How to play Badminton, rules, and all you need to know

This post will give you full details about the latest badminton rules and scoring system. After reading this post thoroughly, you will quickly understand all the rules of Badminton and will be able to implement them completely, so read the post thoroughly and adequately.

Basic rules of Badminton

Here is a simplified list of badminton rules from the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Badminton scoring system

  • All singles and doubles matches are three games to 11. The winning team is the one who scores 21 points first.
  • Each serve is worth one point, and the side that wins the rally gets the point. The team that just won gets to serve next.
  • If the score is 20-20, one team must win by two clear points to win the game. If it gets to 29-29, the winner is the first to get 30 points.

Single Rules:

  • Serve Backline, Inner sideline, and Service line.
  • Ball in play: Back line and Inner sideline.

In Singles, both the backline and the inside sidelines are essential. During the service, the shuttle must go past the short service line. Singles don’t have any other exceptions.

Double Rules:

  • The inner back line, outer sideline, and service line serve.
  • Ball in play: Backline to the outer sideline.

In Doubles, the sidelines on the outside are always important. But the backline only works when the rally is happening. During the service situation, the shuttle can’t go by the long line of people waiting to be served by Doubles. The shuttle also has to go by the short service line for Doubles.

How to serve in badminton

In singles:

The server starts from the proper server court and continues to serve from that side whenever the score is even. Players benefit from the left when they have an odd number of points. As long as they keep winning points, each player will keep serving.

In doubles:

The server starts on the right side and keeps serving while switching sides with their teammate as long as they keep winning points. If the team on the other side wins, they serve. From now on, the player on each team who didn’t serve first will only serve again after their team has won a point as the receiving side.

Badminton Court Dimensions

Badminton Court Dimensions

  • A badminton court for singles is 13.41 meters (44 feet) long and 5.18 meters (17 feet) wide. In doubles, the width goes up to 6.1m (20ft).
  • At each end, the net is 1.55m (5ft 1in) high, and where it dips in the middle, it is 1.52m (5ft) high.
  • A serve must pass the short service line, which is 1.98m (6.5ft) from the net.
  • Beyond the short service line, a line runs down the middle to divide the left and right service courts. Also, 0.76m (2.5ft) from the baseline is a double service line.
  • So, each of the four service courts is 3.96m (13 ft) long and 2.59m (8.5 ft) wide.

Badminton Equipment Rules

Equipment rules are mostly about the badminton racket, but there are also rules about the shoes that can be worn on a badminton court and meet the needs of badminton movements.

  • A badminton racket has a handle that is attached to a shaft that is attached to a head. The head of the racket can’t be more than 280mm long and 220mm wide.
  • A racket must be strung with synthetic strings woven together, and the weight of the whole thing, strings, and all must be at least 80g and no more than 100g.

That’s it. I hope you have learned a lot from this post and benefited from reading it completely.

I am a Badminton player and my ten-year of experience in this game. I have thoroughly used many badminton rackets and related things in these ten years. I am passionate about playing Badminton, and I know everything about it. I also like to inform people by writing about the game and related news۔

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