to register on the Ac website then u can enroll into the programs. The other easier way would be just go to the main office in Ac and u can register there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shan5311 View Post
    believe me, it will be really hard to get in the team since there only 20 people (10 male and 10female) the returning team player get most of the spots. Just like this year there are no spot for female and 1 spot for male, unless you are extremely good then you can get in the team. I am struggling to go to the try out or not , sad。。。。
    Nonsense, spots are available to those who qualify. Former varsity members aren't guaranteed a spot, nor will they get preference over freshmen who are better than them.
    And from what I've seen in the past, the majority of their varsity team isn't that good. If you're a low C level player or above, you just might make the cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenni View Post
    Hi. The registration should already started online. It is quite complicated. U have to register on the Ac website then u can enroll into the programs. The other easier way would be just go to the main office in Ac and u can register there.
    Thank you! I found it, registration for it doesn't start till later this week.

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