Rules of Badminton
Badminton is a sport that is enjoyed internationally. From professional courts to playful beaches, people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy it as a favourite pass time or a method of exercise. We are all familiar with the rackets, contentedly hitting at the shuttlecock, but is that all we need to play the sport we call badminton?
Rules make a sport not only challenging but also more exciting and here we will talk about making badminton honest and challenging.
Badminton is played on a court designed for singles and doubles matches. The doubles court is exactly 20 feet wide and 44 feet long, while the singles court is smaller. The net is 5 feet high.
The shuttlecock is served diagonally to the player at the opposite end, underhand from below the waist, from the right service court. When the score is odd in the later games, left court serves. The first serve is determined by toss. It is the receiver's call to take to return the serve if deemed good. If the receiver think that the serve is a fault, they can leave it and win the point if it lands outside.
Let us make the term fault clear for us. Faults are the shots in which the shuttlecock hits the net, lands outside the court, or is hit twice with two separate shots before it goes over the net.
If the return is received by the server, a rally starts which continues until one of the players hits a shot which cannot be returned by their opponent, earning a point, or until someone hits a fault. Previously a point could only be won on your own serve but recently rules have changed. A point will be awarded to the winner of the rally despite the serve. The winner of the point, if the server will serve now from the alternate court, and if the receiver will observe the rule of the score being odd or even. In doubles, on the other hand, a side has only one serve, alternating it between players.
The game ends when one player achieve to earn 21 points, with an advantage of at least 2 points. For instance, the score of 21 to 19 or 22 to 20, ends the game. If the game sticks at 29-all the side to score the 30th point first, wins. When the leading score reaches 11, a short interval of 60 seconds is awarded to the players and a break of 2 minutes is granted between the games. Also the players are required to switch side when the score reaches 11 in the 3rd game. The winner of the best of three games is declared as the winner of the match.
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