BADMINTON STUDY GUIDE
Badminton is a sport played by two or four players. Equipment consists of rackets, shuttlecocks (birdies) and a net that stand five feet high.
- Points may be scored by the server only. A player continues to serve until losing a volley.
- When a server fails to score, she/he loses the serve and no points are scored.
- All games must be won by a difference of at least two points.
- THE GAME
Doubles - played to 15 points
- The first serve of each inning (teams turn of service) shall be made from the right hand court. That player continues to serve, alternating courts for each serve, until she/he fails to win a point.
- On the side beginning the game ( the first inning) , only the player in the right service courts serves. After that inning, both players on each team will serve for the rest of the game.
- During the serve, partners of the server and receivers must stand in their respective service boxes.
- The first serve in an inning is always from the right court. When a team regains the serve the player who happens to be standing in the right service court will serve first that inning.
- Each time a point is scored, server and partner switch courts, receivers do not.
- Singles - played to 11 points
- The first serve of the game and all subsequent serves, when the servers own score is zero or an even number, the server shall serve from the right service court. If the score is odd, the server serves from the left service court.
- The receiver always stands in the court diagonally across from the server, and both server and receiver rotate courts each time a point is scored.
- A fault committed by the serving side results in loss of service.
- A fault by the receivers results in a point for the servers.
- It is a fault:
- if on the serve, the head of the serverís racket is higher than his/her wrist when the shuttle is hit.
- if on the serve, the shuttle does not cross the net or lands outside the proper service court.
- if the feet of both server and receiver are not in the proper service court while serve is delivered.
- if on the serve, the receiverís partner returns the shuttle.
- if the shuttle touches a player or his clothing
- if a player hits the shuttle before it crosses the net.
- if a player touches the net during play.
- if a player hits the shuttle twice before it crosses the net or if both partners hit it before is crosses the net.
Serve (forehand or backhand)
- Clears - used offensively and defensively. Comparable to a lob in tennis (overhand and underhand)
- Smashes - offensive stroke. Timing is extremely important (forehand and backhand)
- Underhand Drop Shot - short follow-through; shuttle to land
just beyond net.
- if shuttle is met above net tape, it should be directed to an open spot on the opponents court.
- If shuttle is met below the net tape, it should be stroked along the net to land just beyond it.
- The Drive
- the racket should be kept flat (parallel to floor)
- can be used to run opponent from side to side