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Crazy Badminton Rally

Hello Everyone!:)

It’s been a while since I last posted a new article for the site. Lately, I’ve been checking youtube for cool and crazy badminton rallys. Then I bumped on these videos. I was really amazed by the game. The rally was so long and the players were really amazing. So here it is. Check these videos out. :)

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Badminton Net Play


In playing badminton, it is great if a player knows how to deal with badminton net play. This kind of playing technique requires more tact than power. One flip of your wrist or a sudden change in the angle of the rackets face may cause your opponent to miss that shot. Moreover, this game play could be a very nice strategy for winning the rally since this technique usually helps to deceive your opponents on where you will land the shuttlecock on their court.

There are three types of badminton net play. First in line is the Net Shot. These type of shots are performed or played around the net area back to your opponents area. This shot can be played both on a forehand side or backhand side. Moreover, it can also be played in a straight court or in a cross court. Furthermore, this shot is usually used if you want to force your opponent to hit a weak lift or hit shots that could not clear the net. The second type of shot is the Net Kill. This type of shot is played when your opponent has played a weak shot over the net that provides you an opening to hit a good smash down from the net. This type of shot is quite risky especially if you don’t judge your shot properly and you end up hitting the net with your racket. This is also a good winning shot if performed properly. The third and the last net shot is the Net Lift. This is another form of a deceiving shot, which you use if you want to move your opponent to be positioned at the back court or if you just want to loosen up and create time for yourself to get prepared of your next strategy. The style of this shot is hitting the shuttlecock near the net which might look like a net kill or a net shot.

I hope you learned a lot from this post. This badminton net play will definitely help you win every rally game you play. Just practice and master it so you can easily apply it if the situation calls for it. Also, don’t forget to follow the badminton rules. Enjoy playing the game and have fun!:)

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Badminton Rules for Faults


Badminton just like other games also has its own fault rules. These badminton faults are being recognized in every game being played, thus it is very important for its players to be familiar with it to avoid losing the game.

A fault occurs if…

  • the service is incorrect (in accordance with the service rules).
  • the shuttle is stuck in the net and remains on its top or if it is being hit by the receiver’s partner
  • the shuttle lands outside the court’s boundaries
  • the shuttle is caught and held on the racquet and then slung during the execution of a stroke
  • the shuttle passes under the net, touches the ceiling or outside walls, touches the players (body and clothing of a player) or touches any other objects or person outside the court
  • the shuttle is hit by the two players (players on the same team) successively
  • the shuttle is hit twice by the same player
  • the shuttle was hit by the racquet and was not able to reach the opponent’s court.
  • the player enters the opponents court over the net (either the person himself/herself or with the racquet) except if the striker followed the shuttle (strikers side) over the net with a racquet in the course of a stroke after the initial point of contact with the shuttle.
  • the player touches the net (this includes the player himself/herself, racquet or clothes)
  • the player enters the opponents court under the net (either the person himself/herself or with the racquet) such that an opponent is being obstructed. (Prevents an opponent from making his/her legal stroke)
  • the player deliberately distracts an opponent through shouting or making unnecessary and offensive gestures
  • the player is guilty of blatant, frequent or stubbornness offences under the rules.

Basically these are some faults that I know when it comes to playing badminton. I hope you’ve learned a lot from this article and I hope you get to be familiar with these badminton rules. Enjoy playing badminton! :)


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Badminton Singles Rules


In playing badminton, there are 3 varieties of game play. These are the singles, doubles and mixed doubles. However, this article will just focus and discuss the singles rules in playing badminton. In a badminton singles game, there will only be two players and these two players will be positioned on opposing sides of the court.

In a singles game, the players shall serve from and receive in their respective right service courts. The laws for service will still be applied (Right side of the service court for Even number score and Left side of the court for an Odd number score). Moreover, during a game the players may be in any position, thus the shuttle may be hit by the server and the receiver alternately from any position on the player side of the net. If the server wins a rally then he/she shall score a point then the server will have his/her service again from the alternate service court. Also, if the receiver wins a rally then the receiver scores a point as well as becomes the new server of the next rally.

Basically these are the rules in a singles badminton game. This post might be short but I hope you can learn a lot from it. Continue playing badminton and please do remember its rules I mean Badminton Rules, for you to successfully win and enjoy the game! :)


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Badminton Scoring Rules


Badminton just like other games also has its own scoring rules. This post will present you the basic scoring rules of badminton as well as a little history behind them. To start with, before the 2006 Thomas/Uber Cup, the official scoring format of the game of badminton was the 15 points format. However, the International Badminton Federation (BFI) then developed and tested a new scoring format which is the 21 point rally scoring. From then on, the 21 points rally format has been officially used in all games up to the present. Although there are also some who still prefer the 15 points format than the later one. To explain further the difference of these point systems, I will discuss both.

15 Points Format

To win a match using this scoring format the team must win 2 out of 3 games. Moreover, the team must score 15 points for the men’s game and 11 points for women’s game. Thus, if the score becomes 14 all (10 all in women’s singles), the team that first reaches the 14th (10th) point shall be given the choice to continue the game up to 15 (11) points or to set the game to a 17 (13) points rally. The team who won the rally also wins the service rights. In this scoring format, there is what is called “service overs”; this means that only the serving side can add a point to its score. In addition, the serving team only scores a point when its opponent does not return the shuttle or if the shuttle falls out of bounce.

In a singles game, the team will serve on the right service court if their score is an even number and on the left service court if their score is an odd number. On the other hand, in a doubles game, the team serves and receives first on the right service court during a match then will continue to serve on that position when their score of that side is an even number. Reverse pattern will be applied for the partner.

21 Points Format

To win a match with this scoring format, the team must win 2 out of 3 games. In addition, the team has to score 21 points to win the game. If the score reaches 20-20, then the first side which scores 2 consecutive points shall win the game. Thus if the score becomes 29-29, the side that scores 30th points shall win the game. In this scoring format, there is no service over, this means that the team can score a point no matter who serves. Moreover, in this game, there is only once service for doubles. Nonetheless, other rules shall remain the same.

So these are the 15 point format and the 21 point format in playing badminton. Besides the points, you might wonder what the difference between these two are. The 15 point format requires more time to get a match done as there are “service overs”. Thus it is very important that the level of fitness and stamina be high enough to finish a game. In the 21 point format, on the other hand, the game requires less time to finish since it is a regular rally point system. Thus in this game, it is very important to avoid making unforced errors since every rally counts.

In conclusion, playing badminton you can decide on what point system will you apply. What’s important is that you know the rules and you know how to play the point format which you chose to apply to your game. Keep your stamina high and remember the badminton rules. Also just a reminder, do the necessary warm ups before playing the game to avoid injuries and superfluous body aches. Enjoy and keep playing badminton!:)

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Badminton Rules for Shuttlecocks


The shuttlecock (also known as a birdie) is one of the most important pieces of equipment in playing badminton. In short, it’s the “ball of the game”. The shuttlecock may be made out of feathers (duck or goose feathers), synthetic or plastic. In large tournaments, they use the goose feathered shuttlecock, since it is the most suitable shuttlecock for that play. Shuttlecocks that are made out of duck feathers are usually being used during practices or the like. Moreover, most shuttlecocks have a cork base covered by a thin layer of leather. Just like for other games, the shuttlecock also has its own Rules or what some call its principles.

According to the General Design rule:

– All shuttles shall have 14 to 16 feathers fixed in the base.

– The feathers can have a variable length from 64mm to 70mm (2 1/2 inches to 2 3/4 inches), but in each shuttle they shall be the same length when measured from the tip to the top of the base.

– The feathers shall be fastened firmly with thread or other suitable material.

– The tips of the feather shall form a circle with a diameter within a range of 58mm to 68mm (2 1/4 inches to 2 5/8 inches).

– The base of the shuttle shall be 25mm to 28mm (1 inch to 1 1/8 inches) in diameter, rounded on the bottom.

Badminton Shuttlecock

For the Weight rule:

– The shuttle shall weigh from 4.74 to 5.50 grams (73 to 85 grains).

– For the Non-Feathered Shuttles (usually the plastic or synthetic ones) its skirt or the simulation of its feathers replaces the natural feathers.

– The base of the shuttle shall be 25mm to 28mm (1 inch to 1 1/8 inches) in diameter, rounded on the bottom.

– The measurements of these shuttles are still the same as what is stated in the former rule (feather type shuttle) however, because of the difference in the specific gravity and behaviour of synthetic material and manufacturing; a variation of up to 10 percent in the stated measurements is acceptable.

In terms of Pace and Flight, a shuttle shall be deemed to be of correct pace when it is hit by a player with a powerful underhand stroke from a spot immediately above one back boundary line in a direction parallel to the sidelines and at the upward angle, to fall not less than 530mm (1 foot 9 inches) and not more than 990 (3 feet 3 inches) short of the other back boundary line.

Moreover, modification of these shuttles in terms of its general design, pace and flight may be made with the approval of the national organization concerned. In terms of pace where atmospheric conditions due either to altitude or climate make the standard shuttle unsuitable or if the specific circumstances exist which make it otherwise necessary in the interest of the game.

In conclusion, players should be aware of these rules so there would a uniformity of knowledge in terms of choosing the right shuttlecock to be used in the game. Also, manufacturers of these shuttles should be aware of these rules so there would be uniform shuttlecocks that will be produced all over the world. I hope everybody gets informed with these rules through this post. Enjoy playing badminton!

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Badminton Service Rules


In playing badminton, it is very important that players know the badminton rules for serving. In the service rules, both players shall not cause undue delays in delivering the serve, once they are already in their respective positions. When making a service, both players shall stand within a diagonally opposite service courts without stepping on the boundary line of their service courts. During the service, the feet of both players must remain in contact with the surface of the court in a stationary position from the beginning of the service until the service is delivered.

The racquet shall initially hit the base of the shuttle. Moreover, the whole shuttle shall be below the server’s waist when he/she hits it with the racquet. Also, in hitting the shuttle, a server’s racquet should be pointing in a downward direction to an extent that the whole head of the racquet is below your hand holding the racquet. The flight of the shuttle shall be upwards so that it will pass over the net and land on the opponent’s court.

Remember, it is a “fault” if the player fails to hit the shuttle while attempting to serve. If the player is already in his/her position then the first movement of his/her racquet’s head is deemed to be the start of their service. Thus it is important to consider not taking a serve if the opponent is not yet ready. If the opponent attempts to return the service then he/she shall be deemed as ready.

During a doubles game, the partner of the player who will do the service may go to any position within the court so long as he/she does not block the opposing server or the receiver.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that it is very important to remember these badminton rules for service. These rules will make the game a lot more challenging as well as make its players a lot more disciplined, by practicing the rules of the game.

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Badminton Game Strategy


In playing badminton, there are some strategies to be learned as well as to be mastered in order for you to win in every game you play. One of these badminton strategies is that a player needs to engage in a variety of strokes in every situation and at the right time, from their fast and powerful jumping smashes to the speed of every return strike. Usually, rallies are being finished with a smash however; setting up the badminton smash requires a very clever stroke. For example, net shots or drop shots can be a good opportunity for using a good smash since it can force the opponent to lift the shuttlecock for it to be saved from landing on their court. Moreover, if the net shot is so close, then the opponent’s lift will not reach the back of the court, which results in a succeeding smash which is much harder to return.

They say “looks can be deceiving”, but in this game, “strikes can be deceiving”. It is important that a player must learn how to deceive its opponent by preparing different kinds of strokes that could deceive the attention of its opponent. One example of these deceiving strokes is the use of slicing. Slicing is a technique that can be achieved with proper speed as well as proper timing in hitting the shuttlecock. If the opponent tries to anticipate the stroke, he/she may move in the wrong direction and may be too late to change his body momentum in time to reach the shuttlecock. The use of slicing redirects the direction of the stroke in its opposite direction. Thus it would challenge the opponent to be physically and mentally active in every second of the game. In playing badminton, there are three kinds of game play in which game strategies could be employed. These game plays are Badminton Doubles, Badminton Singles and Badminton Mixed Doubles.

To start with, I will first discuss Badminton Doubles game strategy. In this game play, there will be 2 pair of players who will be playing the game in a court. Both pair will try to gain and maintain the attack and will do some smashing downwards if and when possible. If ever it is possible to make a downward smash, a pair will adopt an idea attacking formation with one player hitting down from the rear court and his/her partner in the midcourt intercepting all smash returns except the lift. If the rear court attacker plays a drop shot, his partner will move into the forecourt to threaten the net reply. Usually, if the players cannot hit a downward stroke, they use flat strokes in an attempt to receive the attack. Also, if a pair is forced to lift or clear the shuttlecock, they must be prepared to defend the return strokes of their opponents. They usually adopt a side-by-side position in the rear midcourt to cover their court against the smashes of their opponents. Also, in badminton doubles players usually smash in the middle ground between two players for them to confuse their opponents. In a more advanced game, the backhand serve has become popular to the extent that forehand serves are seldom done in professional games. The straight low serves are used most frequently to prevent the opponents from gaining an immediate attack. Flick serves are used to prevent the opponents from anticipating the low serve and attacking it decisively. In addition, badminton doubles rallies are extremely fast, especially Men’s doubles, since they are more aggressive players with a high proportion of powerful jumps and smashes.

The second badminton game play that I will discuss is badminton singles. In a Singles game, the badminton court is narrower compared to the doubles court, but with the same length. Since one person needs to protect or cover the entire court, singles tactics are based on forcing the opponent to move as much as possible. Thus speed, power and the ability to think fast is the key to win a badminton singles game. In a singles game, strokes are normally directed to the corners of the court. Players do take advantage of the length of the court by combining lifts and clears with drop shots and net shots. Smashing is less present in this game since players are rarely in the ideal position to execute a smash, and smashing will endanger the smasher if his/her smash is successfully returned. In terms of service, players will often start the rally with a forehand high serve. Low serves are also used frequently, either forehand or backhand. Flick serves are also less common and drive serves are rarely executed.

The third badminton game play is Mixed doubles, this game is still done in pairs and these pairs will be composed of a man and a woman. Moreover, in this game, pairs typically try to maintain an attacking formation with the woman at the front and the man at the back. This formation is being implemented because male players are obviously much stronger and more powerful in terms of releasing smash attacks. Thus, mixed doubles require greater tactical awareness and clever positional play. Subtler opponents will try to reverse the ideal position (woman at the back and men in front). In order to protect against this strategy, mixed players must be very vigilant and systematic in selecting their shots. Furthermore, in advance play the formations generally are more flexible. Both men and woman are capable of being placed in the front or at the back. However, if the opportunity arises, the players will switch back to the standard mixed attacking position which is woman in front and man at back.

To sum it up, playing badminton whether doubles, singles, or mixed doubles generally require a physically active body and a mentally active mind to win the game. The goal is to defeat the enemies’ strategy. Thus it is very important to learn each strategy and apply it if the need arises or if opportunity strikes.

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Badminton Rules


Just like other games, badminton also has its own unique badminton rules and these rules or what some call laws should be followed by everyone especially those who wish to participate in tournaments or competitions. Examples of these laws, we will discuss, are laws about badminton court dimensions, badminton equipment, badminton scoring and the Badminton serve or service.

To begin with, I will first discuss the badminton court dimensions Law. The Badminton court should be a rectangular court which should be divided into two halves by a net at its centre. The full width of the badminton court is 6.1 meters (20 ft) and the full length of the court is 13.4 meters (44 ft). However, in singles its width is reduced to 5.18 meters (17 ft). On both sides of the court, the area for service is also divided. This line division has a distance of 1.98 meters (6 ft 6 inches) from the net, the outer side and the back boundaries of the court. Moreover, in a doubles game, the division of the service line is 0.76 meters (2 ft 6 inch) from the back boundary. The net which is placed in the centre of the court is 1.55 meters (5 ft 1 inch) high at the edges and 1.524 metres (5 ft) high in the centre. Furthermore, the net posts are placed over the doubles sidelines even when the game being played is singles.

Next I will discuss the badminton equipment Law. These laws refer to the design and size of the badminton equipment to be used. Specifically the badminton racquets, as well as on the birdies or what we call shuttlecocks. By law, badminton racquets should weigh between 75 and 95 grams (2.6 to 3.3 ounces) including the strings. These badminton racquets have the traditional oval head shape as well as the increasingly common shape in new racquets which is the isometric head shape. In like manner, shuttlecocks also have their own standards. It is usually tested in terms of its correct speed. To test a shuttlecock, they usually use a full underhand stroke which makes contact with the shuttlecock over the back boundary line. Thus the shuttlecock shall be hit at an upward angle and in a direction parallel to the side lines. Also, the shuttlecock of the correct speed should land in not less than 530 mm and not more than 990 mm short of the other back boundary line.

For the scoring system and service laws there are three sub laws under its category. These are the basics, details and the lets. First I will talk about the basics. Each badminton game is played up to 21 points with players scoring a point whenever they win a rally regardless of whether they made the service or not. Usually a match is best of three games. The rally starts with the server, and the receiver stands in the diagonally opposite service court. The server should hit the shuttlecock and have it land on the receiver’s service court. When the servers’ side loses a rally, the next service will be immediately passed to the other opponent. In a singles game, the server stands in her/his right service court if the score is even and on the left service court if the score is odd. Moreover, in a game of doubles, if the serving side wins a rally, the same player continues to serve but she changes his/her service court so that he/she could serve it to a different opponent each time. Furthermore, if the opponent wins the rally and their score is even, the player in the right service court will do the service. However, if the score is odd, then the player in the left service court will do the service. It is important to keep in mind that the players’ service courts are determined by their position at the start of the previous rally and not by where they were standing at the end of the rally. In consequence of this system, each time a team regains the service, the server will be the player who did not serve the last time.

The next thing to be discussed under the scoring system is the details. When the server serves, the shuttlecock must be passed over the short service line on the opponent’s court or else it would count as a fault. If both the team’s score reaches 20-all, the game continues until one side gains a two point lead (ex. 24-22), up to a maximum of 30 points (ex. 30-29). To start a match, a coin is tossed or the shuttlecock is cast and whichever side the shuttle is pointing to, gets the chance to determine who will do the first serve or decide to choose whether to serve or be the first receiver or may choose which end of the court they wish to occupy. In a subsequent game, the winner of the previous game gets a chance to do the first service. They are also called the rubbers. If the first team wins a play and they play it once more and they win again, they will be declared as the winner of the game. However, if they lose the play after winning it, then there would be a third round that would finally determine the winning team of the game. In addition to the service rules, the server and the receiver must remain within their service courts, without touching the boundary lines, until the server strikes the shuttlecock. The other two players may stand wherever they want to, so long as they do not interfere with the opposing server or receiver.

Another thing to be discussed under the scoring system is the lets. So what is a let? A let means a shot or point that must be replayed in certain racquet sports. Thus, if a “let” is called in a game, the rally will be stopped and replayed with no change to the current score. It may occur because of some unexpected disturbance such as other shuttlecocks landing on the court (these are usually shuttlecocks from adjacent court play) or a shuttle may touch an overhead rail which can be classed as a let. Also, if the receiver is not yet ready when the service is delivered, a let shall be called. However, if the receiver attempts to hit the shuttlecock, then it shall be counted or judged to have been ready. Moreover, there is no let if the shuttlecock hits the tape.

These Laws are standard badminton rules when playing. I know some are unfamiliar with these rules because they just play badminton for fun or just play it in their own understanding but it would be great if they played it in accordance with its laws. This would help them easily understand the essence of the game as well as enjoy it more. After all, what’s important in every game is that you enjoy it as well as increase your drive to be good it in terms of strategy making and rules awareness.

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Badminton Facts


What is Badminton? Where did it originate and what is the equipment to be used? Those might be some of the questions that people who are unfamiliar with it would ask. Badminton is a game which was created by British military officers during the mid 18th century in British India. Later, it was officially named and was acknowledged as a game/sport in 1873 at the badminton house, Gloucestershire.

Badminton is a racquet sport played by two opposing players (called Singles) or two opposing pairs (called Doubles). These players take position on the opposite sides of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. This game is played using a badminton racquet and a shuttlecock. The point system of this game is when players strike the shuttlecock with their badminton racquet and have it passed over the net to land in their opponent’s court.

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Badminton racquets are usually made out of different materials. Examples of these materials are carbon fibre, Nano materials, aluminium material, etc. Racquets have Strings and there are also varieties of strings available in the market. There are strings made out of natural gut materials and they are also made out of synthetic material. The strings are very important since it determines the tension of the racquet. The tension could either help the player control the shuttlecock or give the player much power due to the trampoline effect (bounce effect) of the strings.

Shuttlecocks or what they refer to as a birdie are feathered projectiles or a plastic material shaped like a cone which has a cork covered with thick leather. This is being used all throughout the game. It is like a tennis ball in a tennis game.

Grip is another part of the equipment to be considered in playing badminton. Grips are placed on the handle of the badminton racquet. This helps the player to be comfortable with how they hold the racquet as well as help the player control their sweaty hands. Grips can be made out of synthetic material or towelling grips.

Badminton shoes are also important to consider. The shoes that should be worn by a badminton player must be light with soles of rubber. Badminton requires speed and proper foot work thus it would be better if the player’s shoes are light and comfortable to wear. The shoes can also help them avoid some injuries. Badminton is best played in an indoor environment where the wind is not strong because it could blow the shuttlecock in some other directions. Some play it in an outdoor environment for recreational activity.

Badminton is a simple and a very effective game especially if you really want to be physically fit and active in sports. The game helps increase your stamina, speed and ability to create the necessary tactics for you to be able to win the game.

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