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Rules Of Badminton

Badminton is not an easy game as far as rules are concerned. You need to have proper knowledge of the rules before playing the game. And if you want to advance further in the game, they are a must. So here are some of the basic rules of badminton one need to know.


Every sport starts with a toss, and so does badminton. A coin is flipped, and someone calls for it. If the person wins the toss, he/she has options of choosing a side or serving first. The opponent has to choose between the remaining option, and this is how the game starts.

Scoring system

Scoring is essential in badminton as it decides who wins and who loses. For women singles, men’s singles and doubles there are best of 3 games. In doubles and men’s the first one to reach 21 points win while in women’s singles the first to reach 15 points win. If the score is tied at 20 or 14 in case of women’s singles than the first one who wins the two consecutive game wins the set. The person who wins the set serves first in the next game.

Change of ends

When a set ends, both players need to change their sides, but if the game goes until the third set that whenever the scoreboard reads 11 points than the ends are changed by the players. A similar change of ends in women’s singles is seen at the end of 8 points.


Serving and receiving

When you win a point, and your scoreboard reads an even number, then you have to serve from the right-hand side of the court. Similarly, if your scoreboard reads an odd number of points, then you need to serve from the left-hand side of your end. A service is changed whenever a serving player loses the point. Earlier in such scenario, only the service was changed now along with the service points are also giving to the person who won that rally.

Rules for doubles

For doubles, there is bit change in the rules as far serving is concerned. When a player serves, then it can only be received by the player who is in the diagonally opposite direction to him. If the other player touches the shuttle in between then, it is called as foul, and the serving team is given the points. Also, whenever the side wins a point and is asked to serve, then he/she should serve from the right-hand side of their court.

Position on the court

Once the service is returned by the player in the diagonally opposite direction, then either of the players in the team can change their position. Also, after service, either of the players can hit the shuttle, and the other team can do the same. This can repeat until the shuttle is in play.

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