How to Join the MBBC – FAQs

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  • 1. How do I join the Badminton Club?
     

    You will need two sponsors who are current members of the Club.   Applications can be found at our website and can be downloaded.  It must be filled out by the sponsors and submitted to the Board for consideration.

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  • 2. Do we have to know how to play Badminton to join the Club?
     

    No, but this is certainly one of the best experiences we have to offer when members join the Club and learn to play.  However, we do require anyone  using the courts to wear proper attire which includes shirt, shorts and gum soled sneakers.   Bare feet, flip flops or hard shoes are not allowed.

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  • 3. What is the cost of joining the Club?
     

    For a single member, dues are $50 a month with a $400 membership deposit.  A couple is $100 per month and $800 membership deposit.   The membership dues includes children living at home under the age of 22.

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  • 4. I’m already a member; how can I sponsor my friends?
     

    Once you have been a member for a year, you can begin sponsoring other members.  One of the sponsors must be personally acquainted with the prospective members for at least one year.

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  • 5. How do I know the application has been accepted?
     

    Once the Vice President has received the application, the names of the prospective members are posted in the Shuttlecock, the monthly newsletter available to all current members.

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  • 6. I’ve sponsored a member but heard the waiting list is three years? Why?
     

    The Manhattan Beach Badminton Club is limited to only 250 regular members and new members are admitted only when a member leaves the Club.  Because openings are dependent on current members leaving the club, the times before an applicant is invited to join the Club can vary.

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  • 7. What happens when my friends are near the top of the waiting list?
     

    Your friends will first be invited to an Orientation meeting for prospective members where they will learn about the Club, the privileges and obligations of membership.  Once they have attended the Orientation and an opening occurs for them, the Vice-President will call your friend(s) and invite them to meet the Board.  As a sponsor, you will be expected to attend and introduce the prospective member to the Board.  Afterward, the Board will vote on their membership and if accepted, will invite them to join the Club.

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  • 8. What do I receive when my family joins the Club?
     

    Each member will receive a passkey for their personal use which is non-transferable.  They must sign a waiver of liability which states that they will agree to abide by the MBBC By-laws and Rules, established by the Board of Directors.

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  • 9. What is a playing member?
     

    A playing member is a special membership for those who want to join the Club strictly for Badminton.   Playing members must fulfill three workday obligations, pay monthly dues and a deposit to join.  They do not have voting rights and do not attend the two meetings.

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  • 10. How do I become a playing member?
     

    While there are many people who want to learn to play Badminton, we have a  limited number of playing memberships available.   Playing members are invited to join if they have tournament experience or advanced skill levels in Badminton.  The Adult Badminton Chairperson meets with the candidate and recommends to the Board that the person is a strong player.

    If you are interested in becoming a playing member contact the Adult Badminton Chairperson.  The contact information can be found on the Club's website.

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  • 11. What is an Instructor Member? How do I become one?
     

    An Instructor Member must be recommended by the Junior Chairperson and approved by the Board. They contribute two 2 hours of their time per week to the instruction of juniors during junior practice hours in lieu of dues.

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  • 12. What is a Legacy Member?
     

    Legacy membership is for those children of current members between the ages of 22-26 who would like to join the Club. The cost is $30 per month with half of the dues going towards their refundable deposit. Once it reaches $400, they become regular members. This membership category is not subject to the waiting list.

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  • 13. Are memberships transferable?
     

    No.

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