Badminton rules in a nutshell

A brief guide to playing badminton

Badminton is a relatively easy game and a great way of getting your body fit and healthy through exercise. However, before you start playing badminton, it's important to know the very basics of this racket sport. Here's the quick guide to getting started in the game of badminton.

Badminton is played on a court by either two players (singles) or four players (doubles).

The players use rackets to hit a shuttlecock over the net from one side to the other, the object being to score points by hitting the shuttle over the net to a spot on the other player’s side where either they can’t reach it or it forces them to hit the shuttle out of the court or into the net. Regardless of who served, a player who achieves this is awarded a point, and the first player or pair to reach the required number of points in a game wins.

The court size will depends on whether a game of singles or doubles is being played.

The singles court is 13.4m (43.9ft) long, 5.18m (17ft) wide and divided in half by the net, which should be 1.5m (4.9ft) high from the surface of the court. Alternatively, in doubles, the area of play is larger due the addition of the 1.4m (4.6ft) 'alleys' along either side of the court, therefore increasing the width to 6.1m (20ft).

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