Welcome to Racket Community’s guide on RULES FOR BADMINTON!
Here is a great video from SG Sports TV explaining on the basics of how to play!
- Players hit the shuttlecock into the air and which ever side the shuttlecock lands facing will be the first to serve.
- Wait for the other player to be ready before serving
- Who ever is serving will depend on the score. Odd (1,3,5 etc) is on the left side of the court. Even (2,4,6 etc) score is on the right side of the court (Ex. 1 is on the right side of the court. Which ever player is on the right side of the court will be the player to serve if the score is 1 etc)
- Only teams/players who have scored will change to the different side of the court. If you did not score, you will stay on the same side of the court.
- There is a total for 21 points for our games.
- A player must first wait until his or her opponent is ready before serving. If the opponent attempts a return then he/she is ruled having been ready.
- The feet of both players must remain in a stationary position until the serve is made. Your feet can not be touching the line at this time.
- It is not a fault if you miss the shuttle while serving.
- The shuttle cannot be caught and slung with the racket.
- A player cannot hold his racket near the net to ward off a downward stroke by his opponent or to interfere with his racket.
A match consists of the best of 1 game of 21 points.
Every time there is a serve – there is a point scored.
The side winning a rally adds a point to its score.
At 19 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first, wins that game.
At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point, wins that game.
The side winning a game serves first in the next game.
- The shuttle, at the instant of being hit is higher than the servers waist or the head of the racket is higher than the servers racket hand.
- The shuttle does not land in the correct service court.
- The server’s feet are not in the service court or if the feet of the receiver are not in the court diagonally opposite the server.
- The server steps forward as he/she serves.
- Any player balking or feinting his/her opponent before serve or during serve.
- A serve or shot that lands outside the court boundaries, passes under or through the net, touches any other obstructions or a players body or clothing. The boundary and service lines are considered in play.
- The shuttle in play is struck before it crosses the net to the striker’s side of the net. You may follow through over the net.
- A player touching the net or its supports with his/her body or racket while the shuttle is in play.
- Hitting the shuttle twice in succession by a player or team.
- At the beginning of the game (0-0) and when the server’s score is even, the server serves from the right service court. When the server’s score is odd, the server serves from the left service court.
- If the server wins a rally, the server scores a point and then serves again from the alternate service court.
- If the receiver wins a rally, the receiver scores a point and becomes the new server. They serve from the appropriate service court – left if their score is odd, and right if it is even.
- A side has only one ‘set’.
- At the beginning of the game and when the score is even, the server serves from the right service court. When it is odd, the server serves from the left court.
- If the serving side wins a rally, the serving side scores a point and the same server serves again from the alternate service court.
- If the receiving side wins a rally, the receiving side scores a point. The receiving side becomes the new serving side.
- The players do not change their respective service courts until they win a point when their side is serving.