INSANE: Not your backyard version of badminton

Of all the sports I played, badminton afforded me my best college "offer."

When Arizona State and Arizona entered the Pacific Coast Conference, it was known as the Pac-8. It changed in 1978 when the two schools were officially welcomed into the league and it became the Pac-10. It was known well in advance that both Arizona schools would join, so high schools across the state began to adjust. One of the adjustments was adding girls badminton. 

Since I had good friends who played on the team (and my high school dominated the early years of the sport) I grabbed a racquet one day and played. Because I could pick up about any sport I became proficient quickly and, due to my size and relative agility, I provided the girls on the team a formidable practice opponent. 

The coach suggested I seriously try training and practicing, so when it was not basketball or golf season I played and found myself in open tournaments at Arizona State against guys who played collegiately in the Pac-8. Yes, there was men's badminton on the college level...not a club, a sport. 

I fared very well as a high school player. In fact, the coach of the high school team and I played doubles in some tourneys winning our event. I loved it and still have my Yonex racquets. 

I share all that to introduce a rally that, even if you have never played the sport, you must appreciate. I will tell you right now - I did NOT ever get to this level of play. Still, I can appreciate it. 

Preston Scott

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