Introduction to Badminton

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Introduction to Badminton

Badminton is a sport similar to tennis. In badminton, two people play singles matches on opposite courts. One player serves the ball while the other hits it back at the server. If you do not return the serve, then you have been hit with the service shuttlecock (as seen above). Depending on where you live, you may need to purchase a court. You are allowed five returns of a serve before the game ends. A game consists of four games of three sets each. Games are played to 15 points. After eight games, if the score is tied, then a tie-breaker set follows. Each game consists of eight rallies, with six rally points awarded for each point scored after the fifth rally.

Badminton is a sport played throughout the world by people of varying ages and skill levels. As with most sports, badminton requires proper training. There are many different types of equipment that help players improve their game. This video covers some basic equipment including rackets, shuttlecocks, balls, nets, and scoring systems. Training techniques discussed include how to warm-up, serve, receive, return, hit and block, footwork, and balance.

Badminton is a game played between two teams whose objective is to put their shuttlecocks over the net (the goal) using their racquet. Each team consists of three players; one serves while his partner hits the shuttlecock back over the net to him. Once he receives the shot, the player then returns the ball over the net to his teammate who will serve again. The last player to return the ball successfully wins the point. When badminton was invented in England in 1743, it was initially called lop-sided tennis since the players were not able to reach the center of the court. Over time, it became popular amongst people in its own right and many tournaments are held annually around the world.

 What makes badminton so special?

 The game is simple yet extremely challenging. After all, the game requires high coordination, skill and endurance. Moreover, badminton involves hitting heavy objects with great force. In fact, badminton players have been known to break bones due to the impacts they receive. Also, when playing badminton, it is recommended to wear protective gear including wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, groin protectors, mouth guard, eye protection, and headgear. Furthermore, the sport is extremely fast-paced and demands constant movement. Thus, badminton is one of the easiest sports to get injured.

 Top 5 Causes of Injury in Badminton

 There are five major causes of injury in badminton. These include the following:

  • Falling off balance - Falling off balance is one of the top injuries associated with the game. If the player loses his/her balance, he/she may fall even without being hit by another player's shuttlecock. This may result in broken bones if body parts collide with each other.
  • Losing control of the racket - A player's racket may slip out of his / her hand. This could happen when the player loses focus while serving the shuttlecock. At times, this results in severe damage to the face and eyes.
  • Being struck by the shuttlecock - Most badminton players do not realize how powerful their opponent's shots actually are. This is especially true if the opponent is skilled. Even if the player does not lose his/her balance, a well-aimed shot may still cause serious damage to the face and neck.
  • Running into the net - Running into the net is another common badminton injury. Players often run into the net when trying to block a hard shuttlecock. This is one of the worst types of injuries since it is not only painful but may affect one's career.
  • Playing at a young age - Young children are less likely to know about proper techniques when playing badminton. Therefore, they may accidentally hurt themselves without knowing what they're doing.

 How to Avoid Injury in Badminton?

 To avoid getting injured in badminton, one should always remember these basic rules:

  • Stay safe - Stay away from hazards like the net, the ground, and trees.
  • Be smart - Be aware of your surroundings and make sure you're safe before starting any action.

Badminton is a sport that was first played in England around 1743. It was initially known as badminton due to the fact that the game was played with a shuttlecock, called a badminton, instead of a racquet ball. In 1858, the name changed to lawn tennis after Charles Frederick Worth invented a lightweight baton made of bamboo fiber. There are two different types of court surfaces in badminton: clay courts (dirt) and hard courts (concrete).


 All players use a racket and a pair of shoes. Rackets are a wooden stick between 42-46 cm long, with a head made of wood, metal or synthetic material, with a net attached to its end. A player's grip consists of three parts: the handle, the throat, and the head. The head is the part of the racket where the strings are tied and the top portion of the handle where the hands hold it. Shoes provide traction while stepping onto the court. Players wear protective equipment including shin guards and elbow pads.


 The rules of badminton are based on those of tennis. Both sports share the same basic set of rules, although badminton does not have a second serve or net cord. If the shuttlecock hits any part of either the netting or the court surface, the point is over. Each team consists of two players who alternate serving until only one person remains on each side of the net. Play begins when the server throws the shuttlecock towards the opposing team's service line. The server then returns the shuttlecock using one hand while keeping the other hand behind his/her back. Once the shuttlecock has crossed the baseline, the server has 30 seconds to hit it with the racket before losing the point. After the 30 seconds expire, the opponent serves again. As soon as the server receives the shuttlecock, he or she stands behind the baseline line with their legs apart. The server then bounces the shuttlecock with a stiff motion of the wrist. The server then steps forward and uses both feet to push the shuttlecock with enough force to make contact with the shuttlecock. Once the shuttlecock touches the ground, the server must hit the shuttlecock at least once in order to win the point. If the shuttlecock goes out of bounds, the server loses the point. Whichever team wins 6 points, they will be declared the winner.


Clay courts are the standard type of court used in badminton. These courts consist of dirt or sand that weighs 1-7 kg per cubic meter. Hard courts, also referred to as concrete courts, are generally lighter than clay courts.

Badminton is a sport that started around 800 years ago in India. After that, it was brought back to England and today it is played worldwide. There are four different badminton court sizes; regulation, standard, mini and mini-hockey (also known as quad). 

 The game is played with two teams each consisting of three players. Players compete against each other using rackets called shuttlecocks. Each team has a net at the top center of the playing area. Teams switch sides after five rallies (each rally lasting 20 seconds) in order to continue play. Rallies take place between the tops of the net and outstretched stringers. A rally begins with the server serving a shot. Once the player hits the ball, he/she attempts to return the shot without touching the ground. Players may use various techniques to direct their shots including hitting the shuttlecock and twisting the racket. When a player successfully returns a serve, he or she earns 1 point. If a player misses the shuttlecock, then he or she loses 1 point. Any player who touches the floor loses 2 points. Team members score doubles if they win the rally together. In singles play, the winner scores 1 point.

A brief introduction to badminton. In this video i go over what we play at school and how to hold the racket correctly. I cover the different types of strokes used in badminton and give some tips on how to improve your game.

I hope you have enjoyed this article!!!


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