BADMINTON STUDY GUIDEGENERAL RULES:
- A shuttle landing on the line is in.
- A shuttle hitting the net is good and play continues (unless on the serve) if all other aspects of the play is legal.
- All players must be inside the lines of their respective service courts at the point of contact during the serve.
- A "let" is a situation requiring a replay (see reasons listed below)
During Regular Play it is a "fault" if:
- During the Serve it is a "fault" if:
- shuttle is struck higher than the waist
- server's feet are not in the correct service court
- receiver of serve does not have both feet in the correct service court
- serve hits the net
- player’s racket breaks the plane of the net.
- player hits the bird twice in one motion.
- player fails to return the bird to the opponent's court
- player obstructs, distracts, or hinders opponent
- player deliberately delays the game
- player touches the net with the racket, body, or clothes
- birdie passes through or under the net
- birdie touches the ceiling or walls
- birdie touches a person or their clothes
- Server serves before receiver is ready
- Serve is not completed; only one let per service
- birdie falls out of bounds
- birdie falls before the short serve line
- birdie hits the net
- server attempts to serve and misses the bird completely
- A "let" or replay will be given for any "accidental hindrances"
DOUBLES PLAY: Each time the serving team scores a point, the same server serves the next serve from the other side of their courtPLAYING COURTESIES:
- Rally scoring is used (a point is scored on every serve)
- If the receiving team wins the rally it scores a point and will serve the next point
TERMINOLOGY:Acescoring a point where the opponent is unable to return the serviceBirdieanother term for shuttlecockClearstroke that sends the shuttle high and deep over the opponent to the back of the courtDoublesfour-handed game; i.e. two players on each sideDrivehard, horizontal stroke that just clears the netDrop Shotstroke in which the shuttle falls just over the net to the floorFaultdenotes an infraction of the rules resulting in a point for the other teamFoot Faultstanding on or over the service court boundary line by either receiver/serverLetpermitting the serve to be taken over or to replay a pointRallyan exchange of the birdie between opponents by a series of strokesServeshot that initiates play, should be low and short or high and deepShort gameshots that are played low and close to the netSmashpowerful downward stroke using wrist snap to end the point by hitting bird in front of opponentQuiz Review
- If in doubt about the bird's landing, always call it in favor of your opponent
- If there is any question of you fouling at the net, be sure to call it against yourself
- Do not question calls of your opponent
- Do not smash at your opponent if the point could easily be won by placing the birdie elsewhere
- In badminton a serve begins each play.
- In badminton a smash is an overhand hit that is powerfully hit down into the opponent's court.
- When serving in badminton, a player must contact the birdie below his/her waist.
- When playing doubles good strategies include: calling shots and court positions, adjusting as your partner moves and using a front-to-back formation.
- A rally is when the birdie is hit back and forth between players.
- In badminton a clear is a high, arcing, deep hit that sends the opponent to back of the court so you can establish better position in your front court. If you can hit it cross court it is particularly effective.
- In badminton a drop is a hit that is lightly tapped over the net and lands softly just over the net in the opponent's court.
- In badminton the birdie may only be hit one time on each side.
- In badminton a drive is a flat offensive hit that can be sent at your opponent or down the line to mid or back court.
- If a birdie hits the ground directly on the line it is considered in play.
- If it is unclear if a birdie landed in or out, or something rolls on the court during the game, you should call a let and have the team re-serve.
- The places on the court that you can hit the shuttle to make it harder for your opponent to return are: hit it diagonally cross-court, down the line, or to any open space on the court.
- A good serve in badminton is when the serving team's birdie is hit over the net, without it touching the net and it travels past the opponent's service line.
- A player may never reach over the net to contact the "birdie". A player may never contact the net.
- A serve that is totally missed MAY be tried again and is not counted as a let/fault. It is just a redo!