Wednesday, June 6, 2007

, game for two or four players using lightweight rackets and a shuttlecock, a cork ball fitted with stabilizing feathers. Badminton is the game I like the most. Unfortunately my school and my hometown do not have a badminton club.
I will be telling you about history of the game, rules etc...
In this game players hit the shuttlecock back and forth over a net, trying to keep it from hitting the ground. Some people play badminton outdoors on a level grassy area or beach. However, tournament-level badminton is played indoors on a specially marked court.

Badminton is said to have its origin in China. During 5th century bc a game existed which involved kicking the shuttle. Later another version was played in India. This involved
the use of rackets. Later when India was under British rule, army officers brought a modern form of game to Britain.


A single court is 13.40 m long and 6.10m in width. The court contains long and short service lines. For singles back boundary lines act as long service lines. For doubles another line which is 720mm in front of back boundary lines is long service lines.
The short service line is 1.980m away from net. The side line is 420mm away from
boundary line on side. The lines can be 40mm thick.


Badminton rackets weigh between 99 & 141g and has a terrycloth handle. Some has leather handles. It consists of a long, thin shaft; and a stringed area called the head. Official rules limit the total length of a racket to 67.95 cm. The head of a racket measures 28 cm in length and 21.8 cm in width and is strung with synthetic nylon(gut).The gut is held at high tension

The shuttlecock weighs about 5.7g and is made up of 16 goose feathers which are fitted
to base of cork. In casual games a plastic cock having synthetic feathers are used. The
shuttles are 6.4cm long. When the shuttlecock is in the air, its aerodynamics causes it to spin so that when players hit it, they almost always strike the cork, not the feathers.


1. The side which is to have the first service, the player in the right-hand service court of that side commences the game by serving to the player in the service court diagonally opposite. If the latter player returns the shuttle before it touches the ground, it is to be returned by one of the "In" side, and then returned by one of the "Out" side, and so on, till a fault is made or the shuttle ceases to be in play. If a fault is made by the "In" side its right to continue serving is lost, as only one player on the side beginning a game is entitled to do so , and the opponent in the right-hand service court then becomes the server; but if the service is not returned, or the fault is made by the "Out" side, the "In" side scores a point. The "In" side players then change from one service court to the other, the service now being from the left-hand service court to the player in the service court diagonally opposite. So long as a side remains "In", service is delivered alternately from each service court into the one diagonally opposite, the change being made by the "In" side when, and only when, a point is added to its score. After the service is delivered the server and the player served to may take up any positions they choose on their side of the net, irrespective of boundary lines.
2. The player served to may alone receive the service, but if the shuttle touch, or be struck by, his partner the "In" side scores a point.
Except in the beginning of a game each partner shall have the right, and they shall serve consecutively. The side winning a game shall always serve first in the next game, but either of the losers may receive the service.3. If a player serves out of turn, or from the wrong service court and his side wins the rally, it shall be a "Let", provided that such "Let" be claimed and allowed by the umpire, before the next succeeding service is delivered.If a player of the "Out" side standing in the wrong service court is prepared to receive the service when it is delivered, and his side wins the rally, the mistake shall stand and the players positions shall not be corrected.

4. The players shall serve from and receive service in their respective right-hand service courts when score is 0 or an even number of points in the game, the service being delivered from and received in their respective left-hand service courts when the servers score is an odd number of points. Both players shall change service courts after each point has been scored.
A badminton match shall consist of 3 games. In doubles and men's singles, the first side to score 15 points wins the game.

In men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, the first side to score 15 points is the winner. Women’s singles games are played to 11 points. If the score is tied at 14-14 (or 10-10 in women’s singles) the first side that reached 14 (or 10) elects either to play through, meaning that the next side to win a point wins the game, or to set the game to three additional points, meaning that the first side to reach 17 points (or 13 in women’s singles) wins the game. Each badminton match is a three-game contest.

Order of play and position on court

After the service is returned, either you or your partner may hit the shuttle from any position on your side of the net. Then either player from the opposing side may do the same, and so on, until the shuttle ceases to be in play.

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