What Is Badminton

UniSA Badminton Club

Credit to Ninh Ly for the video.

Simplified Rules

A coin or shuttle is tossed up, following which the winner of the toss can select to either serve in the first game, or decide to receive and thus upon which end of the court to play on. If the winner elected to serve, the loser may choose sides. Should the winner elect to receive, the loser will thus have to serve.

Basic Aim
You win a rally if you hit the shuttle over the net and onto the floor of the opposing side's court. You lose the rally if you hit the shuttle into the net, or outside of the court. If the shuttle touches you or your clothing or if you hit it before it crosses the net, you also lose the rally.

The service court is slightly different for singles and doubles. For both doubles and singles however the serving is always done diagonally (ie, from the right service court to the left service court or vice versa).

In singles, the first serve at the start of the game is always taken from the right service court. The shuttle can fall anywhere in the opposing service court including the back tramline. (NB, in a game of singles, the side tramlines are considered "out").

In doubles, the first serve is again always on the right hand service court. For the serve, the shuttle must land between the front service line and the back service line.

In both games, the server must obey certain serving "laws". For example, the highest part of the racquet must always remain below the server's hand and waistline, thus forcing an underhand serve. Both server and receiver must not allow either of their feet to leave the court surface until the shuttle has left the server's racquet.

Matches comprise of the best of three games. Each game starts at 0-0 (traditionally called "love-all"). If the serving side wins a rally, it scores a point, and serves again but from the alternate service court. If the serving side wins the rally, they score a point and also win the right to serve.
21 points win a game. However, if the score reaches 20-20, one side must be ahead by 2 points in order to win the game. If the score reaches 29-29, the side which wins the next point wins the game.

And Finally...
Players change ends at the end of a game and when the leading score reaches 11 in the third game. A 60 second interval is allowed between the first and second games, and a 90 second interval before any third game.

Credit to Badminton SA for the rules article. 


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