players / Tournaments

Chinese triumph in last Badminton Superseries championship of the year

Chinese teen sensations Jia Yefan and Chen Qingchen have beaten the current world no. 1 women’s doubles pair, Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, in a major upset at the latest BWF Superseries championship in Dubai. Although the field of badminton women’s doubles has long been dominated by Chinese players,  Matsutomo/Takahashi’s no. 1 ranking marks one of the … Continue reading

Winners and losers in a tournament
sports psychology / Tournaments

Winners and losers in a tournament

  What makes a good tournament? Organisational management has a big impact on the final outcome. Consistent rules and scoring system, as well as fair play, are important in determining who wins the trophy.   There have been weekly badminton competitions in Sydney over the last month, hosted by different organisers for different purposes. They’re … Continue reading

2016 Corporate Team Tournament at NBC Seven Hills
Tournaments

2016 Corporate Team Tournament at NBC Seven Hills

They say success in team sports doesn’t just come down to having the best individual players on a team. It comes down to playing as a team, e.g. co-operating with people who may have different skills, styles or abilities. And I learned that teamwork requires good planning, communication and leadership. My team didn’t have the opportunity to meet each … Continue reading

The line between gamesmanship and cheating
sports psychology / Tournaments

The line between gamesmanship and cheating

Competition in sports often involves deception, manoeuvring and exploiting an opponent’s weaknesses. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the desire to win drives players to use whatever means possible. It’s perhaps understandable that pressure and a win-at-all-costs mentality motivates competitors to use gamesmanship tactics.   What is gamesmanship? Gamesmanship can be broadly defined as “the practice of winning games without actually violating rules“. Gamesmanship includes practices used in a … Continue reading

sports psychology / Tournaments

Wasting time and delays in a match

Delays and time-wasting in a competition happens in sports like football, hockey and tennis. There are legitimate reasons for players to stop playing, but at other times it’s a strategic ploy to disrupt the flow and tempo of a game. Undue delays can be used as a psychological tactic to break an opponent’s rhythm.  Although there are times when acute injuries require medical assistance (such … Continue reading