I agree that Badminton is one of the toughest sports to DSA - it is far more so for Boys.floppy wrote:While I do not wish to discourage or pour cold water, I think we have to be realistic about the chances for DSA so as not to waste time and to channel the limited time to PSLE preparation.
Badminton is one of the toughest sport to DSA, especially if you are aiming for top schools, due to the sheer number of players and high standard of competition. Fortunately, it is also one of the few sports that almost every school (even non-medal contenders) is opening up for DSA consideration, e.g. CGS as mentioned earlier. Therefore, if you aren't looking at the top badminton schools (RI, RGS, ACS, SNGS, DHS, SCGS... err, notice the pattern? They are also top tiered schools), there's always a chance.
Plus, SBA is one of the most progressive NSA. They will be launching a national ranking system starting from Under-9, U-11, U-13, etc this year. Anyone can sign up for the national ranking system and earn points every time they participate in SBA events and SBA Sanctioned local competitions. While you may be a school reserve player, you still can participate in other age-group competitions and prove yourself elsewhere.
If you are willing to consider so called next tier schools like say Nan Hua, River Valley, Crescent, Fairfield etc, the standards required are not as formidable, and I would say, you stand a chance if you are a school team player. Not everyone aims for the 'top' schools.