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Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents' half of the court. Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. A rally ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor, or if a fault has been called by either the umpire or service judge or, in their absence, the offending player, at any time during the rally.
Since 1992, badminton has been an Olympic sport with five events: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles, in which each pair consists of a man and a woman. At high levels of play, especially in singles, the sport demands excellent fitness: players require aerobic stamina, agility, explosive strength, speed and precision. It is also a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet movements.
What Kit Do I Need?
You should wear shorts, t-shirt, sport socks and comfortable badminton shoes or trainers with a good sole.
Rackets are often very affordable but if possible try and avoid the really cheap rackets (under £10). It’s best to go to a well-stocked sports outlet for some advice and to see a range that could suit you.
Shuttles are plastic or feathered. If you are just starting, plastic shuttles are ideal and cheaper. They come in three speeds - fast, medium and slow.
Rules At A Glance
- First to win 21 points wins a Game.
- First to win 2 out of 3 games wins the Match.
- A point is scored if your opponent cannot return the Shuttle or their shot lands out of bounds (the court).
- Points are scored no matter who served.
- If a score becomes 20-20, the side which scores 2 consecutive points shall win that game.
- The player/side that wins the games, serves first in the next game.
Badminton England - www.badmintonengland.co.uk
Paul Bickerton – Regional Manager, London
Dan Nixon - Regional Officer, South & Central London