Badminton is not a very popular around the world and it’s mostly played in Great Britain. That popularity spread over to countries that were once part of the British Kingdom, especially in India. To other countries, this sport is just a different version of tennis; however, many have grown to love it.
Badminton can be both a court or a lawn game which is played indoor and outdoor. The sport is played with lightweight rackets and a figure known as the shuttlecock. In the middle of the court, there is a net and the idea is to hit the shuttlecock over the net into the opponents side. A point is scored when the opponent doesn’t manage to return it to the other side. Keep reading to learn more about football and its origins.
Oldest reports suggest that Badminton’s roots can be traced all the way back to Ancient China, Greece and India. The sport is very closely connected to the old children’s games battledore and shuttlecock. Even though its mostly played in Britain, this modern version of Badminton was firstly played in India. British soldiers stationed there in the 1860’s took it from a very similar game known as Poona.
The sport received its official name a decade later, when it was played by the dukes of Beaufort in Gloucestershire, England. The first game there, dates to 1873 but the first unofficial All-England Badminton tournament was held in 1899. The first tournament for women came a year later in 1900.
As we mentioned above, badminton matches can be played both indoors and outdoors. However, official games are always played inside, on a court. The reason for this is that the shuttlecock can be seriously affected by any kind of weather. The idea of the sport is to volley the shuttlecock across both sides of the net. Each player aims to hit the shuttlecock in such a way that the opponent is unable to return it, thus scoring a point.
To win an official match, a player has to get 21 points to win a game. Official Badminton matches work as a best out of three games. So a player needs to win at least two games to win the match. The 21 points count as a game only if the player has at least 2 more points than the opponent. If that doesn’t happen by the time one player reaches 21, the game is played until one of them gets 30 points.
Pitch Rules, Players, and Equipment
An official Badminton match has to be played indoors on the proper court dimensions. The dimensions are 6.1m by 13.4m, The net is situated through the middle of the court and is set at 1.55m.
- If the shuttlecock hits the net or lands out then a point is awarded to your opponent.
- Players must serve diagonally across the net to their opponent. As points are won then serving stations move from one side to the other. There are no second serves so if your first serve goes out then your opponent wins the point.
- A Badminton serve must be hit underarm and below the servers waist. No overarm serves are allowed.
- Each game will start with a toss to determine which player will serve first and which side of the court the opponent would like to start from.
- Touching the net leads to foul play and the opponent receives a point. The same happens if one player tries to distract the opponent.
All the equipment needed for Badminton is lightweight rackets similar to the ones used in Tennis and a shuttlecock.
Even though Badminton is played on a small field there are actually 12 people officiating. There is a main referee who ultimately makes the final decisions. On top of that there are 10 line judges which are there to make sure the shuttlecock landed inside the lines of the court. Last but not least, there is a Service Judge who makes sure the service was executed properly and according to the rules of Badminton.
Badminton Organisations and Tournaments
The main governing body of the sport is known as the Badminton World Federation (BWF). It consists of five organisations, spread out across the world. There is one for Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Americas (Both North America and South America). You can find additional info on their official site. When it comes to tournaments there are several organised by the governing body. They are not very popular with sports betting but Badminton fans are surely interested in them.
The biggest tournaments in the sport are the Thomas Cup and the Sudirman Cup. Additionally, there is the World Cup and Olympic games since the sport is a part of the Summer Olympics. Since 2007 one more tournament was introduced by BWF and its called the BWF Super Series. It has a different structure than the others and features the best players who won regular tournaments during the whole year. Winning tournaments gets you points and only the players with the highest number of points at the end of the year get to feature in the Super Series.
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