Badminton is a racquet sport that can be played between either two players (Singles) or four players with two on each side (Doubles). Each single or double pair will take position on the opposite sides of a rectangular court divided by a net. A player can score points by striking a shuttlecock over net in a way that makes it impossible for the opposing player to return. A rally is considered to be won when the shuttlecock hits the floor or a fault has been committed. Each side can only strike the shuttlecock with their racquet once before it goes over the net. At the start of the rally, the server and receiver stand in diagonally opposite service court of each other’s. To execute a successful serve, the server needs to ensure that his serve of the shuttlecock to his opponent lands in his opponent’s service court. The next serve is always given to the winner of the previous rally.
Badminton is a technical sport that demands good motor coordination. It comprises of a wide variety of basic strokes and players require high level of skill to perform all of them effectively. All strokes are either backhand or forehand.
Fun Fact - Badminton is the world’s fastest racquet sport. A shuttlecock can leave the racket at speeds up to 300km/hr
Fun Fact - Badminton was once known as battledore as well as shuttlecock
Each game is played for 21 points, starting from zero; players score a point whenever they win a rally. A match consists of best of 3 games. If the score reaches 20-20, then the game continues until one player gains a two point lead, up to a maximum of 30 points. This rule is implemented to prevent games from dragging on for too long.
Try out Badminton today!
Here are a few tips to get you started.
what to wear
- You want to be able to move and lunge quickly so loose fitting attire is highly recommended
- A breathable t-shirt,
- tank top or dri-fit shirt
- Sports shorts
- For females wear a sports bra. Having your hair pulled back is recommended.
- A pair of socks Shoes with non-marking soles
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
- Badminton racquet
- Net (if not provided)
additional items you might need
- Badminton bag
- Extra grips for your racquet
- Extra strings for your racquet