The history of the popular game of Badminton can be traced back to about 2000 years. Believe it or not, badminton was first played with the foot. Luckily from there, the game has progressed!
Strangely enough, Badminton developed from a game played by children called battledore or shuttlecock.
But it gets even stranger. Badminton was initially played without a net and the object of the game was to hit the shuttlecock continuously on a paddle (volley style) without stopping. Can you imagine playing badminton like that? We have truly come a long way.
If you were playing Badminton like how they did before, then you’d look something like this:
Badminton is an extremely fun and athletic sport that people fall in love with easily. It involves twisting, jumping, running and lunging all at once! Doesn’t that just sound like your ideal workout?
Badminton is an indoor racket sports game that was recognized by the Olympic federation as an Olympic sport in 1992. And even though Badminton was introduced so late at the Olympics, a staggering number of 1.1 billion people watched it. This speaks volumes about its popularity.
This racket sports game is said to be the world’s fastest game as the shuttle has traveled as fast as 493 km/ph. Even the world’s fastest supercar isn’t half as fast as the speed of which a shuttle can travel. Amazing isn’t it, but don’t take my word for it, see it yourself:
Basics of Badminton:
The dimensions of the court are 44 feet by 20 feet with the net at a height of 5 feet at the centre of the court.
There are 5 main events in international badminton. They are men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
The equipment required in badminton is a racket and a shuttlecock. Typically the shuttles are made out of feathers but beginners use plastic too. Here’s how it should look:
-In a tournament, the scoring of any match is best of 3 games which consist of 21 points each.
In the event when the score of a game is 20-20, it is the difference of 2 points that is counted which is extendable up to 30 points. Hence at 29-29 all, the player who scores the next point wins the match.
- When it comes to service, many players tend to make faults. These faults are:
- When a player contacts the shuttle above his/her waist.
- When a player’s feet are both not on the ground while service or his/she drags his leg while serving.
- If a player’s leg is on the line while serving it is considered fault
- While serving the swing of the racket should be in one motion that is continuous. Any break/pause in service is considered a fault.
- When it comes to receiving service there are a few rules one should keep in mind:
- When a player is receiving a shuttle he/she cannot move before the server contacts the shuttle.
- A player cannot make any gestures or movements to distract the opponent who is serving
- Standing in front of the service line or even if a foot of the receiver is on the line it is considered a fault.
In singles, the outer lines running through the court on the side are considered out. The backbox in the corner is out too, but if the shuttle lands within the two baselines it is considered right.
In singles, the server has the right to serve up to the second baseline.
In doubles, if the shuttle lands in between the outer line and the first line it is considered right. Basically, the entire court is available for play when it comes to service.
However, in doubles, the server cannot serve in between the two baselines.
There are some other faults one should keep in mind while playing badminton. They are:
- If you are playing a shot at the net and your racket touches the net while attempting the shot, it is considered a fault.
- If the shuttle is not coming onto your side of the court but you still hit the shuttle, the point goes to the opponent.
- In badminton, if the shuttle was going out but touches any part of you or your racket, then it is considered to be a fault.
- In doubles, if the shuttle has touched you or your racket, but is still successfully hit over the net by your partner, it is considered a fault as you can only hit the shuttle once and by one person only.
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Fun Facts about Badminton:
- Badminton was not called badminton since the beginning. It was first known as Shuttlecock or Battledore.
- After Soccer, Badminton is said to be the world’s most popular game
- The shortest recorded Badminton match was said to be only 6 minutes.
- The shuttlecock is made out of feather which is derived from the left-wing of a goose. In total 16 feathers are used to make a shuttle
- The International Badminton Federation has over 150 nations as a part of it.
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