The Sport of Badminton
You may have played badminton at some point in your life during a picnic or barbecue, but the sport has actually been around for thousands of years and is now played competitively in the Summer Olympics. Although badminton is mostly popular and China and India, Western European countries regularly compete in tournaments, with Denmark being the powerhouse.
How to play Badminton
Taking elements from a multitude of sports like tennis, volleyball, and racquetball, badminton is a two-on-two team sport using compact racquets and a shuttlecock -- or the object in which players will strike. A shuttlecock is essentially one-half lightweight mesh and other-half hard rubber ball.
Players will strike the shuttlecock back and forth over a net until its hit the ground -- resulting in a point. Professional badminton games are much faster from recreational ones we’re used to. Players will need lightning fast reflexes and great mobility to keep up.
Rules of Badminton
- Each match is best two out of three games, with the winner having to score 21 points. If the game is tied at 20, one team must win by two. If it’s tied at 29, the next score wins.
- Regulation badminton courts are 20 feet wide by 44 feet long. The game is usually played on a firm surface such as hard sand, clay, or turf.
- Each side only has one chance to get the shuttlecock over the net. Failure to do so results in a point for the other team.
- A service has to go diagonally across the court for it to be considered legal. Additionally, the shuttlecock has to be struck at or below the hip -- not overhead.
- Like volleyball, any contact with the net or stepping over the middle fault line will result in a point for the other team.
- There are two resting periods throughout the course of a match: The first is a 90 second resting period after the first game, the next is a five minute resting period after the second.
If you weren’t aware, badminton is actually considered one of the fastest paced sports in the world -- with shuttlecock speeds reaching up to 200 mph! Traditional shuttlecocks were made with feathers from the left wings of geese. Their feathers were seen to provide the best wind flow and stabilization for the shuttlecock as it flew through the air.
Written by: Devin Pickell