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Top Flight Badminton Club

badminton_bouncesThe Offutt Top Flight Badminton Club was organized in 1960 at Offutt Air Force Base for the purpose of promoting the lifetime sport of badminton. Chief Warrant Officer Ray Scott, then on active duty with the Air Force, was the organizer.

Top Flight has conducted three USA Badminton national tournaments and one international tournament. Top Flight hosted the Ray Scott Open for 38 years. The only year it was cancelled was in 2001 due to the September 9/11 contingencies. The 2002 tournament was known as the Ray Scott Memorial and held in honor of tournament namesake, Ray Scott, who passed away (“Promoted To Glory” article from USAB magazine) in December of 2001 at the age of 85.

Tournament participants traditionally come from Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Tennessee and occasionally from other states farther away like California and Massachusetts.

Top Flight members give clinics and demonstrations at local schools and the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands. Top Flight has been represented at several Nebraska Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance conventions. Top Flight was responsible for starting the Nebraska State Badminton Association. Top Flight, and Ray Scott in particular, was instrumental in getting badminton into the Cornhusker State Games starting in 1988. Top Flight has organized and conducted badminton in the State Games every year since. Badminton was part of the State Winter Games for six years (1996 thru 2001) and had the highest participation (189) in February of 2000. Top Flight assists in the preparation of badminton at the Nebraska Senior Games held in Kearney in August as well as the Cornhusker State Games. Top Flight Members also compete other Club’s Events around the Midwest.

What is Badminton?

Badminton is the considered the fastest racket sport. The game is played in singles (two opposing players) or doubles (two opposing pairs). The sport is one of the most played sports in the world. It is especially popular in Asia as well as some parts of Europe. Badminton is a game that requires speed, agility, stamina, precision, as well as delicate touch.

Online Stories and History

Love is in the Air – Omaha World Herald

Bob Ericson Named Sports Director of the Year 2011

Badminton Central Article 2008

2010 Ray Scott Tournament Results – Omaha World Herald

The Flick Nov/Dec 2008