The aim of badminton is to hit the shuttle with your racket so that it passes over the net and lands inside your opponent’s half of the court. If you do this, you have won a rally; win enough rallies, and you win the match.
Scoring System 1. A match consists of the best of 3 games of 21 points. 2. Every time there is a serve – there is a point scored. 3. The side winning a rally adds a point to its score. 4. At 20 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first, wins that game. 5. At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point, wins that game. The side winning a game serves first in the next game.
Goose feather shuttle used in professional badminton matches
Plastic badminton shuttle used by recreational badminton players
Full size badminton racquet
Modified badminton racquet
Service courts are used for three things: - The server must stand inside a service court. - The receiver must stand inside the diagonally opposite service court. - The serve must travel into the diagonally opposite service court. The server and receiver must stay inside their service boxes until the server contacts the shuttle with his racket. After that, they can leave the boxes immediately.
See the court diagram to determine the service boxes for singles and doubles.
In badminton, the serve must be hit in an upwards direction, with an underarm action. The main rule is that when you hit the shuttle, it must be below your waist. To be exact, the rules define this to be a height level with the lowest part of your ribcage.
Games are always started with the server and receiver in the right hand service courts.
SINGLES - When the server’s score is an even number, he serves from the right service court. When his score is an odd number, he/she serves from the left service court.
DOUBLES - At the start of the game the score is 0–0, the serving pair choose who serves for the first rally, and the receiving pair choose who receives. The even/odd rule still holds. So if the server’s score is odd, he will serve from the left court (if even, from the right).
Whenever the serving side wins a rally, the same person serves again (but from the other service court). The serve stays with one person, until the opponents win a rally and get the serve. When the receiving side wins a rally, the serve passes to them. Their service courts do not change from the previous rally. If their new score is odd, then whoever has the left service court will serve; if the score is even, then whoever has the right service court will serve.