VIDEO – Badminton Footwork into the Rear Court for Beginners – Part Two

The second part of Footwork into the rear court deals with the scissors jump and the combination of the elements of the first part of this small series.

The next important step is to learn the scissors jump. For the start, especially for beginners, it is easier to start in place. This is sometimes called push step - however funtional it makes not a big difference - it is important to understand, that the movement is first generated through the lower body (push back leg into the ground) and than trough the trunk (rotation) and this momentum leads to the shuffling action of the legs where the leg position will switch. It is not a step forward or into the ball, an errors, beginners often do. Two also important cues are to lift the racket knee activly while rotating and to activly engange your core muscels at the end of the trunc rotation. A cue that helps players to do this is "lift your knee as you would step over a mini hurdle" and "to lean forward" - this secures a proper movement back into the court. With children, it will look like this:

When the players got a right feeling about the scissors jump in place it is time to take the next step and combine it with movement, both backwards before the sciccors jump and forward into the plyostep in the "center" of the court. While doing it the scissorts jump in place becomes more and more a real scissors jump backwards. Be sure to encourage the players to jump bewards while simulating the hitting movement and the quickly recover by using the racket knee and the lean froward of the trunk. I like it more when beginners run out of the rear court corners. In real life there is also the possibility to use a sidestep (the legs are not crossing) out of the corner, but this is a more passive movement and more, an easier movement, the players will easy use this if appropriate. The other way aorund (learn the sidestep recovery from the rear court first) sometimes leads to a galloping back to the center, which is not efficient (and not really looks like sport). Just before getting back to the center, use the plyostep (small, parallel jump) and simultaniously start again using one to two sidesteps to start into the rear court. This will look like this: 

When the exercise order and the singel elements are clear to the players, every single detail should be corrected. One of the main thing is to secure a fluent transition of the elements and when you feel as a coach, that the exercise "is running", do not be afraid to correct small details. 


Diemo Ruhnow

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Diemo Ruhnow is currently working as Head National Coach Doubles for the German Badminton Federation. In his free time he writes for his websites (English), (German) and other Badminton journals.

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