Official and Updated Rules of Badminton

 Kevin Brown
  Nov 29, 2018

Rules of Badminton

Let’s learn something about the game before straight jumping off to badminton rules. Everyone in the world has heard about the game of badminton. After all, it is one of the most famous and followed games in the world, immensely so in parts of Asia. Where and how exactly the game was formed remains unknown. It’s believed that the British played a major part in popularizing the game. Through Gloucestershire in Britain to Poona (Pune), then in British India, the British made the game known to many. Many countries at present play the sport of badminton and have major fan-following. Its popularity in the US is growing, and is often played as a backyard sport.

Countries such as India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Koreas, the British countries and some of the Eurasian countries have graced the sport and have produced legends and created idols. Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Carolina Marin and Tai Tzu-Ying are some of the best female shuttlers at present, and Kidambi Srikanth, Lin Dan, Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei are the currently the best in the male category. So, if you’ve recently followed a game of one of the above, or are interested to play the game but don’t know the badminton rules, this is the one-stop page for you. The following are the various badminton rules.

Rules of Badminton

Firstly, let’s start with all the equipment you need to play the game. Firstly, a badminton racquet. Everyone in the world has seen a badminton racquet or knows about one. In case you haven’t, simply go to the nearby sports shop and ask for the same. Make sure your racquet has all the strings there should be and in a good condition. The racquet should also have a good grip in the handle from where a player holds and plays the game. Secondly, you’ll need a shuttlecock. Like cricket uses cricket ball, golf a golf ball and hockey a hockey ball, the shuttlecock is used in badminton. Though badminton has its own kind of shoes, a normal pair of shoes of beginners is just fine.

Now, let’s come to the court. A regular badminton court is rectangular having a net in between as a divider to the two equal halves. According to badminton rules, the length of the court is 13.4 metres, and the width, 6.1 metres. The net is at the height of 1.55 metres. To see the detailed markings, check the picture!

How to Play Badminton

Now, each game is won by the player who scored 21 points first. The player has to win three such games or sets to win the match. It’s extremely easy and simple as to how a point a won. The following are the events lead to winning a point.

  1. The opposite player misses a shot.
  2. the opposite player hits the net.
  3. The opposite player serves wrong (hits the net or hits the shuttle out of the court markings) twice in a row.
  4. The opposite player hits the shuttle out of the court markings during regular play.

So basically, your aim is to hit the shuttle in such a way that the player commits one of the three abovementioned faults. Through smashing the shuttle hard or just tapping it above the net, or by serving amazingly to making him run around the court, you can make the opposite player commit mistakes, and hence get a point legally according to badminton rules.

The game is not just played with two people in the opposite teams, professionally called ‘singles’. It is also played with two people on each side, four in total, and called ‘doubles game’. There are two types of doubles game. When two players play on each team of the same gender, it is simply called ‘doubles’. However, if the two players of the same team are of different genders, it is called ‘mixed doubles’. Though the same rules are the same, the doubles game differ only as far as the dimensions of the court is concerned. The minor court size rules and point rules (only as far as markings are concerned) are the only differences.

Now that you know everything there is to know about the game of badminton, you’re all ready to play the game! All the best, we hope you make it big!

Official and Updated Rules of Badminton

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown is a journalist at his own start-up, born and residing in Seattle, Washington. He has a knack of reading up newspaper articles and coming up with summaries and points of view, hence taking up a profession similar to his interest. Simply covering events andactivities is something he can do as good as a professional, but he seems to enjoy writing on events that needs view points and suggestions.

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