Simple rules that make badminton a great game
Just like any other game, it is important that you learn the rules of badminton in order to excel and enjoy the game. The rules are also applied when there is a dispute in the game that has to be settled. Here are some basic rules to get you started in the wonderful game.
The aim of the game is to hit the shuttlecock with the racket so hard that it passes across the net that separates you and the opponent and falls onto the opponent’s side. In this, you win a rally. If you win enough rallies, you will be on your way to winning the match.
The rally is won when the opponent hits the shuttle into the net, out of the court or under the net. You also win the rally when the opponent fails to hit the shuttle after it has landed in his or her half of the coat. The rally is over once the badminton shuttle touches the ground.
You must only hit the shuttle once before sending it over the net. This is unlike games like volleyball where the ball can be hit up to three times before being sent over the net.
Competitive badminton is played indoors. However, you can play badminton in the yard or at the beach. However, there is a high likelihood that the shuttle will be blown off by the wind in the course of the game.
Manufacturers have created different types of badminton shuttlecocks for different altitudes as well as speeds. Beginners would be best suited to play with light shuttlecocks while experienced players can use the heavier ones. Moreover, using the shuttle with the right attitude rating also helps with speed and stability of the shuttle.
Serving and scoring
When the opponent has won an even number of points, you serve and receive in the right service court. However, if the opponent has scored an odd number of points, you should do the serving and receiving in the left service court.
When the opponent makes a fault, or he allows the shuttle to touch the ground on his side, you serve and score a point. However, if you make a fault or the ball touches the floor on your side, no points are scored, but the serving right is transferred to the opponent.
Badminton is a great game both for competitive sport and as a part-time activity. Always follow the rules and you will find the game enjoyable.