All rules of badminton .

The Laws of Badminton and Competition Regulations in the BWF Statutes provide the detail on every aspect of the game of badminton.

Below is a brief overview  – simplified rules.

Scoring System
• A match consists of the best of 3 games of 21 points.
• Every time there is a serve – there is a point scored.
• The side winning a rally adds a point to its score.
• At 20 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first, wins that game.
• At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point, wins that game.
• The side winning a game serves first in the next game.

Interval and Change of Ends
• When the leading score reaches 11 points, players have a 60 second interval.
• A 2 minute interval between each game is allowed.
• In the third game, players change ends when the leading score reaches 11 points.

• At the beginning of the game (0-0) and when the server’s score is even, the server serves from the right service court. When the server’s score is odd, the server serves from the left service court.
• If the server wins a rally, the server scores a point and then serves again from the alternate service court.
• If the receiver wins a rally, the receiver scores a point and becomes the new server. They serve from the appropriate service court – left if their score is odd, and right if it is even.

• A side has only one ‘service’.
• The service passes consecutively to the players as shown in the diagram.
• At the beginning of the game and when the score is even, the server serves from the right service court. When it is odd, the server serves from the left court.
• If the serving side wins a rally, the serving side scores a point and the same server serves again from the alternate service court.
• If the receiving side wins a rally, the receiving side scores a point. The receiving side becomes the new serving side.
• The players do not change their respective service courts until they win a point when their side is serving.

If players commit an error in the service court, the error is corrected when the mistake is discovered.
In a doubles match between A & B against C & D.  A & B won the toss and decided to serve. A to serve to C. A shall be the initial server while C shall be the initial receiver.

Badminton Court Dimensions

The Badminton Court shall be a rectangle laid out with lines of 40mm wide, preferably in white or yellow color. The Badminton Court Dimensions are of 13.4m in length and 6.1m in width.

The post shall be 1.55m in height from the surface of the court and shall remain vertical when the net is strained. The net shall be made of fine cord of dark color and even thickness with a mesh of not less than 15mm and not more than 20mm. The net shall be 760mm in depth and at least 6.1m wide.

The top of the net shall be edged with a 75mm white cloth. The top of the net from the surface of the court shall be 1.524m (5ft) at the centre of the court and 1.55m (5ft 1in) over the side lines for doubles. There shall be no gaps between the ends of the net and the posts. If necessary, the full depth of the net should be tied at the ends.

The recommended surface for a badminton court is wood and bituminous material. Avoid concrete or carpet as playing on it will easily injure you.

To ensure the quiet and safe enjoyment of badminton by all members, Club members are expected to adhere to the Code of Ethics and the Love All Badminton Club Code of Conduct.

New members may not be aware of the rules or what to expect in the area of court etiquette or conduct. In conjunction with the Code of Conduct, the points listed below are expected to be adhered to:

1. Walking between courts
Please be aware of games in progress when you are walking by or between the courts. It’s very distracting to those playing when someone walking by is talking loudly or inadvertently strays onto the court. It can also be dangerous if the player does not see someone walk across the corner of the court and backs up to take a shot. Please wait until the rally is finished before you go between and around the courts.

2. Calling lines
Calling lines is often a controversial issue. However, if you’re in doubt as to whether the bird is in, on the line, or out, you should call it in favour of your opponent. Be courteous and accept line calls in the spirit that most players offer them.

3. White clothing
This is a traditional rule in badminton that is not strictly observed but encouraged at the Club. The Club wishes to ensure a standard of dress on the court.

4. Non-marking court shoes
Our hardwood floors are very susceptible to marking from black-soled shoes or scratches from grit-carrying outdoor shoes. Floor re-finishing is very expensive. The use of court shoes is enforced and players not using them may be requested to leave the courts.

5. Cell phones
Please turn off your cell phones while on the courts. Please check for messages between games in the badminton lounge.

7. Courtesy
Always be considerate to your fellow players. Most players like to challenge stronger players, so please accept games with players somewhat below your own level on an occasional basis so they learn to improve. If someone looks lost, offer to help them. Often, new members simply don’t understand the rules and need information. Don’t be afraid to ask someone you don’t know to play with you.
Enjoy your game!

8. Members only
Non-members may enter the badminton court or lounge areas ONLY as guests of a member as detailed under Guests overleaf.

9. Food and Drink
Please refrain from bringing food or drink onto the courts other than normal sports snacks and drinks in non-spill containers.

10. Enjoy your game!


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