Badminton is one of the most popular sports world over. But few people are aware of all the rules that encompass this great game. PSM aims to bring you all of it in this fun read.
What makes badminton unique is its straightforward set of laws and rules which make it compatible with all age groups and can be played in any season. By the end of this blog, you will be equipped to play the world’s fastest racquet sport! While the game has evolved considerably since its origins in the 16th century, (read all about Badminton History here) rules and regulations form the foundation for the game anywhere in the world today.
The game in its current format is more popular, faster and more powerful along with being television-friendly.
Badminton is played in multiple formats – in singles, in teams as doubles and mixed doubles.
Besides enthusiastic players, the game has a requirement of a court, a net, racquets and shuttlecocks.
The Badminton Court – Standard measurements for the court are a 44 feet length and 20 feet width. The court is divided equally into two for the competing sides. Each side is further divided into two equal halves, each for one player in a doubles game.
Many lines make up the court:
A simple way to understand the lines– the doubles court for service is wider and shorter than the singles court for service
Net – Five feet one inch in height with corners attached to poles. When strung on a pole, the net stretches to two feet six inches in depth between the bottom and top. The net is supported by cable, cord and a rope. It is made of synthetic/natural vinyl and nylon cords. The mesh of the net is 15mm x 20mm.
Shuttle – Made of 16 goose feathers (each 62 to 70 mm long) fixed in a uniform pattern on a hemispherical cork base of diameter 25 to 28 mm. It weighs between 4.75 and 5.50 grams.
Racquet – A stringed bat with a circular head to strike the shuttlecock. It is lightweight, weighing between 70-95 grams made most commonly of carbon fiber. The strings are taut, thin and are strung across the circular/oval head of the racquet. The bat has a grip to add volume to the handle and provide a comfortable holding area.