Badminton is a sport that dates back to the sixteenth century. The sport is played indoors, and the Olympic competitions are the pinnacle. Asian countries such as China and India are huge fans of the sport, with China and India producing some of the top players in the world.
The Goal of the Game
In badminton, the goal is to hit the shuttlecock over the net and into the allocated court areas. A rally begins when your opponent successfully returns the shuttlecock. You win a point if you force your opponent to hit the shuttlecock out or into the net during this rally. To win a set, you must score 21 points, with most matches being best of three sets. Either serve can result in a point.
Players and their gear
Badminton is divided into two types: singles and doubles (mixed doubles is also an option). Each player is allowed to use a shuttlecock and a stringed racket (similar to a tennis racket but with a smaller head). The shuttlecock has a half-round ball at the bottom and a feathery substance at the top. You can only hit the bottom of the shuttlecock, and gravity will always revert the ball side to the down position. Before the shuttlecock hits the ground or travels over the net, you can only hit it once.
The court is 6.1 metres wide and 13.4 metres long. A 1.55m-long net runs across the middle of the rectangular court. Two tram lines go down each side of the court. For singles matches, the inside lines are utilised as the parameter, whereas for doubles matches, the outer line is used.
When you successfully hit the shuttlecock over the net and into your opponent’s court before they hit it, you score a point. When your opponent hits the shuttlecock into the net or outside the boundaries, you earn a point.
The Game’s Success
You must score 21 points before your opponent to win a game. You will have won that set if you do so. If the scores are deadlocked at 20-20, the winner will be the player who can gain a two-point advantage. If the scores are still knotted at 29-29, the set will be decided on the next point. To win the overall game, you must win two of the three sets played.
A game can be played with two players (singles) or four players (doubles).
Indoors, on the right court dimensions, an official match must be played. The dimensions of the court are 6.1m by 13.4m, with a 1.55m net running across the middle.
The shuttlecock must hit within the confines of the opponent’s court to score a point.
A point is awarded to your opponent if the shuttlecock strikes the net or lands out.
Players must serve their opponent diagonally over the net. Serving stations shift from one side to the other when points are earned. Because there are no second serves, if your first serve misses, the point is awarded to your opponent.