Apply simple strategies to excel at your next badminton match, recommended by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. It suggests serving long and high to force your opponent back and leave the front open. Also, try to tire your opponent by running them around the court. The General Competition Regulations published by the Badminton World Federation say, the BWF controls badminton from “an international aspect, in all countries and makes Regulations for all international competitions.”
Equipment: Feathered or skirted, BWF regulations state the badminton shuttle must contain “natural and / or synthetic materials” that emulate the flight characteristics of a “natural feathered shuttle with a cork base covered by a thin layer of leather.” A regulation badminton racket head must not exceed 9.06 inches and 11.02 inches in length. The maximum overall length of the racket is 26.77 inches. The head must consist of crossed strings. With interlaced strings or strings that feature bonding where they cross.
Game Play: Each badminton game is played to 21 points. In badminton, you must win two out of three games, by a margin of two points, to claim victory in the match. However, in the event the score reaches 29-all, the first side to score the 30th point wins. The winner of the game serves first in the following game.
BWF rules say the first serve comes from the server in the right service court to the receiver in the left service court. When the server’s score is an even number he serves from the right. Likewise, a server with an odd-numbered score serves from the left. You must serve underhand with the shuttle below your waist. The winner of the rally scores a point and serves next. You also earn a point, and the serve, when the referee sanctions your opponent with a fault. During the match, you and your opponent switch sides up to three times. Change ends at the end of the first and second game. If the match requires game three, change ends with your opponent when the first player reaches 11 points. Occasionally, you will forget these rules. When you discover this mistake, rectify it by changing ends but keep the score as is.
Faults: When you commit a fault your opponent scores a point and gains the serve. You might be the better player, but if you do not know the rules and regs of badminton you might end up beating yourself by giving points away with faults.
You receive a fault when you serve incorrectly. For example, if the shuttle catches in the net or you serve the shuttle overhand, the referee issues a fault. Other shuttle faults include, landing out of bounds, passing underneath the net, failing to pass over the net or touching the ceiling.
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Badminton World Federation: Laws of Badminton
Badminton World Federation: Simplified Rules
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Racquet Sports