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Battledore and
The game was played in China, Japan,
India, and Greece. This is a game where
you use the Battledore (a paddle) to hit the
Shuttlecock (a birdie) back and forth.

This game can be traced back to mid-19

century British India. It was very popular in
the British garrison town Poona, the game
soon became known as Poonai.
The birth of badminton is due to retired British
Military Officers who, returning to England from
India, started playing a version of the Indian
game Poonai. They developed and set up the
rules. With no ball, they used a champagne cork
with feathers in it.

(Funny Name, Great Game)
Starting Out in England
In 1873, the Duke of Beaufort held a lawn
party in his country place, The Badminton
House, Gloucestershire, England. A game
of Poonai was played on that day and
became popular among the British
society's elite. The new party sport
became known as The Badminton
Badminton History
The 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona saw the
first appearance of badminton. Four (4) events
were held, with singles and doubles events for
both men and women (no mixed doubles)
Atlanta 1996, had 5 events with the addition of
mixed doubles (1 woman & 1 man)

Top Medal Winners
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze

1 China 16 8 14

2 South Korea 6 7 5

3 Indonesia 6 6 7

Rules of Badminton

Knowing the Rules of Badminton is important
if you really want to advance in Badminton and
enjoy this game. In the event that a dispute
occurs during a match, you'll be able to settle it.
Scoring in Badminton
The International Badminton Federation
(IBF) has a scoring format of rally to 21
points per game.
Must win by 2 points to a maximum of 30

At the start of the rally, the server and receiver stand
in diagonally opposite service courts. The server hits
the shuttlecock so that it would land in the receivers
service court.

Badminton is similar to tennis, except that a
badminton serve must be hit below waist height and
with the racket shaft pointing downwards and the
shuttlecock is not allowed to bounce.

The server will continue to serve until they have a
In Doubles, the partner who did not previously serve
will serve after the opponents fault.

Coin Toss or shuttlecock toss at the start of the match;
winner get the choice of serving first or choosing side
of court.
At the beginning of the game, you shall serve or
receive in the Right Service Court.
Serving thereafter, service court is determined by
opponents points:
Even Points = Right Service Court
Odd Points = Left Service Court

Service Court Error has been made when
- a player has served out of turn,
- a player has served from the wrong service court, or
- a player is standing on the wrong service court to
receive the serve and the serve has been delivered.

Lets: if a let is called, the rally is stopped and replayed
with no change to the score. Lets may occur due to an
unexpected disturbance; another shuttlecock landing
on court, receiver is not ready when the service is
**If the shuttlecock hits the top of the net it is NOT a let.
The rules of badminton consider the following as faults:

If the shuttle
lands outside the boundaries of the court,
passes through or under the net,
fails to pass the net,
touches the ceiling or side walls,
touches the person or dress of a player, or
touches any other object or person.

If the initial point of contact with the shuttle is not on the
striker's side of the net. (The striker may, however, follow
the shuttle over the net with the racket in the course of a

If a player touches the net or its supports with
racket, person or dress, invades an opponent's court
over the net with racket or person except as

- If a player invades an opponent's court under the
net with racket or person such that an opponent is
obstructed or distracted or obstructs an opponent,
that is prevents an opponent from making a legal
stroke where the shuttle is followed over the net.

- If a player deliberately distracts an opponent by any
action such as shouting or making gestures.

- If the shuttle is caught and held on the racket and
then slung during the execution of a stroke.

If the shuttle is hit twice in succession by the same
player (two hits in a row).

- If the shuttle is hit by a player and the player's
partner successively or touches a player's racket
and continues towards the back of that player's

- If a player is guilty of flagrant, repeated or
persistent offences under Law of Continuous Play,
Misconduct, Penalties.

- If, on service, the shuttle is caught on the net and
remains suspended on top, or, on service, after
passing over the net is caught in the net.

Clear: a shot hit deep to the opponents back boundary line.
Key Words
Balk: Any deceptive movement that disconcerts
an opponent before or during the serve.
Baseline: Back boundary line at each end of the
court, parallel to the net.
Drive: A fast low shot that makes a horizontal
flight over the net.
Drop: A shot hit softly and with finesse to fall
rapidly and close to the net on the opponents
Key Words Cont.
Fault: A violation of the playing rules, either in serving,
in receiving, or during play.
Flick: A quick wrist and forearm rotation to change a soft
shot into a faster one; usually used as a serve at the
Flight: The path or trajectory of the birdie.
Kill: A fast downward shot that cannot be returned.
Rally: An exchange of shots while the shuttle is in play.
Service Court: The area into which the serve must be
Smash: A hard hit overhead shot which forces the birdie
sharply downward, the chief attacking stroke.

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